Art of Light Award

The Art of Light Award was inaugurated by Miami Film Festival in its 36th annual season of programming in 2018. The Award celebrates artists of any discipline whose work demonstrates a unique and original contribution to the medium of cinema. Cinema exists through the use of light, and the Art of Light Award honors those who bring new and indelible illumination to film, through their particular vision.

The first recipient was celebrated Mexican cinematographer Diego Garcia, who received the Art of Light Award at Miami Film Festival GEMS 2018 in recognition of his most recent collaboration, with director Paul Dano’s debut feature, Wildlife, starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. Garcia went on to receive a 2019 Spirit Award nomination for the film in the Best Cinematography category. The award was preceded by an extended clip reel that showcased highlights from Garcia’s body of work, which includes his multi-award winning work on Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro’s Neon Bull (15), Cannes Palme d’Or-winning director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendor (15), Danish maverick Nicolas Winding Refn’s Too Old to Die Young (19), Cannes-winning Mexican director Carlos Reygadas’ Our Time (18), and Daniel Castro Zimbrón’s The Darkness (16), among many others.

The Art of Light Award was presented to Garcia by Executive Director Jaie Laplante and Programmer Lauren Cohen on Oct. 13th at Tower Theater Miami. Following the award presentation, Cohen conducted a conversation with Garcia to discuss his work with Paul Dano on Wildlife, and the extraordinary international filmmakers he has worked with thus far. Earlier in the day, Garcia gave a Master Class to South Florida film students outlining his techniques and artistic approaches to the material he chooses to work on.

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