Production Designers open awards campaign for 2021

The Australian Production Designers Guild is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a knees-up in Queensland.

While Screen Producers Australia has a stonking awards night with balloons and prawns, the Australian Writers Guild goes with great conversation, and the Composers fire up an orchestra, the Australian Production Design Guild has added a new form of knees-up. 

A soiree. 

According to the announcement, ‘The ceremony will be held at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art on Sunday August 22nd, followed by a soiree on the Queensland Terrace at the Queensland State Library.’ This may seem like an early announcement but the river view is hotly contested by wedding planners.

Production design is a craft which extends across live performance, events, video for live performance and the screen arts.The awards cover production, lighting, makeup, prostheses, hair, art direction, set direction and design, graphics and titles.

This year it has dramatically expanded the scope of the awards with a new category for Australians working on international productions which should surface some spectacular work and honour the journey from local productions to the world. The sector is half there already since Mad Max: Fury Road won the 2015 APDG’s awards for Production Design (Colin Gibson APDG and his design team Richard Hobbs, Jacinta Leong APDG, Katie Sharrock, Lisa Thompson, Nicki Gardiner APDG and Peter Pound), Drawing and Concept Art (Peter Pound), and Hair & Make-up (Lesley Vanderwalt APDG & Damien Martin).

The world agreed when the film won three design categories at the 2016 Oscars.

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This year will also see the introduction of a Design Collaboration for a Live Performance or Event Award, while the Emerging Designer awards will now be opened to teams as well as individuals Expect that category to be really difficult to judge.

Entries have just opened and close on May 23, using what the Guild claims is a simplified process. As usual with Australian awards, applicants need to be a member of the Guild.

Expect this to be a visually spectacular event. The wedding planners are watching. 

David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.