FilmLight has announced a new program of awards which will honor colorists and the art of color worldwide. The awards are being organized in association with professional bodies and are open to colorists using any grading technology, with the winners announced at EnergaCamerImage 2021 in Poland.
Introducing the awards, FilmLight CEO Wolfgang Lempp said, “We believe that for all sorts of historical reasons, colorists do not always get the recognition they deserve. As part of our responsibility and commitment to the industry and our customers, we aim to set that right with the FilmLight Color Awards.”
In 2021, its inaugural year, the program features four categories: colorist in a theatrical feature; colorist in a non-theatrical or television series production; colorist in commercials or music videos; and the most innovative use of technology to achieve a creative result. The awards will be decided by a jury made up of noted cinematographers and other industry creatives, which will be announced in the following months.
“The colorist today is far more than a simple color timer, matching and correcting,” said Lempp. “We believe that the most satisfying results are achieved when DPs and colorists collaborate, and indeed many colorists are now involved throughout the whole production lifecycle, from early lens and camera tests through to the very many deliverables now expected. When there is a true collaboration with the cinematographer, colorists make a real creative contribution to the feel and the atmosphere of a production. It is exactly this which we are looking to reward.”
While FilmLight is sponsoring and organizing the Color Awards 2021, users of any grading technology are welcome to enter, as are all colorists – from passionate amateurs to industry veterans. The full criteria for the judging process will be detailed soon, but the key criterion is that the technology should be used to create visually stimulating and satisfying imagery.
Entries open June 16 and will be submitted via a dedicated platform. Entries will close on September 15 with a shortlist announced in October and the winners revealed in November at EnergaCamerImage 2021.
“We want to see colorists get the recognition they deserve, not just among some of their peers but on a wider stage,” concluded Lempp. “In turn, the winning entries will demonstrate how creative and collaborative a good colorist can be. Winners will be seen as leading creative forces in the industry.”