Kodak Student Scholarship Winners Represent Four Different Countries

ROCHESTER, NY, August 3, 2011 — The 2011 recipients of the Kodak Scholarship Program have been announced, and will be screened at this year’s UFVA conference in Boston, Mass. Kodak’s annual, international competition is designed to recognize superior filmmaking skills and creativity of the next generation. The 2011 student winners, as judged by renowned cinematographer Robbie Greenberg, ASC, hail from schools around the globe. 

“The quality of work being done by these students is outstanding,” says Greenberg. “The seriousness and poignancy of the subject matters the students explored was also impressive.”

The 2011 winners are:

  • Gold Award for Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking: Robert Hlozanka, from the Tomas Bata University in Zlin in the Czech Republic for The Mill. The award includes a $5,000 Kodak motion picture film product grant and a $1,500 cash tuition award. The Mill centers around a village priest who wants no secrets among his sheep. When he is forced to undergo his own confession, no one shows great mercy.
  • Silver Award for Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking: Laura Good from the University of British Columbia in Canada for While I Breathe. The award includes a Kodak motion picture film grant valued at $4,000 and a $1,000 cash tuition award. While I Breathe is an intimate story about two people affected by human trafficking and how one chance meeting together changes their lives forever.
  • Bronze Award for Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking: Nina Slabber from AFDA: The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance for Cake. The award comes with a grant of $3,000 in Kodak motion picture film and a $500 cash tuition award. Slabber’s short film details a day in the life of Sarah, a young woman caring for her mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s. On this day, Sarah is preparing for a birthday celebration but when the power is cut she needs to find a way in which to finish baking a cake.
  • Honorable Mention for Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking: Yaasib Vázquez Colmenares from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico for Que Importa Corazon. Honorable Mention awards include a $2,000 grant for Kodak motion picture film.

In addition to Greenberg, the entries were judged by Wenhwa Tsao, graduate program director for the Film & Video Department at Columbia College Chicago, and Kodak’s Lorette Bayle, who is also an award-winning filmmaker.

“To see the five winners from five different countries is very encouraging,” notes Johanna Gravelle. “This is just the second year that this program has accepted entries outside of the Americas, so we are thrilled to see such a vast pool of talented, emerging filmmakers in every corner of the world.  We strive to support and encourage the next generation of filmmakers, and the schools and faculty who foster their careers. It is important for Kodak to be there every step of the way.”

Accredited film schools from every region of the world submitted student candidates who were judged on a combination of their past work, faculty recommendations and academic achievement.

Kodak introduced its worldwide film school program in 1991. Through the years, that program has grown to include a wide range of initiatives to help both students and educators enrich their knowledge and enhance their skills in the art and craft of filmmaking.

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About Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging

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.

About Kodak’s Educational Initiatives

Kodak’s program for students and educators was 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.

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