Nominations include Monty Python Live (Mostly), NT Live’s War Horse and concert broadcasts from Muse and Robbie Williams.
The Event Cinema Association (ECA) has announced the nominations for its 2nd Annual ECA Awards. The ceremony will take place at the ECA Conference on Oct 16 at 17.30 the Genesis Cinema in London.
The awards recognize the achievements at the box office that the event cinema industry has made over the last 12 months, along with awarding excellence in two key areas – programming (aimed at content providers and distribution) and exhibition (for cinemas).
Nominations this year (May 31, 2013 - June 1, 2014) include the British Museum’s record-breaking Pompeii Live in June 2013, which although having emerged several years previously with a Leonardo Live exhibition and subsequent others by provider Exhibition on Screen (also nominated this year for its Manet exhibition) helped established the museum and gallery exhibition in cinema.
Other nominations include the NT Live’s War Horse, along with the ENO’s critically acclaimed Peter Grimes, Henrik Ibsen’s play Ghosts which included the world’s first Dolby Atmos event cinema release, the Canonization of the Pope Live in 3D and Monty Python Live (Mostly) from the O2.
Exhibitors among the nominations include John Travers from Cineworld, Kevin Markwick from the Picture House Uckfield, Carmike Cinemas in the US and Dorothy Smith of art house cinema Zeffirellis in Ambleside, Lake District. Full details of the nominees can be found on the ECA website.
The ECA also awards excellence at the box office for members of the ECA achieving 100,000, 250,000 and 500,000 admissions at the box office.
There will also be contenders for awards this year with numerous high profile events.
BBC Worldwide’s Dr Who: Day of the Doctor which saw cinemas gross $10m in three days worldwide, the Back to the Future Secret Cinema event in London grossed $5.55m (£3.37m) across its run, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Richard II made headlines as did Andre Rieu’s 10th Anniversary Concert, Matisse Live, Monty Python and NT Live events.
Box office attendance has grown in some particular instances to occupy as much as 25% in some independent cinemas in the UK - one in four tickets sold is for an event cinema release, according to the ECA.