ASSG Awards Categories

ASSG Awards Categories

NOTE: All categories require that entries have been commercially released prior to the close of judging for the ASSG Awards in any given year. Please read the Guidelines carefully.

Commercial or Promo:

This must be less than 90 seconds in length with an aim at advertising a product, service or programme. It must have been televised or streamed online (on a company website, YouTube, Facebook, etc).

Live-Action Short Film:

A film in this category must be work of fiction that is under 25 minutes in length. It cannot be an animated project.

Examples include: “All These Creatures”, “Bottle Rocket” & “Doodlebug”

Animated Short Film:

A film in this category may be a work of fiction or non-fiction under 25 minutes in length. It must be completely or mostly animated in nature.

Examples include: “Lost and Found”, “Flopsy Turvy” & “Paperman”

Feature Film: 

A film qualifies as a feature film for the ASSG Awards if it is at least 70 minutes in length and is a work of Fiction.


A project is considered a documentary (for the purpose of the ASSG Awards judging) if it is a work of non-fiction that focusses on a specific subject or theme. It can be of any length and can include an episode of a series. The aims of the programme must be to educate or instruct the audience or preserve facts/ideas for the historical record.

Examples include: “13th”, “The War”,  “Making a Murderer”, “The Up Series” &  “Planet Earth”

Lifestyle, Reality or Factual Entertainment: 

To qualify in this category, a project must be a work on non-fiction which focusses more on entertainment than a comprehensive analysis or exploration.  It can include an element of competition.

Examples include: “The Block”, “My Kitchen Rules”, “Grand Designs Australia”, “24 Hours in Emergency”, “Food Safari” & “Go Back to Where You Came From”

Drama or Comedy (Over 30 minutes):

A work of scripted fiction that is over 30 minutes in length. It may be an episode of a series/mini-series/web-series.

Examples include: “A Place to Call Home”, “Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You”, “Picnic at Hanging Rock” & “Wentworth”

Drama or Comedy (Under 30 minutes):

A work of scripted fiction that is between 15 and 29 minutes in length. It may be an episode of a series/mini-series/web-series.

Examples include: “The Other Guy”, “Mr. Inbetween” & Squinters”

Interactive Media:

This category refers to all non-linear projects, videos or games that include some element of audio interactive computer entertainment.

Examples include: “The Sir John Monash Centre Installation”, “Red Dead Redemption 2” & “Hollow Knight”

Children’s Programme:

A children’s programme must be aimed at an audience under the age of 14 and can be of any length. It can be an episode of a series/web-series or a standalone special.

Example include: “Beat Bugs”, “Play School” & “Peppa Pig”

Live Event Broadcast:

This award is open to all broadcasts that are direct to air (not pre-recorded). Examples include live sporting events or news programmes.

Examples include: “The State of Origin”, “Carols by Candelight” & “ABC News 24”