HSC presented the László Kovács-Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematography Awards
On the eve of the Hungarian Film Day the László Kovács-Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematography Awards were presented at the Pesti Vigadó in Budapest. In addition to the traditional categories, the evening also included various awards for outstanding members of the Hungarian cinematography community, the Panavision Special Prize, founded by Vilmos Zsigmond and the László Kovács-Vilmos Zsigmond Honorary Grand Price.
ARRI Rental was awarded with the László Kovács-Vilmos Zsigmond Honorary Grand Price. The German company has been able to put its century-old knowledge to good use in the fields of Hungarian film production and film education for more than a decade, to which it also provides outstanding support. The award was presented to ARRI Rental by Csaba Káel, Government Commissioner for Film, and Lajos Koltai. On this occasion, participants were also given a taste of ARRI’s new range of equipment.
The Panavision special prize was founded by Vilmos Zsigmond to support future generations, which has been awarded to the winner of the student film category since 2005. This year the Panavision film camera package worth 50,000 US dollars was awarded to Csaba Hámory, a student of János Vecsernyés, Vice Rector of the SZFE University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. The jury awarded the main prize to the cinematography student for his cinematography performance in Mátyás Derzsi’s film – a student of Lajos Koltai’s – titled At Journey’s End. The student of SZFE also received a special post-production prize worth 2.5 million HUF from the NFI Filmlab.
In the TV film category, István Balázs won for his photography of Béla Paczolay’s film Pacsirta, while in the short feature film category, Viktor Juhász, cinematographer of Ákos Kovács’ film Magunk maradtunk, was the most convincing. In the feature film category, Ádám Pataki, cinematographer of Dániel Tiszeker’s Nagykarácsony, won the László Kovács-Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematography Award.
In the documentary category, the main prize went to the cinematographer of Barna Borbás and László Réti’s film titled A koronatanú, Márk Szalai, while in the nature film category, the best cinematographer was Zoltán Fehér.
László Kovács- Vilmos Zsigmond Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to Miklós Gurbán and Tamás Szabados, while József Simon was awarded the Béla Bojkovszky Prize for his work. The latter award also honors the outstanding lighting master of 20th century, as Béla Bojkovszky is associated with more than a hundred films and has also taught Hungarian filmmakers for generations.
HSC rings were awarded to Bálint Marafkó (lighting technician) and Endre Schwindl (cinematographer) for their work, as they have put a lot of effort in recent years to ensure that the film industry has a well-prepared future generation.