15th October, 2019

Image Nation Abu Dhabi and National Geographic’s critically-acclaimed documentary ‘Free Solo’ wins 7 Emmy Awards

Image Nation Abu Dhabi and National Geographic’s critically-acclaimed documentary ‘Free Solo’ wins 7 Emmy Awards


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Sunday 15 September 2019: Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s critically-acclaimed film ‘Free Solo’ has won seven Creative Arts Emmy Awards, adding to a slate of honors that already includes a BAFTA and an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

The death-defying documentary picked up every award for which it was nominated at last night’s ceremony, including outstanding directing for a documentary/nonfiction program, outstanding cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing, picture editing, music composition and best achievement in interactive media.

Presented by National Geographic, directed by award-winning directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, and co-produced by Abu Dhabi-based Image Nation, Free Solo is a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream.

The Creative Arts Emmys are one of the television industry’s most prestigious awards and recognize technical excellence in television programming.

‘Free Solo’ (2018) follows Alex Honnold’s attempt to become the first person to climb El Capitan – a 3,000 foot high vertical rock in Yosemite National Park – with no ropes or safety gear.

The acclaimed documentary received glowing reviews from critics, with 25 awards to date and an outstanding 98% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It has had a record-breaking box office run that grossed almost $22 million.

The documentary was produced by Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation alongside Little Monster Films and National Geographic.

About Image Nation Abu Dhabi

Image Nation Abu Dhabi is an award-winning film and entertainment company which has built its reputation on breaking boundaries and unleashing imagination. It creates films, TV series, documentaries and entertainment for consumers throughout the world and is the first UAE company to have multiple productions stream globally on Netflix. Its success spans the globe – screening content at over 400 international film festivals and receiving the industry’s highest honors, including two Academy Awards, a BAFTA and an Emmy.

Image Nation has a strong track record of producing high-quality productions through a combination of local talent and international expertise. The company encourages original thought and curiosity while providing a platform for inspiration and practical training through its robust development program, Arab Film Studio.

Its mission is to help build the film and entertainment industry across the GCC and MENA – a pioneering ambition in line with Abu Dhabi’s vision to shape a competitive, sustainable and globally open economy. Image Nation enables all those who engage with it to become guardians of culture and ambassadors of change.