GSCA Achievement Awards

The GSCA 2019 Achievement Awards were presented the evening of Tuesday, September 10, at the Fairmont Empress hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, during the GSCA 2019 International Conference and Trade Show. The GSCA Achievement Awards recognize excellence in giant screen filmmaking, marketing, and lifelong learning. IMAX Corporation, sponsor of the awards gala, presented the IMAX Maximum Image Awards during the ceremony as well. Photos © Derek Ford for GSCA, 2019.

Superpower Dogs

Best Film-Short Subject
Best Original Score
Best Visual Effects

Pictured here are Daniel Ferguson, Aileen Robertson, John Wickstrom, George Duffield, Antonietta Monteleone, Jim Edward, Melissa Rogers, and Taran Davies. Superpower Dogs is produced by Cosmic Picture. Directed by Daniel Ferguson, Produced by Taran Davies, George Duffield, Daniel Ferguson, and Dominic Cunningham-Reid. Score by Michel Cusson. Visual effects by Rodeo FX, Visceral Image Productions, and Mels. Distributed by Cosmic Picture and IMAX.

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition

Best Film for Lifelong Learning
Best Sound Design

Pictured here are Sound Designer Brian Eimer (ImagesInSound) and Producer Tom Petersen (Statement Pictures). Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is produced by Statement Pictures and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films.

Great Bear Rainforest

Best Cinematography

Cinematography by Ian McAllister and Jeff Turner. Pictured here are Candice Currie, Meghan MacGillivray, Chip Bartlett, Ian McAllister, Tim Archer, Patty Collins, Shaun MacGillivray, Lori Rick, and Shauna Badheka. Great Bear Rainforest is produced by Spirit Bear Entertainment and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films.

Free Solo

Best Film-Feature Length

Pictured here is Brett Fellman, IMAX Corporation. Free Solo: The IMAX Experience is directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi; produced by Itinerant Films, Little Monster Films, National Geographic, and Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation.

Cosmic Picture and IMAX Corporation, Superpower Dogs

Best Marketing Campaign by a Distributor

Pictured here are Chase Martin (IMAX), Alice Casbara (IMAX), Daniel Ferguson (Cosmic Picture), Aileen Robertson (Cosmic Picture), John Wickstrom (Cosmic Picture), Gina Glen (IMAX), George Duffield (Cosmic Picture), Antonietta Monteleone (Cosmic Picture), Jim Edward, (COPILOT Productions), Melissa Rogers (Cosmic Picture), and Taran Davies (Cosmic Picture).

Omniversum, The Netherlands, Pandas

Best Film Launch by a Theater (tie)

Pictured here is Alexandra Van Der Zee (Omniversum)

Telus World of Science-Edmonton, Superpower Dogs

Best Film Launch by a Theater

Pictured here are Alan Nursall, Donalda Pelton, Ursula Pattloch, and Darren Durocher (Telus World of Science-Edmonton)

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

Best Film Launch by a Theater

Pictured here is Chad Hunter (Carnegie Science Center)

SK Films
Volcanoes 3D Printer Templates

Big Idea Award

Pictured here are Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation director/producer Michael Dalton-Smith (Digital Crossing Films), and Amber Hawtin, Tory Hines, Wendy MacKeigan, and Tyler Mifflin (SK Films).

Mike Lutz

Big Shoe

The Big Shoe recipient is selected by GSCA staff to recognize exemplary volunteers. Pictured here is Mike Lutz with GSCA staff Tammy Barrett, Kelly Germain, and Eileen Pheiffer.

Maximum Image Awards, Presented by IMAX

IMAX Victoria in the Royal BC Museum


Best IMAX Booth (tie)

Pictured here is Jason St. Louis, Chief Projectionist and Technical Advisor at IMAX Victoria. No photo available for Odeon BFI IMAX.

Honorable mentions:

  • Shoppers Drug Mart OMNIMAX Theatre at the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada
  • Cineworld Sheffield & IMAX, Sheffield, UK
  • Fuzhou Great Town, Omnijoi & IMAX, China

Hail Columbia

IMAX Hall of Fame Award

Produced by IMAX. Produced by Graeme Ferguson and Roman Kroitor. Directed by Graeme Ferguson. Cinematography by David Douglas, Graeme Ferguson, Richard Leiterman.

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.

Africa: The Serengeti

IMAX Hall of Fame Award

Produced by Graphic Films in collaboration with the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Produced by Paul Novros and George Casey. Directed by George Casey. Cinematography by Andrew Kitzanuk.

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

Chief Quality Officer Award of Distinction