NFSA celebrates emerging cinematographer

For the second year running the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) has joined with the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) to celebrate and highlight those Australians who have excelled in screen culture.

NFSA acting CEO Ann Landrigan presented Edward Goldner with the 2011 NFSA-ACS John Leake OAM Award for an Emerging Cinematographer at the recent Australian Cinematographers Society Awards in Adelaide. In conjunction with the award, a $5,000 cash prize was presented to Edward courtesy of the NSFA.

“The NFSA is not just about preserving the past; it is also focused on contributing to the current and future appreciation, and practice of, screen culture in all its forms,” said acting CEO Ann Landrigan.

“Building relationships with today’s cinematographers, producers and directors helps build a dynamic record of Australia’s filmmaking endeavours, and works towards ensuring these works are deposited in the national audiovisual collection.”

On receiving the award, the winner, Edward Goldner said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the NFSA and ACS for providing such a generous amount of support. Programs like this are extremely rare and provide invaluable opportunities to people like myself to gain a foothold from which to pursue their careers.”

Edward Goldner is already known in Australian film industry circles, having caught the eye of his mentors and peers as having enormous potential, receiving numerous awards over the past year as evidence of his outstanding work.

Goldner spent four years training in both the technical and creative aspects of cinematography by attending Swinburne University of Technology while seeking to gain a foothold in the industry. He has applied to attend the Budapest Cinematography Masterclass later this year – a 15 day course which provides students with intensive practical and theoretical workshops on camera and lighting. It is hoped this will provide Edward with a stepping stone towards achieving greater things.

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