The Volker Bahnemann Award: 2020 Grad


  • Alfonso Herrera Salcedo Serrano

    Alfonso Herrera Salcedo Serrano

    Alfonso was born and raised in Mexico City.

    While at NYU, Alfonso received the Kodak Vision award as well as the Golden Tadpole at Camerimage for his work on the short film Lefty/Righty. Alfonso has shot numerous award-winning short films, most recently, Entre tú y Milagros from Colombian filmmaker Mariana Saffon, won the Orizzonti Award for best short film at the Venice Film Festival.

    Feature film credits include: A Stormy Night, the first feature from fellow graduate David Moragas. El hoyo en la cerca, from mexican director Joaquin del Paso and Mar de fondo, from australian filmmaker and camera d'or winner Michael Rowe. Alfonso is currently filming Max Walker-Silverman first feature: So This Is What The Songs Are All About, starring Dale Dickey and academy award winner Wes Studi.

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  • Emilija Gašić

    Emilija Gašić

    Emilija Gašić is an award-winning Serbian filmmaker based in New York City. She studied Film Directing at the Academy of Arts in Belgrade and Cinematography at NYU Graduate Film Program. Her short films have travelled the world through film festivals, with the most recent Out Of Order (directors: Cameron & Brandon Laventure) screening at Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Workers Unite Film Festival. Emilija is a 2019 Nikon Storyteller Scholarship winner. Apart from shooting as a cinematographer, Emilija is also a writer and director. Her latest short film just won a Jury Award at ProFIFest in Serbia and Audience Choice Award at IFFC in Cologne. Currently, she is prepping her first feature film 78 Days through Biennale College of Cinema program in Venice.

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  • Yuchao “Robbin” Feng

    Yuchao “Robbin” Feng

    From a small seaside city in China to the streets of New York City, Yuchao “Robbin” Feng, an MFA graduate from the prestigious NYU Tisch school of the Arts, was quickly recognized as an award-winning cinematographer and director. His exposure to two immensely contrasting worlds has deeply impacted his perspective on life and cinema. His latest short film Pearl, received a Special Mention at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. The film is also set to be presented in the 2020 EnergaCAMERIMAGE Student Etudes Competition. Since his graduation from Tisch, he has shot two major feature films and is now being represented by CAA China.

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  • Shiyu Li

    Shiyu Li

    Born and raised in a small town Dali from Yunnan China, Shiyu Li is a Cinematographer currently based in Shanghai who just earned his MFA in Cinematography at NYU Tisch. After his college, Shiyu went to New York to pursue his Master's degree in Finance. Inspired by New York’s artistic atmosphere, he dropped out of business school for Tisch, officially starting his filmmaking career. During his stay in New York, Shiyu has collaborated with directors and artists from different backgrounds and shot narrative films, music videos, and commercials. The mv ONE DAY he shot just won the European Cinematography Award.

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  • Olivier Theurillat

    Olivier Theurillat

    Olivier Theurillat is a Spanish cinematographer based in Madrid, Spain. He obtained his Master of Fine Arts in film from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. His first "on set" experiences were as a camera PA on Reed Morano's "Meadowland" and Rob Reiner's "And So It Goes." His portfolio includes a range of commercials, music videos and short films. Most notably he shot Raed Alsemari's Dunya's Day, winner of the Jury Award in International Fiction at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

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