Following a hugely successful debut in 2021, preparations are already underway for the FilmLight Color Awards 2022. This year’s awards, which will again be presented at EnergaCamerImage in November, include a new category celebrating the work of colorists on lower budget, independent and international features. Colorists, production companies and facilities are invited to put forward their nominations when entries open on May 1, with a final deadline for submissions on July 31.
“We were delighted and excited by the response to the inaugural Color Awards,” said Wolfgang Lempp, CEO of FilmLight. “They attracted many excellent entries from colorists in over 45 countries, and reflected the extraordinary relationship between the colorist, the cinematographer and the director on a large variety of projects. I look forward to seeing the program grow in scope and stature this year.”
In 2021 there were four categories. Best colorist in a theatrical feature went to Eric Weidt for Mank, and best grading in a television series/episodic category was shared by Tony D’Amore for an episode of Fargo and Damien Vandercruyssen for Lisey’s Story. Best grading in a commercial or music video was judged by the global panel to be Tim Masick’s work on a Dior spot. Finally, the award for the most innovative use of Baselight was won by Gilles Granier, Fabien Napoli and Arnaud Caréo at Le Labo in Paris for the movie Miss.
“In founding these awards, our goal was to ensure that the wonderful efforts of colorists around the world are recognised and celebrated, not just within the narrow circle of the industry but widely and publicly,” Lempp added. “This year’s Color Awards will further this recognition, and I look forward to seeing the best of the work that our industry creates.”
For the 2022 program, some changes have been made in response to feedback from the 2021 participants and judging panel, which included acclaimed colorists Jet Omoshebi, Simon Astbury and Peter Doyle as well as cinematographers Bradford Young, Danny Cohen, and Anthony Dod Mantle.
What was the commercials and music video category is now two independent categories, and FilmLight has also introduced a new fifth category: the Spotlight award. This award seeks to find the unsung talents in the industry, who contribute to the creative impact of a low budget feature film or television movie.
The Color Awards 2022 are led and organized by FilmLight, in conjunction with EnergaCamerImage, with the support of prominent international groups such as the American Society of Cinematographers, the International Federation of Cinematographers, Colorist Society International and more. As in 2021 they will be independently judged by renowned directors, cinematographers, and colorists.
The FilmLight Color Awards are open to colorists using any grading platform.
Full information and the entry details can be found at https://www.filmlightcolorawards.com/