The Kodak Showcase of Student Films to Screen at 34th Intl Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand;
Screening and Activities Highlight Company’s Support of Young Filmmakers

CLERMONT-FERRAND, FRANCE, 30 January 2012 — Kodak’s participation at the 34th International Short Film Festival & Market, which takes place here from 27 January – 04 February, includes several activities designed to foster emerging filmmakers seeking careers in the entertainment industry. Kodak will once again host a screening of the winners of its annual international Film School Cinematography Competition. The Kodak booth (Booth #) in the film market will also serve as a hub for filmmakers to talk one-on-one with Kodak reps, and various networking gatherings. These activities provide the student filmmakers with an opportunity to showcase their films, display their talents, and meet people who can help them realize their dreams.

A worldwide selection of award-winning student films presented by Kodak. The highlight of the five-day program is The Kodak Showcase screening on Thursday, 2 February from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Salle Georges Cochon Theatre. The screening showcases the four winning films of the 2011 Kodak Film School Cinematography Competition – one from each major region of the world. The contest is designed to recognize the creativity and talent of student cinematographers in the collaborative process of visual storytelling. This year's winners from the regional competition are Joshua Spires from the University of Texas for the Americas region; Johannes Praus from the University of Film & Television "Konrad Wolf" Potsdam for the Europe-Africa-Middle East region; and Masanori Yokota from Osaka University of Arts for the Asia-Pacific region. The winner of the worldwide 35 mm competition is Brendan Barnes from AFDA in South Africa. Joining the lineup this year is the 2011 Plus Camerimage Golden Tadpole winner, Balazs Revesz from the Hungarian National Film School.

The winning student films featured in The Kodak Showcase this year explored a diverse range of topics. Spires' film, The Whale, follows a young boy who lives in an ephemeral fantasy to try and escape the cycle of paternal abuse. Praus' Submerged deals with a clash of cultures when a daughter brings home a boyfriend from a different circle. Yokota's Bullet of Angry is the story of a grieving father who seeks revenge of his daughter's killers. Those of the Water, shot by Barnes, ex-plores an ancient Xhosa belief of Abantu (The People of the Water) that come into question after a young boy washes up from the ocean. Finale, shot by Balázs Révész, presents two men in the night, who are waiting for their greatest hit.

Additional activities for the student filmmakers throughout the week hosted by Kodak include a welcome dinner, tour, and reception after The Kodak Showcase at the booth.

Klaus-Georg Hafner, Marketing Communications Manager for Kodak’s European region, comments, “Our objective is to help new talent present their work to a professional audience and assist them with networking opportunities at this important juncture of their careers. We hold the international Film School Competition and then sponsor the winning filmmakers’ trip here as part of the prize because we want to provide an unique opportunity for these promising filmmakers to gain intensive exposure at a renowned festival.”

The International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand has become one of the world’s premier cinema events dedicated to short films since its origination in 1979. It is the second largest film festival in France after Festival de Cannes, attracting around 140,000 attendees.

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, U.S./Canada, and Europe, Africa and Middle East Region.

For more information, visit www.kodak.com/go/education.

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