About the Grierson Awards
The Grierson Awards, also known at the British Documentary 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.
Grierson 2021: the British Documentary Awards
The 2021 Grierson Awards are now closed for entries. The final nominations for the film categories can be found here and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London on Wednesday, 10 November 2021. Tickets for the ceremony are now on sale.
Envy Best Single Documentary – Domestic
Molinare Best Single Documentary – International
Televisual Best Current Affairs Documentary
Storm Best Arts Documentary
Sky Documentaries Best Music Documentary
Best Sports Documentary
Channel 5 Best History Documentary
The Open University Best Science Documentary
Discovery Best Natural History or Environmental Documentary
YouTube Originals Best Entertaining Documentary
Netflix Best Documentary Series
Channel 4 Best Constructed Documentary Series
The Rumi Foundation Best Documentary Short
All3Media Best Student Documentary
Best Documentary Presenter
Storm Best Arts Documentary
Rob Lemkin, Femi Nylander, Geoff Arbourne, David Upshal, Matt McConaghy & David Charap
Inside Out Films & Lemkino Pictures – BBC Two
A young British-Nigerian poet travels to West Africa to search for the real-life Mr Kurtz from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. His journey reveals a people still traumatised and suffering the legacy of the atrocities inflicted over a century ago by a colonial killer whose spirit lives on.
imagine… Lemn Sissay: The Memory of Me
John O’Rourke, Tanya Hudson, Alan Yentob & Kirsty Breetzke
BBC Studios, The Documentary Unit – BBC One
Following the publication of his new memoir My Name Is Why, Lemn Sissay tells Alan Yentob what it was like to grow up as the only black child in a sleepy market town outside Wigan in the 1970s. His journey has been one of discovery: learning not just that his name was Lemn, but that his parents were Ethiopian, a country he returns to for this film to find out more about his roots.
Keith Haring: Street Art Boy
Ben Anthony, Janet Lee, Alice Rhodes & Paul Van Dyck
BBC Studios, The Documentary Unit – BBC Two
International art sensation Keith Haring blazed a trail through the legendary art scene of 1980s New York and revolutionised the worlds of pop culture and fine art. This fascinating and compelling film — told using previously unheard interviews with Haring, which form the narrative of the documentary — is the definitive story of the artist in his own words.
The Painter and the Thief
Benjamin Ree & Ingvil Giske
Desperate for answers about the theft of her two paintings, a Czech artist seeks out and befriends the career criminal who stole them. After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship and an inextricable bond that will forever link these lonely souls.
1 June 2020 – 31 May 2021
Thursday, 1 April
Friday, 28 May
Thursday, 22 July
Monday, 20 September
Wednesday, 10 November at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London