The Volker Bahnemann Award for Outstanding Cinematography was established in 2010 to honor Bahnemann’s 48 years at ARRI; he served 32 years as CEO and President of ARRI Inc. and ARRI CSC. Mr. Bahnemann was responsible for the initiation, development and refinement of many significant filmmaking technologies such as the ARRI ALEXA, ALEXA MINI, ARRIFLEX 35III, ARRIFLEX 765, ARRIFLEX 435 AND ARRIFLEX 235 camera, as well as ARRI/Zeiss High Speed and Variable Prime lenses.

The grant is funded through generous donations from ARRI, ARRI CSC (now ARRI Rental), the Stahl family, along with friends and colleagues. The awards and endowment are a perpetual bequest to recognize talented cinematography students.

In 2021, the Undergraduate and Graduate recipients of the award each receive cash prizes.

Recipients and Finalists