Though in the UK we have the BAFTAs, the documentary and factual programmes industry’s highest achievement in the UK is actually winning a Grierson. The organisation recognises outstanding films, looking for work that demonstrates integrity, originality and technical excellence, plus social or cultural significance.
This year the awards ceremony will take place on 2 November. But, in order to win, you must first enter. The closing date for entries is 1 June 2015.
All categories are open to documentaries made anywhere in the world so long as they have had a first UK screening during the qualifying period 1 May 2014 – 30 April 2015. This includes scheduled screenings within recognised film, television and documentary festivals and, for the first time this year, entries will be accepted which have screened on digital platforms only – eg Netflix, YouTube. iPlayer, Amazon – as long as the screening was accessible by a UK-based audience.
A shortlist of eight entries for each category (see all categories here) will be announced on 28 July and the final four nominations in each category on 15 September. After that it’s time to cross your fingers and hope for the best.