The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Camerimage has just finished. The 10th Anniversary edition appeared as a great success and unforgettable event, the best of all that have taken place in Poland so far. It is a pleasure to share with you what happened in Lodz, Poland between November 30th and December 7th. The Festival was held under the aegis of Polish Prime Minister, Polish Ministry of Culture and the Local Authorities. Furthermore, thanks to wide involvement of our sponsors CAMERIMAGE 2002 came into existence so smoothly. For this exceptional occasion we utter effusive "thank you" towards distributors, producers, associations and private people without whom the Festival would be deprived of substantial part of its celebrity. Especially, we would like to thank the following companies:The International Jury composed of: John De Borman, Adam Greenberg, Pierre Lhomme, Vladimir Smutny, Jost Vacano, Piotr Wojtowicz, and presided by Chris Menges spent seven days of hard work watching and judging 14 films presented in this part:
THE GENERAL SPONSOR: ATLASOFFICIAL SPONSORS: PKN ORLEN, TELEKOMUNIKACJA POLSKA S.A., PKO BP, TVP 2MAIN BRANCH SPONSOR: KODAK ENTERTAINMENT IMAGING BRANCH SPONSORS: ARRI, PANTHER, SACHTLER, TECHNICOLOR, COLOR BY DELUXE, DIGITAL FILM LABORATORY, KINOFLOTHANK YOU!!!
BEHIND THE SUN - Brazil, France, Switzerland Cinematographer: Walter Carvalho Director: Walter SallasBLACK HAWK DOWN - USA Cinematographer: Sławomir Idziak Director: Ridley Scott DEMONLOVER - France Cinematographer: Denis Lenoir Director: Olivier Assayas EDI - Poland Cinematographer: Krzysztof Ptak Director: Piotr Trzaskalski FAR FROM HEAVEN - USA Cinematographer: Edward Lachman Director: Todd Haynes GRILL POINT - Germany Cinematographer: Michael Hammon Director: Andreas Dresen MAN WITHOUT A PAST, THE - Finland Cinematographer: Timo Salminen Director: Aki Kaurismaki NOWHERE IN AFRICA - Germany Cinematographer: Gernot Roll Director: Caroline Link RABBIT-PROOF FENCE - Australia Cinematographer: Christopher Doyle Director: Phillip Noyce ROAD TO PERDITION - USA Cinematographer: Conrad L. Hall Director: Sam Mendes STAY ALIVE - Iran Cinematographer: Bahram Badakhshani Director: Dariush Mehrjui STROKES OF FIRE - South Korea Cinematographer: Jung Il-Sung Director: Im Kwon-Taek SWEET SIXTEEN - UK Cinematographer: Barry Ackroyd Director: Ken Loach WARRIORS, THE - Spain Cinematographer: Josep M. Civit Director: Daniel Calparsoro The cinematographers competed for Golden, Silver and Bronze Frog. At the Closing Ceremony that has been held in the Grand Theatre in Lodz on Saturday, December 7th the Jury made their unusual decision public... During our exceptional event we had a pleasure to present great films and their creators to our wonderful audience. All our guests had a chance to see such masterpieces as: AUTOFOCUS - USA Cinematographer: Fred Murphy Director: Paul Schrader ARARAT - France, Canada Cinematographer: Paul Sarrosy Director: Atom Egoyan BANK BAN - Hungary Cinematographer: Vilmos Zsigmond Director: Csaba Kael BLUE NOTE - France Cinematographer: Andrzej J. Jaroszewicz Director: Andrzej Żuławski DIRTY PRETTY THINGS - UK Cinematographer: Chris Menges Director: Stephen Frears EDEN - Poland Cinematographer: Andrzej Czeczot Director: Andrzej Czeczot GOOD THIEF, THE - UK, France, Canada, Ireland Cinematographer: Chris Menges Director: Neil Jordan HEART OF A BEAR, THE - Estonia Cinematographer: Rein Kotov, Arvo Iho Director: Arvo Iho HOMO FABER - France, Germany, UK, Greece Cinematographer: Pierre Lhomme Director: Volker Schlöndorff HOUSE OF FOOLS - Russia, France Cinematographer: Sergei Kozlov Director: Andrei Konchalovsky MACROCOSMOS - France Cinematographers: Dominigue Gentil, Phillipe Garquil and others Director: Jacques Perrin PEOPLE I KNOW - USA Cinematographer: Peter Deming Director: Daniel Algrant SANTA CLAUSE 2 - USA Cinematographer: Adam Greenberg Director: Michael Lembeck WILD BEES - The Czech Republic Cinematographer: Marek Divis Director: Bohdan Slama This year's Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award went to one of the greatest British cinematographers Freddie Francis. The Retrospective was a parallel section where some of Freddie Francis' most illustrious films were presented: The Elephant Man - directed by David Lynch Sons and Lovers - directed by Jack Cardiff The Straight Story - directed David Lynch The "Frog embodied" Award was granted to Freddie Francis during the Closing Ceremony on Saturday, December 7th. The next record has been achieved. Almost 900 students picked up their accreditation during the Festival. Once again particular character of CAMERIMAGE gave them a chance of active participation in the event just side by side with their masters. Students presented their short works to the audience but certainly the most thrilling aspect for them was the fact that their films were judged by such magnificent cinematographers and director as Peter Deming, Csaba Kael, John Mathieson, Phedon Papamichael, Billy Williams, Piotr Wojtowicz and Vilmos Zsigmond as a Jury President. Students, representing almost 30 Schools from more than 20 countries, showed 28 films in the Competition and 16 in the World Panorama. The etudes competed for Golden, Silver and Bronze Tadpole and the awards went to: Together with Opus Film Studio from Lodz we prepared professional workshops, where students had the exceptional opportunity to see the masters of vision at work revealing the secrets of their craft and talking about their experiences. On the first-day-workshops students spent exciting hours with Edward Lachman and Phedon Papamichael during ARRI LIGHTING Workshops. At the next day students had a rare chance to see the way of working of Ken Loach together with Barry Ackroyd and also witness the mastery of Vilmos Zsigmond at ARRICAM Workshops. Furthermore, they also attended ARRIMOTION Workshops led by Michael Haubmann. The students as well as the regular audience had the chance to attend engaging seminars by Volker Schlöndorff, Willem Dafoe, Irene Jacob, Ken Loach, Barry Ackroyd, Christopher Doyle, Peter Deming, Dante Spinotti, Edward Lachman and Sławomir Idziak. Also some special presentations were to be seen:
- Kodak - Presentation of New Color Negative Film Kodak Vision2
- ARRI - Arrimotion, Arri Lighting, Arricam
- Digital Film Laboratory - Digital Intermediate Seminar
- Digital Lab Seminar
- Sachtler - Equipment Presentation: ARTEMIS Camera Stabilizing System
- Panther - Equipment Presentation
- Technicolor - Technicolor Entertainment and Creative Services
- On Thursday, December 5th at 8.30 p.m. all the guests were witnesses of Cutting the 10th Anniversary Birthday Cake founded by KINOŚWIAT. The cake's pieces were given to all the guests and first most important cuts have been made by Andrzej Bartkowiak, Dante Spinotti and Marek Żydowicz.
- On Thursday, December 5th at 10.30 p.m. in the Festival Pub - Evergreen KODAK STUDENTS PARTY organised with Camerimage Film Festival was held.
- On Saturday, December 7th at 1 p.m. on the main street of City of Lodz - Piotrowska Street, the Council of Łodź together with Camerimage Film Festival and assisted by Witold Sobociński, Freddie Francis, Vilmos Zsigmond and Billy Williams opened the Jubilee Camerimage Star devoted to all Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients. Since then the Festival and their most important guests will be present in the history of Lodz forever.
- On Saturday, December 7th at 1 p.m. in the POLONIA Cinema, ARRI organised Special Presentation of its film Circle of Love.
- During the whole Festival the Photographs Exhibition in M1 Shopping Centre has been held.
THE GOLDEN FROG: EDI - Krzysztof Ptak ROAD TO PERDITION - Conrad L. HallTHE SILVER FROG: FAR FROM HEAVEN - Edward LachmanTHE BRONZE FROG: DEMONLOVER - Denis Lenoir
THE GOLDEN TADPOLE THE SHADOW - Ngo The Chau, DFFB, GermanyTHE SILVER TADPOLE SIENA - Szymon Lenkowski, National Lodz Film School, PolandTHE BRONZE TADPOLE MEAT - Maxim Shinkorenko, VGIK, Russia
CAMERIMAGE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Freddie FrancisCAMERIMAGE AWARD FOR DIRECTOR WITH SPECIAL VISUAL SENSITIVITY Neil JordanAWARD FOR THE IDEA INSPIRING THE CREATION OF CAMERIMAGE Volker Schlöndorff SPECIAL AWARD FOR A DUO DIRECTOR - CINEMATOGRAPHER Ken Loach - Barry Ackroyd SPECIAL AWARD FOR A POLISH DUO DIRECTOR - CINEMATOGRAPHER Andrzej Żuławski - Andrzej J. Jaroszewicz SPECIAL CAMERIMAGE AWARD FROM CINEMATOGRAPHERS TO AN ACTOR FOR IMMENSE CONTRIBUTION TO THE ART OF MOVIE Willem Dafoe THE KRZYSZTOF KIEŚLOWSKI AWARD Irene Jacob THE GENARAL SPONSOR - ATLAS AWARD FOR THE PROMOTION OF POLISH CULTURE ABROAD Janusz Kamiński SPECIAL CAMERIMAGE AWARD FROM CINEMATOGRAPHERS TO A POLISH ACTOR Leon Niemczyk SPECIAL IMAGO AWARD FOR TEN YEARS OF CAMERIMAGE Marek Żydowicz THE DIGITAL TADPOLE FOUNDED BY DIGITAL LAB Laboratory in Warsaw for Supporting Young Creators THE BEST FILM ADAPTATION OF OPERA founded by Marcin Krzyżanowski, the director of the Grand Theatre in Lodz: Vilmos Zsigmond and Csaba Káel for BÁNK BÁNTo sum up, the 10th edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography - CAMERIMAGE was very successful. More than 30.000 Lodz inhabitants visited the Festival Centre within the Festival week. We have hosted over 900 students and about 200 cinematographers from all over the world. The City of Lodz, for the third time, was the witness of the film celebration and hosted such great personalities as: Andrzej Bartkowiak, Neil Jordan, Csaba Kael, Ken Loach, Volker Volker Schlöndorff, Piotr Trzaskalski, Andrzej Żuławski, Willem Dafoe, Irene Jacob, Nutza Kukhiani, Barry Ackroyd, Walter Carvalho, Josep M. Civit, Peter Deming, John De Borman, Marek Divis, Christopher Doyle, Freddie Francis, Phillip Garquil, Dominique Gentil, Wiktor Gluszczenko, Adam Greenberg, Michael Hammon, Sławomir Idziak, Andrzej J. Jaroszewicz, Rein Kotov, Edward Lachman, Denis Lenoir, Pierre Lhomme, John Mathieson, Chris Menges, Roman Osin, Phedon Papamichael, Krzysztof Ptak, Gernot Roll, Timo Salminen, Vladimir Smutny, Witold Sobociński, Dante Spinotti, Billy Williams, Jost Vacano, Tibor Vagyoczky, Piotr Wojtowicz, Haris Zambarloukos, Vilmos Zsigmond and many, many others, whose names are not imprinted in CAMERIMAGE's records, but definitely CAMERIMAGE has been engraved in their hearts.