Lensers guild screens competition winners

Contest designed to showcase aspiring cinematographers' talents

The Intl. Photographers Guild on Sunday screened the nine winning films of its second annual Short Film Showcase.

The films, shown at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, were chosen from approximately 70 entries by two panels composed of directors of photography, camera operators and assistants. Entries could be no more than 30 minutes in length.

Winners were: “Broken Record,” by Eyal Gordin; “D.O.T.,” by Josh Bleibtreu; “Screening,” by Robert Tomer; “Jackpot,” by Eric Zimmerman; “The Line,” by Michael Hardwick; “The Key,” by Francis James; “Truly Committed,” by Billy Beaird; “Wonderland,” by Jonathan Herron; and “Tuesday Morning Ride,” by Amy Vincent, who was director of photography on “Eve’s Bayou.”

“This short-film competition is designed to showcase the talent of camera crew members who are aspiring to become cinematographers,” said IPG national president George Spiro Dibie. “I’m sure that people who see these films will be impressed. It bodes well for the future of our guild and for the art of cinematography.”

Films were judged on the cinematograher’s artistic contribution as well as the overall quality of the work.

“Most of these films were produced in collaboration with aspiring directors to showcase their talent at film festivals,” said Rob Kositchek Jr., camera operator and showcase chairman. “The fact is that cinematographers are rarely given the credit they deserve. It is comparatively easy for festival juries and critics to recognize the abilities of actors, directors and writers, but great cinematography tends to be much less obvious.”

The short film showcase will go on to Chicago, Orlando and New York during the spring and summer.

“Our primary goals are to encourage and recognize the pursuit of excellence in both the art and craft of cinematography, and to provide an important showcase for our members at an important time in their careers,” said Dibie, whose guild has some 5,700 members nationwide. “We believe this showcase will inspire other members to pursue their dreams.”

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