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The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography PLUS CAMERIMAGE is the greatest and most recognized festival dedicated to the art of cinematography and its creators - cinematographers. PLUS CAMERIMAGE contributes to the growth of cinematographers' prestige. The unconventional format of the Festival, which awards films according to their visual, aesthetic and technical values, has turned out to be an alternative for traditional film festivals. As all our guests emphasize - PLUS CAMERIMAGE is unique. The Festival proves to be a great forum not only for presentation but also for further development of international moviemaking. PLUS CAMERIMAGE helps young filmmakers and integrates the community of those already recognized, allowing them to explore new artistic areas.

Lifetime Achievement Award goses to Michael Ballhaus

It is our great pleasure to inform that this year's PLUS CAMERIMAGE Lifetime Achievement Award will be granted to Michael Ballhaus.
A special retrospective review of his films will present some of his
greatest achievements and the cinematographer himself will be a guest of
the Festival.

18th edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Plus Camerimage will be held in the City of Bydgoszcz from the 27th November through 4th December 2010. Current information about the Festival is available at

Michael Ballhaus
photo by Boris Rostami - Rabet

During the fifty-year career Michael Ballhaus worked on almost 120 movies (both feature films and documentaries). He was tree times nominated to the Oscar.

Michael Ballhaus has worked for over nine years with Rainer Werner Fassbinder's and worked steadily with Martin Scorsese on seven movies. He also collaborated with many other well-known directors such as Francis Ford Copolla, Mike Nichols, Volker Schlöndorff and Robert Redford.

Michael Ballhaus was Born on 5th August 1935 into a German family actors. Max Ophüls
was a friend to the family. He started his profession in television and
by the late 1960´s he began to shoot feature films. From 1970 to 1979
he worked on 16 films directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder including The Marriage of Maria Braun and Martha.

Ballhaus arrived in Hollywood in 1982 and his first American film was Baby It's You, directed by John Sayles. Two years later his long-lasting cooperation with Martin Scorsese began. Together they made such films as After Hours, The Color of Money, The Last Temptation of Christ, Age of Innocence, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York and The Departed.

Ballhaus also worked on many other well-known movies, for example Working Girl, Postcards from the Edge, and Primary Colors by Mike Nichols, Bram Stoker's Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola, Quiz Show and The Legend of Bagger Vance by Robert Redford, Death of a Salesman by Volker Schlöndorff, The Glass Menagerie by Paul Newman, Air Force One Wolfgang Petersen, and Sleepers by Barry Levinson. He director of photography on music videos for example with Madonna and Bruce Springsteen.

Michael Ballhaus
photo from Ballhaus's private archives

Three times Michael Ballhaus was nominated to an Oscar: Broadcast News directed by James L. Brooks, The Fabulous Baker Boys directed by Steven Kloves, and Scorsese's Gangs of New York.
In 2007 Michael Ballhaus received the International Achievement Award
by the American Society of Cinematographers. It was the first time that a
German Director of Photography was granted such an honor.

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