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Posted 27 September 2005 - 09:39 AM

Laszlo Kovacs, ASC will judge
the sixth annual Kodak Filmschool Competition, which is open to students and
recent graduates in the Asia Pacific and Latin American countries. The
competition is designed to provide international recognition and tangible
support for aspiring filmmakers. This is the second consecutive year that
Kovacs will judge the national finalists.

"What chance would you have given me as a young man growing up on a farm
in Hungary during the 1940s of having a career like mine in Hollywood?" Kovacs
asks. "It seemed like an impossible dream at times, but some wonderful people
encouraged me along the way. I believe the best way I can thank the people who
helped me is to reach out to young filmmakers and encourage them to follow
their dreams."

Judges from some 20 countries will select the top films in each national
competition. Those films will proceed to the regional level, at which point
Kovacs will select winners and runner-ups in the Asia Pacific and Latin
America regions. Additionally, he will offer comments and suggestions to all
participants.

"Laszlo Kovacs is both a talented artist and a role model for young
filmmakers everywhere in the world," says Wendy Elms, manager of Kodak's
Student Filmmaker Program in the Greater Asia and Japan regions. "We
appreciate his generosity. I know that every student who is participating in
this competition will be thrilled that he is reviewing their work."

Kovacs was born and raised in a small village in Hungary. He studied at the
Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest and migrated to the United States as a
political refugee in 1956 following a failed uprising against the communist
regime.

Kovacs overcame all obstacles and relentlessly pursued his dream until he
found a niche shooting ultra-low budget films, including A Man Called Dagger
and The Savage Seven during the mid-to-late 1960s. He broke into the
mainstream with Easy Rider in 1969, and has subsequently compiled some 70
credits, including such classic films as Five Easy Pieces, The King of Marvin
Gardens, Shampoo, Paper Moon, New York, New York, Ghostbusters, Mask, Radio
Flyer, My Best Friend's Wedding, Return to Me and Miss Congeniality.

Kovacs has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Society
of Cinematographers and the Camerimage International Festival of the Art of
Cinematography. He is also the chairman of the ASC Education Committee, which
offers an annual scholarship as well as outreach programs to film students and
their schools.

National judging will be completed in 2005 and regional winners announced
by March 2006. Contact your local Kodak representative for details, or visit
www.kodak.com/go/filmschoolcompetition.

The annual competition was inaugurated in 2000 as a part of the worldwide
Kodak Student Filmmaker Program, which has provided tangible support for
schools and their students since 1991. Initiatives include educational and
communications materials, product grants and discounts. Kodak also sponsors
awards, seminars and student showcases at conferences, film festivals and
tradeshows. For more information about the Kodak Student Filmmaker Program,
visit the Kodak website at www.kodak.com/go/student.
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