The AMPS Annual Awards were inaugurated as part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations in 2014. It started with the AMPS Award for Excellence in Sound for a Feature Film. From the films that were exhibited in 2013, a large committee of sound professionals determined five titles for nomination, the whole of the AMPS Voting Membership was then balloted to decide the winner.
In the second year (2015), the AMPS Award for Excellence in Sound for a Television Drama was introduced. A chance for the AMPS membership to vote for what they deemed to be the best television drama soundtrack. At this time, it was decided that the quality of the dialogue track is crucial to a worthy soundtrack, so the Supervising Dialogue/ADR Editor was also honoured. This was further expanded in the 6th Annual Awards to include the recognition of the Key 1st Assistant Sound (boom operator) in the Film Sound and Television Drama Sound categories.
The same year, two more Awards were added: Excellence in Sound for a Factual Film and a Technical Award for Excellence in a Hardware or Software Audio Product. The latter has since been split to recognise product innovation for both Production and Post Production Audio
The creation of awards for sound was an agenda item at AMPS first Council meeting in 1989, 25 years later we realised that aim, and the AMPS Awards are gaining recognition and prestige throughout the industry. Every year we endeavour to release and publicise our results ahead of the major Awards programs, in the hope that the decisions reached by AMPS Sound Professionals might influence voters in the Sound categories of other annual awards.
The winners in the Film, Television Drama, and Factual Film categories each receive the prestigious polished bronze AMPS trophy. Other crew members who have creatively contributed to the winning soundtracks receive Certificates of Merit. Wins and Nominations are included in IMDb Awards entries.
AMPS intends to continue to expand the Awards program in future years.
The full lists of Nominees and Winners can be accessed in the panel above.