Eight aspiring cinematographers have been named recipients of the 14th Emerging Cinematographers Awards, an honor given by the International Cinematographers Guild to recognize ICG members who have not yet reached the status of Director of Photography.
The awards will be given out on September 26 at the Directors Guild of America Theater, where short films shot by the winners will be screened.
In a press release announcing the honors, Steven Poster, the president of the ICG, called the awards “unique in the industry in that they recognize members who have not yet reached the top tier in our guild.”
About 70 short films were submitted by ICG members, most of them camera operators and assistants. The films were screened by judges on a panel chaired by Jim Matlosz.
Past winners who have gone on to become working DPs and second-unit DPs include Mark Williams (“Heloise”), Ken Glassing (second-unit DP on “CSI: Miami”), Josh Bleibtreu (second-unit DP on “Knight and Day” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”) and Julie Kirkwood (“Central Division”).
This year’s honorees are Tod Campbell for “The Big Bends”; Cameron Duncan, “Mr Marceau”; Stephanie Dufford, “The Fantastic Magnifico”; Patrick Jones, “Android Love”; Rodney Lamborn, “Meridian”; Jacob Pinger, “The Cycle”; John Snedden, “Brite Eyes” (photo above); and Brian Udoff, “Les Mouches.”
Honorable mentions go to Tim Bellen, “State of Grace,” and Aaron Medick, “Weequahic.”