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GSCA announces winners of 2019 Achievement Awards

The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) has announced the winners of its 2019 Achievement Awards, which recognize excellence in giant screen filmmaking, marketing, and lifelong learning. The awards were announced the evening of Tuesday, September 10, at the GSCA 2019 International Conference and Trade Show in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, during a ceremony held at the Victoria Conference Centre. IMAX Corporation, sponsor of the awards gala, presented the IMAX Maximum Image Awards during the ceremony as well.

The following awards were presented by GSCA:

Best Film-Short Subject

Superpower Dogs

Produced by Cosmic Picture
Directed by Daniel Ferguson
Produced by Taran Davies, George Duffield, Daniel Ferguson, Dominic Cunningham-Reid
Distributed by Cosmic Picture and IMAX

Best Film-Feature Length

Free Solo: The IMAX Experience

Directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Produced by Itinerant Films, Little Monster Films, National Geographic, and Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation

Best Film for Lifelong Learning

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition

Directed by Todd Douglas Miller
Produced by Statement Pictures
Distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films

Best Cinematography

Great Bear Rainforest

Cinematography by Ian McAllister and Jeff Turner
Produced by Spirit Bear Entertainment
Distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films

Best Sound Design

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition

Sound Designer Brian Eimer, ImagesInSound
Produced by Statement Pictures
Distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films

Best Original Score

Superpower Dogs

Michel Cusson, Composer
Produced by Cosmic Picture
Distributed by Cosmic Picture and IMAX Corporation

Best Visual Effects

Superpower Dogs

Visual Effects by Rodeo FX, Visceral Image Productions, and Mels
Produced by Cosmic Picture
Distributed by Cosmic Picture and IMAX Corporation

Best Marketing Campaign by a Distributor

Superpower Dogs

Cosmic Picture and IMAX Corporation

Best Film Launch by a Theater (tie)

Omniversum, The Netherlands, Marketing Campaign for Pandas

Telus World of Science-Edmonton, Marketing Campaign for Superpower Dogs

Best Educational Program

Carnegie Science Center, Summer of Space Program Featuring Apollo 11: First Steps Edition

Big Idea (tie)

Given for a significantly innovative and impactful idea from a marketing campaign or educational program

SK Films, Volcanoes 3D Printer Templates

Mishkat Interactive Center for Atomic and Renewable Energy The Last Drop Programming

Big Shoe

Selected by GSCA staff to recognize exemplary volunteers

Mike Lutz, Evans & Sutherland

Special Recognition

GSCA recognized Valentine Kass, who is retiring as Program Director at the U.S. National Science Foundation in the Advancing Informal STEM Learning division. Throughout her long career in the giant screen industry, her dedication to education and lifelong learning, and the ability of the giant screen experience to provide that, has had a profound effect on the industry. 

IMAX Corporation also presented the following Maximum Image Awards at the GSCA Achievement Awards ceremony.

IMAX Hall of Fame (tie)

Voted by the IMAX theater networking and honors a giant screen film that is at least 10 years old

Hail Columbia!

Africa: The Serengeti

Best IMAX Booth (tie)

IMAX Victoria in the Royal BC Museum


Honorable Mentions:

Shoppers Drug Mart OMNIMAX Theatre at the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada

Cineworld Sheffield & IMAX, Sheffield, U

Fuzhou Great Town, Omnijoi & IMAX, China

Chief Quality Officer Award of Distinction

Todd Douglas Miller, Producer, Director and Editor of Apollo 11: First Steps Edition

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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