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ASC Announces Dates for 35th Annual ASC Awards to Be Held April 18, 2021


ASC Awards
American Society of Cinematographers

10/21/20 9:26 AM:  The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced key dates for its 35th annual ASC Awards for cinematography. Like many other awards groups, the ASC’s awards have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and they will be streamed live from the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood on April 18, 2021, “with plans for a simultaneous in-person component to be determined at a later date.”

Some of the key dates begin this week with the call for television entries that are due by January 8 at 5pm PST in four specific categories:

  • Episode of a One-Hour Television Series – Commercial
  • Episode of a One-Hour Television Series – Non-Commercial
  • Episode of a Half-Hour Television Series
  • Motion Picture, Limited Series, or Pilot Made for TV

Shows must have a premiere date in the United States between October 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020.

The submissions for Student Award entries begin on November 16 through December 1 with those nominations announced on January 12, 2021. The feature film and spotlight awards will be for films released before February 28, 2021 (as is the case with the Academy Awards) with the nomination polls closing on March 5 with theatrical and television nominations announced March 9.

The complete timeline* for this year’s ASC Awards can be read below:

(* With changes likely to happen depending on some of the changing situations going on in the world right now.)


October 19th (week of) – Call for Television Entries

October 31st – Student Awards Eligibility Period Ends (Eligibility Period – Graduated 2019 or 2020)


November 16th – Student Award Entries Due (Schools Submit)


December 1 – Student Awards Judging

December 14th – Documentary Entries Due (ASC members ONLY submit)

December 14th – Spotlight Award Entries Due (ASC members ONLY submit)

December 31st – TV Awards Eligibility Period Ends (Oct.1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2020)

December 31st – Documentary Eligibility Period Ends (Oct. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2020)



January 8th – Television Entries Due (by 5pm PST)

January 11th (Week of) – Documentary Committee Nomination Judging (Doc Committee)

Tuesday, January 12th –Student Award Nominations Announced

January 25th –Television Balloting Begins


February 8th or 15th (Week of) – Spotlight Award Nomination Judging (Spotlight Committee)

February 15th (Week of) – Feature Film Nomination Ballots Mailed

February 25th & 26th – Student Awards (Winners Announced, Films Screened)

February 28th– Awards Year Ends – Feature Film & Spotlight


March 5th – Nomination Polls Close – Television & Feature Film

March 9th – Nominations Announced – Television, Documentary, Spotlight and Theatrical

March 12th – Final Ballots Mailed – Television, Documentary, Spotlight and Theatrical


April 10th – Nominees and ASC Members Breakfast, Panel & ASC Open House

April 13th – Final Polls Close (All Categories)

April 18th – 35th Annual ASC Awards (Winners Announced)

Stay tuned for more information on the ASC Awards as we receive it. You can learn more about the ASC at

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