The ASC has nominated three cinematographers for this year's Spotlight Award: Peter Flinckenberg, FSC, for Concrete Night (Betoniyö); Darius Khondji, ASC, AFC, for The Immigrant; and Daniel Landin, BSC, for Under the Skin.
“These nominees have created some of the more inspiring and imaginative visuals our members have seen recently,” said ASC Awards Chairman Lowell Peterson. “We’re proud to recognize their innovative work, and we hope at the same time to raise the profile of these films, so more audiences have a chance to see them.”
The ASC inaugurated the Spotlight Award last year to recognize outstanding cinematography in features and documentaries that are typically screened at film festivals, in limited theatrical release, or outside the United States. ASC members submit entries for consideration, and a blue-ribbon panel chooses the nominees. All active ASC members may vote to select the winner.
Concrete Night received its premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and has been exhibited at many festivals since then. The Immigrant premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and received a limited theatrical release. Under the Skin was unveiled at the Telluride Film Festival in 2013 and received a limited theatrical release.
Last year, Lukasz Zal, PSC, and Ryszard Lenczewski, PSC, shared the inaugural ASC Spotlight Award for Ida, which premiered at the 2013 Camerimage International Film Festival. The film has been nominated for Academy Awards in the Foreign-Language Film and Cinematography categories this year.
The 29th Annual ASC Awards ceremony will take place Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.