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Cinematography Festival Camerimage Chief on TV Pilots, Going Virtual

The 28th EnergaCamerimage International Film Festival this year found itself – like many fests worldwide – saddled with sobering restrictions, in this case added to the already daunting agenda of getting the globally feted cinematography event fully up to speed only a year after moving back to its original location in Torun, Poland.

Festival director Marek Zydowicz reflects on the lessons learned by the last-minute changes imposed for public health reasons and on the opportunities he hopes to grow out of the experience in both the digital and real-world realms.

You’ve said the TV Pilots Competition is of particular importance in the industry. Was it planned with that role in mind?

Our First Look – TV Pilots Competition is the most dynamically developing segment of the festival. TV series as a whole are currently the most popular cinematic form of the modern world. They are with us every day, their

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Homophobia Still an Issue on Film Sets, Argue Panelists at Camerimage

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Camera crews can be very heteronormative and there is a lot of toxic masculinity, argued DP Michael Filocamo during the online IMAGO and Digital Orchard Foundation Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable at Camerimage. Also noting the current situation in Poland and even calling out the festival itself.

“As a queer cinematographer, I have experienced homophobia from the official Camerimage security guards at the official Camerimage venues,” he said, mentioning that other colleagues were spat on or forced to change accommodation upon arrival in Poland. But such behavior can be also experienced on set.

“Once, I had another camera assistant say to me: ‘Thank god it’s Friday and we don’t have to be around these pink people anymore.’ It creates anxiety,” he said. “We all know high-level queer DPs and they should come out, because we need to start talking about it openly. If there

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Johnny Depp to Be Honored at Camerimage, ‘Minamata’ to Close Festival

Johnny Depp will be awarded the Camerimage Award for “an actor with unique visual sensitivity” at the EnergaCamerimage Film Festival. “Minamata,” starring Depp, will be the closing film of the 28th edition of the event, which focuses on cinematography.

Due to the pandemic, Depp will be unable to accept the award in person, but will connect to the ceremony remotely from the U.S. Depp has appeared in person at other fall festivals, including Zurich and San Sebastian, but COVID-19 levels have now risen across Europe.

The screening of “Minamata,” which was directed by Andrew Levitas and shot by cinematographer Benoît Delhomme, will take place on Nov. 21 in Toruń’s Jordanki Festival Center, following the closing gala and awards ceremony. The festival announced its competition lineup at the weekend, which includes critics’ favorites “Ammonite” and “Nomadland.”

“Minamata,” Levitas’ sophomore feature, tells the story of how war photographer W. Eugene Smith fought

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European Film Center Director on Camerimage Festival’s Future Home

The EnergaCamerimage film fest has long campaigned for a permanent complex with state-of-the-art screening technology, broadcast facilities and a year-round education role utilizing top cinematography tools with space for classes on all aspects of filmmaking for emerging directors of photography and their colleagues.

Leading the charge on launching that project is Kazik Suwala, the longtime partner of fest director Marek Zydowicz, who is coordinating a small army of organizers as they lay out plans for the European Film Center, expected to go online in 2025. This year’s commitment from the Polish government and the city of Torun to a budget of $155 million has put the project, expected to be a major media player in Poland, on the fast track.

How did the backing finally come together for this ambitious project and how will it complement the existing fest center space?

The Polish government has agreed to grant $103 million

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