ARRI helps celebrate 25 years of IMAGO

Hosted by IMAGO and the Finnish Society of Cinematographers with ARRI as the main sponsor, the first IMAGO International Award for Cinematography ceremony was a remarkable success.

The IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography 2017 were hosted for the first time on October 28th, in Helsinki, Finland for more than 250 invited cinematographers and other film industry leaders. ARRI was honored to be the main sponsor of the event which celebrated 25 years of IMAGO while also being the first international ceremony of its kind solely dedicated to the art of cinematography. IMAGO is the European Federation of Cinematographers which serves as a collaborative, global umbrella for the world´s cinematographer societies. Now encompassing 49 international societies, with almost 4,000 professional cinematographers as members, IMAGO’s influence reaches all the corners of the world.

The IMAGO Awards Ceremony took place at the Hanasaari-Hanaholmen Cultural Centre on an island just outside Helsinki. The evening began with prosecco while the guests had a chance to mingle and become better acquainted with the latest ARRI equipment that was on display in the upstairs reception area of the building. Experts from ARRI were on-hand to assist and answer questions while the ease and flexibility of ARRI’s TRINITY stabilizer system was demonstrated. 

President of the Finnish Society of Cinematographers and host of the evening, Tahvo Hirvonen, welcomed the guests to Finland.

It was a night of special anniversary announcements. Once the guests took their seats, President of the Finnish Society of Cinematographers, Tahvo Hirvonen welcomed the group by mentioning Finland’s 100 years of independence in 2017. Continuing, he made reference to ARRI’s centennial year: “A certain tool we all know and use has been around for 100 years as well. It was then that the doctors Richter and Arnold put their heads together and created a spark that is still glowing today.” Paul René Roestad also joined the stage, mentioning IMAGO’s special milestone: “We are here today to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the European Federation of Cinematographers and to celebrate international cinematography.” He continued, “ours is the very first international ceremony where awards are given to cinematographers entirely by cinematographers.”

The event was hosted by the engaging Finnish actress Minttu Mustakallio who orchestrated the remainder of the program. A total of eight awards were presented by IMAGO jury members and motion picture industry players at the grand ceremony. The first award of the evening was presented by ARRI. Stephan Schenk, Managing Director of ARRI Cine Technik and responsible for the Business Unit Camera Systems, took the stage to hand over the IMAGO International Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cinematography, which went to the founding father of IMAGO, Luciano Tovoli AIC, ASC. It was Luciano Tovoli’s brainchild to create a platform where European cinematographers could connect, exchange stories and information. 25 years later IMAGO is thriving and continues to expand its circle of influence.

Winner of the 2017 IMAGO International Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cinematography, Luciano Tovoli AIC, ASC together on stage with actress Minuttu Mustakallio

The next prestigious award sponsored by ARRI was the ARRI - IMAGO International Award for Emerging Talent in Cinematography. At the ceremony, Mr. Schenk spoke about ARRI’s dedication to new industry talent: “At ARRI we don’t just care about established cinematographers, we also care about everybody joining the industry and we care about their beginnings.” Together with Estonian cinematographer Elen Lotman, Mr. Schenk then bestowed the award to Daniil Formichev for his great promise in cinematography. 

ARRI’s Stephan Schenk (c.) poses with the winners; IMAGO Lifetime Achievement Award: Luciano Tovoli AIC, ASC (l.) and ARRI - IMAGO International Award for Emerging Talent in Cinematography: Daniil Formichev

The IMAGO International Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Art of Cinematography, presented by Panavision, went to Marek Zydowicz, Director of the Camerimage Film Festival. Camerimage, the most recognized film festival dedicated to the art of cinematography and cinematographers, will also be celebrating its 25th anniversary in just a few weeks. Two IMAGO International Awards for Extraordinary Technical Achievement were also awarded and went to Jannicke Mikkelsen FNF and Joe Dunton BSC. The project-focused awards were divided into three main categories: best feature film, best television drama, and best documentary film. The IMAGO International Award for Best Cinematography in a feature film went to Seamus McGarvey BSC, ASC for his work on NOCTURNAL ANIMALS; this award was sponsored by Panasonic Vericam. The IMAGO International Award for Best Cinematography in a Television Drama was awarded to Fabian Wagner BSC, ASC for his work on GAME OF THRONES – THE WINDS OF WINTER, presented by Drylab and Zeiss. Lukasz Zal PSC won the IMAGO International Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary Film for his picture ICON (IKONA); this award was presented by Canon. 

All the winners and sponsors of the 2017 IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography take the stage

Throughout the evening, IMAGO graciously thanked its sponsors for their continued support. As Federation Secretary, Louis-Philippe Capelle, summed up, “after being partners, we became friends.” After the ceremony came to a close, all the guests enjoyed a meal together followed by dancing and comradery. It was truly a gathering of friends; a group dedicated to the aesthetic and impact of the moving image. Thank you IMAGO for a wonderful evening and happy 25 years!

The 2017 IMAGO Awards Ceremony took place at the Hanasaari-Hanaholmen Cultural Centre just outside Helsinki

ARRI congratulates all the nominees and winners of the 2017 IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography.

For a complete list of winners from the IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography, please visit: http://www.imago.org/index.php/news/item/686-the-winners-of-the-imago-international-awards-for-cinematography.html

Photos: © 2017 Alejandro Lorenzo (3), Mikko Lyytikäinen (1), Hanaholmen (1)