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About the Grierson Awards

The Grierson Awards commemorate the pioneering Scottish documentary filmmaker John Grierson (1898 – 1972), famous for Drifters and Night Mail and the man widely regarded as the father of the documentary.

Established in 1972, the Griersons are the biggest event in the UK documentary calendar. The awards recognise and celebrate documentaries from Britain and abroad that have made a significant contribution to the genre and that demonstrate quality, integrity, creativity, originality and overall excellence.

Entries to the 2019 awards will be accepted from 1 April 2019. The closing date for entries is 31 May 2019. Documentaries eligible for the awards must have been screened during the qualifying period 1 June 2018 – 31 May 2019.

The Grierson Awards Ceremony will take place on the evening of 14 November 2019 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London. Booking will open for the awards at the beginning of September.

Duplicates of the Grierson Award may be purchased by winning programme makers and broadcasters at £250 each (+ VAT and P&P); duplicates of certificates for winning and nominated films may be purchased at £30 each (+ VAT). Download an order form here.

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