ShowCanada 2017 - Banff, Alberta - May 30 - June 1
Join us in the majestic mountains of Banff, Alberta from May 30 – June 1. Registration and scheduling details coming soon…
ShowCanada is the only film industry convention in Canada that brings together all sectors of the industry from across Canada and the US. For four days, delegates will gather for screenings, informational seminars, and networking opportunities.
For more information on promotional and sponsorship opportunities, please click here.
Banff is a resort town in the province of Alberta an hour and a half north of Calgary. Within this National Park, the peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominate its skyline. On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops. The surrounding 6,500 square kilometres of parkland are home to wildlife including elk and grizzly bears, and fromMay 30 – and June 1, 2017 will also be home to many untamed exhibitors and unruly distribution executives.
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The Showmanship awards will be considered for promotions submitted before February 26, 2016 and focusing on films that opened between January 1st, 2015 and December 31st, 2015.
BLOCKBUSTER FILM AWARD
This category describes promotions of big-budget productions with large promotion budgets and extensive studio support. Often these films are called “Project Pictures”, although they may not be designated as such. They will always have distributor-initiated Manager Contests and premium items for in-theatre promo use.
Also included in this category will be ‘blockbuster’ films with no Manager Contest or major premium/prizing incentives offered by the distributor. These movies, while judged within the BLOCKBUSTER category, will be looked at separately and consideration given to the extra initiative and creativity displayed by the Manager in his or her promotion. 2015’s winners in this category were Planes: Fire & Rescue, How To Train Your Dragon 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
EUGENE AMODEO SHOWMANSHIP FILM AWARD
This award is given for a theatre-initiated promotion and usually for a smaller production or an independent film with limited studio support (no prizing or contests, etc.) Last year’s winners in this category were The Boxtrolls and Hercules.
AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT AWARD
This prize is awarded for year-round and/or seasonal efforts by a specific theatre with respect to multiple events that interact with and build audiences for that location. It could include charitable events, efforts to grow the overall customer base and special theatre activities. Also, alternative programming events (i.e. Opera, WWE, NHL) i.e. increased ticket sales and attendance, media coverage, etc.
These efforts could include a movie or movies (film circuit, seasonal programming, French Canadian films on Sunday, etc.), but will always seek to increase attendance and build audiences for the theatre.
This promotion can be for a film-related concession promotion or for a featured (new or special) concession item. Preliminary plans, photos, evidence of success and relevancy to any movie tie-in are required components that need to be documented.
BEST PROMOTION FOR A CANADIAN FILM – ENGLISH
Promoting an English Canadian film can be challenging but also very rewarding. Most distributors are very interested in theatre support; they will work with you and possibly provide additional materials. The Grand Seduction and Trailer Park Boys: Don’t Legalize It were examples of distributor supported English Canadian films.
BEST PROMOTION FOR A CANADIAN FILM – FRENCH
Quebec films are very strong in this province. In-theatre promotions are considered a necessary part of a successful French Canadian film launch and you will find distributors generally very cooperative. 1987 was the winner in 2015.
All promotions must be submitted in an attractive and compact format. Over-sized packages are eye-catching but rarely arrive in their original condition, and since the submissions ‘travel’ and are reviewed by several groups of people they must be both concise and durable.
First and foremost, each submission must be very clearly labelled with the name of the promoters, the name of the theatre, and the circuit and the category in which it is intended to be entered.
Please ensure that the label and/or submission form is securely fastened to the project (ideally on the inside front cover of the binder) so the identifier doesn’t get misplaced.
In addition, please attach securely and individually label any additional as these tend to get separated from the main body of work, and without label, they will not be part of the consideration. Also, please include a checklist of what the submission should contain.
**NEW** – ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:
Please make sure that your submission also includes 30 – 90 seconds of footage that can include interviews with staff, some coverage of your theatre and your promotion. This material will be used in a “sizzle reel” to be showed at the awards dinner should your entry win.
COMPONENTS REQUIRED FOR A COMPLETE PROMOTION
Beside each element is the relative weight assigned to each.
LOBBY AND IN-THEATRE PROMOTION
Includes decorations (lobby displays and off-site poster placements), costumes, concessions, promotions, pre-release activities and opening weekend events at the theatre. 30%
RETAIL AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Includes local merchant bounce-back partnerships, national and local retail tie-ins, as well as participating in mall promotions. If there is a national partnership out of the US and it isn’t applicable in Canada, the theatre should discuss alternative Canadian partnership potentials with the distributor. 20%
Community interaction including charitable benefits, parade participation, local contests, etc . 20%
Includes TV (national, cable and local), radio (commercial or university/college), newspapers (national, local daily, alternative, community), website and flyers. Must include verification of positioning and ‘book’ rate of media (total $ value versus prizing and/or $ supplied) . 10%
INDEPENDENT INITIATIVE AND CREATIVITY
Includes evidence of original content, unique activities and creative submission presentation. 10%
Evidence of teamwork 10%
The promotional contests are open to all theatre level personnel including District Supervisors, Managers and Assistant Managers from all circuits and independent theatres across Canada.
The first place winners of the six Showmanship Award categories will receive a free trip to ShowCanada including airfare, hotel and convention registration plus $500 cash. They will also receive an exclusive ShowCanada Showmanship Trophy to honour this achievement.
The second-prize winners will each receive a trophy plus $250. Third-prize winners in each category will receive an award plus $150. The six second-prize and third-prize winners also receive a complimentary trip to ShowCanada including airfare, hotel and convention registration.
The top ten runners-up will also be acknowledged with Honourable Mention certificates and $75 each.
The prize-winning promotions will be on display at ShowCanada. Winners should pick up their winning entries at ShowCanada. Submissions will not be shipped back.
For more information, please contact:
Movie Theatre Association of Canada (MTAC)
1303 Yonge Street
Tel.: (416) 434-7431
How to get there
More information coming soon.