The Event Cinema Association’s fifth annual conference took place in London Wednesday at the Vue West End in Leicester Square. As part of a busy day’s presentations, discussion and networking the ECA Box Office Awards were the highlight of the day.
Sponsored by Encompass for the second year running, the awards are intended to give recognition to the effort and achievements of the ECA’s very global membership, and the winners demonstrate the vast diversity and appeal of Event Cinema in all its different genres.
“The criteria is simple,” said Melissa Cogavin, managing director of the ECA. “Box Office Awards are open to ECA distributor members. 100,000 admissions wins a Bronze medal, 250,000 admissions is a silver award and 500,000 admissions is a gold award.”
Cogavin added, “Every year we do this we are encouraged by the enthusiasm and number of medals to award to our members. It’s an honor to recognize how hard our members work throughout the year and at the ECA we want to grow the industry; we feel that this ceremony goes a long way to raising the profile as much as providing a well-deserved feel good factor for all concerned.”
Encompass’s sales director Nigel Crow said, “It’s been a pleasure to support the ECA and their members today at the ECA Conference, and in particular the Box Office Awards. We feel that it’s important to recognize the effort and achievements of distributors of Event Cinema and Encompass are very happy to support all the winners today; they are to be congratulated.”
The winners this year demonstrate the true international nature of the Event Cinema industry, with medals going to distributors Exhibition on Screen and the Royal Opera House in the UK, Nexo from Italy, Pathé Live from France, Piece of Magic Entertainment from the Netherlands, a multitude of gongs to Fathom Events in the USA including the only gold medal for last year’s smash hit Pokémon The Movie – I Choose You! and, closer to home one of two awards going to newcomers Trafalgar Releasing for Dave Gilmour Live in Pompeii, a music concert attended by nearly 400,000 fans in cinemas worldwide, which gained them a silver award.
Alice De Rosa, director of distribution, Trafalgar Releasing said, "Trafalgar Releasing has had an incredible first year under our new ownership and brand. It is an honor to be recognized today by the ECA, on the first anniversary of the new company, with box office achievement awards for David Gilmour Live At Pompeii and Rammstein Paris. We remain committed to breaking boundaries across the film and event cinema sector and are looking forward to a jam packed year ahead.”
Normally the Awards for Excellence recognizing the best exhibitors and outstanding contribution categories would take place at the same time but these are planned to take place at the next Slate Day later in 2018. The focus this time was on Box Office excellence at this event.
The ECA Conference was kindly supported by Gofilex, Éclair, CinemaNext, Motion Picture Solutions, Vue, Cineplace, Demand.Film, Magnutido, Managed Networks, Qubewire, NEP Broadcast Solutions, Fathom Events, More2Screen, Strike Media, Coca Cola, Molson Coors, We are Pops and Speakeasy Ice Cream. It was attended by 200 industry professionals from the UK, North America, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.
Here are the winners:
Bronze Awards (100,000 admissions)
Exhibition on Screen (UK)
· Painting the Moden Garden From Monet to Matisse
· I, Claude Monet
Fathom Events (USA)
· Disney’s Newsies – The Broadway Musical
· Is Genesis History
· In Our Hands – The Battle For Jerusalem
· Jeepers Creepers 3
· Samaritan’s Purse Presents Facing Darkness
· The Princess Bride 30th Anniversary (1987) Presented by TCM
· Steve McQueen: American Icon
· Singin’ in the Rain 65th Anniversary (1952) Presented by TCM
· Genesis Paradise Lost
Nexo Digital (Italy)
· Loving Vincent
Pathé Live (France)
· Bolshoi Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty
· Bolshoi Ballet, Swan Lake
Royal Opera House (UK)
· Madame Butterfly
· The Nutcracker
Trafalgar Releasing (UK)
· Rammstein Paris
Silver Awards (250,000 admissions)
· Piece of Magic Entertainment (Netherlands) – Andre Rieu Maastricht Concert 2017
· Trafalgar Releasing (UK) – Dave Gilmour Live in Pompeii
Gold Award (500,000 admissions)
· Fathom Events - Pokémon The Movie – I Choose You!
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