The Donny Awards

Celebrating the best of our students’ work

Attn: Story Arts Centre Students

We are excited to announce that The Donny Awards will be returning in May 2022 — and they’re going to be LIVE at the Hot Docs Cinema.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 25; 7 p.m.
WHERE: Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor St. W.)

Join us for this celebration of all of your work over the past two semesters (and any passion projects you’ve done as well in the last year).

We are accepting submissions — online — for all categories: shorts, docs, scripts, commercials, podcasts, photography projects, Journal episodes, and any other projects created for the 2021-2022 academic year.

We are also accepting new individual and group projects made from April 2021 to April 2022 that were produced by Story Arts Centre students and were not part of a class assignment. These could include “passion projects” like a new podcast or short film or other creative work that might have been completed during the last few months.

Submissions were accepted until May 8, 2022.

Looking forward to seeing the best Story Arts Centre students have to offer!

Donny Award Winner laurel

If you were a student during 2021-2022 academic year, you are invited to enter any of your student work produced in that time period for consideration in the 2022 Donny Awards.

Why submit? It’s an opportunity to celebrate and earn recognition for the hard work you’ve put into your assignments during this academic year. Winners will receive a certificate and laurel.

The awards are open to all SCMAD students in the following programs:

  • Advanced Television and Film – Script to Screen
  • Animation – 3D
  • Broadcasting – Radio, Television, Film & Digital Media
  • Children’s Media
  • Digital Visual Effects
  • Game – Art
  • Game – Development
  • Television and Film – Business

Awards are given to completed student projects in a range of categories

Categories are:

  • Short Narrative Films
  • Music Videos
  • Documentaries
  • Animation
  • Commercials/PSAs
  • Podcasts/Radio Projects
  • News Stories/Short Features (i.e. The Journal)
  • Photography
  • Interactive Narrative
  • Games
  • 2D Animation
  • Short Scripts

Craft Awards:

  • Director
  • Camera
  • Script/Writer
  • Editor
  • Production Design
  • Sound Design

Consider any class project within the above programs as eligible entries, with some exceptions. Please see the FAQs below for full details.


How do I enter?

SUBMIT: Use the form below. Submissions will be accepted until May 8, 2022.

Here’s what you need to include when submitting:

  1. A card at the head of your film, with title, running time, and the names of the Centennial students involved in the production.
  2. Date completed.
  3. Running Time (RT)

Enter your project here!

The online submission deadline has passed. Thank you to all who entered and good luck!

Frequently asked questions

What projects are eligible?
If the project was created as a  class assignment, it’s eligible. Exceptions: Any  projects that use supplied footage (i.e. the documentary or comedy/drama assignment in Editing One).

What if the people in it aren’t students, or a friend of mine who doesn’t go to Centennial helped me with the project?
As long as a Centennial student held a key role in the production (producer, director, camera, editor) and it was done for a class assignment, your film is eligible.

How long should my film be?
We consider various lengths, knowing that our school assignments vary in lengths.

Can I submit a rough cut?
We will consider rough cuts, as long as delivery of the finished film is available for screening at the awards night, if selected.

Who judges the Donny Awards?
The juries are made up of faculty, alumni, and outside industry professionals.


Have other questions? Please contact Karen Shopsowitz at kshopsowitz@centennialcollege.ca.


The 2021 Donny Awards screening featured winning films and projects from the Broadcasting, Animation and Children’s Media programs.


About the Donny Awards

The Awards, named in honour of founder and retired professor Don Gray, are the annual celebration of our productions created by students at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre throughout the academic year.