Judging process

The Grierson Awards employ a two-stage judging process. Every entry will be reviewed by three members of, or advisors to, The Grierson Trust. From the whole entry a shortlist of eight from each category will be drawn up. These shortlisted films or presenters 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. Nominated entrants will be asked to provide still images from their films and access to a high quality master. See Terms and Conditions for more information.

The full shortlist will be published on the website of The Grierson Trust by 26 July; the nominations by 18 September; and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 5 November at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London.

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

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