AUSTRALIAN DIRECTOR’S GUILD ANNOUNCES THE 40th ANNIVERSARY 2021 ADG AWARDS – OCTOBER 22

June 21, 2021

The Australian Director’s Guild has announced that the 2021 ADG Awards – in this the Guild’s 40th anniversary year – will be held in Sydney on October 22 at the Actor’s Centre Australia in Leichhardt.
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AUSTRALIAN DIRECTOR’S GUILD ANNOUNCES THE 40th ANNIVERSARY 2021 ADG AWARDS – OCTOBER 22

The Australian Director’s Guild has announced that the 2021 ADG Awards – in this the Guild’s 40th anniversary year – will be held in Sydney on October 22 at the Actor’s Centre Australia in Leichhardt.

The Awards will be announced at a Gala Luncheon which will also be live streamed nationally and internationally, following the success of last year’s presentation, which was live streamed only, due to Covid restrictions.

“We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Actor’s Centre Australia and to announce that, this year, we are planning to bring together Australian directors and the wider industry together in-person at our Gala Luncheon to be held at the ACA.  We will also be live streaming the event for interstate members who can’t join us, as well as to industry professionals and the public here and overseas. This was so successful last year when people couldn’t travel,” said ADG Executive Director Alaric McAusland.

“The 2021 Awards will be an important moment to celebrate all that has been achieved by our members over the past year – a year which has offered both incredible challenges and opportunities to Australian screen directors – as well as the achievements of the ADG over its 40-year history.”

Alaric said the 2021 Awards will build on last year’s deep industry support and cross-industry engagement, which saw a record number of entries, despite the pandemic, and the most diverse list of nominees in the Awards’ history.

Presenters at the 2020 Awards included A-listers such as Dr George Miller, who is about to begin production in Australia on his major new feature film Furiosa.

“I warmly welcome ACA as our new venue partner and take the opportunity to extend our sincere thanks to our amazing award sponsors for their extraordinary commitment in supporting last year’s Covid-impacted event and their continued support for this year, in particular our Principal Partner ASDACS, our Major Partner Media Super and our Government Supporters Screen NSW and Screen Australia.” Alaric said.

ACA Chief Operating Officer Anthony Kierann said: “Actors Centre Australia is thrilled to be partnering with the ADG Awards in 2021. We are proud that this flagship event, which celebrates the outstanding contribution that screen directors bring to our industry, aligns with ACA’s commitment to developing the finest Australian on-screen talent. We warmly welcome ADG members and nominees – some of Australia’s leading creative visionaries – to the Centre, as together, the arts community steps its way out of the pandemic.”

Submissions to the 2021 ADG Awards will open on 30th June.  This year submissions are invited across 19 categories.  Submission details will be emailed directly to ADG members and published on ADG’s socials & website shortly. Any Australian Directors’ Guild member can submit for the ADG Awards. The judging panels are drawn from ADG’s Established Full Members. The ADG also offers a discounted Associate Membership.

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.

Photo caption:  Actor Ryan Corr who presented at the 2020 ADG Awards
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