Goodbye Kansas Studios wins 2019 Cultural and Creative Industries Export Prize
Today, 23 October, the Government’s 2019 Cultural and Creative Industries Export Prize was awarded to Goodbye Kansas Studios. The rising star award went to Rave Review.
The prize aims to highlight the breadth of the cultural and creative industries, and their contribution to Swedish exports and the promotion of Sweden as an innovative and creative country. The winner is an excellent example in its sector. The industries included in the prize are architecture, video games, design, film and television production, photography, art, literature, media and marketing communications, fashion and the performing arts.
Goodbye Kansas Studios was awarded this year’s prize, with the citation reading:
“With technical brilliance that pushes the boundaries of what we imagine to be technically possible, Goodbye Kansas Studios has impressed the international animation, video games and special effects industries. In just a few years, the company has become Sweden’s largest supplier of visual storytelling, computer-generated animation and motion capture for films and games. The trailer for the game Cyberpunk 2077 premiered in 2019 at one of the largest video game trade events in the world, E3 in Los Angeles. It ranks as one of the two most-viewed trailers ever, and won a Visual Effects Society (VES) Award in the category ‘Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial’. The trailer for the game Overkill’s The Walking Dead has also received several awards for its outstanding craft. The head office in Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm, houses one of the world’s most technologically advanced motion capture studios, attracting talent from around the world. Goodbye Kansas Studios has offices and studios in London, Hamburg and Los Angeles, but most of its activities take place in Sweden.”
The other nominees were: Filmlance, Unga Klara, Hövding and Très Bien.
The rising star award went to Rave Review, with the citation reading:
“In a short space of time, Rave Review has made a name for itself in the fashion industry’s most prestigious settings. The company creates new fashion by upcycling old garments, demonstrating that exclusivity and recycling can go hand in hand. Rave Review is a prime example of quality, creative ambition and new thinking, consolidating Sweden’s international position as a progressive and innovative fashion nation. With its goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable fashion brand, the company is leading the Swedish fashion industry into the future.”