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For Films/Series, submissions must be completed and/or have been broadcast or publicly released between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 to be eligible for entry. “Completed” is defined as the date by which the project is picture-locked and post finishing is complete. “Public Release” is defined as broadcast date, theatrical release date or film festival premiere date. We recommend that a project be submitted in the year in which it receives distribution. Films may be submitted in any year they are eligible—either the year they are completed or the year of their public release. However, once a film is nominated (in any category), it is no longer eligible for submission in subsequent years. Films/Series submissions must be made by July 9, 2018, at 5:00 PM.

For Audio Documentaries (Radio/Podcast), all entries must have aired for the first time, or been posted within the eligibility window January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Links to all episodes must be provided. Audio Documentary submissions must be made by September 5, 2018 11:59 PM PST.

Only one version of the submission will be reviewed. Revised versions cannot be submitted to the screening committee, and may render the submission ineligible. Please contact awards@documentary.org with any questions.

Final eligibility of a submission is determined by IDA, including any interpretation required of specific rules and/or submissions’ criteria.