Recently, Film Otago Southland, the Queenstown-based film office, was nominated for an Outstanding Film Commission award at this year’s Location Managers Guild International Awards ceremony. The award comes in recognition of their work on Mission Impossible - Fallout (MI6) which was filmed in the Otago/Southland region in 2017. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise, the film grossed $791 million worldwide and was the eighth highest grossing film in 2018.
“We are very excited to be a finalist and have our efforts recognised by the who’s who of international locations professionals,” said Film Otago Southland Executive Manager KJ Jennings, “more important is the positive message this sends to a key audience – they [location scouts] decide what countries to put forward for their next project and we want to be in the mix.” He added that “MI6 shooting here once again proved that New Zealand has incredible locations that are accessible to large-scale film projects. This is crucial given that location scouts are the first to tell you that if you don’t have access to film at a location, then that location essentially doesn’t exist”.
Another candidate for the same award with some scenes shot in the Central Otago area is the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission for the Disney film A Wrinkle in Time featuring Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling which was released last year.
The LMGI Awards are given to media companies sourcing locations for motion pictures, television shows, commercials and print production each year. The 2019 ceremony will take place in late September in Santa Monica.