Five major film studios ink new 2020 deal to secure the future of motion pictures shot on film

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Coming from Kodak’s Fourth Annual Kodak Film Awards is the news that five of the six major Hollywood film studios — Disney, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros — have signed new deals with Kodak guaranteeing their use of the company’s motion picture film products from 2020 for the foreseeable future.

This “re-signing” follows an original agreement made in February 2015 between Kodak and all six major studios (Disney, Fox, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros). Fox is absent from this most recent deal following a recent purchase by Disney (thanks, Alan), and as with the 2015 agreement, the exact volume of film and timeframes have not yet been disclosed


News of this agreement follows Kodak’s Q3 2018 financial guidance, which included a 21% year on year growth of the company’s film business.

Kodak’s Fourth Annual Kodak Film Awards, which took place at the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Clubhouse on Wednesday, January 29 also saw a number of honours bestowed on Academy Award® winning director/writer/producer Quentin Tarantino (Kodak Lifetime Achievement Award), as well as Tyler, the Creator, Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim) and others.

The full list of industry awards follows below:

2020 Kodak Lifetime Achievement Award: Quentin Tarantino
In recognition of outstanding career achievement that will leave an indelible impression on the cinematic arts.

2020 Kodak Auteur Award: Noah Baumbach
In recognition of extraordinary talent, discernment, and unyielding perspective in the field of motion picture arts.

2020 Kodak Auteur Award: Greta Gerwig
In recognition of extraordinary talent, discernment, and unyielding perspective in the field of motion picture arts.


2020 Kodak Maverick Award: Tyler, the Creator
In recognition of innovative and trailblazing artistry in the motion picture arts.

2020 Kodak Lumiere Award: Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC, SASC
In recognition of extraordinary artistry, discernment, and unyielding perspective in the field of cinematography.

2020 Kodak Lumiere Award: Rodrigo Prieto, AMC, ASC
In recognition of extraordinary artistry, discernment, and unyielding perspective in the field of cinematography.

2020 Kodak TV Series Award: Succession
In recognition of outstanding creative and cinematic achievement in episodic television.

2020 Kodak Documentary Award: Fran Strine / Power Cord Films
In recognition of excellence and ingenuity in the craft of documentary filmmaking.

2020 Kodak First Feature Award: Melina Matsoukas
In recognition of extraordinary accomplishment, acclaim, and artistry in a debut feature — for her work on Queen and Slim.

2020 Kodak Theatre Award: Alamo Draft House
In recognition of exhibition standards and patron services that elevate the cultural and communal experience of cinema.

2020 Kodak Film Technology Award: Final Frame Post
In recognition of the Luna Film Scanner for its transformative technological development which contributes to the progression of the analogue film ecosystem.


From Steve Bellamy, President of President of Motion Picture and Entertainment, Eastman Kodak Co.:

“It has been a banner year for film. This year, movies shot on film represent five of the 10 productions nominated in the Academy’s Best Picture and Cinematography categories and a total of 37 Oscar® nominations.”

“This is a great testament to the intrinsic value of film to the motion picture arts. We are excited to celebrate these extraordinary filmmakers at the Kodak Film Awards this year.”

This year’s Kodak Film Awards also celebrated a number of productions shot on film in 2019, including:

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Academy Award, Golden Globes, BAFTA, Critics Choice)
  • Marriage Story (Academy Award, Indie Spirit, Golden Globes, BAFTA, Critics Choice, Gotham Awards)
  • The Irishman (Academy Award, Golden Globes, BAFTA, Critics Choice)
  • Little Women (Academy Award, Golden Globes, BAFTA, Critics Choice)
  • The Lighthouse (Academy Award, Indie Spirit, BAFTA, Critics Choice, Gotham Awards)
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Academy Award, BAFTA)
  • Ad Astra (Academy Award, Critics Choice)
  • Bait (BAFTA)
  • Sorry We Missed You (BAFTA)
  • Apollo 11 (Indie Spirit, BAFTA, Gotham Awards)
  • Uncut Gems (Indie Spirit, Critics Choice, Gotham Awards)
  • Luce (Indie Spirit)
  • Give Me Liberty (Indie Spirit, Gotham Awards)
  • Premature (Indie Spirit)
  • Her Smell (Indie Spirit, Gotham Awards)
  • The Souvenir (Indie Spirit)
  • Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé (Emmy)
  • Succession (TV) (Golden Globes, Emmy, Critics Choice)
  • The Painted Bird (Camerimage, Venice)

According to their press release, Kodak has seen a substantial increase in film sales each year for five consecutive years and has invested in film processing labs across the world to meet the excitement and demand surrounding film.

From my perspective, the security of motion picture film equals the security of still photographic film. As it was in 2015, so it is in 2020. The resurgence of film is here and with your support, it’s only going to get bigger.

~ EM

Via Hollywood Reporter

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  1. This has to be good news for stills photographers, too, even though most won’t be using cine stock, as it keeps Kodak going as a film producer.

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