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Kodak Student Filmmaker Program Calls for Entries

The Kodak Student Filmmaker Program is open to submissions for its fifth annual cinematography competition. Designed for students and recent graduates in the Latin America and Greater Asia and Japan regions, the competition has seen past winners from schools in Argentina, Australia, Hong Kong and Korea.

“Cinematography is vital to helping a director achieve their vision,” observes Wendy Elms, marketing manager of Kodak’s Student Filmmaker Program in the Greater Asia and Japan region. “The subtleties and nuances of storytelling are often those intangible aspects of filmmaking. The art of cinematography can evoke much from an audience through lighting, the use of color, camera angles or camera movement and this is often taken for granted by an audience. Our goal is to encourage and inspire the outstanding young filmmakers from these regions whose filmmaking careers are in the field of cinematography.”

Entries to the competition must be no more than 20 minutes in duration and entirely produced by student crews on either 16 mm or 35 mm film formats. For eligibility, applicants must either be current students or have graduated within the past twelve months.

The first prize includes a trip to the Cannes International Film Festival, where clips selected from the winning films entries will be screened at the Kodak Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. The winners also participate in seminars and other activities hosted by Kodak.

The Kodak Film School Competition is conducted in various countries, including India, Philippines, China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay, and Mexico. Local judges select the top films in each national competition which then go on to vie for top honors at the regional level. Entries are judged by a world-renowned cinematographer who will select a finalist from each region. Past judges have included Oliver Stapleton, BSC, Caleb Deschanel, ASC and Fred Elmes, ASC. Winners will be announced by March 1, 2005.

“This competition offers our student community the opportunity for artistic and cultural expression with international recognition, a catalyst for any filmmaker seeking career advancement,” notes Maria Jalice, marketing communications manager for Kodak’s Latin American region.

For an entry form and more details regarding deadlines, regional rules and regulations, contact your local Kodak representative, or visit