Kodak Presents Annual Student and Faculty Scholarships at 62nd UFVA Conference

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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO., August 15, 2008 — Recipients of the 2008 EASTMAN Scholarship and KODAK Faculty Scholars Programs were announced here during the 62nd Annual University Film & Video Association (UFVA) Conference at Colorado College. The announcements were made following a special evening reception on August 13 hosted by Eastman Kodak Company, a major sponsor of the event. The recipients of the 2008 EASTMAN Scholarships are: • The Gold Award for Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking was presented to Marc D’Agostino from Temple University in Philadelphia for his film, Adam and Evan. Marc receives $5,000 plus an EASTMAN Product Grant valued at $5,000. • The Silver Award went to Virginia Beach-based Regent University’s Mitchell Lusas for Order. Lusas receives $4,000 plus an EASTMAN Product Grant valued at $4,000 and was also given an Honorable Mention by the judging panel for his cinematography on the film. • The Bronze Award of $3,000 cash plus a $3,000 EASTMAN Product Grant was awarded to Erick Crespo for his film, Rabia. Crespo is from Chapman University in Orange, Calif. • Honorable Mentions, earning an EASTMAN Product Grant to the value of $2,000, were given to two Stanford University students, Charlene Music for her film, Before the Sea, and Meghan O’Hara for the title, Color Film. The U.S. and Canada regional prize of the KODAK Filmschool Competition was also bestowed. This award recognizes excellence in cinematography and earns a $2,000 EASTMAN Product Grant plus a trip to the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. It was presented to Aonan Yang from Concordia University in Montreal for his work on the film Singularity. A faculty project that best cultivates a learning experience based on submitted proposals, treatments and samples of work is also selected to earn the 2008 KODAK Faculty Scholars Program Award, which went to Wenhwa Ts’ao for her film Nova. Ts’ao is from Columbia College Chicago. The winning entries were judged by an esteemed panel led by William A. Fraker, ASC, BSC. Randy Tack, Kodak’s technical training specialist and cinematographer, and Bart Weis, president of the Video Association of Dallas and artistic director of the Dallas Video Festival, along with a UFVA representative joined Fraker as judges. Assessment of the EASTMAN Scholarship is based on previous work submitted by the students, recommendations from faculty, and academic achievement. “It’s extremely rewarding to witness the difference these scholarships and awards can deliver to the career of a student or faculty member,� enthuses Wendy Elms, worldwide Education Segment manager for Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging group. “Kodak is passionate about encouraging an understanding of the value and honor attained in the pursuit of excellence. By helping the next generation of filmmakers shoot on film, we can help them enhance their projects through image excellence so they may achieve the best possible result despite working with an often limited budget.� The EASTMAN Scholarships and the KODAK Faculty Scholars Program are funded by an endowment established by Kodak and administered by the non-profit University Film and Video Foundation (UFVF). For more information on the complete range of KODAK activities and conference details visit




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