The Australian Directors’ Guild today announced that, due to continuing Covid-19 concerns, this year’s Award’s ceremony will move online, with the Awards to presented via a virtual ceremony on Monday October 19, supported by the ABC and streamed live via the ADG.
A record 202 entries were received this year, up from 117 in 2019.
The Awards celebrate the outstanding work of Australian screen directors over the past year across 19 categories including film, television, online, music and advertising.
The virtual ceremony will be designed for home viewing. It will be hosted from a studio in Sydney by Skitbox’s Sarah Bishop and Greta Lee Jackson with winners accepting their Awards also in the virtual realm. There will be musical acts throughout the 90-minute ceremony and clips from all the nominated productions.
The ADG also announced today that the Australian film industry’s dedicated website development and social media management company - Kaleidoscope Digital is offering a $1000 Screen Director’s Identity Package to the winner of the Online Comedy Series Award.
Kaleidoscope join 2020 ADG Awards sponsor Panavision. Panavision will present prizes for two awards this year. The winner of Best Direction in a Short Film will receive a $5,000 Camera Package. The winner of Best Direction in a Feature Film made under $1 million will receive a $10,000 Camera Package.
Further details regarding the streaming will be advised.
The full list of nominees is below.
ADG Executive Director Diana Burnett said: “The ADG Awards are so important to Australian directors but, unless there is continued regulation to support Australian content on our screens, this could be the last time we are able to celebrate the achievements of our own work. Our industry is currently under threat, and there is a real possibility that we may not see any new Australian dramas, documentaries or children’s television on our screens next year and the years to come if the government doesn’t step in with regulation come January 2021.”
Any Australian Directors’ Guild member is able to submit for the ADG Awards. The judging panels are drawn from ADG membership (Full Members).
The ADG Awards recognise excellence in the craft and art of directing, as well as honouring individual contributions by Australian screen directors to the screen industry. The Awards are the only opportunity for Australian directors and their work to be acknowledged by their directing peers. The Awards cover the breadth of screen directing with categories across feature film, documentary, television, subscription video on demand, commercial, short film, animation, online, music video and interactive media.
Tickets are FREE to the public.
Further information on streaming will be available via the ADG website: https://adg.org.au/awards and via social media @ABCTV and @AustralianDirectorsGuild.
Skit Box are an all-female comedy trio from Sydney Australia consisting of comedians and performers Greta Lee Jackson, Adele Vuko and Sarah Bishop. They are the creators of the viral sensations ACTIVEWEAR, the follow-up video featuring Ellie Goulding and I GOT THAT FLOW. They have achieved over 140 million views worldwide and have been featured internationally on The New York Times, Buzzfeed, NBC’s The Today Show, InStyle, Glamour, Perez Hilton, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan and many more. They were recently named on Mamamia’s list of Australia’s Top 10 Female Comedians.
The trio work as a group and individuals as actors, writers and directors across several platforms traversing online, stage, film, television, corporate and branded content/commercial work.
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The 2020 ADG Awards is proudly supported by ASDACS, Screen Australia, Screen NSW, Media Super, Panavision, Kaleidoscope Digital, Animal Logic, Docklands Studio Melbourne, HLA Management, ABC Television, Photoplay, RGM, Australian Children's Television Foundation, Fremantle, Screenrights, Channel 7, Shanahan Management, Creative Content and The Post Lounge.
2020 ADG AWARDS NOMINATION LIST
In order of project title.
Best Direction in a Feature Film (Budget $1M or over)
Proudly sponsored by ASDACS
Thomas M. Wright - Acute Misfortune
Sophie Hyde - Animals
John Sheedy - H is for Happiness
Ben Lawrence - Hearts and Bones
Natalie Erika James - Relic
Wayne Blair - Top End Wedding
Best Direction in a Feature Film (Budget under $1M)
Proudly sponsored by Panavision
Winner prize $10,000 Camera Package
Josephine Mackerras – Alice
Imogen Thomas – Emu Runner
Lucy Coleman – Hot Mess
Luke Sullivan – Reflections In The Dust
Samuel Van Grinsven - Sequin In A Blue Room
Best Direction in a Documentary Feature
Proudly sponsored by Screenrights
Ian Darling - The Final Quarter
Maya Newell - In My Blood It Runs
Peter Hegedus - Lili
Allan Hardy ACS - Viva The Underdogs
Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Drama Series
Proudly sponsored by ABC
Jeffrey Walker - The Commons – Season 1 Episode 1
Nash Edgerton - Mr. Inbetween - Season 2 Episode 4
Peter Andrikidis – Reckoning – Season 1 Episode 4
Tony Krawitz – Secret City - Season 2 Episode 1
Rachel Perkins - Total Control – Season 1 Episode 4
Kevin Carlin – Wentworth - Season 7Episode 10
Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Mini-Series
Proudly sponsored by Docklands Studios Melbourne
Mat King – Bloom – Episode 5
Sophie Hyde – The Hunting – Episode 4
Jeffrey Walker – Lambs Of God – Episode 1
Emma Freeman – Stateless – Episode 3
Best Direction in a Documentary Series
Proudly sponsored by Media Super
Rosie Jones - The Cult Of The Family - Episode 1
Cian O’Clery - Love On The Spectrum - Episode 1
Genevieve Clay Smith – Perspective Shift - Episode 1
Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Comedy Series
Proudly sponsored by The Post Lounge
Matthew Moore - Diary Of An Uber Driver - Episode 2
Amanda Brotchie – The Letdown - Episode 1
Trent O’Donnell – The Letdown - Season 2 Episode 4
Matthew Saville – Upright - Episode 5
Best Direction in a Children’s TV or SVOD Drama Program
Proudly sponsored by Australian Children’s Television Foundation
Kacie Anning – Hardball – Episode 6
Isaac Elliott – The Legend of Burnout Barry
Lucy Gaffy – The Unlisted - Episode 10
Rebecca O’Brien – The Unlisted - Episode 13
Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Drama Serial
Proudly sponsored by Fremantle
Renee Webster - The Heights - Episode 15
Darlene Johnson - The Heights - Episode 22
Arnie Custo - Home and Away - Episode 7117
Danny Raco - Home and Away - Episode 7225
David Gould - Home and Away - Episode 7271
Kate Kendall – Neighbours – Episode 8052
Tony Gardiner - Neighbours - Episode 8325
Best Direction in an Animated Project
Proudly sponsored by Animal Logic
Jo Boag - Alice Miranda: Friends Forever
Holly Hargreaves - Bonnie The Elephant
Best Direction in Commercial Content
Nicholas Carlton – A Future For All Of Us (Australian Greens)
Lucy Coleman – Koala Presents: Mattress (Ex)orcism (Koala Mattress)
Craig Melville – Unexpected Journeys (TBWA)
Allan Hardy ACS- Volvo Penta Makes Australian Farming Possible (Allabah Pastural Co.)
Best Direction in Commercial Advertisement
Ven Gia – Made Here. By Us. (Corowa Distilling Co.)
Luke Shanahan – Little Fibs (NZ Post)
Tim Bullock - New–Australia Land (Meat and Livestock Australia)
Best Direction in an Online Drama Series
Husein Alicajic - One Sided // The Acquired Inability To Escape
Best Direction in an Online Comedy Series
Proudly sponsored by Kaleidoscope Digital
Winner Prize $1000 Screen DIrector’s Identity Package
(Social Media and Website Services)
Max Miller- Aunty Donna: Glennridge Secondary College
Dylan Hesp & Michael O’Neill- Australia's Best Street Racer
Miley Tunnecliffe- Molly and Cara
Eliza Reilly & Hannah Reilly - Sheilas
Best Direction in a Documentary Short Subject
Dr. Karen Pearlman – I Want To Write A Film About Women
Stefan Bugryn - War Mothers: Unbreakable
Logan Mucha - We’re All In This together
Rob Innes - Youth On Strike!
Best Direction in a Music Video
Lucy Knox – I’m Not Afraid (Artist: G Flip)
Lucy Knox – If I Could Give You (Artist: Clare Bowditch)
Matthew Thorne – The Only Boy Racer Left On The Island (Artist: The Howl & The Hum)
Nick Waterman – Ready (Artist: Montaigne)
Riley Blakeway – Whenever You Are (Artist: Kodaline)
Best Direction in an Interactive or Immersive Title
Matthew Sleeth – A Drone Opera
Best Direction in a Short Film
Proudly sponsored by Panavision
Winner prize $5,000 Camera Package
Simon Croker - All Good Things
Melissa Anastasi – Chlorine
Sam Lara – Featherweight
Michael Shanks – Rebooted
Lydia Rui - This Perfect Day
Lewis Attey – Three Stories Inside a Rental Van
Best Direction in a Student Film
Dylan Ferenc Nyerges- Arthur, Blessed
Alies Sluiter – Ayaan
Alex Wu- Idol
Peter Skinner- Lost Boy
Eva Justine Torkkola- ЩОСЬ В ЛIСI ЗДОХЛО (Something Has Died In The Forest)
Naomi Fryer- This River