Nominees Announced for 2020 IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography

February 16, 2020

The nominees have been announced for the third IMAGO Awards ceremony, which will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 14th March 2020, with Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC aiming for yet another trophy for his work on 1917.

Having garnered Oscar, ASC, BSC and BAFTA accolades this year, Deakins will be one of three nominees for the ‘Feature Film’ award – presented by CVP, and looking to retain the award having triumphed at last year’s IMAGO awards in Belgrade for Blade Runner 2049. Also chosen for the award are Spionen (The Spy) lit by Belgian DP Anton Mertens SBC, and Dvēseļu Putenis (Blizzard of Souls) shot by Latvian cinematographer Valdis Celmins LGC.

There’s also another award opportunity for British DP James Friend BSC ASC, whose work on the ‘Bad News’ episode of Patrick Melrose has been recognised once again, having already garnered trophies at the 2018 Camerimage Festival, the 2019 ASC Awards and the 2019 BSC Awards.

BSC member Chris Menges will also be recognised at the ceremony with IMAGO’s award for ‘Lifetime Achievement in Cinematography’.

The list of award nominees are as follows:

Best Cinematography for FEATURE FILM

Cinematographer: Anton Mertens SBC for The Spy / Spionen
Cinematographer: Roger Deakins CBE ASC BSC for 1917
Cinematographer: Valdis Celmins LGC for Blizzard of Souls / Dvēseļu Putenis
This Award is presented by CVP

Best Cinematography for DOCUMENTARY

Cinematographer: Virginie Surdej SBC for By the Name of Tania
Cinematographer: Roy van Egmond NSC for Sidik and the Leopard (Sidik en de Panter)
Cinematographer: Nicholas de Pencier CSC for Anthropocene – The Human Epoch
Cinematographers: Fejmi Daut MSC and Samir Ljuma MSC for Honeyland / Medena Zemja

Best Cinematography for TELEVISION DRAMA

Cinematographers: Xiaosu Han / Andreas Thalhammer AAC for Liebermann / Vienna Blood
Cinematographer: James Friend BSC ASC for Patrick Melrose ‘Bad News’
Cinematographer: Denson Baker NZCS ACS for Victoria ‘Comfort and Joy’
This Award is presented by SONY


The winner will be known on Friday 21st February on the imago website

Cinematographer: Gleb Filatov, Russia – RGC – for The Bull
Cinematographer: Holger Jungnickel, Germany BVK – for LIMBO
Cinematographer: Christiaan van Leeuwen, Nederlands NSC – for Where the Birds Go
Cinematographer: Amandine Klee, Belgium SBC – for Skin Walker
Cinematographer: Sverre Sørdal, Norway FNF – for County Lines
This Award is presented by ARRI

Best Cinematography for STUDENT FILM

The winner will be known on Friday 21st February on the imago website

Cinematographer: Ramon Königshausen – for CRU (Zürcher Hochschule der Künst, Switzerland – SCS)
Cinematographer: Johannes Hoss – for Favourites / Favoriten (Filmakademie Wien / Institut für Film und Fernsehen / University of Music and Performing Arts, Austria – AAC)
Cinematographer: Casper van Oort – for Sisters (Nederlands Film Academie, Nederlands – NSC)
Cinematographer: Margret Vala Gudmundsdottir – for She-Pack (The Norwegian Filmschool, Norway – FNF)
This Award is presented by KODAK

Special Recognition Awards

The IMAGO International Honorary Member´s Award – Astrid Heubrandtner AAC
Since 2009 she has been the president of the AAC, representing Austria at IMAGO where she was a guiding member of the Master Class Committee from 2007 until 2019 organizing 5 amazing IMAGO “Inspiration” international Cinematographers Forums, alongside her Committee colleagues.

The IMAGO International Award for Extraordinary Technical Achievement – Johan Hellsten for the Easyrig
The Easyrig provides a good basis for improvement of back health. The results show that this aid can give long term benefits in the form of improved back health, work effectiveness and picture quality.

The IMAGO International Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Art of Cinematography – American Cinematographer magazine
The American Cinematographer magazine has been a guide and a testament for cinematographers around the world for generations. It informs, inspires and educates.

The Imago Special Recognition Award – Jean-Pierre Beauviala
Truly a man for the ages, a respected and inspirational man, no longer with us, whose achievements will live on for decades to come.

The IMAGO International Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cinematography – presented by ARRIChris Menges BSC ASC
Chris Menges BSC ASC is a master cinematographer, a generous mentor and a person of the highest integrity, which is why he will receive IMAGO’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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