Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, will be recipient of the Golden Frog Lifetime Achievement Award at Camerimage '97, the fifth annual International Festival of the Art of Cinematography, to be held November 29 to December 6 in Torun, Poland. The only international film festival to concentrate on the cinematographic qualities of the medium was founded in 1993 in Torun, a 13th-century town touted as the birthplace of Nicholas Copernicus, by the Tumult Foundation.

Events will include film workshops sponsored and supplied by Arri, and conducted by Zsigmond in addition to such cinematographers as Laszlo Kovacs, Haskell Wexler, Conrad Hall, Vittorio Storaro, and Philippe Rousselot. New equipment presentations will be held by such companies as Arri, Kodak, Panavision, Moviecam, Steadicam, Panther, Dedolights, Weigert, Lee Filters, Light Technik, and Bayerische Buhnenbau.

This year, Camerimage will introduce a series of video screenings, sponsored by the American Photographers Guild. The festival will also serve as venue of the annual meeting of IMAGO, the European Federation of Cinematographers. The American Society of Cinematographers will be represented as well, by organization president Owen Roizman.

Zsigmond follows previous Golden Frog Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Sven Nykvist, Vittorio Storaro, Witold Sobocinski, Conrad Hall, and Haskell Wexler. Camerimage '97 will also recognize the director-DP team of Ingmar Bergman and Sven Nykvist with a Special Award, and name a director as winner of the Special Visual Sensitivity Prize during the festival. In addition, Golden Frog, Silver Frog, and Bronze Frog prizes will be awarded for achievement in cinematography for films screened in the competition.

For more information, contact Festival Office Camerimage '97, Tumult Foundation, Rynek Nowomiejski 28, 87-100 Torun, Poland. Telephone is 48/56/248-79, fax is 48/56/275-95.