Gold Coast based event company Backdrops Fantastic Australia have picked up Best New Event Product/Technology at The Special Event in the USA last Thursday beating two other international nominees.
The Special Event Award win in Best New Product/Technology category was for the fully immersive undersea themed event that Backdrops Fantastic Australia produced for Clubs NSW held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in 2016.
Backdrops Fantastic Australia managing director Thomas Brown said,“The team is thrilled with the win having been judged against some amazing international event professional peers. To win the top international award is a proud recognition of the incredible creativity coming out of the Australian event industry.”
Other nominees in the Best New Product/Technology category were Activation Group, Shanghai for the New Volvo S90 China Launch and AirPac Inc., Front Royal, Va. for the Gates Foundation.
Thomas called the win “gratifying” and shed light on the dynamic set of relationships and collaborators which culminated in the development of the new technology.
“R&D to produce our modular product line and then adapt the technologies of Augmented Projection mapping onto them in a corporate event space was an extremely challenging but unbelievably rewarding process,” he said.
“[It’s] a process that could not have been possible without an extremely trusting long-time client who allowed us the full creative license to explore and experiment with something she never fully comprehended until she saw it live at the final rehearsals.
“The Gold Coast Convention Centre also played a major part in our success by actively joining us in a real desire to see this concept come to life by lowering existing access and pricing barriers to make it a truly inclusive creative process.
“Beyond the large corporate client and the convention centre – smaller passionate players considerably invested…their time and talents – such as Ikonix, Pixeline and Forum.
“We are honoured to have been the recipient of this prestigious international award but want it known that it was only achieved by partnering with the amazing flexibility of the venue, commitment of our client and creative talents of our external technical partners to innovate and strive for something different than the same old ho-hum our Australian industry struggles with every day!” said Thomas.
While in the States, Backdrops Fantastic Australia are also launching their modular panel product in the American market under the new name Modular Backdrops USA.