Don Burgess, ASC to Judge 2008 Kodak Filmschool Competition

MELBOURNE, Australia, April 10th 2008 - U.S. based cinematographer, Don Burgess, ASC has agreed to judge Asia Pacific, Latin America and European entries of the 2008 KODAK Filmschool Competition.

Now in it's ninth year, the competition is designed to recognize the creativity and skills exhibited by student cinematographers in the collaborative process of visual storytelling and is open to students and recent film school graduates from Asia Pacific, Latin America, United States & Canada, and more recently the European region.

A native of Los Angeles, Burgess is a former film student himself, having earned his degree from the Pasadena Art Center. He has a broad range of genres to his credit and has enjoyed an ongoing collaboration with notable director, Robert Zemeckis with titles including, Forrest Gump, which earned Burgess Academy® and ASC Award nominations. He also worked with Zemeckis on such memorable films as Contact, Cast Away, What Lies Beneath and The Polar Express. Additional credits include Spiderman, Terminator 3, The Bourne Identity, Enchanted, and Fool's Gold.

"Don Burgess ASC has such a vast range of experience and understands the challenges faced by students. His experience makes him incredibly grounded and we are privileged to have his perspective as the regional judge of this year's competition," says Wendy Elms Worldwide Manager of Kodak's Education segment. "He is a source of inspiration for young cinematographers all over the world and his willingness to judge the competition entries is very significant to the participating students."

Regional winners are announced by November 1st 2008, leaving plenty of time for submissions. The grand prize includes a trip to the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France for each of the regional winning filmmakers, which offers an outstanding career opportunity. Winning entries are screened at the festival and the filmmakers may participate in a tailored program of seminars and industry activities hosted by Kodak.

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