Gala Event Honoring Excellence in Post Set for November, 2009
May 8, 2009 (Hollywood, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance has announced the Call for Entries for the Fourth Annual HPA Awards. The popular award show will take place November 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Launched in 2006, the HPA Awards have become a standard by which creative and technical excellence in the art, science and craft of post production is measured.
The HPA Awards invite entries in the following categories:
Outstanding Color Grading using a digital intermediate process-Feature Film
Outstanding Color Grading-Television
Outstanding Color Grading-Commercial
Outstanding Editing-Feature Film
Outstanding Audio Post-Feature Film
Outstanding Audio Post-Television
Outstanding Audio Post-Commercial
Outstanding Compositing-Feature Film
Entries are also being accepted for the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production, a new category that made its debut during the 2008 Awards. The Innovation Award recognizes companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the application of innovation in a post production process or to the post production industry through the use of new approaches, tools, workflows and ideas that help enhance the post production process from a technical, creative or efficiency perspective.
The period of eligibility is September 4, 2008 to September 7, 2009 and eligible work may have debuted domestically or internationally during this period. Entrants need not be members of the Hollywood Post Alliance to submit work for consideration.
In addition to the creative award categories, the HPA Awards recognize outstanding achievements in post-production by individuals, companies and in engineering. The revered Engineering Excellence Award is bestowed upon an individual, company or process that advances post production technology. The Charles S. Swartz Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production is awarded to a person, group, company or technology that has made a significant artistic, technological, business or educational impact on Post Production and the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a post production professional for his or her service and commitment to the field of Post Production.
Nominees and winners are selected by judging panels that are drawn from professionals in production and post-production. Entries for the Engineering Excellence Award will be invited to present to engineering award judges at a special HPA event that will be open to the post community.
Complete rules, guidelines and entry information are available at:
. Submissions for the creative categories and for the HPA Judges Creativity Award will be accepted May 1, 2009 through July 31, 2009. Submissions for the Engineering Excellence Award will be accepted May 1, 2009 through July 1, 2009. Early Bird Entry (reduced fee) applies until July 3rd, 2009.
The HPA Awards were launched in 2006 to highlight the contributions of the talented men and women of the post production industry who are a pivotal part of the creative process and of hit shows, spots and movies. Last year’s winners included Steven J. Scott for the DI color grading of “Iron Man,” the audio team from “Wall-E,” Outstanding Feature Film Editor went to Lee Smith, A.C.E. for “The Dark Knight,” and commercial spots for Jaguar, “XF Hush,” and Audi RS6, “Gymnast” were recognized. Engineering Awards went to Quantel, Panasonic and FastSoft. The first Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation were awarded to LaserPacific Media Corporation for the accurateIMAGE system; Sony Pictures Imageworks for the “Beowulf 3D” stereoscopic post production pipeline; and jointly to Digital Film Tree and CBS/Paramount for the development of a data-centric post network and workflow for “Everybody Hates Chris.” Long time Hollywood post production executive Ronald Burdett was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Post Production and Dean Elizabeth M. Daley, of the USC school of Cinema was last year’s recipient of the Charles S. Swartz Award. For a complete list of last year’s winners and nominees, visit
A Call for Judges will be announced soon for late summer judging sessions. Nominees will be announced in the fall. For more information about the HPA Awards, visit
or call 213.614.0860.
About the HPA
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.
About the HPA Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance. The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Gold Sponsor: Autodesk; Silver Sponsors: Deluxe, Panasonic, and Thomson Grass Valley; and Bronze Sponsors: Avid Technology, Cine-tal, da Vinci, Digital Vision, Quantel, Sony, and Texas Instruments DLP Cinema.
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