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Volker Bahnemann, Writer and Executive Producer of "Cinematographer Style," on location during filming

Volker Bahnemann Award for Cinematographers established at NYU Film School.

In honor and recognition of Volker Bahnemann’s half century of service to the filmmaking community, ARRI Inc. has established The Volker Bahnemann Award for Cinematographers at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television. The grant was set up to inspire future generations of cinematographers by providing talented students with financial resources to complete their projects.

Volker served a total of 48 years at ARRI: 32 years were spent as CEO and President of ARRI Inc. and ARRI/CSC. He inspired countless filmmakers with breakthrough equipment, guidance and advice. I am one of those cinematographers: he has been a wonderful mentor all these years.

Three-time Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro AIC, ASC commented: “It is a great idea that ARRI has established the Volker Bahnemann Award for Cinematographers. Volker was, is, and will be, one of the more prominent figures in the film industry. Ever since I met him for the first time, he touched me with his balance in conjugating technology and creativity. His personality always pushed all of us in knowing not only the new technical elements that his company, or any other company, provided for the advancement of expression in cinematography. Mainly, he pushed all of us to use our personal creativity and our knowledge of every art to better express ourselves in the ‘Tenth Muse:’ the cinema.”

The Bahnemann Award provides an annual production grant to one cinematographer in either the undergraduate or graduate divisions of the Kanbar Institute. Recipients will be selected by the faculty based upon rigorous criteria and with careful attention to Volker’s mantra of excellence in cinematography. Funds must be applied towards the thesis project for the honoree.

Volker said, “I was truly overwhelmed by this philanthropic gift from my friends and colleagues. Words alone cannot fully express my appreciation and gratitude to everyone who has generously contributed to establish this award for future generations of cinematographers. This also is my opportunity and motivation to stay involved with this wonderful art and craft well beyond my active business life.”

Anyone who’s career or life was touched by Volker’s generosity might like to consider contributing to the Volker Bahnemann Fund for Cinematography at NYU.

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