IMAGO - What is happening in 2018

The planning work for the IMAGO International Award has been started, but due to IMAGO´s fiscal year being changed, the next Awards celebration will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, in March 2019.
The invitation to all IMAGO member societies to submit films to the Awards will be sent out after this Summer. The last Awards were a great success, due to the immense work of the IMAGO Awards team, and not least the generous enthusiasm and help from all IMAGO´s sponsor partners.

IMAGO´s administration will together with the IMAGO Authorship Committee research into how we can strengthen the control of correct remuneration to IMAGO´s member cinematographer´s when their images are screened abroad in secondary use, through cooperation with international Collective Societies.
We are planning a conference on working conditions in Brussels in the fall 2018 in cooperation with also other audio-visual federations, to shed light on the worsening working hours and health and safety in many countries, and to see how we can get this trend turned around.
Where to rent a good tripod, hard drives or where to find a good DIT, location manager or camera assistant when visiting Hong Kong, Norway or Portugal?
IMAGO is working with Laws Publishing to establish a new web-edition of the IMAGO International Directory of Cinematographers. The Directory is planned to contain the information cinematographers needs when visiting a country abroad, how to get in contact with Society recommended focuspullers, DITs, studios and rental companies etc. Many cinematographers have equipment they also rent out, and they can list their equipment information and contact information for free in the new Directory. The good thing with e-versions is that all information will continuously be updated with the correct and latest news, which was difficult or impossible with the printed version we earlier have published bi-annually.
The IMAGO Master Class Committee, headed by Herman Verschuur NSC, Astrid Heubrandtner AAC, Jan Weincke DFF and Ron Johanson ACS, is planning a new grand “Inspiration” Master Class in Vienna the coming Winter, and IMAGO will cooperate with several of our members Societies to arrange smaller local master classes with well known cinematographers around Europe and Asia. The IMAGO Educational Committee, headed by Tony Costa, is cooperating with the German Film School HFF in Munich to arrange a new Educational summit in March.

The last IMAGO/HFF Educational Conference in Munich. Germany. Photo: Paul René Roestad

IMAGO will be strongly represented during the International Cinematographers Summit ICS, arranged by the American Society of Cinematographers in Los Angeles 4th to 7th of June, and we are already working to plan a number of new IMAGO activities during Camerimage 2018, in cooperation with the ASC and Camerimage.
The IMAGO Gender and Diversity Committee will keep focusing on the challenges we have, not only of having far too few female cinematographers amongst us, but also the fact that cinematographers today overwhelmingly are Caucasian. Luckily, the focus on this challenge is intensifying, and IMAGO will again have a broad focus on this theme at Camerimage 2018.

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