Call for entries opens for The Griersons

The closing date for entries to the upcoming edition of The Grierson British Documentary Awards, regarded as the "Oscars of documentary making," is June 1.
April 4, 2012

The Grierson Trust is calling for entries for the Grierson 2012 British Documentary Awards.

The Griersons will be presented in the fall and later broadcast on Sky Arts HD.

Award categories are: best documentary on a contemporary theme – domestic; best documetatry on a contemporary theme – international; best documentary on the arts; best historical documentary, best science documentary; best newcomer documentary, which carries a cash prize of £3,000 (US $4,800); and best student documentary.

All categories are open to documentaries made anywhere in the world, with the stipulation that they first had a UK screening during the qualifying period of May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012.

Previous winners include Nick Broomfield, Kim Longinotto, Paul Watson, Angus Macqueen and Pawel Pawlikowski.

Entry forms can be found at The closing date for entries is June 1, 2012.

“The Griersons are the Oscars of documentary making and this year will be even more significant as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the awards,” said Dawn Airey, chairman of The Grierson Trust. “Winning a Grierson is an honor for film makers from across the globe, as their dedication, style and wit – the hallmarks of brilliant documentary making – are recognized and celebrated by their illustrious peers.”

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