The Directors Guild of America (DGA) today announced the schedule of key dates for the 68th Annual DGA Awards, which will take place on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, and will be chaired by DGA President Paris Barclay. Actor Jane Lynch will return as host for the third year in a row.

At the 68th Annual DGA Awards, the inaugural award for a brand new category, First-Time Feature Film Director, will be presented. Introduced by Steven Spielberg in a surprise announcement during last year’s ceremony, the new award will recognize the outstanding directorial achievement of a first-time feature film director. Details and eligibility criteria will be announced in September.

Feature Film and First-Time Feature Film nominees will be announced on January 12, 2016 and Television, Commercial, and Documentary nominees will be announced on January 13, 2016.

DGA members will be able to vote online between December 2, 2015 – January 11, 2016 for Feature Film Nominations; between December 14, 2015 – January 11, 2016 for Television Nominations in five categories; and between January 12, 2016 – February 5, 2016 for the Feature Film Award. All voting will continue to take place online. The DGA will also continue to allow Feature Film screeners to be distributed to members for Awards consideration. The complete schedule of key dates is included below.  

As previously announced, BMW is returning for the third year as the Exclusive Automotive Sponsor of the 68th Annual DGA Awards. 

Complete DGA Awards Schedule:

FEATURE FILM AWARD

►  Online voting for Feature Film Nominations opens | Wednesday, December 2, 2015
► Deadline to vote online for Feature Film Nominations \ Monday, January 11, 2016

Announce Five Feature Film Nominees |  Tuesday, January 12, 2016

► Online  voting for Feature Film Award opens|Tuesday, January 12, 2016
► Membership Screenings of Five Nominated Feature Films|Mon-Fri, January 18-22, 2016
► Deadline to vote online for Feature Film Award|Friday, February 5, 2016

TELEVISION AWARDS

► Entry Forms for TV & Commercials available online |  Monday, October 5, 2015
► Deadline for submitting Television and Commercials entries  | Friday, December 4, 2015
► Online voting for Television Nominations opens | Monday, December 14, 2015
► Deadline to vote online for Television Nominations | Monday, January 11, 2016
 
Announce all Television and Commercial Nominees | Wednesday, January 13, 2016
 

FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR AWARD

► Entry Forms for First-Time Feature Film Director available online |Tuesday, September 8, 2015
► For First-Time Feature Director entries with a theatrical release during the period of Jan. 1 through Sept. 30, 2015, the deadline is: Friday, October 9, 2015
► For First-Time Feature Director entries with a theatrical release during the period of Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2015, the deadline is: Friday, November 13, 2015

Announce Five First-Time Feature Film Director Nominees | Tuesday, January 12, 2016

DOCUMENTARY AWARD

► Entry Form for Documentary available online | Wednesday, September 9, 2015
► For Documentary entries with a theatrical release or broadcast during the period of Jan. 1 through Sept. 30, 2015, the deadline is:  Monday, October 5, 2015
► For Documentary entries with a theatrical release or broadcast during the period of Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2015, the deadline is: Monday, November 2, 2015

Announce Documentary Nominees | Wednesday, January 13, 2016

68th ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

► Email Dinner Reservation Forms |  Friday, December 4, 2015
► Deadline for returning all Dinner Reservation Forms  |  Friday, January 29, 2016

DGA Awards Dinner |  Saturday, February 6, 2016  Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

About The DGA
In the 79 years since its founding in 1936, the DGA has fought for the economic and creative rights of its members; protected their ability to financially benefit from the reuse of their work; established strong pension and health plans; and established jurisdiction in new technologies and distribution platforms. Today we represent nearly 16,000 directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, commercials, new media and other audiovisual media.

About BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 146 BMW motorcycle retailers, 122 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.