Kodak has named five students as award winners in the 2015 Kodak Scholarship Program, a global competition held annually in collaboration with the University Film and Video Program (UFVF). This year, the program received a record-breaking number of applications, with over 55 film schools from around the world nominating students for scholarships. Winners received their prizes at the University of Film & Video Association (UFVA) Conference on Aug. 8, at American University in Washington, D.C.
“Kodak is fervently devoted to the next generation of filmmakers,” said Andrew Evenski, president and general manager of Kodak’s Entertainment and Commercial Films, “and partnering with the UFVF keeps us closely connected with the institutions teaching these up-and-coming artists. We continually see a tremendous interest from students in producing their projects on film. Many of them grew up shooting digitally, and are now enthusiastic about capturing their images with the magic of celluloid. Creating product grants and scholarships is one way Kodak can help ensure they achieve that opportunity.”
Cinematographer John Bailey, ASC led the judging panel, which evaluated entries based on sample reels, faculty recommendations and academic achievements.
The three 2015 Kodak Student Scholarship Program award winners are:
- Gold Award ($5,000 tuition scholarship award and $5,000 Kodak motion picture product grant) – Max Bessmertnyi from New York University’s (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts Asia in Singapore for his film The Tricycle Thief.
- Silver Award ($4,000 tuition scholarship award and $4,000 Kodak motion picture product grant) – Paulina Skibinska from National Film School in Lodz, Poland for Object.
- Bronze Award ($3,000 tuition scholarship award and $3,000 Kodak motion picture product grant) – Matvey Fiks from the School of Visual Arts in New York for Babushka.
The two 2015 KODAK Student Cinematography Scholarship award winners are:
- First Place ($4,000 tuition scholarship award and $5,000 Kodak motion picture product grant) – Nicolas Aguilar from Chapman University, California, for his cinematography on Run.
- Award of Merit ($1,000 tuition scholarship award and $3,000 Kodak motion picture product grant) – Ziryab Ben Brahem from San Diego State University, Calif., with Wake.