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2016 KODAK Student Scholarship Program to Recognize Emerging Global Talent in Film

Submissions Due May 27th for 25th Annual Competition to be Judged by World-Renowned Cinematographer John Bailey

ROCHESTER, NY--(Marketwired - April 07, 2016) - As part of the Eastman Kodak Company's (NYSE: KODK) long-held commitment to showcasing and supporting the burgeoning talents of the next generation of filmmakers, the company is sponsoring its 25th annual KODAK Student Scholarship Program.

This international program -- held in conjunction with the University Film & Video Foundation (UFVF), the 501c(3) arm of the University Film & Video Association (UFVA), which promotes worldwide education, research, innovation and charitable activities in the arts and sciences of moving images and aural communication -- is designed to encourage and foster up-and-coming storytellers by honoring students who demonstrate exemplary skills and creativity in the art of motion pictures.

Kodak has long held a deep commitment to supporting future filmmakers and encouraging excellence in the field of motion picture education through many initiatives and 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of this scholarship program. The company's ongoing efforts encompass a range of opportunities, which students and educators can use to enrich their knowledge of the art and craft of filmmaking, including educational materials and discounts; and sponsorship of film festivals, awards, seminars and student showcases.

Commented Steve Bellamy, President of Motion Picture and Entertainment, Consumer and Film Division, Eastman Kodak Company, "We are happy to be providing incentives and grants to young motion picture artists, who are experiencing the magic of film through the University Film & Video Foundation. Kodak is incredibly committed to providing the tools for motion picture artists to create their art and tell their stories. With Kodak's new Super 8 Camera launching soon, a new generation of young motion picture artists will have the opportunity to become filmmakers! Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams and many of the world's greatest motion picture artists learned on Super 8mm film. The utility of the video camera has done an amazing job of democratizing motion pictures and now there will be an innovative film option as well. Nothing parallels the aesthetic of film or the process of creating a film." 

Added Norman Hollyn, Professor at USC's School of Cinematic Arts and president of the UFVF, "The University Film & Video Foundation has long been an active supporter of the work of the University Film & Video Association in bringing resources to its university and college members for the teaching of the cinematic media -- whether it be through narrative, documentary, new media, games or a host of other traditional and emerging forms. This partnership with Kodak is a perfect example of that critical support. I am proud of the Kodak partnership and thrilled to work with them again this year, as we make it easier for students to learn and to succeed at telling stories in today's world that reflect who they are."

Open to collegiate students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Grants include three KODAK Student Scholarship Awards; and two KODAK Student Cinematography Scholarship Awards, one of which, the KODAK Vision Award, will recognize an outstanding project of which at least 50 percent was shot on film.

Leading the judging panel once again is world-renowned cinematographer John Bailey, ASC. Bailey -- the recipient of a variety of prestigious honors, including the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) -- has helmed the shoots of a long list of Hollywood's biggest hits and most-iconic films, including A Walk in the Woods, The Way Way Back, Big Miracle, He's Just Not That Into You, The Producers, Must Love Dogs, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, As Good as it Gets, Nobody's Fool, Groundhog Day, The Accidental Tourist, The Pope of Greenwich Village, The Big Chill, Ordinary People and American Gigolo, among many others. He also pens the ASC blog, John's Bailiwick, which addresses a range of topics on the art of filmmaking.

Winners will be announced Wednesday, August 3, at the 70th annual UFVA Conference, hosted by the University of Nevada Las Vegas, August 1-4, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Henderson, Nev.

KODAK Student Scholarship Awards:

  • Gold Award -- $5,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $5,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant.
  • Silver Award -- $3,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $3,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant.
  • Bronze Award -- $2,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $3,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant.

KODAK Student Cinematography Scholarship Awards:

  • KODAK Vision Award -- $3,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $5,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant. To qualify for this award, a minimum of 50 percent of the submission must be shot on film.
  • First Place -- $3,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $5,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant.

Rules & Regulations:

Accredited schools around the world may nominate up to two students for consideration for the KODAK Student Scholarship Awards and one cinematography student for the KODAK Student Cinematography Scholarship Awards. The cinematography student nominee may also be nominated for the KODAK Student Scholarship Award. To qualify, nominated students must be registered through the fall 2016 term.

Deadline is Friday, May 27, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST. All submissions are to be made online and must include Vimeo or YouTube links to samples of the student's work. All entries are assessed on three criteria: Sample reels, faculty recommendations and academic achievement. Winners will be announced August 3, 2016.

For full rules & regulations and to make submissions,

For more information on Kodak's other educational programs, visit:

About the University Film & Video Foundation:

The University Film & Video Association (UFVA) is an organization of professors, scholars, and film and video makers. The organization is based in the U.S.; it has members throughout the world. The UFVA is an international organization where media production and writing meet history, theory and criticism. The UFVA members are image-makers and artists, teachers and students, archivists and distributors, college departments, libraries, and manufacturers. UFVA holds an annual conference and publishes the Journal of Film and Video, a periodical featuring articles on film and video production, history, theory, criticism, and aesthetics. The UFVA is one of the principal U.S. academic organizations for studying media. Visit us at

About Kodak:

Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide -- directly and through partnerships with other innovative companies -- hardware, software, consumables and services to customers in graphic arts, commercial print, publishing, packaging, electronic displays, entertainment and commercial films, and consumer products markets. With our world-class R&D capabilities, innovative solutions portfolio and highly trusted brand, Kodak is helping customers around the globe to sustainably grow their own businesses and enjoy their lives. For additional information on Kodak, visit us at, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.

About Kodak's Entertainment Imaging Business:

Kodak's Entertainment Imaging business is the world leader in providing motion picture film and imaging products, services, and technology for the professional motion picture and exhibition industries. For more information, visit

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kodak

Top-two winners of the 2015 KODAK Student Scholarship Program, pictured on set during the filming of their winning submissions.

Photo: KODAK 2015 -- Gold Award (Bessmertny)
Gold Award, 2015 KODAK Student Scholarship Program
Recipient -- Max Bessmertny, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia (Singapore)
Submission: The Tricycle Thief

Photo: KODAK 2015 -- 1st Place, Cinematography Award (Aguilar)
First Place, 2015 KODAK Student Cinematography Award
Nicolas Aguilar, Chapman University (Orange, Calif.)
Submission: Run
NOTE: Aguilar (with camera) and director Trevor Stevens


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