New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television is proud to present the finalists and recipients of the 13th annual Volker Bahnemann Awards. This year's ceremony and celebration was held at ARRI Rental's facility in Long Island City, New York. We interviewed the winners, who expressed their gratitude for the recognition and shared their aspirations for the future.
“Winning this award means a lot to me. I view it as a significant milestone towards my work and evolution as a filmmaker. I started making films with my two best friends when I was 14. We were lucky to gain access to a unique educational program in downtown Des Moines called Central Campus, earning college credit for eventual undergrad film degrees very early.
“This award feels like both a recognition and actualization of my childhood passions, and their evolution as I’ve worked to leverage my interests and dreams into career opportunities. I’m grateful and humbled to receive this award, and to do so in such great company, with fellow filmmakers who I admire and am lucky to call collaborators through my MFA journey at NYU. The award is also exciting as it serves as a chance to connect with professionals at ARRI who have the tools and creative knowledge to bring compelling films to life in unique, exciting, and original ways.
“I’m hot off the heels of a Tribeca premiere for a short film that I served as DP on called “In Passing,” created through an NYU collaboration class that merges graduate level actors, designers, cinematographers, and writer/directors. With that same fellow NYU collaborator, a few days ago we wrapped her NYU thesis short film that I shot with an ARRI ALEXA Mini and Zeiss Super Speeds. It's also important to me to continue work in the documentary film realm, focusing on social and environmental justice initiatives. Finding ways to use the camera as a megaphone for change, amplifying issues that need more attention and action, is a huge passion and purpose for my work as a DP and filmmaker.”
About the Volker Bahnemann Award:
The Volker Bahnemann Award for Outstanding Cinematography was established in 2010 to honor Bahnemann’s 48 years at ARRI. It was conceived to inspire future generations of cinematographers and empower talented students to realize their artistic potential through production grants. Bahnemann served 32 years as CEO and President of ARRI Inc. and ARRI CSC, contributing to the development and refinement of many significant ARRI technologies, among them the ALEXA, ALEXA Mini, ARRIFLEX 35 III, ARRIFLEX 765, ARRIFLEX 435, and ARRIFLEX 235 cameras, as well as ARRI/Zeiss High Speed and Variable Prime lenses. Recipients are selected by the faculty based upon rigorous criteria and the leitmotif of Bahnemann’s legacy: excellence in cinematography.