The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) has named eight honorees and two honorable mentions for its 17th annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA). The 10 short films will premiere September 29 at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles. A New York premiere will follow October 20 at the School of Visual Arts.
The honorees are:
Michael Berlucchi, Operator, 140 Drams
Eduardo Fierro, Operator, Eleven: Twelve
Kyle Klutz, 1st Assistant Camera, Vessel
Michael Alden Lloyd, 2nd AC, an honorable mention for Dawn in 2012, Secret Number
VanNessa Manlunas, 2nd AC, King of Norway
Camrin Petramale, Loader, Memoirs of a Parapsychologist
Guy Skinner, Operator, Your Father’s Daughter
T.J. Williams, Operator, The Return.
The honorable mentions are:
Robert Givens, 1st AC, The Ride
Andrew Shulkind, Preview System, South Down Orchard
“These 10 aspiring directors of photography truly represent the up-and-coming talent within Local 600,” said Steven Poster, ASC, president of the ICG. “Each of the films that they helped to create is an example of inspiring and creative cinematography. They also demonstrate a mastery of the new technical skills required by our craft. Our judges had a difficult time choosing the winners from the high number of entries this year. These films without a doubt are extraordinary achievements and deserve the recognition they will receive at this year’s Emerging Cinematographer Awards.”
The purpose of the ECA 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 ECA is open to any member of the guild who is not already classified as director of photography. Members are asked to submit films they have photographed with a running time of 30 minutes or less. The ICG is one of the few organizations in the entertainment industry that offers its up-and-coming members the opportunity to be recognized and the chance to further their careers.
The films are selected by a panel of ICG members from across the country.
“Once again we had a great turnout for submissions to the ECAs,” said Jim Matlosz, chairman of the Guild’s ECA committee. “And again our members have proven their talent. It seems as though we always have more great films than we do winners. This means we usually have about 20 top films that all come very close in numbers and votes, culminating with the 10 we choose based solely on judges’ votes.”