Three finalist films are shortlisted for the 2021 Walkley Documentary Award:
- Addicted Australia, Jacob Hickey and Darren Dale, Blackfella Films and SBS
- Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra, Ivan O’Mahoney, Wayne Blair and Nel Minchin, In Films, ABC
- Incarceration Nation, Helen Morrison and Dean Gibson, Bacon Factory Films, Bent3land Productions and NITV
The shortlist was announced along with all the finalists for the 66th Walkley Awards on October 21. See the full list of finalists here. Winners will be announced at the Walkley Gala Dinner in Tamworth on February 11, 2022.
See the announcement of the 2021 Walkley Documentary Award longlist here.
About the Walkley Documentary Award
The Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism are presented annually in Australia to recognise and reward the best in the craft. Finalists are selected by eminent journalists and photographers and overall winners judged by the Walkley Judging Board.
The awards cover all media and have grown organically over the years, expanding to encompass the changing nature of the media industry and innovation in journalism. More than 1400 entries are received each year across 30 categories. The Walkleys also recognise excellence in longform journalism through the Walkley Book and Documentary awards. The Gold Walkley is the most prestigious award, chosen from all category winners.
The Walkley Awards exist to recognise “creative and courageous acts of journalism that seek out the truth and give new insight to an issue”. They reward excellence, independence, innovation and originality in storytelling and distinctive reporting. This can be through research and investigations, well-crafted and innovative presentations, news-breaking single stories and engaging, entertaining and/or informative reporting.
All entries must have been published, broadcast or televised in Australia in the 12 months from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021. Eligibility for the Walkley Awards is based on independent acts of journalism, free from any commercial or corporate interests.