Thursday, 19 October 2023

Red Carpet Arrivals and cocktails begin at 4:30pm. Gala Dinner and Ceremony begin at 6:00pm. Afterparty to Follow!



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Join us in celebrating our honorees! The evening begins with a red carpet check in and cocktail reception, followed by the ceremony and dinner. We'll cap the evening off with music and dancing poolside during the afterparty!

This year’s Gala will feature up and coming SMPTE Members as our hosts!

Attending the Gala

Individual tickets or reserved tables of ten may be purchased separately or added to your registration. Pricing can be found on the Pricing and Packages page.

Gala sponsorships, including Gala program ads, are available.


This year, 17 honors will be bestowed upon 36 individuals and organizations. Among these is the supreme accolade of the Society, Honorary Membership, which recognizes individuals who have performed eminent service in the advancement of engineering in motion pictures, television, or in the allied arts and sciences, counting the likes of Thomas Edison, George Eastman, Samuel L. Warner, David Sarnoff, Walt Disney, Ray Dolby, George Lucas, Richard Edlund, James Cameron, and Peter Jackson among its ranks. In addition, the Progress Medal, SMPTE's most prestigious medal award, recognizing outstanding technical contributions to the progress of engineering phases of the motion-imaging industries, will be presented to two individuals who have shared a partnership of innovation for decades. Former Progress Medal recipients include such industry luminaries as Herbert T. and Natalie M. Kalmus, Walt Disney, E.W. Kellogg, Peter Mole, Ray Dolby, Irwin Young, Edwin Catmull, and Douglas Trumbull.

This year, Honorary Membership will be conferred on Phillip Lawo.

John Christopher Gaeta and Kim Libreri will be honored with the Progress Medal.