Birgit Gudjonsdottir IKS BVK former IMAGO board member regular delegate for IKS and BVK societies was honored with the prestigious honorary award of the GERMAN CAMERA AWARD. The Board of Trustees honors the native Icelander for her outstanding and especially "listening and intuitive camera work". Gudjonsdottir, who is at home in many genres, has made a name for herself with image design for numerous cinema and television productions. Her understanding of image design is also reflected in comedies ("My parents' wedding"), documentaries ("It may be different") or television documentaries ("Treasures of the World").
The cinematographer regularly works with director Connie Walther. Their joint work "Zappelphilipp" was nominated in 2013 for the GERMAN CAMERA PRIZE and the Camera Prize of the German Academy for Television. For the Turkish movie "Our Grand Despair" she received in 2011 at the Istanbul Film Festival, the prize for Best Cinematographer. In the same year, the film was a competition entry at the Berlinale. In 2013, Birgit Gudjonsdottir received the Best Cinematography Award at the Women's International Film and Television Showcase WIFTS.
"It's mostly the serious issues that she transforms into cinematic and TV films into soulful images and moods. It is the 'inner force' that gives them to the images and makes the audience think. For her, this special magic does not only come from aesthetically perfect pictures, but rather from a finely calculated blend of the right moment, setting size, viewing angle and movement of the camera, "states the reasoning of the board of trustees of the DEUTSCHER KAMERAPREISES. The panel was also impressed by Gudjonsdottir's professional and human presence in the industry and the "sovereignty with which she demonstrates the issue of equal rights in the film business."
Birgit Gudjonsdottir was born in Reykjavik in 1962. In Vienna, she initially completed an apprenticeship at the Grafisches Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt. A second study at the local film academy was not possible as a single mother, but through a traineeship and work on a camera rental, she finally came to the film, where she has since made a name as an image designer in countless television and feature films as well as in the documentary field , Birgit Gudjonsdottir works as a lecturer at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg. She is a member of the German Film Academy and the European Film Academy (EFA).
With the Honorary Prize of the GERMAN CAMERA PRIZE, the Board of Trustees honors the work of graphic designers, who continue to perform extraordinary and trend-setting achievements beyond their individual works. Past winners include Michael Ballhaus, Gernot Roll, Elfi Mikesch, Judith Kaufmann, Renato Berta, Slawomir Idziak, Pio Corradi and Jo Heim.
The award ceremony was held on July 7, 2018 under the direction of WDR in Cologne.
The GERMAN CAMERA PRIZE is the most important award for camera work and editing in German-speaking countries. With its 36-year history, it is one of the most prestigious media awards ever. The basic idea: to bring the creatives into the foreground, which usually remain in the background, but are largely responsible for the quality of film and television productions: cameramen and editors. The "Working Group Cologne Camera Prize", which was supported by the city of Cologne, the WDR and the ZDF, among others, 1982 launched the GERMAN CAMERA PRIZE.