Entries for the DIG Awards 2021are now open and reporters who use video and audio to investigate current social, economic, technological, environmental and political issues are encouraged to submit their works for the competition.
The DIG Awards, which acknowledge excellence in journalism, are presented each year to outstanding works of international calibre, in terms of quality, angle, depth of inquiry, the use of sources and the originality of format.
Eligible entries for the DIG Awards 2021 are works and projects published after January 1, 2020. All video works entered into the competition must be subtitled in English, while only projects in Italian, English or French may be entered in the audio category.
There is no limit to the number of works that entrants can submit, but they must fill in a single online entry form for each entry. Anonymous works or works without a valid reference are not eligible. Works entered for the competition must have fulfilled their obligations under copyright and related rights legislation.
The Awards are available in three main categories: the DIG Pitch, video and Audio categories with
The DIG Pitchcategory is reserved for investigative projects or video reportages at the development or production stage, focusing on issues of international relevance.Each participating body may submit a maximum of two projects. The winners of the DIG Pitch section will be awarded a project development grant of €15,000.
The video Categories accept works produced between January 1, 2020 and June 1, 2021. Works that have already been entered during the previous year’s DIG Awards are not eligible. The video categories of the Awards include the Investigative Long, Investigative Medium, Reportage Long, Reportage Medium and …
The Investigative Long category is for video investigations, both released and unreleased, of a minimum duration of 30 minutes. Filmmakers must use original sources and investigative techniques to bring out elements of novelty in relation to the subject matter.
The Investigative Medium category is for video investigations, both released and unreleased, of a maximum duration of 30 minutes. Filmmakers must use original sources and investigative techniques to bring out elements of novelty in relation to the subject matter.
Reportage Long category is for video reportages, both released and unreleased, of a minimum duration of 30 minutes in whichfilmmakers are expected to address themes of social relevance, using original points of view and journalistic approaches.
The Reportage Medium is for video reportages, both released and unreleased, of a maximum duration of 30 minutes. Filmmakers must address themes of social relevance, using original points of view and journalistic approaches.
Reportage Short is for video investigations and reportages, both released and unreleased, of a maximum duration of 15 minutes.
The audiocategory is reserved for journalistic audio storytelling products (single podcasts and whole audioseries) dealing with current issues with a range of investigative elements, using innovative approaches and an original slant. It is open toboth published and unpublished works for any platform, and produced inItalian, English or French.
The competition may be entered only by filling in the online application form available from the website www.dig-awards.org where entrants can also read the technical specifications of the video material that will be eligible for the competition.
Entries made online by 23:59 (CET) on 21 June 2021 in the categories: Investigative Long, Investigative Medium, Reportage Long, Reportage Medium, Short and Audio will be considered valid. Instead, for the DIG Pitch section, entries made by 12:00 (CET) on 15 July 2021 will be considered valid.
DIG is a non-profit cultural association that has been supporting investigative journalism in Italy and worldwide. Since 2015, DIG has become a reference point for thousands of freelance journalists involved in investigations and reportage, offering them contacts with European broadcasters and courses for professional training.
DIG is also an international network that collaborates with schools, research centres, festivals, foundations and consortia. Every year it holds the DIG Festival in Italy, awarding the finest investigation documentaries and reportages produced over the previous year. In 2021, the event will take place from 30 September to 3 October in Modena, Italy.