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Bydgoszcz, Poland – October 24, 2014 – It was announced today that Oscar® nominee Philip Kaufman (“Quills,” “The Right Stuff,” “Henry & June”) will receive the coveted ‘Lifetime Achievement Award for Directing’ at the 22nd edition of Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, this November (November 15th – 22nd).


The ‘Lifetime Achievement Award for Directing’ recognizes exceptional filmmakers who have changed the way movies are made with their creativity, visual skills and passion for their craft. In addition to great framing, superb use of colors, and the mastery in handling light while shooting, Camerimage also recognizes merit in the awareness of using the available means, prowess in working with all the external and internal limitations, and the ability of cooperating with others for the sole purpose of creating the best film possible.


Philip Kaufman is a distinguished American director and screenwriter who is regarded as one of the most brilliant filmmakers working in the field of literature adaptations and an artist who is not afraid to supplement genre features with deeper analyses of the human condition.  For over five decades, Kaufman has worked with many award-winning cinematographers, has written the stories for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with George Lucas, and has had the pleasure of working with amazing talents on set such as Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashley Judd, and Andy Garcia, just to name a few.


Philip Kaufman’s first screenplay and directorial debut was the comedy “Goldstein.” The film shared the Cannes Film Festival Prix de la Nouvelle Critique with Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Prima Della Rivoluzione” in 1964. The next film Kaufman wrote and directed was comedy “Fearless Frank,” which featured a comic book hero played by a young Jon Voight. Shortly after, Kaufman was given the opportunity to make his revisionist Western “The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid” for Universal starring Robert Duvall as the legendary outlaw Jesse James.


Drama “The White Dawn” marked Kaufman’s first collaboration with the Oscar® nominated cinematographer Michael Chapman. But it was only after his next film, the disturbing horror “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” that he made himself a household name in the film industry around the globe. Not only was the atmosphere, which Kaufman created with the help of Michael Chapman, so intense, but it also shaped him as an ambitious and rebellious filmmaker who pushed creative boundaries. The following year, Kaufman made the drama “The Wanderers” (also shot by Michael Chapman), which became a true classic for young audiences during that time.


Four-time Oscar® winning “The Right Stuff,” which was recently inducted into the National Film Registry, was shot with five-time Oscar® nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel. Kaufman’s artistic vision made “The Right Stuff” a gripping, suspenseful and utterly funny exploration of an ineffable, indefinable quality of heroism in the face of almost certain death. Kaufman’s two-time Academy Award® nominated film “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” was a beautifully cinematic adaptation of Milan Kundera’s novel of the same name.


Kaufman’s Oscar® nominated “Henry & June,” which was shot by Philippe Rousselot, was based on the memoirs of Anaïs Nin. It became infamous for becoming the first picture in American history with a NC-17 age category rating. “Quills” (shot by Rogier Stoffers) is a moving cinematic contemplation on the boundaries of artistic freedom and double moral standards of society. Kaufman’s most recent film, “Hemingway & Gellhorn” for HBO, is a turbulent love story between two famous writers.


It was previously announced that five-time Academy Award® nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (“The Right Stuff,” ‘The Natural,” “The Patriot,” “The Passion of the Christ”) will be the recipient of the Festival’s prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’




Now in its 22nd Edition, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE is the most recognized festival dedicated to the art of cinematography and is the biggest international film festival in Poland. The unconventional format of the Festival, which awards films according to their visual, aesthetic and technical values, is a unique alternative to traditional film festivals.


CAMERIMAGE proves to be a great forum not only for presentation but also for further development of international moviemaking and provides a platform for young filmmakers to explore new artistic areas.


In addition to the main competition, the Festival offers a Polish Films Competition, Student Etudes Competition, Documentary Films Competition, Feature Debuts Competition, Music Videos Competition, Camerimage Market, Camerimage Forum, special screenings and premieres, various reviews, retrospectives, meetings and also accompanying events such as art exhibitions and music performances.


Various presentations of modern film equipment and of the latest production and postproduction technologies (both traditional and digital) are also an inherent aspect of the Festival and have been organized with cooperation from companies such as Arri, Panavision, Kodak, Hawk, K5600, J.L. Fisher, Sony, Panasonic, KinoFlo, Technicolor, Canon, Zeiss and Red.


CAMERIMAGE is an extraordinary event where art and technology meet, creating a unique and unforgettable atmosphere. Please visit for more information.


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