UK wins big at Global Production Awards
The UK made a big impact at the inaugural Global Production Awards (GPA), hosted by our sister sites Screen, KFTV and Broadcast.
The awards were held last night (22 May) at Mademoiselle Gray d’Albion Plage in Cannes, during the annual film festival.
Supported by UK-based screen consultancy firm Olsberg SPI, they celebrate outstanding and sustainable work from the world of film and TV production, locations and studios around the globe.
The UK winners were:
• See-Saw Films’ The Essex Serpent, for Outstanding Use Of Location - Film Or TV Series. One judge said: “The location is inherent and central to the storytelling, and yet was replete with challenges. The filmmakers met the challenges to deliver an outstanding creative result, while respecting and protecting the natural environment.”
• London’s Garden Studios won Studio of the Year. A technically-advanced film production complex with versatile stage configurations and an in-house Virtual Production studio, it was praised for its commitment to training and growing talent, to sustainability and to welcoming underrepresented people.
• Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios and its TBY2 Studios’ solar rooftop won the Sustainable Initiative Award, for an outstanding single green initiative that shows demonstrable results. How Bottle Yard partnered with the local community on the rooftop, was praised by judges. Another joked that the “the sheer bravery of trying to harness the sun in the UK should be applauded.”
• Call It!, a smart phone app which enables film and TV industry workers to report incidents of harassment, bullying and abuse to executives or senior producers on their sets, picked up the Production Innovation Award. Judges were impressed that the app, from Creating Safer, Fairer Productions, is “accessible in any territory and can be used in any stages of a production, no matter the budget range of the production.”
The GPAs were voted on by expert judges including senior vice president at HBO Jay Roewe; Elvis producer and president of production and development at Bazmark Schuyler Weiss; Amazon Studios’ head of worldwide production and post-production, Tim Clawson; producer and former Sundance executive Bird Runningwater; and the Association of Film Commissioners International’s (AFCI) executive director, Jaclyn Philpott.
Full list of Global Production Awards winners:
NBCUniversal and its affiliates, including Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and NBC Universal Television
City Of Film
City of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Obala Art Centre)
Location Of The Year
Standing Sets - Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Calgary Economic Development)
Outstanding Use Of Location - Film Or TV Series
The Essex Serpent, See-Saw Films, UK
Samaná, Dominican Republic Film Commission (DGCINE), Dominican Republic
Studio Of The Year
Garden Studios, London, UK
Film Commission Team
The Australian Job, Ausfilm International Ltd (Ausfilm), Australia
Farmen (The Farm), Strix Norway (A Fremantle Company), Sweden/Norway
Workforce Development: A Local Foundation with Global Impact (The Royal Film Commission – Jordan)
Diversity & Inclusion
Fashion Dis: Season 1 (Nikki Ray Media Agency, Canada)
Call It! Creating Safer, Fairer Productions – Call It! (UK)
TBY2 Studios: 1MWp Solar Rooftop Array, The Bottle Yard Studios, Bristol, UK
An extended version of this article first appeared on our sister site, Screen.
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