More than 300 production and broadcast executives converged at the Conrad Dubai hotel yesterday for the Digital Studio Awards.
The awards ceremony saw 16 trophies given out to professionals involved in all aspects of film and TV production and broadcast.
The ceremony, which was presented by popular radio host Tom Urquhart, kicked off with a drinks reception before the main dinner and ceremony.
Emirati filmmaker Majid Alansari collected the first award on behalf of Image Nation for his directorial debut, Zinzana, which also went on to win the award for Best Editing. Alansari returned to the stage later in the evening to collect the coveted award for Up and Coming Filmmaker of the Year.
Many UAE-based companies earned accolades at the ceremony. Dubai Film walked away with the Best Live Action Capture award for its filming of ‘Jetman’ Yves Rossy flying in tandem with an Emirates Airbus A380.
Dubai-based Real Image won the Best Special Effects / CGI award for its Ministry of Culture - Beach & Desert UAE Army TV commercial.
Dubai Studio City was also recognised for the huge investment it has made in the emirate’s soundstages, which earned the Studio of the Year award.
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Best Content Capture: Image Nation Abu Dhabi for Zinzana
Best Live Action Capture: Emirates and Dubai Film Production
Best Special Effects CGI: Real Image TV Production: Ministry of Culture - Beach & Desert UAE Army TVC.
Best Use of Animation: Cartoon Network Studios Arabia for Mansour Season 2, which was produced by in partnership with Creative Generation and Two Four 54.
Best Editing Award: Image Nation Abu Dhabi for Zinzana.
Outstanding Sound Capture: Mile Studios - A Passage of Courage
Excellence in Post Production: Filmmaster – Nestlé Middle East
Studio of the Year: Dubai Studio City's Sound Stages
Outstanding achievement in workflow: OSN – Rugby World Cup coverage
The Best Technical Installation Award: Al Jazeera Media Network
Content Delivery Platform of the Year: Etisalat
Satellite Services Innovation of the Year: du Broadcast Services
Best Technology Innovation Award: Panasonic VariCam 35
Best Service Innovation: Integracast MENA for ChloroFILM.
Up & Coming Filmmaker of the Year: Majid Al Ansari - Zinzana
Broadcast Executive of the Year: Sanjay Raina - Fox International Channels MENA and Pakistan