BBC Earth’s “ANTARCTICA”, Sweeps the 2021 GSCA Achievement Awards

BBC Earth’s “ANTARCTICA”, produced by BBC Studios Natural History Unit Sweeps the 2021 GSCA Achievement Awards

SK Films and BBC Studios Natural History Unit are proud to announce that ANTARCTICA” has achieved a clean sweep in every eligible category at the Giant Screen Cinema Association’s just completed 2021 annual awards ceremony. The film, narrated by Academy Award®-nominated actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, has had audiences raving since it was released in IMAX/Giant Screen Theaters earlier this year.

The awards won this week by ANTARCTICA” were:

  • Best Film-Short Subject
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Sound Design
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Film For Lifelong Learning

Jonathan Williams, BBC Earth Executive Producer, Antarctica says,

“The continent is really brought to life on the giant screen by the exceptional cinematography of the Antarctica team at BBC Studios Natural History Unit, allowing audiences to be transported to this breath-taking environment. At a time when our polar regions are under severe threat, we are incredibly grateful for the recognition of the skill, expertise and endeavour of everyone involved in making this giant screen film”.

Wendy MacKeigan, CEO SK Films says, “It is a great honour in the Giant Screen filmmaking world to have won every eligible award at the 2021 GSCA Achievement Awards. Our hope is that this award brings greater attention to ‘ANTARCTICA’, an amazing film that needs to be seen on the Giant Screen”

From the filmmakers who brought you “Planet Earth II”, comes ANTARCTICA,”, a remote land of mystery and yet what happens here affects every single one of us. It is the coldest, driest, and windiest place on Earth with the roughest oceans while weird and wonderful creatures thrive here in astounding abundance. With never-before seen footage, the story brings audiences to the farthest reaches of this wild and majestic continent.

Using the latest underwater filming techniques, audiences will dive beneath sea ice, more than 6 feet thick, to experience the alien world of its seafloor. Swim alongside playful seals, soar above mountain peaks and vast penguin colonies as well as witness the largest congregation of fin and humpback whales ever filmed.

The film’s release has been accompanied by an international educational and marketing outreach campaign with the goal of uniting audiences globally to inspire change and encourage the next generation to take care of this planet we all call home.

There has only been one other full sweep of the Giant Screen Achievement Awards. In 2012, “FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES”, produced and distributed by SK Films, won all eligible categories.


 “ANTARCTICA is now open in select Giant Screen and IMAX Theaters globally

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BBC Earth

BBC Earth is a global portfolio brand that invites audiences everywhere to engage with the wonders of our universe. We bring amazing premium content, television and experiences to the world, across multiple platforms including branded channels, live events, digital and social media, AR/VR, theatrical releases for cinema and Giant Screen films and consumer products. We believe that celebrating and connecting with our world is more important than ever, across nature, science, space and the human race.

Along with our partners we are continually innovating to find new stories and experiences to bring insight, enlightenment and fresh perspectives to inspire us to think and feel differently about our world. From the epic to the everyday, BBC Earth brings you face to face with heart-pounding action, mind-blowing ideas and the sheer wonder of being part of this amazing planet we call home. Visit for more info.

SK Films

SK Films is an award-winning content provider and a global leader in the IMAX®/Giant Screen industry. SK works across various genres and platforms, including theatrical, television and digital media, with a special emphasis on creating high impact natural history and science related content.

SK has a reputation as one of the most accomplished and respected producers and distributors supplying 3D, 2D and Dome product to IMAX and other Giant Screen theaters worldwide, with a mission to entertain and inspire audiences and immerse them in the awe and wonder of the world we live in. For more information, please visit


 National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent US federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. NSF funds reach all 50 United States through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. For more information, please visit

The Antarctica filmmaking team was given access to the McMurdo Field Station, thanks to logistical support from the National Science Foundation, which led to the Weddell seal and under sea-ice filming. In the early stages of post production, the team was also fortunate to be supported by Valentine Kass, former Program Director at the NSF, who is now retired.

In the NSF multimedia gallery there are over 490 items on Antarctica, this includes high resolution images, videos and articles. All items are free and available to the public to download.


British Antarctica Survey

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know-how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. For more information visit


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