Kodak Showcase of Student Films to Screen at Clermont-Ferrand Festival;
Screening, Seminar and Exhibit Highlight Company’s Support of Emerging Talent
CLERMONT-FERRAND, FRANCE, January 31, 2011 — Kodak’s support of the 33rd International Short Film Festival & Market, which takes place here from February 4-12, includes several activities designed to foster emerging filmmakers seeking careers in the entertainment industry. Kodak will once again host a screening of the winners of its annual Film School Competition. Other Kodak-sponsored events include a presentation on the latest Kodak tools for visual storytelling, a booth where filmmakers can talk one-on-one with Kodak reps, and various networking gatherings. These activities provide the student filmmakers with an opportunity to showcase their films, display their talents, and meet people who can help them realize their dreams.
The highlight of the five-day program is The Kodak Showcase screening on February 10 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Salle Georges Cochon Theatre. The screening showcases the winning films of the 2010 Kodak Film School Competition from four regions: Joshua Nitschke’s Misdirection (California State University-Northridge, United States), Massimo Bettarelli’s Los Trashumantes (CUEC-UNAM, Mexico), Mihai Marius Apopei’s Close Encounters From the Third Reich (National University of Theatre and Cinematography “I.L.Caragiale,” Romania), and Yuki Ukibe’s Wish You Were Here (Japan Academy of Moving Images). Kodak will also screen I Won’t Be Here by Jakub Giza, winner of the 2010 Golden Tadpole Award for best student cinematography at the Plus Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.
The program is just one of many initiatives offered by Kodak worldwide to support future filmmakers and film school educators. Other measures include educational materials, scholarships, awards, discounts and workshops.
Fabien Fournillon, marketing communications manager for Kodak’s European region, comments, “Our objective is to help new talent present their work to a professional audience and assist them with networking opportunities at this important juncture of their careers. We hold the Film School Competition and then sponsor the winning filmmakers’ trip here as part of the prize because we want to provide a unique opportunity for these promising filmmakers to gain massive exposure at a renowned festival.”
The Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival has become one of the world’s premier cinema events dedicated to short films since its origination in 1979. It is the second largest film festival in France after Cannes, attracting around 140,000 attendees.
Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging Division is the world-class leader in providing film, digital and hybrid motion imaging products, services, and technology for the professional motion picture and exhibition industries. For more information, visit www.kodak.com/go/motion.
Kodak’s programs for students and educators were launched in 1991 to help support future filmmakers and encourage excellence in the field of motion picture education. Kodak’s efforts include a range of opportunities that students and educators can utilize to enrich their knowledge of the art and craft of filmmaking, including scholarships, educational materials, product grants, workshops and discounts, in addition to sponsoring film festivals, awards, seminars and student showcases that raise the profile and awareness of emerging talent.
Inaugurated in 2000 as part of Kodak’s education initiatives, the Kodak Film School Competition recognizes outstanding achievement in cinematography. Entries must be produced on film by a student crew and are open to students and recent graduates from Asia, Latin America, U.S./Canada, and Europe/the Middle East. For more information, visit www.kodak.com/go/education.
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