RDC student wins prestigious cinematography scholarship at Toronto International Film Festival

Date posted: 
Thu, 09/21/2017
Everett Sokol with Paul Bronfman and Rick Perotto

Red Deer College is proud to announce that 4th year Motion Picture Arts student Everett Sokol has won the national William F. White/Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematography Scholarship.  The award of $3,000 was presented to Everett earlier this month at the Bell Lightbox Theatre during the annual industry reception hosted by William F. White International Inc. as part of the Toronto International Film Festival.

The scholarship is designed to provide a new generation of Canadian cinematographers with access to post-secondary hard skills training and development.

The William F. White/Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematography Scholarship is awarded to a full-time post-secondary Canadian student who is currently enrolled in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of studies at an accredited College or University Cinematography program.  Applicants are adjudicated by a scholarship committee which chooses the successful candidate by taking into account academic achievement, extra-curricular activities and interests, community involvement and awards.

Along with practical application requirements including proof of enrollment and copies of the student’s latest transcripts, an essay or review of any Vilmos Zsigmond film is also required for submission. This essay could be a review on how the cinematography enhances the storytelling or it could focus on the technical aspects of the piece’s photography, such as lighting techniques, camera angles and colouring.

William F. White International Inc. (Whites) is Canada’s oldest and largest provider of professional motion picture, television, digital media and theatrical production equipment.  Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind) was a close collaborator and business partner with Whites for over 25 years.  He passed away in 2016.


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