In 2018, Rachel Morrison has become the first woman ever nominated for a Best Cinematography Academy Awards. According to the statistics, only 2% of female cinematographers worked on the top 100 grossing films. Some people may not be aware of that but most of their favourite films have been shot by female cinematographers. Here is a list of 5 female cinematographers we think you should know:

  1. Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; The Betrayal – Nerakhoon)
  2. Ellen Kuras has worked on one of the most acclaimed films Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) which got her nominated for the Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography. Additionally, her work with Thavisouk Phrasavath, The Betrayal – Nerakhoon (2008), was also nominated for the Oscar as a Best Documentary Feature.

  1. 2. Mandy Walker (Hidden Figures; Australia)
  2. Mandy Walker is an Australian cinematographer and her films previously won Hollywood Film Awards, Satellite Awards and many more. In 2017, she worked on Hidden Figures (2016) which was nominated for the Best Motion Picture of the Year at the Academy Awards.

  1. 3. Maryse Alberti (Collateral Beauty; Creed)
  2. Maryse Alberti is a cinematographer from France. She won awards from Sundance and Hollywood Film Awards and also was a director of photography for films such as Collateral Beauty (2016), Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) and Creed (2015)

  1. 4. Charlotte Bruus Christensen (The Girl on the Train; Fences)
  2. Charlotte Bruus Christensen is a Danish cinematographer. After studying at National Film and Television School, she moved back to Denmark. Later, she joined other projects like Girl on the Train (2016) and an Oscar-nominated Fences (2016). Charlotte Bruus Christensen is well-known for her cinematography style which priorities shooting on films rather than on film. 

  1. 5. Reed Morano (Meadowland; The Skeleton Twins)
  2. Reed Morano has been known for films such as The Skeleton Twins (2014) and Meadowland (2015) winning Film Independent Spirit Awards in 2016. She has an upcoming film The Rhythm Section which is planning to come out in 2019.



Botagoz Koshim (or just Bota) is an intern at Raindance, currently studying BA (Hons) Film Production at the University for the Creative Arts in Surrey.
Bota is a freelance photographer and a film editor, previously worked on student films and short documentaries.
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