Kodak rewards CAMERIMAGE Student winner with festival trip, screening

(Rochester, NY December 12, 2008) "Aurelian Pechmeja, from INSAS Belgium Cinema School, will be doubly-rewarded for his cinematography on the short film ‘Dear Mom: To Read If I Don’t Wake Up.’ In addition to him winning top honors at PLUS CAMERIMAGE in Lodz, Poland, Kodak announced it will provide Pechmeja with a trip to the 2009 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France, where his movie will be presented in the Kodak Short Film Showcase.

At the just-concluded PLUS CAMERIMAGE festival, Pechmeja was awarded a ‘Golden Tadpole,’ the highest honor in the short film competition that, this year, attracted more than 30 entries from film schools around the world. They were judged by an international jury that included cinematographers Karl Walter Lindenlaub and Sue Gibson; writer-producers Monty Montgomery and Brad Sieberling; and production designer, Lilly Kilvert.

Held in Lodz, ‘the capital of the Polish cinematography,’ CAMERIMAGE is the only international festival dedicated to the art of cinematography; its purpose is to celebrate those who create images in motion and to provide recognition for their artistic contribution to visual storytelling.

"This is the sixteenth year for the festival and every year the competition gets tougher and the quality of the work improves," said Thierry Perronnet, Kodak marketing director for Europe. "These young people are creating some amazing work on a very limited budget. Working with Kodak film, their work can only get better."

At Clermont, Pechmeja’s work will be seen by more than 80,000 spectators and professional participants. The Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival, held in February, is recognized as one of the world’s most prominent festival for short films. In addition to screening his work, Pechmeja will also participate in networking sessions and other activities which are part of the festival and the Kodak involvement.

"We’re committed to supporting the next generation of filmmakers," said Perronnet, "and we’ve found they benefit greatly when we offer opportunities for them to gain visibility and recognition for their work – and to enable them to interact with their peers. Our investment in the talent and professional potential of storytellers like Mr. Pechmeja is an important investment in the future of film, the future of our industry, and the future of great entertainment."