US College Students Win KODAK Filmmaking Scholarships for 2016


On August 3, 2016, the Eastman Kodak Company announced the winners for its Student Scholarship program, where the company is awarding over $35,000 in total award grants for tuition payment

The announcement was done at the 70th Annual University Film and Video Association Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Both the Kodak company and the University Film and Video Foundation (UFVF) wanted to honor students talented in filmmaking.

The competition is open to students in the undergraduate and graduate level of the film academic programs in any college around the world.

This year, Kodak reported having twice the number of the submissions from last year so they decided to add a new honorable mention under the KODAK Vision Award.

Steve Bellamy, the president of Kodak’s Motion Picture and Entertainment department, said that the group was excited for this year’s group of participants, as the level of talent was truly impressive.

This is the competition’s 25th year, and the company is

“deeply committed to curating the best-of- the-best of next-generation motion picture icons”

, and that video cameras are a great tool for students to pursue their studies and dreams, while showcasing their talent and skills, and creating educational and entertaining works.

The president of the UFVF, Norman Hollyn, who is also a professor at University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, further stated that the foundation’s mission has always been to enhance and promote the teaching of the cinematic arts, and that this competition not only helped some students with their college education, it also served as a campaign for the teaching of the craft of filmmaking and motion pictures.

The UFVF is composed of teachers, scholars, and craftsmen involved in the filmmaking and cinematography industry, and the Kodak Company has been manufacturing cameras and was founded in 1888.

Both are dedicated to the advancement of the craft and arts in motion pictures, and empowering the younger generation in exploring and using films to address social issues and make global changes.

From the 131 entries, here are the 2016 winners of 70th Annual University Film and Video Association Conference:

KODAK Cinematography Awards

First Place – Sonja Typsin from Bard College, New York, USA (dramatic narrative: “Powder Room”); $3,000 scholarship award and $5,000 KODAK grant

KODAK Vision Award – Jomo Fray from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, New York, USA (drama: “Get Out Fast”); $3,000 scholarship award and $5,000 KODAK grant

KODAK Vision Award, Honorable Mention – Thomas Doran from the National Film and Television School in the United Kingdom (short fantasy: “The Sea, the God and the Man”); $1,000 scholarship award and $500 KODAK grant

KODAK Student Scholarship Awards

Gold Award – Lauren Gillis Mueller originally from Oregon, a student of Duke University, North Carolina, USA (fictional documentary: “The Gibbons of Santa Clarita”); $5,000 scholarship award and $5,000 KODAK grant

Silver Award – Nathan Hughes-Berry from England, but graduated from York University, Toronto (horror/thriller: “The Substitute”); $3,000 tuition award and $5,000 KODAK grant

Bronze Award – Mounia Akl from Beirut, Lebanon, a graduate student of Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, USA (drama: “Submarine”); $2,000 tuition award and $3,000 KODAK grant.


Rob Clark admin staff managing editor

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