Documentaries that have premiered in the UK on digital platforms are now eligible for the British Documentary Awards.
In announcing this year’s call for entries for the annual showcase, The Grierson Trust has extended an invitation to films that only screened on platforms such as Netflix, Amazon and iPlayer as long as they were accessible by UK-based audiences.
As usual, docs that had their first UK screenings in a theater, at a festival or on TV between May 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015 are eligible.
“As the industry diversifies with viewing patterns shifting and an ever-growing range of commissioning platforms emerging, it is important for The Griersons to recognize these newer producers alongside the more mainstream linear channels,” Grierson Trust chairman Lorraine Heggessey (pictured) said in a statement, adding that she hopes more films with female talent are entered this year.
“Last year we were shocked that only one woman was entered into the presenter category and not a single female director made a speech on the night,” she said. “As an industry body we would like to see a much wider variety of filmmakers both behind and in front of the camera entered which more accurately reflect the industry we champion and celebrate.”
The awards recognize achievements in 12 documentary categories, including arts, history, science, natural history, theatrical, current affairs, documentary series and student documentary.
The deadline to submit is June 1. A shortlist will be published on the Grierson Trust’s website on July 28 and nominations will be announced on September 15. The awards ceremony will take place in early November.
Last year’s winners included feature docs Cutie and the Boxer and Particle Fever, and the Channel 4 series Educating Yorkshire.