For the first time a member of the film industry who works behind the camera is being recognized for their outstanding commitment, innovation and determination for excellence. The Atlantic Film Festival presented the first Film Crew Excellence Award on Sept. 15, to Gary Swim for his outstanding achievement in Nova Scotia’s audiovisual industry. As a location scout and manager, Mr. Swim has secured some of the biggest film projects that have come to Nova Scotia. Nominated by fellow location manager Shaun Clarke, peers consider Mr. Swim to be a film ambassador for Nova Scotia given his extensive knowledge and experience in the industry. “This is a tremendous accomplishment by a talented and unwavering member of our film crew,” said Cheryl Hodder, chair of the board of directors for Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia and chair of the jury panel. “Gary’s work is a testament to the talent we have here in Nova Scotia, and I want to thank him for all his efforts in helping to grow and create jobs within the film industry.” Developed in partnership with local unions and the Film Advisory Committee, the award recognizes an individual or team for outstanding creative enterprise within Nova Scotia’s screen-based industry. The award honours those whose work embodies the qualities of innovation, vision and relentless pursuit of excellence. “I am honoured to be recognized by my peers,” said Gary Swim. “After 30 years in the film business, I enjoy working with filmmakers and ensuring that Nova Scotia gets the recognition it deserves as premiere film destination.” A seven-person jury of professionals within the film industry selected the winner. The festival also gave honourable mention to Kenny LeBlanc, a gaffer and gifted artist who is always thinking of others, and Doug Woods, whose long-standing experience is not to be outdone by his quality and award-winning work. Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia is the lead development agency for the creative industries in the province. Providing a variety of loans, investments, programs and services, the agency works to support the growth and development of Nova Scotia’s creative enterprises.