A unique festival and career path choices (Episode 36)


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Bartosz Pawlowski is a cinematographer, based out of Toronto, Ontario. He is an associate member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC) since 2014, and became a Grip member of IATSE Local 873, in 2013.

62824_141167012729089_933533664_nHe is a graduate of the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory in Hollywood, California, where he has earned an MFA degree, with a specialization in Cinematography. During his time at the AFI Conservatory, he was mentored by many veteran cinematographers: Bill Dill, ASC; Mark Woods; Robert Primes, ASC; Charles Rose, AIC; Amy Vincent, ASC; and Stephen Lighthill, ASC, for whom Bartosz worked for, as a Teacher’s Assistant. During his second year of studies, Bartosz was also the recipient of two scholarships; the Pat Hitchcock O’Connell scholarship, and the Shirley A. Olivadoti scholarship. Both are merit-based scholarships awarded to fellows who demonstrate excellent academic performance and talent. Besides his mentors, he was involved in numerous forums and workshops with successful cinematographers who have addressed a multitude of important issues in cinematography that challenge working cinematographers today.

Prior to his two years spent in Los Angeles, he completed the joint diploma/degree program between the Sheridan College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, and York University, in Toronto. He holds a diploma in Media Arts with honours, and a Spec. Hons. BFA in film. During his last year at Sheridan College, he was selected as the representative of his school for the 2004 Kodak Student Advisory Council. It was held in Hollywood, where he spent three days with 15 other up and coming filmmakers from across North America, learning about emerging film and digital technologies.

Over the past fourteen years, Bartosz has shot over 30 short films, commercials, and music videos as director of photography and camera operator. Which include a number of productions for directors from the Canadian Film Center, founded by Norman Jewison. His work has been screened at various film festivals and broadcast on television around the world.


The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Camerimage is a festival dedicated to the celebration of cinematography and recognition of its creators, cinematographers. The first seven events (1993–1999) were held in Toruń, Poland. The next ten events (2000–2009) were held in Łódź. Since 2010, the festival has taken place in Bydgoszcz. In 2007, the name of the festival was changed from Camerimage to Plus Camerimage but was changed back in 2013 after the sponsorship deal with Plus ended. At the end of November every year, Camerimage brings together professional cinematographers, students and other people associated with the film industry. The Camerimage festival spans over a course of one week, with multiple events at one time.

Festival’s website




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