8th LAC awards

For the 8th time the Lithuanian Association of Cinematographers held its annual award ceremony to honor the work of cinematographers as well as other members of the Lithuanian film industry and to present awards for the best cinematographers’ works of the year. The ceremony took place in the beautiful church of Saint Catherine in the old town of Vilnius.


Ceremony took place in the church of Saint Catherine in the
old town of Vilnius

This year the winners were chosen by an international jury: film director, recipient of the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts, and president of the Lithuanian cinematographers’ union Gytis Lukšas, film director and cinematographer Kornelijus Matuzevičius who has made over 70 films and has received a LAC lifetime achievement award, film critic Neringa Kažukauskaitė, cinematographer Vilius Mačiulskis and Prague’s FAMU film school alumnus Klaus Fuxjäger who has been working in Hollywood productions as well as independent films and commercials for over two decades.

The “Oak” for the best work of a cinematographer in Lithuanian film went to Saulius Lukoševičius for the documentary Paradise Gowns directed by Albina Griniūtė. The award was presented by the former president of the association Rimvydas Leipus who said the jury decided to give the award because of the film's “subtle visuals and the cinematographer’s ability to combine artistic as well as technical solutions”. Two weeks ago “Paradise Gowns” also collected Best Documentary and Critics’ Choice awards in the inaugural Zsigmond Vilmos film festival in Hungary which aims at drawing attention to the work of cinematographers.

The “Acorn” award for the best student’s work went to Jevgenij Tichonov for his film “A Hundred Times Stronger than Steel”.

Nojus Drąsutis was the recipient of the special jury mention award for the film “Earth” directed by Tadas Šlajus.

The “Oak” for life achievement was awarded to the non-professional film studio “Mėgėjas” that was established in 1962 and was one of the first non-professional film studios in Lithuania. The award was collected by the founders of the studio Vitolis Laumakys and Adolfas Morėnas.

Instructor of photographic processes, color analysis and film technology Audronė Trukanaitė, who has taught more than one generation of well-known Lithuanian cinematographers received the cinematographers’ appreciation award.

“Paradise gowns” Trailer https://vimeo.com/166430774
The black & white documentary was partly shot on infrared camera.

Saulius Lukoševičius receives best cinematography for the documentary
«Paradise Gowns»
 Top: Jevgenij Tichonov got the student award
Bottom: Nojus Drąsutis got a special mention

07.Audrone Trukanaite Audronė Trukanaitė, received the cinematographers’ appreciation award.