Applications for the “Nikola Tanhofer” award

From 1 March 2016 to 1 April 2016, works in all categories can be submitted to compete for the second annual Nikola Tanhofer award, presented by the Croatian Cinematographers Society.

As in the previous two years, the award will be presented for best achievements in cinematographic art with the aim to validate authorial distinctiveness and cinematographic excellence and to promote motion picture photography, visual and film culture.

The annual cinematographers’ award is presented in three categories:

1. Feature film

2. TV series

3. Short film forms

Eligible to compete for the C.C.S. annual award are works within the stated categories that premiered in cinema distribution or TV programs broadcasted in the territory of the Republic of Croatia in the period from 1 January to 31 December 2015.

In the category of short film forms, the condition for eligibility is being in competition at a domestic or foreign film festival held in the same period.

Natural and/or legal persons submitting their works to be considered for the annual HFS award are require do deliver at least one copy of the respective project in digital format to HFS.

In the category of TV series, it is sufficient to deliver one episode of the TV series in question.

The award decision will be made by a three-member jury, consisting of HFS members.

Works competing for the annual cinematographers’ award can be submitted by cinematography authors themselves (HFS membership optional), the production company under which the project was completed and HFS members, regardless of whether they have participated in the production of the nominated project.

The date and place of the award ceremony are to be announced.

In the pre-selection procedure, the jury will select up to three works that will enter the final consideration for the award. Nomination as one of the three works considered for the annual award in each category represents a recognition received by the author of cinematography in written form.

A received annual HFS award or nomination for the same can be used in the promotion of award or nomination winning projects.

The C.C.S. will publish the information on winners on its website (, notify the media and also report to IMAGO – European Federation of Cinematographers, of which C.C.S. is a full member.

Since I believe that we all care for promoting the film and visual culture, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to submit the works that in your opinion meet the high artistic and aesthetic criteria that HFS upholds in its work.

Our efforts have been recognized by the Croatian Audiovisual Center (HAVC), under whose patronage the annual cinematographers’ award was established.

The works need to be submitted in writing to the address: Hrvatska udruga filmskih snimatelja, Britanski trg 12, 10000 Zagreb or by

email at

You can download the application form at the bottom of this post.

The contact persons for additional clarifications are Branko Linta ( and Mario Sablić (

Best regards,

Mario Sablić

President of the Croatian Cinematographers Society

Postproduction time for “Goran”, cinematographer Damir Kudin, c.c.s.


Goran is a new collaborative effort from cinematographer Damir Kudin and director Nevio Marasović. They have previously worked together on the films Show Must Go On and Vis-a-Vis, and Goran is their first drama with elements of thriller. After only 24 days of shooting on locations in Gorski kotar, Zagreb and Ravna gora, editing was completed and the project is currently in the post-production stage.

You can read more about the shoot here

A.S.C. Award for Vanja Černjul

At the 30th American Society of Cinematographers’ Awards, HFS and ASC member Vanja Černjul was the winner in the TV series category. He received the ASC award for his brilliant cinematography on the series Marco Polo, episode “The Fourth Step”, produced by Netflix.

You can find a short trailer for the episode and more info on the nomination here.

Vanja Černjul has been working as a high-profile and successful cinematographer in the United States for a number of years now and was previously nominated for the ASC award, for the pilot episode of the series Bored to Death. Among his many awards, the Golden Arena at the Pula Film Festival for the film Ćaća, as well as two Emmy nominations for 30 Rock and Nurse Jackie stand out the most.

Congratulations, Vanja!

Photo taken from the American Society of Cinematographers website.

C.C.S. Annual Cinematography Award “Nikola Tanhofer” 2015

As part of the C.C.S.’ traditional annual event, on 22 December 2015 the cinematographers’ award Nikola Tanhofer was presented at the Croatian Cinematographers Society’s headquarters, honoring the achievements of 2014.

The C.C.S. jury, its members being Enes Midžić, Silvestar Kolbas and Dragan Marković, decided that the award should go to Darko Drinovac, c.c.s., for his cinematographic work on feature film Simon Čudotvorac, produced by Alka Film.

The award was presented by Silvestar Kolbas, who stated that it was a creation featuring “the work of a refined author, immersed in the directorial and dramatic concept, whereby lack of thus conceived film photography would have left us indifferent and deprived us of the full meaning of the film.”

The Croatian Cinematographers Society’s award Nikola Tanhofer was established in 2014 under the patronage of HAVC. The first winners were Mirko Pivčević, c.c.s. for feature film Šuti, produced by Kinorama, and Mario Sablić, c.c.s. for short film Teleport Zovko (Kinorama) and TV series Počivali u miru (Ring multimedija).

IAGA 2015, Jerusalem 16-18 October 2015

For the first time ever, this year’s IMAGO Annual General Assembly was held outside of Europe. By accepting non-European cinematographers’ societies, such as Israel, Colombia, Australia, Iran, New Zealand and Canada, IMAGO has, under the presidency of Nigel Walters, made a step towards becoming the world’s umbrella association of cinematographers.

Thus Israel became the host of the traditional IAGA, which had an elective character this year. In spite of the conference’s busy schedule, thanks to flawless organization by the Israeli Cinematographers’ Association, ACT, and great efforts from its former president Idan Or, the summit that gathered about fifty representatives of cinematographers’ societies, members of IMAGO, took place in a highly efficient working atmosphere. HFS was represented by its president Mario Sablić and board member Goran Mećava.

After a voting process, a new president and board members were appointed. Welshman Nigel Walters, BSC, who was at the head of IMAGO since 2008, was replaced by Paul René Roestad, FNF, for a term of office of three years.

Among other achievements, Walters played a huge role in IMAGO’s opening towards non-European associations and in fostering the Balkans conference, which brought together and reestablished relations between associations that were part of former Yugoslavia, as well as those of Bulgaria, Romania and Greece. The Balkans conferences served to reconnect the mentioned associations and share experiences largely related to production conditions which directors of photography face on a daily basis in their respective countries.

The remaining members of the new IMAGO Board are:

•Daniele Nannuzzi, AIC

•Elen Lotman, ESC

•Predrag Bambić, SAS

•Rolf Coulanges, BVK

•Ron Johanson, ACS

•Nina Kelgren, BSC

IAGA was taking place in the shadow of turbulent events in Jerusalem, but thanks to excellent organization by ACT, the Assembly was held in a safe and creative environment, and, in addition to electing the new Board, it significantly addressed several burning issues related to the cinematographer profession.

This primarily concerned the working conditions in which cinematographers operate today, as well as the potential problems with archiving film material in the digital age. It was interesting to hear the presentation of the Technical Committee led by Rolf Coulanges, BVK, on the possibilities for digital image texture control, the research of which was closely related to Arri cameras. More information on this subject is available here.

The Technical Committee was renamed to Committee for Creative Technologies in Cinematography.

Turkey was accepted as a full member of IMAGO, and Germany returned after five years of absence. In the period left until the next assembly, efforts will be made to bring France back into IMAGO membership as well.