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The ADL Dore Schary Awards
For Productions by Students, Amateur and Professional Filmmakers
Competition Rules and Regulations    
About the Awards
Competition. Rules and Regulations
Entry Form: Dore Schary Awards
(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Past Winners

ADL Dore Schary Award is open to students, amateur and professional filmmakers under the age of 30. Entries may include, but are not limited to, narrative, documentary, experimental and animated productions.

Productions dealing with themes that communicate the harm to society from hatred, bigotry, racism, and/or anti-Semitism, and themes that support diversity, are eligible.

With the exception of actors in dramatic films and/or videos (who can be professionals), all phases of production must be completed by filmmaker.

Productions based on previously published works of fiction are not eligible.

Entry Requirements

All productions should be submitted in DVD, mini DV, BETA or 1/2 inch VHS, with a completed entry form and a supporting letter from a faculty sponsor if applicable.

Entries will be accepted between January 1 and May 31.

Any film and video productions that have been completed since January 1, 2002 can be submitted.

    First place winners will receive a $2,000 prize
    Second place winners will receive a $1,000 prize.
Both winners will receive their award and prize at a dinner held in New York City.

Judging Standards

The Anti-Defamation League, which sponsors the awards, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry. Founded in 1913, ADL works to secure justice and fair treatment for all people.

The ADL Dore Schary Awards for film and video productions will be based on the following considerations:
  1. Subjects such as prejudice and discrimination, ethnic and minority portraits, encountering life's problems with bias or intolerance, or insights into the diversity of different cultures, races, religions, genders, or social groups
  2. Imagination and creativity
  3. Technical excellence
Academy Award winner Dore Schary (1905-1980) was one of Hollywood's most distinguished writers, directors and producers. His 372 film credits include many issue-oriented films such as Boys Town, Crossfire, the prestigious 1947 film dealing with anti-Semitism, The Boy With Green Hair and a host of other motion pictures that are eloquent testimony to his love of people and his passionate respect for diversity.


Finalists will be judged by the Dore Schary Awards Committee, comprised of television industry professionals. Pre-screening committees will evaluate entries to select the finalists. Winners will be announced in October.

Shipping Instructions

It is suggested that entries be insured and sent by registered mail.


All reasonable care will be taken to protect films and videocassettes from loss or damage, but neither the Anti-Defamation League nor its judging committees can assume liability. Sorry, entries can not be returned.

Dore Schary Awards Address and Contact:

Amy Squires
ADL Dore Schary Awards
Anti-Defamation League
605 Third Avenue
10th Floor
New York, NY 10158-3560
Telephone: (212) 885-7804
Fax: (212) 885-5855

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Related Materials
Press Release: ADL Honors Student Filmmakers with Prestigious Dore Schary Award
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