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ICG announces 24th Annual Emerging Cinematographer Award honourees

Feb 25, 2021

The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) has named 10 honourees for the 2021 Annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA), spotlighting promising cinematographers and providing crucial exposure needed to succeed in the film and television industry. Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 honourees will roll over to this year’s ECA event, which will be held virtually in the fall of 2021.

The honourees, who have been selected from over 100 submissions, are:

Eric E. Hurt, Singularity

Austin Scott Ahlborg, LOTUS


Andrew Aiello, Green Cobra

Green Cobra

Jason Chau, Sting


Jac Cheairs, KENOBI: A Star Wars Fan Film

KENOBI: A Star Wars Fan Film

Morgan Gardiner, Molly Robber

Molly Robber

Allie Schultz, Your Monster

Your Monster

Gregor Tavenner, Pleasant Canyon

Michael Tedford, The Elder Scrolls: Legends – E3 Trailer 2019

Leonard P. Walsh ll, KINGSNAKE

Steven Poster, ASC, former national president of the ICG and co-chair of the ECA committee, said, “In this most unusual time, we made the difficult decision to postpone the Emerging Cinematographer Awards for one year. We felt that the honourees would not get the recognition they deserved during the pandemic. We are taking this opportunity, however, to announce the honourees and their short films because these talented cinematographers and directors deserve to be celebrated for the exceptional work they have created.”

Jimmy Matlosz, cocChair of the Guild’s ECA committee added, “Being that 2020 was a year of challenges for many families, groups and individuals, we are proud to keep the ECAs and our dedication to the art and craft of cinematography burning brightly. We look forward to honouring these talented cinematographers this year.”

ICG’s Emerging Cinematographer Awards give Local 600 members an opportunity to present themselves as directors of photography by submitting a short film with a running time of 30 minutes or less for consideration. The awards are open to any member of the guild who is not already classified as a director of photography. The films are selected by a panel of ICG members from across the country and can be also be seen by a wider audience at selected film festivals throughout the year.

For more information about the ECAs go to

Header photo: Green Cobra


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