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 2017 KODAK Student Scholarship Program to Recognize Emerging Global Talent in Film

Submissions Due June 2nd for Annual Competition

To be Judged by World-Renowned Cinematographer John Bailey


ROCHESTER, N.Y. — April 21, 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 26th 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), 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 2017 marks 26th 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 excited to join University Film & Video Foundation once again and provide the tools and funding for motion picture artists to create their art and tell their stories. It has been a banner year for celluloid. Movies shot on film garnering 9 of the 14 Golden Globes, 29 Oscar nominations, 36 BAFTA’s, the top 4 awards at Cannes and film even swept the top awards at the Grammys. Yet what makes us even happier at Kodak is helping young digital file-makers become real FILMmakers who recognize the benefits, the esthetics, the cost effectiveness and the value of the film.  We look forward to having more great young artists join the ranks of Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Patty Jenkins, PT Anderson, JJ Abrams, Judd Apatow, JT Mollner, Julius Onah, Ondi Timoner, and so many more great motion picture directors who understand the value of real 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.”


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.


The competition is open to university or college students of film or film production at the undergraduate or graduate levels in an accredited degree. 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.


Winners will be announced in early August 2017, at the 71st annual UFVA Conference, hosted by California State University, Los Angeles.


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.

·       KODAK Vision Honorary Award — $1,000 Scholarship Tuition Award & $500 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant (to qualify for the Vision Award and Vision Honorary Award, project must be shot on at least 50% 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. To qualify, nominated students must be registered through the fall 2017 term.


Deadline is Friday, June 2, 2017 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 early August 2017.


For full rules & regulations and to make submissions, 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 Kodak.


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 go/motion


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Program Inquiries:




Michele DeLano — 585.477.8493



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Marian Koltai-Levine – 914-672-2418



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