Canon U.S.A. announced the launch of the new Canon Filmmaker Award Program in partnership with Film Independent– the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Open to eligible Film Independent Fellows, Los Angeles Film Festival alumni and Spirit Awards nominees and winners, the program is designed to help emerging filmmakers “leave no story untold.”
Winners of the Canon Filmmaker Award Program will be lent a Canon Cinema EOS C300 camera package to create their next feature length narrative or documentary film, or in special cases, short films. Announced quarterly over the next year, applications for the Fall period will be accepted until Aug. 1. For more information, visit http://www.filmindependent.org/labs-and-programs/grants-and-awards/canon-filmmaker-award-program/.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Canon, a company that shares our vision of supporting cinema as art, on this new Canon Filmmaker Award Program,” said Josh Welsh, co-president, Film Independent. “So many of our Fellows are already working with Canon’s existing equipment, so to be able to shoot their films with these new cameras will truly elevate their production experience and bring their films to life.”
The Los Angeles Film Festival is presented annually by Film Independent at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. Between June 14-24, the festival will screen nearly 200 feature films, shorts and music videos, including Virgin Airlines’ “Departure Date,” shot with the Cinema EOS C300 at 35,000 feet. Other projects on the festival’s diverse roster that were filmed with Canon imaging equipment include A Band Called Death, About Face, Beauty is Embarrassing, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Red Flag, Remote Area Medical and Reportero.
On Saturday, Canon invited festival attendees to explore the company’s line of Cinema EOS products at the Filmmaker Lounge, including hands-on demonstrations of the Cinema EOS C300, the EOS 5D Mark III and the new 4K Cinema EOS C500 and EOS-1D C cameras. The evening culminated in the highly anticipated event “Canon Celebrates Cinematographers,” hosted by Shane Hurlbut, ASC, and Richard Crudo, ASC, where established and emerging industry professionals convened to honor the art of cinematography.
Canon, along with co-sponsor HBO, also hosted the annual Fellows and Industry Mixer at Katsuyaat L.A. LIVE on Sunday.
On Saturday, Canon will screen when you find me – a short film produced by two-time Academy Award-winner Ron Howard and directed by his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard, as part of Canon’s Project Imagin8ion. Immediately following the screening, Canon will host a panel discussion with some of the key creative and technical minds behind the production, including Kevin Chinoy, producer, Freestyle Picture Company; Andre Lascaris, director of photography, and Evan Pesses, chief lighting technician. The event will close out with a screening of Dante Ariola and Jeff Cronenweth’s short Man and Beast, filmed with the new 4K Cinema EOS C500.
The screenings and panel, moderated by Canon film and television production advisor Tim Smith, begin at 10 a.m. at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 12.