Greetings from Bydgoszcz, Poland, where the Camerimage International Film Festival just started. Camerimage is the biggest and best cinematography festival in the world and attracts famous masters, emerging cinematographers, film students and other filmmakers from across the world.
Camerimage is a heady mixture of screenings, seminars, workshops and parties.
This post gives you a preview of some the events that will take place over the next nine days.
Films from the Main Competition are shown in the large Opera Nova screening room. A jury headed by director Alan Parker will award the Gold, Silver and Bronze frogs for cinematography. This year’s Main Competition has 13 films:
This year’s line-up features work by four ASC members: Greig Fraser, Anthony Dod Mantle, Paul Sarossy and Bradford Young. The Main Competition films are mostly European and North American, but the list features half a dozen Australians, including Simon Duggan, ACS and Greig Fraser, ASC, and a few Columbian and Israeli filmmakers. The Competition includes the late Andrzej Wajda’s last film, shot with leading Polish cinematographer Pawel Edelman. I am also delighted to see a French AFC member, Michel Abramowicz, in the competition.
Sidebars and Jurors
Camerimage also includes many sidebar competitions: Polish Films, Music Videos, Documentary Features, Documentary Shorts, VR projects, Cinematographer Debuts, Director Debut, TV Pilots, and Student Études (whose winner gets a Golden Tadpole). This year there is also a retrospective of films by the great Polish director Kristoff Kieslowski, as well as day-long Focus on Female Cinematography on Friday.
ASC members are among the jurors for these numerous awards. This year’s ASC jury contingent: Michael Barrett, Anthony Dod Mantle, Jacek Laskus, Suki Medenčević, Roberto Schaefer, Dante Spinotti, John Toll, Checco Varese and Robert Yeoman.
Michael Chapman, ASC will receive the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. As he does every year, Marek Zebrowski has edited a beautiful book about the award winner. As mentioned below, I have the privilege of organizing a Seminar with Michael, reviewing his outstanding work.
SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS
Camerimage is known for its seminars and workshops, which I have been closely involved with for the past 20 years. This year I am moderating two Panavision events, as well as seminars for the AFC and the ASC. The details are below, along with highlights of other events that caught my eye:
Lemonade Q & A
12:15-14:15 — Multikino 6
Upcoming DPs Chayse Irvin and Malik Sayeed will present their work on Beyonce’s Lemonade, with a Q & A session afterwards.
Digital Sputnik Hands On Workshop
10:00-18:00 — Jedynak Department store, 15 Gdanska Street
Markus Forderer and Sam McCurdy will lead a workshop on this LED source. In addition, Greig Fraser told me he would drop by in the morning.
The Technicolor Seminar
12:00-13:00 — 1st Floor Seminar Room in Opera Nova
ASC members Ed Lachman, Roberto Schaeffer, Vittorio Storaro and Robert Yeoman, will discuss trends in cinematography. This panel will be moderated by my colleague Iain Marcks.
Steve Yedlin Seminar
12:45-14:15 — MCK Orzel Cinema
ASC member Steve Yedlin will discuss “Image acquisition and pipeline for high resolution exhibition”. This should be interesting indeed.
17:15-18:45 – MCK Orzel Cinema
French AFC DPs Philip Ros and Antoine Héberlé will present their experiences with the Varicam.
Vittorio Storaro Digital Cinematography Seminar on Café Society
16:30-18:30 — 1st Floor Seminar Room in Opera Nova
ASC member and cinematography legend Vittorio Storaro will discuss his first foray into digital cinematography on Woody Allen’s film.
Panavision Seminar with Michael Chapman, ASC
11:00-13:00 — MCK ORZEL Cinema
We will project film clips from Michael’s work — including The Last Detail, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Fugitive — and discuss them, with questions and comments from the audience.
The Anatomy of a Motion Picture Lens by Dan Sasaki
14:00-16:00 — MCK ORZEL
Panavision vice president of optical engineering and ASC Associate Dan Sasaki will offer a follow-up to his popular optical seminar last year.
AFC Master Class
12:45-14:15 — MCK Orzel Cinema
I will be moderating this presentation with French cinematographers Michel Abramowicz, Nathalie Durand and Romain Lacourbas. We will screen and discuss scenes from Taken, a powerful thriller, Sky, an indie road movie and Marco Polo, a popular Neflix series, with questions and comments from the audience.
ASC & Imago Conference
15:30-17:00 — 1st Floor Seminar Room in Opera Nova
Cinematographers from both sides of the Atlantic will discuss “the importance of international collaboration”.
Tribute to Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC
18:00-19:30 — Multikino 10
We will screen film clips shot my late friend Vilmos Zsigmond, including McCabe and Mrs Miller, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Deer Hunter, Heaven’s Gate and Black Dahlia. I prepared this seminar with my friend Stephen Pizzello, who is the publisher and executive editor of American Cinematographer. I will moderate the discussion with Stephen and leading cinematographers (to be announced).
Arri Academy Master Class
11:30-16:00 — Workshop Center, University of Economy
ASC member Paul Cameron will lead this Master Class sub-titled “Fearless Cinematography in a Sublime Age”. Enticing indeed.
Imago and Illuminatrix Master Class
12:00-13:30 — MCK Orzel Cinema
This year’s Focus on Female Cinematographers will start with a Master Class by Natasha Braier on Nicholas Refn’s Neon Demon, moderated by DP Claire Pijman.
Getting Older & Being Younger
14:30-17:30 — MCK Orzel Cinema
This panel discussion with Chris Doyle and ASC members Ed Lachman and Anthony Dod Mantle should be fun!
As things sometime change at Camerimage, I will update this post during the week.
Please don’t hesitate to say hello in Bydgoszcz. It’s always interesting to meet new filmmakers.
Camerimage 2016 pdf schedule