2019 ADG Awards

Tuesday 18th of December, 2018 12:00PM AEST

Friday 15th of March, 2019 5:00PM AEST

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You must have a valid ADG membership to enter this competition.


The ADG Awards were established in order to celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions by Australian Directors. 

The annual Australian Directors Guild Awards are the only peer-judged awards for directors in Australia. These prestigious Awards cover the breadth of screen directing, with categories across feature film, documentary, television, Subscription Video on Demand, commercial, short film, animation, online and music video.

For the first time, the feature film awards will be separated into two:  Best Direction in a Feature Film (Budget $1M or over) and Best Direction in a Feature Film (Budget under $1M). Other new awards are Best Direction in a Commercial Advertisement and Best Direction in an Interactive or Immersive Title.


Regular submissios close this Sunday, 24 February. Extended submissions open from Monday, 25 February until Friday, 15 March (5pm, AEST)


Rules and Regulations

Please read the ADG Awards Rules and Regulations before submitting your project. 

Click here to download the 2019 ADG Awards Official Rules and Regulations.

NOTE - There is a correction on the Rules and Regulations for Short Film Category. Both Full Members and Associate Members are eligible to submit into this category. 

Any queries regarding the rules and regulations, please contact adgevents@adg.org.au or call 02 9555 7045.

How to Submit

Applicants can login using a unique username and password to access their account and submissions form. Please note – only current members can have access to the ADG Awards Submission Form. If you wish to apply for ADG membership or renew your membership, please contact membership@adg.org.au
Applicants will need to submit some the following information as part of the submission:
  • Project title, running time, synopsis, production year, first public screening proof, director’s short biography, directors’ headshot
  • Feature categories and Interactive and Immersive category - applicants are required to submit further documentation. Please refer to the rules and regulations for further explanation.
  • First screening proof that can verify the date of the project eligibility (1 July 2017– 31 December 2018). Please refer to the rules and regulations for the details in the requirements.
Authority To Compete that is signed by both director (as applicant) and owner of the project (producer / client).
For all categories except for Commercial categories and Music Video, click here to download the Authority to Compete form
For Commercial categories, click here to download the Commercial Projects - Authority to Compete Form
For Music Video category, click here to download Music Video - Authority to Compete Form. 
Important: Application will be automatically saved during the process and members / applicants can make revision on the entry as long as the project has not been submitted. ADG Team cannot make any amendments to the entries on applicant’s behalf without written request. Please contact adgevents@adg.org.au



There are 20 categories that members can apply for:
  1. Best Direction in a Feature Film (Budget $1M or over)
  2. Best Direction in a Feature Film (Budget under $1M)
  3. Best Direction in a Short Film
  4. Best Direction in a Student Film
  5. Best Direction in a Documentary Feature
  6. Best Direction in a Documentary Series
  7. Best Direction in a Documentary Short Subject
  8. Best Direction in a Film made for TV or SVOD
  9. Best Direction in a Children's TV or SVOD Drama Program episode
  10. Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Drama Series episode
  11. Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Drama Serial episode
  12. Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Mini Series
  13. Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Comedy Program episode
  14. Best Direction in a Online Drama Series
  15. Best Direction in a Online Comedy Series
  16. Best Direction in an Animation Project
  17. Best Direction in Commercial Content
  18. Best Direction in a Commercial Advertisement
  19. Best Direction in a Music Video
  20. Best Direction in an Interactive or Immersive Title
CHOOSING CATEGORY – to choose the category, it must be based on what distribution channel/platform it is intended to be screened on. 
i.e. A feature length project can be intended for SVOD distribution but have a theatrical premiere. In this case, the project should be considered as Feature Film categories. 
Please ensure that your membership level is eligible for the category.
Please download the rules and regulations for all the details. 
If you are unclear about the category prior to submission please contact the ADG office for clarification. 


Submission Fees

All applicants must pay the appropriate fee in full in order for the submission to be accepted by the ADG. Below is the submission fee based on the category and submission period. Please note that deadline is subject to change. Always check the deadline before submitting a project.
2019 ADG Awards - Category & PriceClick here to download the price list


Key Dates

  • Early Bird 18 December 2018 – 20 January 2019
  • Regular submissions 20 January – 24 February 2019
  • Regular submission 25 February – 15 March 2019
  • Nominees Announcement April 2019
  • 2019 ADG Awards May 2019
All dates are subject to change

FAQs and Contacts

To futher assist the submission process, please click here to download the 2019 ADG Awards FAQs for your reference.

Should you have any questions that are not covered in the FAQs document, please contact adgevents@adg.org.au or call 02 9555 7045.