The award ceremony of CAMERIMAGE, the international film festival of the art of cinematography, took place on Saturday, Nov 19.
There were 11 competitions including cinematography and directing debuts, documentary features, documentary shorts, audience awards, and more. The full list of the winners can be found here.
The most important, as always, has been the Main Competition with the Golden Frog Award.
With 12 titles competing, the Golden Frog went to the cinematographer Florian Hoffmeister for TÁR, directed by Todd Field.
Florian is in the middle of production in Iceland so he has sent a video with his acceptance speech. He actually was at the festival a few days earlier where he also did a Q&A session with the audience. In his speech, he mentioned how the festival reminded him that the cinema is a place for meetings and discussions. So valuable, especially in the post-pandemic reality of today. By the end, he expressed his hope to visit CAMERIMAGE next year as well.
The Silver Frog was awarded to Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths and cinematographer Darius Khondji. The film also received The International Federation of Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI AWARD).
The Bronze Frog went to cinematographer Jamie D. Ramsay for Living.
The Audience Award went to Mandy Walker for Elvis, directed by Baz Luhrmann.
Golden Frog in the Documentary Features competition went to cinematographer Jonas Schneider for Kash Kash, directed by Lea Najjar.
Golden Frog in the Documentary Shorts competition went to cinematographer Adric Watson for A Mouthful of Petrol, directed by Jess Kohl.
There were also a handful of special awards.
- Sarah Greenwood received a Special Award for Production Designer
- Vance Burberry received a Special Award for Achievements in Music Videos
- Joseph Kahn received a Special Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music Video Directing
- Andrzej Seweryn received a Special Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Art of Acting
- Stephen H. Burum received a Special Lifetime Achievements Award
Burum accepted his award in person and was then surprised by a video from Danny DeVito who highlighted how important their collaboration was to him when they made movies together.
Burum expressed his appreciation by saying that by honoring the past you ensure the future, ending on a thoughtful note.
Once the festival was officially closed, and everyone was invited for the next year, the event had its last screening—Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans.
I can’t imagine a better film to end a festival celebrating cinema and the art of cinematography.