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Judging Panel Builds Up For 2022 FilmLight Colour Awards

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With entries now being accepted, the judging panel is building up for the 2022 FilmLight Colour Awards.

The awards, which recognise the finest work from colourists using any technology platform and working in any genre, will again be presented at EnergaCAMERIMAGE in November.

"La critique est aisée, l’art est difficile (Criticising is easy, art is difficult)!" commented Yvan Lucas, senior colourist at Company 3 in LA and one of the newest members of the 2022 judging panel. "It's a first for me to be on the judging side, as it’s usually my work in the spotlight in collaboration with directors and cinematographers. I'm excited to join renowned cinematographers and experts in colour on the jury this year and see what hidden gems might emerge."

Cinematographer Sherri Kauk added: "I'm honoured to be involved in the 2022 FilmLight Colour Awards. I'm especially looking forward to seeing the entries in the new Spotlight category this year, which celebrates the work of colourists who grade off-Hollywood, independent and international features."

2022 Colour Awards jury members include:

Ari Wegner, ACS, an Academy award-winning Australian cinematographer and first female recipient of the BSC Best Cinematography in a Theatrical Feature Film award, for Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog.

Yvan Lucas, French born senior colourist at Company 3 in Los Angeles. Yvan’s career has involved creative collaborations with a long list of iconic cinematographers. Highlights include The Irishman, Snowpiercer, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Django Unchained, Argo, Shutter Island, Inglorious Basterds and Seven.

Christopher Ross, BSC, is an award-winning Cinematographer and President of the British Society of Cinematographers. Ross’s varied credits include Cats, Yesterday, Black Sea, Detour, Dad’s Army, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and TV Series Trust, Top Boy and the award-winning E4 series Misfits.

Andreas Brueckl, creative director and head colourist at Genomedia Studios in the United Arab Emirates. Andreas has gained an excellent reputation in Europe, the Middle East and Asia and can now also be found consulting production companies and OTT platforms on visual and technical strategies.

Daphne Dentz, senior VP, emerging formats, mastering & content acquisition for Warner Bros. Content Creative Services. In her role, Daphne oversees the delivery of new feature films, episodic television, and catalogue masters for the Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

Maxine Gervais, senior colourist at Picture Shop in Los Angeles, has worked on countless blockbusters, critically-acclaimed feature films, and hit episodic shows; Maxine has established an impressive career as a finishing artist and is now just short of 100 credits to her name.

Sherri Kauk, an Emmy-winning cinematographer and 2020 Variety Rising Star. Sherri’s cinematography highlights include Sex Appeal (Hulu), the SXSW feature Loev screening on Netflix, and season 3 of the Snapchat series Endless Summer.

Stephen Lighthill, ASC, Oscar-nominated cinematographer and president of the ASC 2020-2022. Stephen is a regular jury member at the Camerimage cinematography festival. He is currently the discipline chair for cinematography at the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory.

Mark Ma, deputy general manager of China Film Studio and highly successful director and producer. Mark has been a pillar of the Chinese cinema industry, helping to implement digital intermediate in film production in China in the early 2000s.

Cao Yu, ASC, leading Chinese cinematographer and founder of production company Bad Rabbit Pictures. Serving as DoP, he has collaborated with acclaimed directors Lu Chuan, Wong Kar-wai, Chen Kaige and Guan Hu on multiple projects and also served as executive producer on The Cord of Life.

Bobola Oniwura, creative director and lead colourist at Ingenuity Pictures in Nigeria, working on films for Nollywood, Africa’s biggest film industry. He is a full member of the Colorist Society International (CSI) and a certified trainer.

Toby Tomkins, colour evangelist and all-round ‘King of Craft’, Toby Tomkins is CHEAT’s founder and a senior colourist. Over a decade of experience has earned him high-profile commercial clients, and an extensive portfolio of award-winning TV shows, short and feature films.

Matthew Tomlinson, colour scientist at Harbor, where he delivers colour consistency and creative look development for feature films, episodic, documentary, and premium advertising from set-to-screen.

Eben Bolter, BSC, has built his career as a cinematographer by concentrating on film and TV dramas with bold visual stories. He was awarded the BAFTA breakthrough award in 2016 for his work on the film Chicken, and is currently shooting HBO’s The Last of Us.

“The FilmLight Colour Awards are very deliberately pan-industry, so it is really important that we have creative and technical viewpoints reflected in our judges, as well as the global viewpoint,” Jacqui Loran added. “We are continuing to work to make our panel as representative as we can, as we move towards the judging phase later in the year.”

The call for entries is now open, with a deadline of 31 July. A shortlist will be announced in the autumn, with the winners unveiled in November at this year's EnergaCAMERIMAGE, in the 30th year of this prestigious festival.

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