It is time for Plus Camerimage, The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, which takes place in Bydgoszcz, Poland, from November 26 through December 3!
Each year, cinematographers, directors, producers and students from around the world come to Camerimage to celebrate the compelling visual images being created by today’s filmmakers. With a full line up of competition screenings, retrospectives and individual honors, workshops, seminars and special events, much attention and discussion will be focused on the makers of the images this week.
The culmination of the festival is the presentation of the Golden, Silver and Bronze Frog awards for best cinematography for a movie. Golden, Silver and Bronze Tadpole awards will also be given for the best student works. The student winner of the Golden Tadpole will be hosted by Kodak at the 2012 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, where he or she will participate in several days of Kodak sponsored activities and participate in a screening of his or her winning film.
Kodak is proud to be a major sponsor of Plus Camerimage, which is dedicated to the art of cinematography and its creators, the cinematographers. The unconventional format of the festival – which awards films according to their visual, aesthetic and technical values – has turned out to be a refreshing alternative to traditional film festivals. Plus Camerimage proves to be a great forum not only for presentation but also for further development of international moviemaking. It also fosters young filmmakers and helps to integrate them with the esteemed filmmaking community that will be gathering.
Kodak Day takes place on December 1, and we will be hosting a presentation at the Opera Nova that will demonstrate the power and flexibility of film as a capture and archival medium. We’ll preview the next addition to our KODAK VISION3 family of films and present a platform of archival films also in development, giving filmmakers more options for telling stories, and content owners more ways to store and repurpose their assets for the future.
We’ll also host a premiere Straight 8 screening. Straight 8 invites anyone anywhere to make a short film on one cartridge of Kodak Super 8 film — without editing. The filmmakers see the outcome of their creative endeavor for the first time at the screening. The results are visuals that break boundaries and take creativity to a whole new level.
Kodak Day is capped by our student party at midnight. Invitations are required, so contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or from the festival on my cell +49-170-4567-385 for details.
Plus Camerimage Awards
Furthermore, we want to send our deepest congratulations to John Seale, ASC, ACS, this year’s recipient of the Plus Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award. John’s career highlights include an Oscar® for The English Patient, and additional nominations for Witness, Rain Man and Cold Mountain. Earlier this year, he received the ASC International Award, and was inducted into his native Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Hall of Fame in 1997. His work has received accolades around the globe, and his images have told many great stories for the cinema. Learn more about John Seale's career in this exclusive interview with him.
We also want to applaud the ground-breaking documentarian Albert Maysles, who will be honored with the festival’s Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Award. Albert is an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker and cinematographer recognized as a pioneer of “Direct Cinema,” the distinctly American version of French "Cinema Verité." Along with his brother David, Albert was one of the very first to make documentary films where the drama of life unfolds as it is – without scripts, sets, interviews or narration. Some of the Maysles brothers' best-known movies are Salesman, Gimme Shelter (the dazzling portrait of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones), and Grey Gardens. We salute his prolific career.
Plus Camerimage has announced the films for the 2011 competition. Films shot on Kodak include "The Hunter", "Le Havre", "Rose", "Shame" and "The Tree of Life". For more information and to see the full list of films in competition, visit http://www.pluscamerimage.pl/index.php. We hope to see you there!