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.