Television and feature film submissions for the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) 25th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards are set to open online today, Monday, November 2, 2020. The ADG Awards honor excellence in Production Design in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials, music videos and animated feature films. This year, the ADG Awards will expand to include 12 categories. The “Excellence in Production Design for Television Variety, Reality or Event Special” category has been split into two new classifications: “Variety, Reality or Competition Series” and “Variety Special.” For information on the ADG Award Rules and Submission Guidelines:

The 25th Annual Awards, set for Saturday, April 10, 2021, will break with tradition in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony will be presented on a digital platform and will be streamed to a worldwide and more inclusive audience.

The 2020-21 timeline for the ADG Awards is:

  • Submissions Open for TV & Feature Film at     Monday, Nov. 2, 2020
  • Submissions for TV Close                                                        Monday, Dec. 7, 2020
  • Submissions for Feature Films Close                                     Monday, Jan. 4, 2021
  • Online Voting for TV & Feature Film Nominations Begins     Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 
  • Online Voting for Nominations Closes (5 PM, PDT)              *Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021
  • Nominations Announced                                                         *Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 
  • Final Online Voting Begins                                                       Thursday, March 11, 2021 
  • Final Online Voting Ends (5 PM, PDT)                                    *Wednesday, April 7, 2021
  • Winners Announced at ADG Awards Gala                               Saturday, April 10, 2021
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Producer of this year's ADG Awards (#ADGawards) is Scott Moses ADG. ADG Awards are open only to productions, when made within the U.S., by producers signatory to the IATSE agreement. Foreign entries are acceptable without restrictions.

Further inquiries regarding the ADG Awards may be directed to Debbie Patton at contact info below.

Established in 1937, the Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents 2,900 members who work throughout the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers and Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Set Designers and Model Makers; and Illustrators and Matte Artists. The ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society screening series, annual “Excellence in Production Design Awards” gala, bimonthly craft magazine (PERSPECTIVE), figure drawing and other creative workshops, extensive technology and craft training programs and year-round Gallery 800 art exhibitions. For the Guild’s online directory and website resources, go to Connect with the Art Directors Guild on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.