The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Camerimage (Polish: Międzynarodowy Festiwal Sztuki Autorów Zdjęć Filmowych Camerimage) is a festival dedicated to the celebration of cinematography and recognition of its creators, cinematographers. The first seven events (1993–1999) were held in Toruń, Poland. The next ten events (2000–2009) were held in Łódź. Since 2010, the festival has taken place in Bydgoszcz. In 2007, the name of the festival was changed from Camerimage to Plus Camerimage but was changed back in 2013 after the sponsorship deal with Plus ended. At the end of November every year, Camerimage brings together professional cinematographers, students and other people associated with the film industry. The Camerimage festival spans over a course of one week, with multiple events at one time.[1]

The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Camerimage
Camerimage 2019, Jordanki Cultural Centre, (Toruń)
Location Poland
Artistic directorMarek Żydowicz

The festival guested many prominent actors, actresses and filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Keanu Reeves, Roman Polański, Darren Aronofsky, Alfonso Cuarón, Emir Kusturica, Gus Van Sant, Ang Lee, István Szabó, Andrzej Wajda, Ken Loach, David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Ralph Fiennes, Ed Harris, Charlize Theron, Oliver Stone, Agnieszka Holland, Rutger Hauer, Liam Neeson, Isabelle Huppert, Jeremy Irons, Peter Weir, Krzysztof Kieślowski, James Ivory, Danny DeVito, Irène Jacob, Jim Jarmusch, Roland Joffé, Aki Kaurismäki, Val Kilmer, Nastassja Kinski, Andrei Konchalovsky, Jiří Menzel, Volker Schlöndorff, Viggo Mortensen, Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Paweł Pawlikowski, Peter Greenaway, Tom Tykwer, Robert Richardson, Alan Rickman and John Malkovich.[2][3][4]


Main Competition[5][6]
  • Golden Frog (Złota Żaba)
  • Silver Frog (Srebrna Żaba)
  • Bronze Frog (Brązowa Żaba)
Student Etudes Competition (Konkurs etiud studenckich)
  • Golden Tadpole (Złota Kijanka)
  • Silver Tadpole (Srebrna Kijanka)
  • Bronze Tadpole (Brązowa Kijanka)
Documentary Films Competition
  • Documentary Shorts Competition
  • Documentary Features Competition
Feature Debuts Competition
  • Directors' Debuts Competition
  • Cinematographers' Debuts Competition
Music Videos Competition
  • Best Music Video
  • Best Cinematography in Music Video
3D Films Competition[7]
Polish Films Competition
Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award
Cinematographer - Director Duo Award

Main competition

Golden Frog winners

"†" indicates an Academy Award-nominated movie for Best Cinematography.

Year Film Original title Cinematographer(s) Ref
1993The PianoN/AStuart Dryburgh
1994Woyzeck (shared)N/ATibor Máthé
Crows (shared)WronyArthur Reinhart
1995The Seventh RoomA hetedik szobaPiotr Sobociński
1996Secrets & LiesN/ADick Pope
1997CharacterKarakterRogier Stoffers
1998Central StationCentral do BrasilWalter Carvalho
1999ElizabethN/ARemi Adefarasin
2000Amores perrosN/ARodrigo Prieto
2001The King is DancingLe Roi danseGérard Simon
2002Edi (shared)N/AKrzysztof Ptak
Road to Perdition (shared) †N/AConrad Hall
2003City of GodCidade de DeusCésar Charlone
2004Vera DrakeN/ADick Pope
2005FatelessSorstalanságGyula Pados
2006Pan's LabyrinthEl laberinto del faunoGuillermo Navarro
2007The Diving Bell and the ButterflyLe scaphandre et le papillonJanusz Kamiński
2008Slumdog MillionaireN/AAnthony Dod Mantle
2009LebanonלבנוןGiora Bejach
2010VeniceWenecjaArthur Reinhart
2011In DarknessW ciemnościJolanta Dylewska
2012War WitchRebelleNicolas Bolduc
2013IdaN/AŁukasz Żal
Ryszard Lenczewski
2014LeviathanЛевиафанMikhail Krichman
2015CarolN/AEdward Lachman
2016LionN/AGreig Fraser
2017On Body and SoulTestről és lélekrőlMáté Herbai
2018The FortressNamhansanseongJi Yong Kim
2019JokerN/ALawrence Sher

Additional festival events

  • Camerimage Market
  • Equipment showcases
  • Various exhibitions and live music performances
  • Student Panorama (screenings of student films which did not make it into the main competition)
  • Camerimage Forum (a seminar devoted to authorship rights and working conditions of cinematographers)
  • Special screenings and premieres, reviews, retrospectives, meetings, seminars, and workshops led by well known filmmakers

Academy Awards

Since 2013, short documentary films awarded the Golden Frog during Camerimage festival are granted consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Academy Awards without having to meet the standard theatrical run requirement. To meet all requirements, the running time limit of selected short documentary was decreased from 60 to 40 minutes. This way requirements for short documentary films selected at both Camerimage festival and the Academy Awards are the same.[18]


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