Leica Cine Discovery Prize

During La Semaine de la Critique – part of the Festival de Cannes 2016 – Leica will be awarding its Cine Discovery Prize to newcomers in the world of short films.

Leica Camera AG is an official partner of La Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes (taking place from 11 to 22 May 2016), one of the most influential film festivals in the world. Leica Camera AG and its subsidiary CW Sonderoptic GmbH are official sponsors of the Leica Cine Discovery Prize, which will be awarded as part of La Semaine de la Critique on 19 May and is endowed with a prize in the amount of 4,000 euros. With this prize, the two companies recognise young talents to the world of short films.

Leica Camera AG is working in close cooperation with CW Sonderoptic GmbH, whose headquarters is also in the Leitz Park in the Hessian city of Wetzlar, on the development of the Cine lenses. In 2015, the development team at CW Sonderoptic GmbH was honoured with the highest accolade – the Scientific and Engineering Award® of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – for their work on the Leica Summilux-C (Cine) lenses. With Leica Cine lenses, camera operators and creative cinematographers are able to transfer the extraordinary image quality of Leica photography to the medium of moving pictures. Leica Cine lenses were used in the shooting of numerous big Hollywood productions over the last few years, including films such as Birdman, The Theory of Everything, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Gone Girl and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dr Andreas Kaufmann: ‘Supporting talents in the realms of photography and moving pictures has always been important to us. That’s why we are especially excited about our partnership with La Semaine de la Critique, which takes place as part of the renowned festival in Cannes.’

Gerhard Baier, Managing Director of CW Sonderoptic GmbH: ‘We are pleased to be able to give special esteem in the form of the Leica Cine Discovery Prize to the large number of films that were filmed using Leica Cine lenses and that will take to the silver screen at the Festival de Cannes. As part of La Semaine de la Critique, we enjoy meeting young talents from the film industry in order to talk to them personally.’

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