Kodak Supports Students at Clermont-Ferrand Festival;
Showcase for New Talent to Screen February 4
CLERMONT-FERRAND, FRANCE, January 25, 2010-Kodak will once again host a bevy of activities in support of student filmmaking at the 32nd International Short Film Festival and Market, which takes place here between 29th January and 6th February. Kodak will host a program for the winners of its annual Film School Competition as well as a number of other Kodak-sponsored events. These activities provide the student finalists with an opportunity to showcase their films and an opportunity to display their talents and meet people who can help them realize their dreams. The highlight of the five-day program is the Kodak Short Film Showcase for New Talent screening on 4th February. Two screening sessions of the students' works will take place. The first session from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. showcases six films which won awards at Kodak-sponsored events in 2009: Portrait of a Family (Bulgaria), Fatma (Morocco), Un Amour (France), Vux (Morocco), I'll Tell on You (Italy) and Dirty Words (Poland). The Polish short film Dirty Words took the Golden Tadpole Award in the Student Etudes Competition at PLUS CAMERIMAGE 2009. The second session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. showcases the four regional winning films from the 2009 KODAK Film School Competition: Accident (China), Birthday (Germany), The Dead Children's Song (Mexico) and Half Kenneth (USA).
The program is just one of many initiatives offered by Kodak worldwide to support future filmmakers and film school educators. Other measures include educational materials, scholarships, awards, discounts and workshops.
Thierry Perronnet, marketing director for Kodak's European region commented, "Kodak feels that it is very important to support emerging filmmakers as much as possible. By helping new talent present their work to a professional audience that comprises producers, feature film managers, short film buyers, journalists and others, we feel this provides a unique opportunity for massive exposure and networking.
The Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival has become one of the world's premier cinema events dedicated to short films. It is the second largest film festival in France after Cannes in terms of audience and professional attendance. In 2009, the Festival attracted almost 138,000 admissions and over 2,800 professional delegates.
"Kodak is proud to support up-and-coming filmmakers, whose creative abilities know no boundaries," Perronnet adds. "And film is the only medium providing them an uncompromising combination of image quality, full HD compatibility, cost-effectiveness and archivability."
Kodak's Entertainment Imaging Division is the world-class leader in providing film, digital and hybrid motion imaging products, services, and technology for the professional motion picture and exhibition industries. For more information, visit www.kodak.com/go/motion.
Kodak's programs for students and educators were launched in 1991 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, including 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.
Inaugurated in 2000 as part of Kodak's education initiatives, the Kodak Film School Competition recognizes outstanding achievement in cinematography. Entries must be produced on film by a student crew and are open to students and recent graduates from Asia, Latin America, Canada and the U.S., and Europe and the Middle East. The competition provides international recognition and tangible support for talented young filmmakers at an important juncture in their careers. For more information, visit www.kodak.com/go/education.
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