Kodak Announces 2009 EASTMAN Scholarship Winners Program Recognizes Five Talented Students From U.S. Film Schools

Kodak announced and honored the 2009 winners of the company's annual EASTMAN Scholarship program at a reception held last evening at the University Film and Video Association Conference (UFVA) in New Orleans.


"Every year, we see new stories and individual approaches, but the one common denominator is the passion the students have for their work," says Wendy Elms, Kodak's worldwide Education Segment manager. "There is something refreshing, invigorating, and even comforting in seeing that. It tells us that the next generation of filmmaking is in creative and talented hands, and we are happy to be able to encourage that with this competition."


The recipients of EASTMAN Scholarships for 2009 are:


Gold Award for Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking: Mattias Troelstrup from the American Film Institute for the film Nikki. The award comes with a $5,000 motion picture film product grant from Kodak and $1,000 cash from UFVA.


Silver Award for Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking: Danielle Katvan from Berkeley Digital Film Institute for Stranger Things. The award comes with a grant of $4,000 in Kodak motion picture film.


Bronze Award for Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking: Derek Pueblo from Brigham Young University for Inspector 42. The award comes with a grant of $3,000 in Kodak motion picture film.


Honorable Mention for Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking: Hongyueh Liu from Chapman University for Dr. Schneider and Kimberly Hall from the University of Texas at Austin for Uprush. Both Honorable Mention awards include a $2,000 grant for Kodak motion picture film.


In addition to including students from the United States and Canada, this year's program also included those from participating countries in Latin America. Accredited film schools submitted student candidates who were judged on a combination of their past work, faculty recommendations, and academic achievement. The judging panel included noted cinematographer Bill Dill, ASC; Bart Weiss, president of the Video Association of Dallas and artistic director of the Dallas Video Festival, and Kodak cinematographer Randy Tack.


Kodak introduced its worldwide film school program in 1991. Through the years, that program has grown to include a wide range of initiatives to help both students and educators enrich their knowledge and enhance their skills in the art and craft of filmmaking.




"The EASTMAN Scholarship Program is one more way Kodak is investing in the next generation of filmmakers," adds Elms. "And it is one more indication that we're serious about the future and about helping talented storytellers do what they tell us they aspire to do - work without creative compromise by telling their stories on Kodak film."








For more information, visit