Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO of Comweb Corp. and leading equipment provider, William F. White International Inc. (Whites) announced the winner of the inaugural William F. White/Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematography Scholarship at the annual Whites VIP TIFF Reception at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Congratulations to Adam Madrzyk on winning $3,000.00 towards completing his 3rd year of Film Studies at Ryerson University. Adam, who is already an accomplished independent filmmaker with several feature films, short films and music videos to his name, also submitted a compelling essay highlighting the cinematographic and technical achievements of Zsigmond’s Oscar-winning film, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
The William F. White/Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematography Scholarship was created to provide a new generation of Canadian cinematographers with access to post-secondary hard skills training and development. Applicants were adjudicated by a scholarship committee which chose the successful candidate by taking into account academic achievement, extra-curricular activities and interests, community involvement and awards.
“We wanted to honour Vilmos’ recent passing, along with our longstanding friendship and business partnership with a lasting tribute, something which we could do in perpetuity,” states Bronfman. “After all, Vilmos was a terrific gentleman and world-renowned cinematographer who helped Whites gain respect throughout Europe and beyond. We feel honoured and privileged to have been his partners at Sparks Camera & Lighting in Budapest for over 25 years and this scholarship is the perfect vehicle by which to pay homage to his legacy and contributions to the art of cinema.”
“We’re really excited that Adam has won the first ever William F. White/Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematography Scholarship,” said Whites VP, Business Development, Rick Perotto. “Adam’s demo reel is outstanding and we’re very proud to support his education and future career endeavors.”
Famed cinematographer and Oscar-winner, Vilmos Zsigmond passed away on January 1st of this year at the age of 85. A long-time business partner of Whites since 1991, Zsigmond was one of the founders and owners of Whites’ affiliate, Sparks Camera and Lighting Ltd., a leading Budapest, Hungary-based provider of top-notch professional production equipment servicing western and eastern European content creators. Sparks was originally co-founded through Whites as a joint business venture with Zsigmond.
Zsigmond was not only well-known for his artistic merit, but also for his numerous industry achievements, including his co-founding of the Global Cinematography Institute in Los Angeles and membership on the Board of Governors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, among many others.