The GSCA 2018 Achievement Awards were presented the evening of Friday, September 21, at the Westin hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee, during the GSCA 2018 International Conference and Trade Show in Chattanooga.
Toni Myers is a visionary and pioneering filmmaker who has graced the giant screen cinema industry since its beginning as editor, writer, producer, and director. Jonathan Barker was a world leader in 3D film production and distribution, specializing in IMAX/giant screen films that combine human drama and natural history discoveries. Read more about their industry contributions in the press release announcing their selection as the award recipients.
Click here to watch the Jonathan Barker tribute video produced by Tyler Mifflin
Best Film Short Subject, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Big Idea
Pictured here are Amber Hawtin, Andrew Young, Myles Connolly, Susan Todd, Michael Male, Wendy MacKeigan, Tory Hines, and Tyler Mifflin
Film credits: Susan Todd, Producer/Director; Andrew Young, Producer/Director, Cinematography; Jonathan Barker, Executive Producer; Sean B. Carroll, Executive Producer; Stephen Apkon, Executive Producer; Michael Male, Cinematography; Visual Effects by Lincoln Athas, Southbay, The Molecule, Machineyes, A Precess Media Division; Produced by Arise Media and Archipelago Films; Distributed by SK Films. The Big Idea was awarded for the "It's not just a film—it's a movement" aspect of the marketing campaign.
Best Sound Design, Best Original Score
America's Musical Journey
Pictured here are Producer Shaun MacGillivay and Director Greg MacGillivray
Film Credits: Supervising Sound Editor Andrew DeCristofaro, score by Steve Wood
Best Film-Feature Length
Dunkirk: The IMAX Experience
Pictured here are Brett Fellman, and Patricia and David Keighley, IMAX Corporation.
Film Credits: Christopher Nolan, Director. Produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan, Syncopy, and Warner Bros. Distributed by Warner Bros.
Best Theater Marketing Campaign, Big Idea Award
Pictured here are Kate Piasecka and Richard Morrison. The Best Theater Marketing Campaign was awarded for Melbourne's "20 Years of IMAX" campaign, and the Big Idea was awarded for the partnership they established with Sichuan Airlines to promote the film Pandas.
Best Marketing Campaign by a Distributor
IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros., Pandas
Pictured here is Chase Martin, IMAX Corporation
Best Film Launch by a Theater
IMAX Victoria in the Royal BC Museum, America's Musical Journey
Pictured here are Paul Wild and Marie Zirk from IMAX Victoria in the Royal BC Museum
Best Educational Program
Discovery Place, The Year of the Engineer Program
Pictured here is Joanie Philipp from Discovery Place
Andrew Oran and the team at FotoKem
The Big Shoe recipient is selected by GSCA staff to recognize exemplary volunteers. Pictured here are GSCA Executive Director Tammy Seldon, Andrew Oran, and GSCA Membership and Communications Director Kelly Germain.
IMAX Maximum Image Awards
Hall of Fame Award
The IMAX Hall of Fame Award goes to a giant screen film that is at least 10 years old and is selected by vote of the IMAX theater network.
Pictured here is Bugs! 3D producer Phil Streather. Bugs! 3D was produced by Principal Large Format, Image Quest 3-D, and the UK Film and TV Production Company. Executive producers Jonathan Barker, Peter Fudakowski, Simon Relph. Produced by Phil Streather and Alexandra Ferguson. Distributed by SK Films.
Best IMAX Booth
- Cineworld Broughton and IMAX, Broughton, UK
- Hollywood Megaplex Plus City & IMAX, Pasching, Austria
- Zhejiang Wandi & IMAX, Lishui, China
- 360 Kuwait & IMAX, Kuwait City, KW
- Cineworld Sheffield & IMAX, Sheffield, UK
- Kinepolis Brussels & IMAX, Brussels, BE
Chief Quality Officer Award of Distinction
David Booty, IMAX Melbourne