APDG would like to congratulate all the nominees of the 2019 9th Annual APDG Awards.


The 2019 APDG Awards were the 9th annual and it gathered professionals from the Australian film, television, stage and interactive multimedia industries, to celebrate the art of visually captivating audiences.

The 2019 awards recognised outstanding achievements and excellence in design for works that were broadcast, screened or performed for the first time in the Australian financial year beginning 1st July 2018 and ending 30th June 2019. For a full list of the winners please see the winners webpage.


THE 2020 APDG Awards

The 10th APDG Awards will take place in Brisbane in August 2021.

After consultation with a number of members and partners, the APDG has decided that the 2020 APDG Awards will be a combined 2020/2021 event. This decision was based on reports of financial hardship for many of our members, potential travel restrictions and the lack of work being produced for award entries.

To ensure that awards date of December 6, 2020 does not go unmarked, the APDG will instead host a party in each state on that day, to celebrate our design community’s resilience and talent. If you are interested in volunteering to assist with these parties, please contact admin@apdg.org.au.



*In 2020, this category list will be subject to change.

  1. Animation Design for screen
  2. Concept Design: drawing, concept illustration and concept models for screen, events, interactive exhibition and live performance
  3. Costume Design for a feature film
  4. Costume Design for a live performance
  5. Costume Design for a television production or web series
  6. Design for a commercial
  7. Design for a live event
  8. Design for a live performance
  9. Design for a short film or music clip
  10. Emerging Designer for live performance: for student or emerging set, costume or lighting Design
  11. Emerging Designer for screen: for student or emerging animation, costume, production or VFX Design
  12. Lighting Design for a live performance
  13. Make-up and Hair Design: for film television or live performance
  14. Production Design for a feature film
  15. Production Design for a television production or web series
  16. Set Decoration: for a feature film or television
  17. Set Design for a live performance
  18. Title Design
  19. Visual Effects or Video Design: for a live performance or screen

The APDG also presented another three awards at the discretion of the Judging Committee. These awards cannot be entered.

  1. Lifetime Achievement in live performance – awarded via panel
  2. Lifetime Achievement in screen – awarded via panel
  3. Cameron Creswell Award – awarded via panel



In 2020, the APDG will also present the following bi-annual Awards.

  1. Excellence in Live Performance: Acknowledging excellence in design on international productions, or on Australian or international productions
  2. Excellence in Screen: Acknowledged excellence in design on international productions, or on Australian or international productions
  3. Prosthetic Make-up Design: for film, television or live performance
  4. Thelma Afford Award

2019 APDG Sponsors

Principal sponsor

Docklands Studios Melbourne is a state-of-the-art, dry-hire facility for film and television production.

Find out more

Major sponsors

Associate partners

The APDG Awards would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors.

If you would like to find out more about sponsorship for future awards, please get in touch with us.

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