Film Industry for Northern California Announces Its Upcoming Winter Gala and Awards Ceremony

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A private film industry event honoring local film production in Northern California. Past recipients have included Lucasfilm and Pixar. Select sponsorship opporunities and silnet auction donations are available.

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Film Industry Gala presents The Golden FIG awards.

Much in the vein of the Oscars, the Golden Fig awards are for those professionals who make a difference or impact on the northern California entertainment industry. A ceremony to honor those individuals and companies is set to take place on December 30, 2006, at the lavish Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, California. From casting to production, directors, film commissioners, gaffers, hair and make-up, and every role in between, the Gala is always an event to remember. “We have taken our event to the people, giving our industry the reins on who receives each award,” founder Sara Cooper said. “In doing so, it really makes every award recipient mindful of their particular role in our industry and the impact they have according to their peers. It is a truly special honor.”

The event is preceded by a VIP reception for sponsors and celebrities followed by start of the Gala. The silent auction will be open and guests will have the opportunity to bid on some amazing items. The night will culminate with the highly anticipated award ceremony. The intimate affair will host 300 of the northern California’s elite industry and you must be a working film or entertainment media professional to attend.

Special to the 2006 Gala is the “Weekend Package” which gives guests the opportunity to attend many functions including the elegant New Years Eve event hosted by Ironstone Vineyard on December 31. As the Gala falls on a 3 day weekend, we hope that guests will make mini vacation out of the Gala, and really experience this jewel of California. There will be a casual meet and greet reception on Friday December 29th hosted by a superb local restaurant, and local wineries will be on hand to pour. The day of the Gala, Saturday December 30, we will have a tour to Mercer Caverns arranged (family friendly!) and wine tasting at the local vineyards.

Murphys, California was recently named one of the top small town destinations in America for it’s quaint and historic charm, and it is a wonderful place to spend a long weekend. It may not be Cannes, but it is a pristine countryside full of American gold rush history. Think Napa without the ego.

Organizers of the Gala have made special arrangements with local businesses and you can be sure, Murphy’s is ready to impress with arms wide open. Childcare will also be available on the night of the Gala, and by special arrangement on the 29th and 31st. Shuttles will be provided to and from local hotels on the night of the event.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with the industry and share something special with the whole family. Decadent food, fine drink and good friends will abound.

Discounted rates are available at many establishments in Murphys and surrounding areas. Please contact Sara Cooper for the approved list (Available 10-01-06)

This event is a black tie affair.

Sponsorships are available to select companies. Please email for details.

Although our website is being revamped, you can still purchase tickets and see what prior events were like by visiting


December 29

7-9pm (Private Reception for paid Gala ticket holders only)

Meet and Greet Reception hosted by Sara Cooper and Alchemy Restaurant (hors d'oeuvres and wine) location TBA

December 30

Mercer Caverns Tour

10am-12pm (Shuttle to leave from Alchemy Restaurant)

Wine Tasting at local Vineyards

12pm-? (Walking Tour, Please meet at The Victorian Inn @ noon)

6pm VIP Reception (for sponsors and VIP’s only)

7pm Gala Begins

7-9 Silent Auction Bidding Open

9pm Golden FIG Awards Ceremony

11pm- Silent Auction Winners Announced

Midnight- Gala Ends

December 31

New Years Eve Party @ Ironstone Vineyard

7:00pm hosted hors d'oeuvres and champagne in the Culinary Center

Dinner begins at approximately 7:30pm and is a four course meal.

Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight and the event concludes at 12:30am.



Weekend Package for 2 (best value) $600.00

(with accommodation at the Victoria Inn, Murphys, Ca)


  •      Hotel for two nights (Dec 29 & 30 (Fri-Sat) at the elegant Victoria Inn
  •     Dec 29- Private Meet and Greet Reception (hosted hors d'oeuvres and wine)
  •     Dec 30-Mercer Caverns Tour for 2 –OR- Wine Tasting for 2
  •     Dec 30 -2 Tickets to Gala and VIP Reception (shuttle provided)
  •     Dec 31- 2 Tickets to the Ironstone NYE Party and 4 course Dinner (21 and over please)


Weekend Package for 2- $450.00


  •     Dec 29- Private Meet and Greet Reception (hosted hors d'oeuvres and wine)
  •     Dec 30-Mercer Caverns Tour for 2 –OR- Wine Tasting for 2
  •     Dec 30 -2 Tickets to Gala and VIP Reception (shuttle provided)
  •     Dec 31- 2 Tickets to the Ironstone NYE Party and 4 course dinner (21 and over please)


Couples Package $350.00


  •     Two Tickets to Gala and VIP Reception
  •     Reception and Pre Party Friday Dec 29-(package only, not available individually)



  •     Gala Tickets $150.00
  •     Includes pre party reception on Friday Dec 29


  •     Gala and VIP Reception $200.00
  •     Includes pre party reception on Friday Dec 29


  •     NYE Tickets $75.00

(must confirm with Ironstone BEFORE DEC 1st by calling (209) 728-1251, x11 and mentioning your are a film industry gala guest to receive discounted rate)


Larger companies may wish to purchase a table (seats 10).

This includes the pre mixer on Fri, and 10 tickets to the Gala and VIP reception

$1500.00 (a $500.00 savings)

Must be booked by November 1. Only two available as of September 20, 2006.


Sara Cooper filmindindustrygala at yahoo-dot- com

Gala Director

Tasha Unninayar

Media Relations

*Tours subject to availability.

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