The best of the best in film exhibition were amongst those recognised at last night’s sell-out Big Screen Awards event, bringing together those from across the UK cinema sector.

The Big Screen Awards are an annual celebration of the big screen experience, organised by Screen International magazine and supported by the UK Cinema Association.

Judged by a panel of cinema operators brought together by the Association, the winners of the two ‘cinema of the year’ categories (judged by a panel of exhibitors brought together by the Association) were:

  • the Highland Cinema, Fort William, which won the venue award for cinema operators with 24 screens or fewer,  with the Living Room Cinema, Liphook also picking up one of the few ‘highly commended’ mentions of the evening;
  • the Greenwich Picturehouse, which won the venue award for cinema operators with 25 screens or more.

These were amongst the most hotly-contested categories in an evening where not unexpectedly the film title-specific awards were dominated by those involved in the runaway box office success Barbie.

Angus MacDonald of the Highland Cinema with UKCA Chief Executive Phil Clapp and Big Screen Awards host Ellie Taylor.

Cormac O’Connor and Dominic Joyce of Picturehouse Cinemas with UKCA Chief Executive Phil Clapp and Big Screen Awards host Ellie Taylor.

Also winners on the night were:

  • Cineworld Cinemas in the Cinema Marketing Campaign of the Year category, for their My Way of Water promotion;
  • Studio 74 at the Exeter Phoenix in the Green Screen Award category, for their work around sustainability.

A full list of winners at the Awards can be found here.

Congratulations to who won or were nominated.