About the Grierson Awards
The Grierson Awards, also known at The British Documentary Awards, commemorate the pioneering Scottish documentary filmmaker John Grierson (1898 – 1972), famous for Drifters and Night Mail and the man widely regarded as the father of the documentary.
Established in 1972, the Griersons are the biggest event in the UK documentary calendar. The awards recognise and celebrate documentaries from Britain and abroad that have made a significant contribution to the genre and that demonstrate quality, integrity, creativity, originality and overall excellence.
Entries to the 2020 awards will be accepted from 1 April 2020. The closing date for entries is 29 May 2020. Documentaries eligible for the awards must have been screened during the qualifying period 1 June 2019 – 31 May 2020.
The Grierson Awards Ceremony will take place on the evening of 10 November 2020 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London. Booking will open for the tickets to the ceremony at the beginning of September.
Duplicates of the Grierson Award trophy may be purchased by winning programme makers and broadcasters at £250 each (+ VAT and P&P); duplicates of certificates for winning and nominated films may be purchased at £30 each (+ VAT). Download an order form here.
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