Entries for The Grierson Awards 2015 are now closed.

Make sure you read the TERMS AND CONDITIONS and that you provide all the information required plus payment and five viewing copies on DVD. Entries for the Best Documentary Series category must provide five viewing copies of a minimum two episodes from the series.

See TERMS AND CONDITIONS for the accepted format for DVD copies.

Viewing copies should be sent to us at the address below, to arrive no later than Monday, 1 June 2015.

Grierson 2015
28 Sallows Road
Tel: +44 (0)1733 891878
E-mail: awards@griersontrust.org


Payment can be made online via PayPal with a debit or credit card when you submit your entry. You can pay by Visa/Delta/Electron, MasterCard/Eurocard, Maestro or American Express.

Alternatively you can call us with your credit card details (Visa and MasterCard only) or you can pay by bank transfer.

We will send you a VAT receipt once payment has been cleared.

Entry Qualification

All entries must have had their first UK screening between 1 May 2014 and 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, iPlayer, Amazon – as long as the screening was accessible by a UK-based audience.

We will accept entries into the Series category if one or more episodes are screened within the qualifying period.

In the case of entries into the Best Cinema Documentary category, the film must have had a theatrical release in the UK within the qualifying period. For the purposes of this award a theatrical release is a screening in a UK cinema, open to the general public, for a period of at least seven days. The screenings can be in different cinemas and do not have to be on consecutive days.


The Grierson Awards employ a two-stage judging process:

  1. Each entry will be reviewed by three members of, or advisors to, The Grierson Trust. From the whole entry a shortlist of around eight films from each category will be drawn up.
  2. These shortlisted films will then be judged by juries comprising five people, mainly drawn from documentary makers, broadcasters, critics and subject experts. They will decide on the final four nominations, including the winner, in each category.

The judges will be looking for evidence of quality, integrity, creativity, originality and overall excellence.

Judges must declare any interest they have in any submitted entries and they will not be involved in judging a category in which they have a conflict of interest.

Entrants who are shortlisted or nominated for a Grierson award will be informed by email. Shortlisted entrants will be asked to provide additional viewing copies and nominated entrants will be required to give The Grierson Trust access to the master tape. See TERMS AND CONDITIONS for more information.

The full shortlist will be published on the website of The Grierson Trust by 28 July; the nominations by 15 September; and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in early November.

The Grierson Trust chooses the recipient of the Trustees’ Award at its discretion.


The fee per entry is £250 + VAT @ 20% (£300) except for the Newcomer and Student categories which are £50 + VAT @ 20% (£60).

Entries will not be accepted into the competition until payment has been received and this should be no later than Monday, 1 June 2015.

You may submit your entry into more than one category. The exception to this is where documentaries have been entered into the Contemporary Theme and Current Affairs categories. See CATEGORIES for more information.

Each individual entry into each individual category must be entered separately into each category and accompanied by a separate entry form, supporting information, entry fee and five DVD viewing copies.

Entry fees

Each entry
£250 + VAT @ 20% (£300)
Newcomer and Student categories
£50 + VAT @ 20% (£60)


Qualifying period
1 May 2014 - 30 April 2015
Closing date for entries
18:00 hours, Monday, 1 June 2015
Shortlist announced
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Nominations announced
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Awards ceremony
Monday, 2 November at The Mermaid, London
How to enter and entry form