Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners all captured with ALEXA at the famous cinematography festival, where ARRI hosted a range of events.
The 24th Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography has drawn to a close in Bydgoszcz, Poland. As a committed sponsor of this unique festival, ARRI was there in force, showcasing equipment, running workshops and hosting social events.
In the main competition, over 75% of the 13 nominated films were captured with ARRI digital ca
meras -- eight with ALEXA and two with AMIRA, illustrating how the versatile AMIRA is being embraced for feature films, as well as for documentaries and TV work. As usual, the nominations were handed out at the ARRI party.
The Golden Frog -- the top award at Camerimage -- went to cinematographer Greig Fraser ASC, ACS for LION, directed by Garth Davis, which was shot with ALEXA XT cameras. Starring Dev Patel, the film charts the journey of a young man searching for the family he lost as a five year-old on the streets of Calcutta.
Bradford Young ASC took home the Silver Frog for his work on Denis Villeneuve's science fiction film ARRIVAL, while Anthony Dod Mantle ASC, BSC, DFF was awarded the Bronze Frog for SNOWDEN, directed by Oliver Stone. Both of these films were also shot with the ALEXA camera system, with Dod Mantle being among the first to work with ARRI Rental's ALEXA 65, combining it with the ALEXA XT and ALEXA Mini.
Other winning productions at the festival to have used ARRI cameras included THE LAST FAMILY, recipient of the Best Polish Film Award, which was directed by Jan P. Matuszyński and shot with ALEXA cameras and Ultra Prime lenses by DP Kacper Fertacz. Also the Best TV Pilot Award, which went to THE NIGHT OF, directed by Steven Zaillian and captured with ALEXA by Robert Elswit ASC.
In the Music Videos Competition -- always one of the most exciting categories at Camerimage -- 16 out of 21 entrants were shot with ARRI cameras, the vast majority with ALEXA. Six made use of the ALEXA Mini, including both winners: Best Music Video was won by Massive Attack's VOODOO IN MY BLOOD, directed by Ringan Ledwidge and shot by Franz Lustig, while Best Cinematography in a Music Video went to Mykki Blanco's HIGH SCHOOL NEVER ENDS, directed by Matt Lambert and shot by Martin Ruhe.
On the ARRI booth the latest ARRI cameras, accessories, lenses and lights were on display. ARRI Rental also took the opportunity to announce major additions to its ALEXA 65 large format lens range, with the new Prime DNA and Prime 65 S lens series joining the Prime 65 and Vintage 765 optics already on offer.
ARRI Academy hosted several events, including two Master Classes -- one presented by Stephen F. Windon ACS, ASC and Marc Spicer ACS, the other by Paul Cameron ASC. Both attracted huge audience numbers, with the cinematographers sharing their knowledge through movie clips, Q&As and practical demonstrations of camera and lighting techniques on a working set.
At the ARRI Big Screen Event, filmmaker Richard Ladkani presented an exclusive 40-minute extract from the acclaimed Netflix feature film documentary THE IVORY GAME, which he co-directed with Kief Davidson. Ladkani then took part in a live Q&A on stage, discussing why he chose the ARRI AMIRA as the main camera for the project.