Canadian doc wins Lumiere award in Hollywood

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation was awarded Best 3D Documentary by the Advanced Imaging Society, which honours achievements in immersive storytelling.

volano-lumiere-cropVolcanoes: The Fires of Creation has won Best 3D Documentary at the 10th annual Lumière Awards, announced at Warner Bros. Studios on Jan. 30.

The awards, presented by the Advanced Imaging Society, give international recognition to achievements in immersive storytelling through advanced technology. Michael Dalton-Smith (pictured, centre), who directed and produced the doc, was there to accept the award.

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation follows explorer Carsten Peter as he explores volcanoes around the globe, including an active volcano in Indonesia, the remains of Pompeii and the Kilauea eruption in Hawaii. The doc was produced by Toronto-based Digital Crossing Films in association with the Giant Dome Theater Consortium. SK Films, also in Toronto, owns the worldwide distribution rights.

Another Canadian accolade: Pixar’s Bao, directed by Canadian Domee Shi, picked up the award for Best Animated Short. Bao will compete with NFB short Animal Behaviour at this year’s Academy Awards.

A number of Oscar-nominated films were among the award recipients, including Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Best Animated Feature Film and Best Stereography for Animated Feature Film), Black Panther (Best Immersive Experience Entertainment Feature), A Star is Born (Best Use of HDR in a Feature Motion Picture) and Roma (Best Use of HDR in a Feature Motion Picture Foreign Language).

Mission: Impossible – Fallout writer and director Christopher McQuarrie was awarded the Harold Lloyd Award, given to filmmakers who use technology to enrich storytelling.

Pictured: Meetal Gokul, Dalton-Smith, Jaime Jasso