MELBOURNE, Australia, October 27, 2006 - Peter James, ACS, ASC will judge the seventh annual Kodak Filmschool Competition. The competition, initiated in 2000 as part of Kodak‘s worldwide educational initiatives, offers international recognition of outstanding achievement in cinematography. Eligible participants include students and recent graduates from schools in the Asia Pacific and Latin American regions. Winners will be announced by March 2007, and the grand prize includes a trip to the Cannes International Film Festival. Runners-up will receive a product grant of Kodak motion picture film.
Judges from nearly 20 countries throughout the Asia Pacific and Latin American regions will select finalists. These finalists will vie for top honors. James will also provide comments and advice to the finalists.
“I‘m looking forward to seeing all the different styles and techniques used by the young filmmakers from the different countries,” says James. “I feel privileged to help out and play a role in supporting the next generation of cinematographers.”
James began his career as an assistant cameraman at a small studio in his native country, Australia. His eclectic body of work includes commercials and documentaries in addition to some 30 narrative films.
James received the Millie Award, the highest award bestowed by the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) for WILLI WILLI (1972), CADDIE (1977), BLACK ROBE (1992) and ALIVE (1993). He was also the recipient of the ACS Award of Distinction for DIABOLIQUE in 1997, and the Golden Tripod for PARADISE ROAD in 1998. His other notable credits include DRIVING MISS DAISY, THE NEWTON BOYS, MEET THE PARENTS and the telefilm AND STARRING PANCHO VILLA AS HIMSELF, which earned an Emmy nomination in 2004.
“Peter James is an extraordinary filmmaker and we are honored by his generosity in providing his time to the competition,” says Wendy Elms, worldwide manager, Education Segment, Kodak Entertainment Imaging Division. “All of the finalists will treasure his invaluable comments and advice.”
In 1991, Kodak launched programs for students and educators to help support future filmmakers and encourage excellence in the field of motion picture education. Kodak‘s efforts include a range of opportunities that students and educators can utilize to enrich their knowledge of the art and craft of filmmaking. Initiatives include scholarships, educational materials, product grants, workshops and discounts, in addition to sponsoring film festivals, awards, seminars and student showcases that raise the profile and awareness of emerging talent. For more information, visit
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