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2016 High Falls Film Festival

KODAK High Falls Vision Award Winner Announced

Posted March 8th, 2016 by Kate Herrmann in Uncategorized


Katy Milner headshotBritish filmmaker Katy Milner has been named the inaugural winner of the KODAK High Falls Vision Award, which honors and supports women filmmakers. Milner earned an in-kind grant of motion-picture film from Kodak valued at $2,000, to be utilized for her autobiographical short “Graffiti.” The announcement was made today in honor of International Women’s Day to celebrate the High Falls Film Festival mission and Kodak’s commitment to supporting the achievement of women in the industry.

Milner entered this new contest for women filmmakers in the fall, when it was launched during the run of 2015 High Falls Film Festival, supporting a treatment for her upcoming film. Kodak was a founding sponsor of the festival in 2001 and has partnered with the festival to present this new Vision Award. Milner may now choose from KODAK 35mm, 16mm, or Super 8 film to make her movie.

“The KODAK High Falls Vision Award was inspired by George Eastman’s powerful legacy of philanthropic giving and Kodak’s ongoing commitment to supporting female filmmakers,” said Sascha Rice, Global Marketing Director, Entertainment Imaging, Eastman Kodak Company. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Rochester’s High Falls Film Festival on this award. We are proud of our film heritage, honored to support the local community, and excited to shine a light on the next generation of female filmmakers.”

It is estimated that only 17 percent of all filmmakers and artists working behind the camera today are women, and that fact has been a driving force behind the festival since its inception. “As one of the oldest and most important women’s film festivals in the world, High Falls does Rochester’s legacy in film and women’s rights quite proud, as we celebrate the best contemporary work from around the world,” said Nora Brown, Executive Director of High Falls Film Festival, who is also a filmmaker and the Rochester/Finger Lakes Film Commissioner. “With Kodak’s help we are fortunate to be able to recognize, support, and celebrate women filmmakers.” 

About Katy Milner

Katy Milner is a UK-based writer/director whose films have been screened at festivals internationally. She wrote and directed the animation shorts “Martha’s Whiter Wash” (Carlton TV) and “Mervin” (Channel  4), as well as the live-action shorts “Wig Sisters” (DV shorts, Film Council/EM-MEDIA) and “First Kiss” (Film London/Southern
Exposure). She co-directed the short films “One English Winter” and “Rogue.” Milner earned a bachelor’s of fine art degree from Nottingham Trent University and a master’s degree in animation from the Royal College of Art. Milner loves stories about human nature that often show the ridiculousness of life. While her work is often described as quirky, humorous, and visual, her new film “Graffiti” will be a more personal exploration.