THE AFCI AWARDS WERE CREATED TO RECOGNIZE THE HIGH CALIBER OF WORK BEING UNDERTAKEN BY AFCI MEMBER FILM COMMISSIONS AROUND THE GLOBE IN SUPPORT OF THE SCREEN INDUSTRY AND IN ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS IT BRINGS.
In order to keep these Awards accountable to a high standard, all submissions are evaluated by an independent selection committee comprising of senior industry professionals (including members of the AFCI Advisory Board). Selection Committee members are required to declare any conflict of interest when evaluating submissions. In the event of such a conflict, the selection committee member will abstain from voting. For the inaugural year of the Awards, nominations may be for activity within the last 2 years. Going forward applications must be for activity within the last 12 months of the application due date.
Nominations open late January and close late May 2020 and are made through AFCI’s online Member Community platform.
Inaugural awards will be presented at the opening reception of AFCI’s 44th Cineposium Conference at the top of Niagara Falls in September 2020.
AFCI believes in recognizing both the member organizations and the individuals who work within those organizations.
Four Awards will be launched in 2020: three of these are awarded to a Film Commission Office, and one, to a Film Commissioner/Head of Office for outstanding service.
LOCAL COMMUNITY & ENGAGEMENT AWARD
Awarded to a Commission that in the last two years (2018 & 2019) has worked hand-in-hand with both a production and the local community to facilitate a local community program/give back with successful outcomes.
Examples could be a complicated location shoot that required ‘town hall’ meetings with the local community to explain the activity and the benefits of the production and resulted in a support for the production by the community, or a production that ‘gave back’ by funding a service or event, or provided unique internship/trainee opportunities or volunteered in the local community.
SCREEN TOURISM AWARD
Awarded to a Commission that in the last two years (2018 & 2019) has worked with local community and/or official tourism body and production to support a screen related tourism offering for domestic and/or international tourists.
A Commission’s involvement in managing the relationship between the production company/studio and local community/Tourism authority constitutes eligibility for entry into this category. High volume tourism numbers are not necessarily the determining factor in deciding the winning entrant.
Data from the local tourism authority or other reputable agency must be provided to support submissions in this category
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVITY AWARD
Awarded to a Commission that has, in the last two years (2018 & 2019), implemented meaningful steps to encourage diversity within their local industry. This could be for roles in front of or behind the camera. Examples would include, but not be limited to: writer’s grants, placement programs or special top-up funding for meeting certain criteria, or detailed online resources to connect diverse cast and crew with industry.
This Award is designed to acknowledge programs fostering diverse practices in all screen sectors, including but not limited to: film, television, gaming or new media formats. Provision of financial assistance/grant/ incentive is not a requirement to enter this category.
Diversity includes but is not limited to the areas of gender, ethnicity, indigenous peoples, national minorities, age, sexual orientation, geographical location, disability and social background.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Awarded to a long-standing Film Commissioner or Head of Film Commission Office, this award acknowledges the consistent commitment by one individual to both the industry and their local community. Candidates must be currently employed by a Film Commission and need to have been working in a Commission for at least 10 years (need not be consecutive).
Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by a fellow AFCI Member.
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