THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AT AIMC 2019!
With thanks to our Platinum Sponsor for the
Coca-Cola AIMC Gala Dinner
And thanks to Walt Disney Motion Pictures Studios Australia for the opportunity to theme the Gala Dinner and preview the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on the big screen ahead of the film’s December 19 release.
We want to revisit some of the evening’s highlights below.
AIMC Photographer Peter Jackson took some fantastic pics of the night which we have made available for you to download:
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE AWARD WINNERS
Trailblazing Australian Director Gillian Armstrong’s brilliant career was recognised with the Murray Forrest Award for Excellence in Filmcraft and AIMC Chairman and industry stalwart Terry Jackman received a long overdue Lifetime Achievement Award.
The AIMC Award for Highest Grossing Australian Film went to Sony Pictures Releasing for the second year in a row – this year for Ladies in Black. Lana Slayman, General Manager – National On Premise, Coca-Cola Amatil presented the Coca-Cola Award for Highest Grossing Film in Australia and New Zealand to Josh Brigham and Belinda Hilton from Walt Disney Motion Pictures Studios Australia for Avengers: Endgame.
The eighth Natalie Miller Fellowshipwas awarded to award-winning producer Anna Kaplan.
THANKS TO ELIZABETH FRANK FOR AN EXCELLENT KEYNOTE
AND TO OUR PANEL FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION
We are very fortunate to have had AMC Entertainment Inc. Executive VP Elizabeth Frank deliver an insightful keynote then join our panel of Ross Entwistle (Limelight Cinemas MD), Stuart Bowling (Dolby – Director, Content & Creative Relations) and moderator Michael Hawkins (Executive Director, NACO & AIMC/Director Screen Australia). Much food for thought.
Many thanks to Hoyts for making it possible for Elizabeth to join us.
INSPIRING WOMEN FILMMAKERS
Transmission Films’ screening of I Am Woman was very well received and Producer Rosemary Blight (second from left) and screenwriter Emma Jensen(second from right) met with delegates, as did The Invisible Man (Universal) Producer Kylie Du Fresne.
ROADSHOW’S SPECIAL GUESTS JEREMY SIMS AND ERIC BANA
Roadshow Films’ MD Joel Pearlman with Rams Director Jeremy Sims and star of The Dry, Eric Bana. And thank you, Roadshow, for the Whiskey Bar.
FIRESTARTER: THE BANGARRA STORY CO-DIRECTORS JOIN ICON PRESENTATION
Wayne Blair and Nel Minchin, co-directors of Firestarter: The Bangarra Story, due for release in June 2020, at Icon’s AIMC Presentation.
AIDA PRESENTATION & AWARDS
AIDA’s Independent Spirit Award recipient this year is Jenny Neighbour, Sydney Film Festival. Also honoured – Paul Dravet – who has retired from the Cremorne Orpheum after 40+ years in the business.
AIDA Box Office Awards included: Christie Award for HG Foreign Language Film – Sanju(Mindblowing Films) accepted by Mitu Bhowtich. Sharmill Films picked up two HG Alternate Content Awards – Stage (National Theatre: All About Eve) and Special (Monet: Water Lilies – The Magic Of Water And Light).
Also winners for Highest Grossing Alternate Content – André Rieu’s 2018 Maastricht Concert: Amore, My Tribute to Love – Music (Piece of Magic Entertainment) and Sport – UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor (Foxtel’s Main Event).
AIDA’s Award for Excellence in Exhibition Innovation & Marketing was won by Event Cinemas – Boutique and Palace Cinemas – Palace Platinum.
Other AIDA Awards went to:
Best Regional Cinema – Empire Cinema, Bowral
Best Metro Independent Cinema – Cinema Nova Melbourne
Best Metro Multiplex – Village Cinemas Rivoli
Best NZ Cinema – Alice Cinématique & the Academy Gold Auckland
Congratulations to all the winners.
THANKS TO OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS AND
TRADE SHOW EXHIBITORS
We are very grateful to you all for making the AIMC possible.
THANK YOU VISTA FOR A GREAT DAY OUT AT THE GOLF
A great golf day at Lakelands thanks to Vista.
1st Place – Sandgropers (Wes Stanfield/Todd Stiles/Simon Burton/David Pye).
2nd Place – Vista 1 (Murray Holdaway/Dan Michelle/Ben Nolan/Richard Greenwood).
3rd Place – Hoyts 1 (Damian Keogh/Wendy Gower/Chris Norris/Mark Seymour).
Nearest to the pin – Simon Burton.
Longest Drive – Dan Michelle.
THANK YOU COCA-COLA CANDY BAR!
Dear Coca-Cola, Mars, Bulla and Smiths – thanks for keeping us going with your candy bar treats! Signed, AIMC 2019 xxxx
NACO SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Congratulations to Mhari Bain, Event Cinemas Indooroopilly Assistant Manager, who will be heading to the South by Southwest Digital Festival in Austin Texas. Jessie Hall (Event Myer Centre) and Bridget Promm (Hoyts Forest Hill) were both Highly Commended.
THANK YOU TO EVENT CINEMAS
Many thanks to Nathan Rose and his team at Event Cinemas Pacific Fair for their efficiency and professionalism – they helped to make a very tight schedule happen as smoothly as time would allow.
And huge thanks to Adam Petta, whose remarkable culinary talents we enjoyed daily. AIMC lunches have never tasted so good!
SURVEY AIMC 2019
We aim to have a survey to you in the next 24 hours which you can complete via the AIMC App. We would be grateful for your feedback – we really do listen.
THANK YOU TO OUR OWN TEAM
We would like to thank our own small team and volunteers – this year’s schedule was sometimes a challenge to keep on track and we appreciate all they do, often behind-the-scenes, to make the Convention as enjoyable and productive for our delegates, partners, sponsors and guests as possible. And special thanks to Exposcan, our scanning company – who worked extra hard this year.
THE LAST WORD – THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING
Lastly, thank you – our valued delegates – for coming to AIMC 2019.