The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) has named eight honorees for the 19th annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA). The short films will premiere at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 27, 2015. A New York premiere will follow on Oct. 25 at the School of Visual Arts.
The purpose of the ECAs is to nurture talent within the guild and to give promising cinematographers the crucial exposure they need to succeed in the motion picture industry.
The ECAs are open to any member of the guild who is not already classified as a director of photography. Members are asked to submit films they have photographed with a running time of 30 minutes or less.
The films are selected by a panel of ICG members from across the country and can be seen by a wider audience at film festivals.
“I am continually amazed and delighted by the high standards in these short films,” said Steven Poster, president of the ICG. “It shows, once again, that our camera crews are the best trained and most professional in the world.”
“Every new year brings about a new crop of potential ECA winners, and every year our members continue to raise the bar and give us hope and inspiration for the art and future of cinematography,” said Jimmy Matlosz, who has been chairman of the guild’s ECA committee since 2008.
This year’s honorees, selected from almost 100 submissions, are:
Daniel Cotroneo, Camera Operator (The Other Side)
Devin Doyle, 1st Assistant (Fish Friend), a previous ECA honoree in 2014
John Garrett, 2nd Assistant (Delia)
Jason Hafer, Operator (Incident On Highway 73)
David Kruta, Operator (Lullaby), a previous ECA honoree in 2014
Michael Nie, 2nd Assistant (Dust), a previous ECA honoree in 2011
Tobin Oldach, 2nd Assistant (Thirst)
T.J. Williams Jr., Operator (Color TV, No Vacancy), a previous ECA honoree in 2013