Awards and Reviews

Grand Prize: Photography Competition, 2008 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

Gold Award: Interpretation Canada, for “Heartbeats of Denali”.

Best Cinematography: Moscow Annual Mountain Film Festival, (88 films from 18 countries) for “Heartbeats of Denali”.

Best Documentary Under 30 Minutes,
Best Cinematography (Non-fiction),
Best Musical Score (Non-fiction),
Best Overall Sound (Non-fiction)
: Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association, (640 entries in a number of categories) for “Heartbeats of Denali”.

Best Short Film, Banff Centre International High Definition Summit, for “Heartbeats of Denali”.

Best Film,
National Parks Service Director's Award for Excellence in Interpretive Media,
Top Honour for Visual Media from among all of the nominees
: American Association of Partners for Public Lands Conference, for “Heartbeats of Denali”.

Gold Award: National Association for Interpretation (U.S.) and Interpretation Canada Competitions, 2001, Film/Video Production, for "Paleo Trio". Produced for Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.

Gold Award: Interpretation Canada Competition, 1999, Film/Video Production, for "Burgess Shale". Produced for Royal Tyrrell Museum.

Platinum Award: Interpretation Canada Competition, 1999: "Best Entry Overall" for "Burgess Shale".

Gold Award: Interpretation Canada Competition, 1998, Film/Video Production, for "Thunder in the Valley". Produced for Historic Atlas Coal Mine in Drumheller Valley, Alberta.

Platinum Award: Interpretation Canada Competition, 1998: "Best Entry Overall" for "Thunder in the Valley".

Best in Show: Award for media productions, all categories, Interpretation Canada National Conference, for "In the Mountain's Shadow". Soundtrack narrated by W.O. MITCHELL. Produced for Frank Slide Visitor Centre, Crowsnest Pass.

Gold Award
: National Association for Interpretation (U.S.), Film/Video Category for "Seeking Peace of Mind". Produced for Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon.

Gold Award: International Association for Multi-Image Competition, Atlanta, Georgia, for "KLUANE". Produced for Parks Canada, for theatre at Kluane National Park, Yukon.

Gold Award
: International Association for Multi-Image Competition, Atlanta, Georgia, for "Lower Fort Garry: A Window on the Fur Trade". Produced for Parks Canada, for theatre at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Park.

First Prize
: "Best Genre Picture" from Hungarian Tourist Board in invitational photo contest, "Budapest, Pearl of the Danube".

Silver Award: National Association for Interpretation (U.S.), Film/Video Category for “Thunder In the Valley”.

Silver Award: Canadian Association for Multi-Image, Toronto, for 18-projector show "Island In Space" (produced for United Nations Pavilion at Expo '86, Vancouver). Soundtrack narrated by PETER USTINOV. Music by Michael Conway Baker (Genie & Gemini award winning composer).

Silver Award: International Association for Multi-Image Competition, Dallas, Texas, for nine-projector show "In The Mountain's Shadow". Plays at Frank Slide Visitor Centre in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta.

Silver Award: Canadian Association for Multi-Image Competition, Toronto, Ontario, for "In The Mountain's Shadow".

Bronze Award: Interpretation Canada Competition, 1998, Film/Video Production, for "Katannilik: Timeless Land / Changing Land". Produced for Katannilik Park Interpretive Centre on Baffin Island in eastern Arctic.

Award of Excellence: World Environment Festival, Ottawa.

Merit Award: from Interpretation Canada for "KLUANE".

Merit Award: from Environment Canada.

Reviews

“A wonderfully atmospheric, aesthetically beautiful and technically well crafted film”: (Director, Media Guild in Amsterdam)

“The image and sound quality were excellent -- probably the best I've seen in a national park theater. You really have something to be proud of there.”
(Audio-Visual Manager, US National Park Service)

"The film has been exceptionally well received, with some visitors going in twice to see it. Visitor comments: ‘the new Denali film is spectacular', ‘the film tells the Denali experience powerfully and is exciting and inspirational’, ‘awesome’, ‘I have been to the parks from Acadia, to Isle Royale to Sequoia, and this is the best introductory film I've seen.’" (Manager, Denali National Park, Alaska)

“The adjectives 'breath-taking' and 'majestic', are cliches, but they’re the only words that really apply to the show.” (The Ottawa Citizen)

“This dramatic, award-winning presentation has captivated audiences and received accolades from local residents and more than half a million visitors ... it is so powerful that audiences are frequently moved from laughter to tears during its delivery. It’s history as history should be relayed.” (Regional Manager, Alberta Culture)

“Really wonderful productions – educational and delightfully funny. Excellent writing, beautiful graphics and animation, beautiful camera work and lighting. You nailed it!” (Judge, U.S. National Association for Interpretation Media Awards)

“Reaction to this show has been tremendously positive on the part of the general public... it displays style as well as great sensitivity and intelligence.” (Commissioner General, United Nations Pavilion, Expo 86)

“McCloskey Productions went well beyond the call of duty to serve the Institute and produced the video beautifully, professionally, on time and on budget.” (President, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada)

“The fastest 8-1/2 minutes I’ve watched of a video that might be termed – dare I say – 'educational'. Great stuff. Good for all ages... If it’s McCloskey, it’s quality. He makes it look easy.” (Judge, Interpretation Canada video competition)

“The scenics and wildlife shots are world class – some of the best I’ve seen. The show really gives the viewer a sense of the incredible beauty of the place.” (Manager, Parks Canada)

“Moved me to tears.” (Judge, Association of Multi-image of Canada Awards)