The Grierson Trust has added two new awards categories for the forthcoming Grierson 2013 – The British Documentary Awards, recognizing presenters and current affairs docs.
The addition of the Best Documentary on Current Affairs and Documentary Presenter of the Year categories come as the annual gong show is now calling for entries.
“In a year in which current affairs documentaries have shaken the world – from the Savile exposé to continued Hillsborough campaigning – it feels that this is a pertinent time to recognize current affairs as a documentary genre in its own right,” said Dawn Airey, chairman of The Grierson Trust, in a statement. “I anticipate that this new category will become one of our most vigorously contested.
“And when making a presenter-fronted doc, we all know that a dynamic, engaging personality with an in-depth knowledge of the subject and the ability to communicate that to viewers is key to its success, so it’s only right that we should recognize those individuals who make documentaries such compelling and insightful viewing.”
All Grierson categories are open to documentaries made anywhere in the world, so long as they have had a first UK screening during the qualifying period of May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013.
Those interested can enter online at griersontrust.org. The closing date for entries is May 31.