Gary Keir has been awarded the annual Kinetone Award for his commitment and contribution to emerging filmmakers in Queensland.
The award is nominated and voted by members the Queensland film industry, and presented annually at the Brisbane International Film Festival, to recognise active encouragement of new filmmakers.
Arts Minister Rod Welford presented the award to Gary Keir before an audience of his peers at The Regent Cinema on Friday.
Mr Welford said "Queensland has many talented filmmakers eager to break into the industry, and the guidance they receive from experienced professionals is invaluable. This award recognises those more experienced film professionals who devote their time and expertise to assisting emerging filmmakers, and ensure the sustainability and quality of Queensland’s film
Gary’s long history with film processing and post production company Atlab has seen him involved in many productions from commercials to major international feature films since 1977. He opened Atlab’s Gold Coast branch as its manager in 1991, and has since become a figurehead in Queensland’s film and television industry.
His support has extended to the establishment of film competitions, sponsorship of local festivals, participation in industry groups and panels, and support of the annual Warner Roadshow Queensland New Filmmakers Awards (QNFA).
For many years, Gary has selflessly devoted himself to newcomers and seasoned professionals alike, passing on his contagious enthusiasm and technical knowledge, and demonstrating his commitment to the finest detail of every one of their productions. In 2000 he was recognised by the Australian Cinematographers Society with the Edwin Scragg Award.
"Previous winners of the Kinetone Award include John Cox from John Cox’s Creature Workshop, Dr Bruce Molloy from Bond University and Michael Lake from Warner Roadshow Studios," said Mr Welford.
The award is named after the Kinetone company, one of Australia’s first film production companies. Through to the late 1970s, Kinetone was operated by the Burne family, who actively encouraged and developed many talented filmmakers.