FilmLight has revealed the nominees for the 2023 FilmLight Colour Awards.

In their third year, the awards attracted over 400 entries from 45 countries across the globe and the independent jury of cinematographers, colourists and creatives – lead this year by Lawrence Sher, ASC – has announced a list of 22 nominees across five categories.

“I’m so thrilled by the submissions for this year’s FilmLight Colour Awards,” says 2023 jury president Lawrence Sher, ASC. “The diversity of talent and work is, as expected, very high.  Our jury meetings so far, with talented cinematographers, colourists and filmmakers, have illuminated how fundamental the colourists’ work is in the film-making process and it’s been a complex job to determine the nominees. Everyone that has made it through these early rounds has, in our eyes, already won. I am looking forward to Camerimage where we will celebrate and announce the winners.”


The nominees for the award for grading of a theatrical feature are:

Asteroid City – graded by Gareth Spensley at Company 3

Barbie – graded by Yvan Lucas at Company 3

Bardo: False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths – graded by Damien Vandercruyssen at HARBOR

Wil – graded by freelance colourist Tom Mulder at Storm


In the TV series / episodic category, the nominees are:

The Empress (Die Kaiserin) – season one, graded by freelance colourist Marina Starke at Rotor Film

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – season five, graded by Steven Bodner at Picture Shop

The Night Logan Woke Up – season one, graded by Jerome Cloutier at MELS

The Pimp: No F***ing Fairytale (OT: Luden) – season one, graded by freelance colourist Dirk Meier at D-Facto Motion

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty – season two, graded by Walter Volpatto at Company 3


In the commercial category, the judges chose:

Nascar, ‘Nascar 75’ – graded by Philip Hambi at The Mill

Skoda, ‘Vision 7S: Modern Solid’ ­­– graded by Fergus Rotherham at FAR COLOUR

Squarespace, ‘Make a Website to Sell Anything’ – graded by Alex Gregory at No.8

United Colors of Benetton, ‘Guardians of Colors’ – graded by freelance colourist Franziska Heinemann at Bubbles Film, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Zara Man, ‘SS23’ ­­– graded by Tim Masick at Company 3


For the music video category, the judges selected:

Cari Cari, ‘My Grandma Says We Have No Future’ ­– graded by freelance colourist Manuel Portschy

Doja Cat, ‘Attention’ – graded by Joseph Bicknell at Company 3

Mayyas, ‘Horra’ – graded by freelance colourist Marina Starke

Pink, ‘Trustfall’ ­– graded by Daniel de Vue at Trafik


The Spotlight award aims to recognise the unsung talents in the industry. For this category, the nominees are:

Possession – graded by freelance colourist Cem Ozkilicci at Uhoert

Suppressed (Němá tajemství) – graded by freelance colourist Marina Starke at Universal Production Partners (UPP)

The Poet – graded by Linas Dabriska at MADSTONE

Unidentified Objects – graded by colorist Asa Fox

All nominees and projects will be celebrated and the winners announced at the annual FilmLight Colour Awards ceremony which takes place at EnergaCAMERIMAGE in Poland on 12 November 2023.

The Colour Awards are lead and organised by FilmLight, in conjunction with EnergaCAMERIMAGE, and are supported by international groups such as the ASC (The American Society of Cinematographers), the BSC (British Society of Cinematographers), the AFC (The French Society of Cinematographers), CSI (Colorist Society International), CNSC (Chinese Society of Cinematographers), Imago (the International Federation of Cinematographers), the Polish Society of Cinematographers (PSC) and many more.

Jon Creamer

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