First annual Volker Bahnemann Awards

April 28th marked the first annual Volker Bahnemann Awards for Cinematography at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Maurice Kanbar Institute. The grant was conceived to inspire future generations of cinematographers and empower talented students to realize their artistic potential.

Matthew Mendelson won in the graduate division while Oliver Lanzenberg took home the award for the undergraduates. Both students received grants to help fund their thesis projects in film school. 

In his address, Volker Bahnemann commented, "Technology is an important but always subservient component in the creation of visual media content - a highly complex and fascinating collaborative process in which the cinematographer will always have an important and rewarding role."

Bahnemann recently retired as CEO and president of ARRI Inc. and ARRI CSC after 32 years at the helm, with a total of 48 years at ARRI. He inspired countless filmmakers, enabling their creative visions through the decades. Bahnemann's legacy will continue to encourage future cinematographers through the NYU grants; recipients are selected by the faculty based upon rigorous criteria.

"Be proud to call yourself a cinematographer," said Bahnemann. "I am grateful and happy to have been able to contribute, and I hope that your receiving this first Volker Bahnemann Award for Cinematography even remotely matches my pride and joy in giving it. Thank you all very much."