INSPIRATION Masterclass is back


International CINEMATOGRAPHERS Symposium



An inspirational meeting and exchange of experiences
A 3-day Master Class aimed at professional Cinematographers

Friday January 25th – Sunday January 27th, 2019


After “INSPIRATION!” Cinematographers Symposium held in 2008 and 2011 in Copenhagen, 2013 in Vienna and 2017 in Amsterdam it is time to repeat the success – this time we will meet in Vienna!



IMAGO’s International Cinematographers Symposium “INSPIRATION”

Vienna Austria 25th, 26th and 27th of January 2019

a truly inspirational meeting and exchange of ideas and experiences.

The IMAGO Masterclass committee is proud to announce a new edition of its very successful international meeting for cinematographers: The 3-day event has a unique style are dedicated and aimed to professional cinematographers. The first edition in 2008 the theme was «how does the cinematographer get inspiration to perform the work» It was after this premises that the masterclass got its title from «Inspiration». So it has been called as such since 2008.

For 2019 the Imago Masterclass committee will again invite four outstanding Cinematographers as guest speakers that have shown creativity and personal expression so passionately that we must meet them, talk with them and be mutually inspired.

The masterclasses are not about equipment or new trends. The symposium will have the structure of a dialogue – with discussions, exchange of experience, screening clips from their films, explaining the lighting and other artistic choices – all together with the cinematographic expression as a pivotal beginning.

All detailed information together with the invitation and the application forms will be sent out soon!

The IMAGO Master Class Committee

Astrid Heubrandtner, AAC /Ron Johanson, ACS /Herman Verschuur, NSC /Jan Weincke, DFF


We would like to thank our supporters

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Impressions of earlier events

This will be the fifth edition of the INSPIRATION masterclass. The first edition took place in Copenhagen in 2008 and another one in 2011 also in Copenhagen. Vienna hosted the third edition in 2013 and in 2017 was in Amsterdam. You can watch the interviews with the 4 masters of the Amsterdam event HERE.  


Earlier guest speakers were: 

Copenhagen 2008

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Brian Tufano BSC, a.o. Billy Elliot, Trainspotting, Quadrophenia 
Cesar Charlone ABC, a.o. Blindness, The Constant Gardener, City of God 
Bruno Delbonnel AFC, a.o. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain
Slawomir Idziak PSC, a.o. Trois couleurs: Bleu, Black Hawk Down, Gattaca 
Agnès Godard AFC, a.o. Beau Travaille, 35 Rum, Ensemble, c'est tout 

Copenhagen 2011

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Oliver Stapleton BSC, a.o. Casanova, My Beautiful Laundrette, The Proposal
Lajos Koltai HCS, a.o. La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano, Malèna, Fateless
Mandy Walker ACS ASC, a.o. Hidden Figures, Australia, Red riding hood, Shattered Glass
Wolfgang Thaler AAC a.o. Ugly, Whores Glory, Vor der Morgenröte
Haskell Wexler ASC a.o. One flew over the Cuckoo‘ss nest, Medium cool, In the Heat of the Night


In Vienna 2013 we had Dop/ Director collaborators as guest speakers 

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Christine Jeffs +John Toon NZCS ACS, a.o. Sunshine Cleaning, Rain, Sylvia
Allan Parker + Michael Seresin BSC, a.o. Birdy, Angel Hard, Fame
Peter Weir + Russell Boyd ACS ASC, a.o. Master and Commander, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Gallipoli
Luca Bigazzi  a.o. La Grande Bellezza, Youth, Cheyenne This must be the Place


In 2017 in Amsterdam we were very happy to present the folowing guest speaker line-up 

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Jeanne Lapoirie AFC, a.o. 8 Femmes, 120 Batiments par Minute, Michael Kohlhaas
Anthony Dod Mantle DFF ASC BSC, Slumdag Millionaire, Festen, Rush
Phedon Papamichael, ASC GSC, a.o. Nebraska, Walk the Line, The Ides of March
Martin Gschlacht AAC a.o. Stille Reserven, Goodnight Mummy, Oktober November
A lecture with Elen Lotman, ESC and a special screening of „Professione: Reporter“ with Luciano Tovoli ASC AIC