The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) has named the honorees for its 16th annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards, to be handed out Sept. 30 at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles.
The honorees were selected from more than 100 submissions, an increase of 30 percent. Only Guild members who have not yet reached the official status of director of photography are eligible. Films must have a maximum running time of 30 minutes, though this year none were longer than 20 minutes.
The honorees are camera operator John Barr (The Carrier), first AC Daron Keet (Ripple Effect), camera operator Brian O’Carroll (Angel), camera operator Michael Pescasio (Don’t Let Your Love Annihilate), camera operator James Takata (Only Child), camera operator Pete Villani (Carjack), camera operator Robert C. Webb (The Girl in the Dark Room) and first AC Stewart Whelan (The Money Pet).
In addition, two honorable mentions were named, first AC Michael Lloyd (Dawn) and first AC Basil Smith (Cowards and Monsters).
“There was such a high overall standard in the submissions that it was an extremely difficult task to choose just ten,” ECA chairman Jim Matlosz said.
“This event grows every year to one of the most important benefits we can give to our young members,” said ICG president Steven Poster. “Everybody knows how difficult it is to start a career in this business these days. This can give a young artist a career boost they can’t get in any other way.”
Three film festivals will be screening the Emerging Cinematographer shorts this year. The Holly Shorts Fest and the Rhode Island International Film Festival, both in August, will screen the 2011 honoree films. The Ojai Film Festival, which takes place in October, will screen the 2012 honorees and honorable mention films.
There will be a New York screening of the honored shorts followed by a reception at the School of Visual Arts on Oct. 21.