New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television has announced the finalists and recipients of the 11th annual Volker Bahnemann Award for Outstanding Cinematography. This year’s winners were Mélanie Akoka in the Grad Film category and Sarah Greenbaum in the Undergraduate Film & Television category.
Both recipients shared what it to meant to them to win this award.
Akoka cited, “I’m incredibly honored and grateful to have received the Volker Bahnemann Award for Outstanding Cinematography. When I think of the people who’ve received it before me, I see a lot of talent and boldness in their choices. But most importantly, I see a lot of heart.” On her experience with ARRI Rental, she said, “I’ve worked with ARRI a lot times and have to say that as a young cinematographer working in a different country, they have always been understanding, helpful, and very supportive. To have an award in that name is huge and I’m excited to continue the collaboration through more projects.”