New York Festivals TV & Film Awards honors Greg MacGillivray of MacGillivray Freeman Films with 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award
Mr. MacGillivray’s award-winning creative career will be honored at the New York Festivals Television & Film Awards gala on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas. New York Festivals is now in its 61th year of honoring the World’s Best TV & Films℠. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes prominent industry leaders whose accomplishments have advanced their field and made a lasting impression on the industry.
“My filmmaking for the giant-screen IMAX Theatre format is different from conventional filmmaking,” said Greg MacGillivray. “We put audience members in the film. They are immersed in the scene on the giant IMAX Theatre screen. From the time I worked with Stanley Kubrick on The Shining through the time spent making 40 films for IMAX theatres, my creative team in Laguna Beach and I keep trying to push the film experience to new and unexpected levels.”
Greg MacGillivray has been producing and directing award-winning films for more than 50 years. In that time, he has gone from surf films to Hollywood to the Smithsonian and IMAX and across the world. MacGillivray partnered with Jim Freeman to form MacGillivray Freeman Films in 1966 and today has more than 50 films to his credit. Since then, MacGillivray’s company has made 40 giant-screen films in some of the planet’s most exotic and challenging locations, such as the top of the world’s tallest mountain for the blockbuster documentary “Everest.” Throughout his illustrious career Greg has personally shot more 70mm film than anyone in cinema history. He has created 5 of the top 10 highest-grossing IMAX films of all time and with 360 theaters worldwide showing his films, in 2003 he became the first documentary filmmaker to reach the $1 billion benchmark in worldwide ticket sales.
MacGillivray has received two Academy Award nominations for Best Documentary Short Subject: “The Living Sea” in 1995 and “Dolphins” in 2000. He and his team remain committed to using the best tools to capture the highest quality images and continue to make film experiences that go beyond the technology of our time.
A passionate ocean conservationist, Greg and his wife Barbara founded the One World One Ocean Campaign and the non-profit MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation, multimedia initiatives dedicated to educating and inspiring the public through giant-screen films and companion programming about the need to protect the world’s ocean. To complement their documentary films, MacGillivray Freeman helps fund exhibits, teacher guides, companion photography books and educational resources to encourage interest in science, the environment, and world cultures. Their student-screening program has enabled more than 20,000 underserved students to experience their world through their films, and a scientist speaker program brings scientists face to face with kids in classrooms.
Through partnerships with corporations and individuals like Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Sting and Sir Paul McCartney, MacGillivray’s company has brought great brands to the giant screen and pioneered a new way to “force multiply” their educational reach.
The 2018 Television & Film Awards gala will take place at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 10th, 2018. New York Festivals Television & Film Awards will celebrate the 2018 World’s Best TV & Films, as well as, Broadcaster of the Year, Production Company of the Year, Program Promotion Team of the Year, and United Nations Department of Public Information Awards.