Local 600 Announces the 24th Annual ECA Honorees

Ten Emerging Cinematographer Award Winners to Showcase Oct. 2

The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) has named 10 honorees for the 2022 Annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA), spotlighting promising cinematographers and providing crucial exposure needed to succeed in the motion picture industry. The collection of 10 selected short films will be showcased at the ECA event on October 2, 2022, at the Wolf Theatre in the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center, followed by a cocktail reception.

The winning filmmakers, who have been selected from 108 submissions nationwide, are:

Andrew Aiello, Green Cobra
Austin Scott Ahlborg, Lotus
Jac Cheairs, KENOBI: A Star Wars Fan Film
Morgan Gardiner, Molly Robber
Gregor Tavenner, Pleasant Canyon
Jason Chau, Sting
Michael Tedford, The Elder Scrolls Legends
Leonard P. Walsh, Kingsnake
Eric M. Hurt, Singularity
Allie Schultz, Your Monster


Steven Poster, ASC, Co-Chair of the Guild’s ECA committee and former Local 600 National President, said, “The Emerging Cinematographer Awards creates opportunity when it is most needed. There are no rules for getting your first break but being part of this talented group of newer cinematographers provides a golden chance to shine in a very tough market.”

Jimmy Matlosz, Co-Chair of the Guild’s ECA committee added, “The ECA’s are back, and we are excited to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of these very talented filmmakers. Each year the competition is increasingly more challenging, and we look forward to spotlighting these emerging cinematographers from across the country.”

The Emerging Cinematographer Awards gives 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 members from across the country.

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The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) represents approximately 9,000 members who work in film, television and commercials as directors of photography, camera operators, visual effects supervisors, still photographers, camera assistants, film loaders, all members of camera crews and publicists. The first cinematographers union was established in New York in 1926, followed by unions in Los Angeles and Chicago, but it wasn’t until 1996 that Local 600 was born as a national guild. ICG’s ongoing activities include the Emerging Cinematographer Awards and the Publicists Awards Luncheon. The Guild also publishes the award-winning ICG Magazine

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