The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) has named 10 honorees for the 20th Annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA). The short films will premiere at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles on September 25, 2016. A New York screening will follow on October 30 at the SVA Theatre with another showing at SCADshow in Atlanta on November 13.

The honorees selected from almost 100 submissions are:

Derek C. Fisher, Loader (Use Your Oui Oui)
Dan Hertzog, 2nd Asst. Camera (Earthbound)
Eric M. Hurt, Operator (Elemental)
Spencer Hutchins, Operator (Walker)
Alexa Ihrt, Operator (Born In Battle)
Matt Irwin, Operator (Emeralds)
Clifford Jones, Digital Imaging Technician (In Memory)
Karina Silva, Operator (Doble 9)
John Veleta, Digital Imaging Technician (Pop Music)
Alejandro A. Wilkins, Operator (Limbo)

The purpose of the ECAs is to nurture talent within the Guild and to give promising cinematographers the crucial exposure they need to succeed in the motion picture industry.

The ECAs are open to any member of the Guild who is not already classified as a Director of Photography. Members are asked to submit films they have photographed with a running time of 30 minutes or less. The ICG is the only organization in the entertainment industry that offers its members the opportunity to be recognized and the chance to further their careers.

The films are selected by a panel of ICG members from across the country and can be seen by a wider audience at film festivals.

Steven Poster, ASC, president of the ICG, said, "I am continually amazed and delighted by the high standards in these short films. It shows, once again, that our camera crews are the best trained and most professional in the world. And we are grateful to our generous sponsors, who come back year after year, knowing that these young filmmakers are their future customers."

Jimmy Matlosz, who has been chairman of the Guild's ECA committee since 2008, added, "Every new year brings about a new crop of potential ECA winners, and every year our members continue to raise the bar and give us hope and inspiration for the art and future of cinematography."

The event is sponsored entirely by industry manufacturers and vendors. They are: Canon USA Inc., Tiffen, Adorama, ARRI, CW Sonderoptic, K5600, Lee Filters, Light Iron, Panavision, Sony Electronics, Technicolor, AbelCine, B&H, Band Pro, Blackmagicdesign, Cineo Lighting, Clairmont Camera, Codex, Dolby Labs, Illumination Dynamics, JL Fisher, KinoFlo, Kodak, LiteGear, Litepanels, Mole-Richardson Co., Panasonic, Rosco, Sekonic, Sim Digital, Small HD, The Rag Place, Zeiss, Keslow Camera, Matthews Studio Equipment.

About the International Cinematographers Guild
The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) is a national union representing 7,800 members who work in film, television and commercials as Directors of Photography, Camera Operators, Visual Effects Supervisors, Still Photographers, Camera Assistants, Film Loaders, all members of camera crews and Publicists. ICG's ongoing activities include the Emerging Cinematographer Awards and the Publicists Awards Luncheon. The Guild also publishes the award-winning ICG Magazine

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