The Cannes Film Festival is one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals and is where many cinematographers make their big break. 2019’s festival wrapped up in May, and today’s blog will highlight some of the cinematographers that came out of Cannes this year. 


Robbie Ryan

Irishman Robbie Ryan is known for his camera movements and control of natural light. For this year’s festival, he collaborated with director Ken Loach for the film “Sorry We Missed You.” Ryan received his first Oscar nomination this year for “The Favourite.”

Jomo Fray

Cannes is also a great way to find new, young talent, and Jomo Fray is no exception to this. Featured in Filmmaker Magazine as one of the 25 New Faces in 2018, Fray debuted the film “Port Authority.” Prior to Cannes, he showed “Selah and the Spades” at Sundance, which stunned audiences with its unique look. 

Claire Mathon

Claire Mathon has made a name for herself as one of the most versatile European cinematographers in recent years. This past May, she showed two films at Cannes, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” and “Atlantics.”

Ksenia Sereda

Jomo Fray is not the only fresh face to have made waves at Cannes this year: at only 24 years old, Ksenia Sereda brought a critical hit to the festival. Sereda participated extensively in preproduction to make sure that the image was exactly as desired. David Ehrlich wrote of her film “Beanpole” in his review for IndieWire, “all cohere into a vivid snow-globe of space-time in which everything is believable, but nothing feels quite real.”

Kyung Pyo-Hong

Kyung Pyo-Hong is known for his baroque style but also manages to create mysterious atmospheres through naturalism. For Cannes 2019, he collaborated with director Joon-ho Bong to bring “Parasite” to the screen. Kyung Pyo-Hong’s incredible repertoire of films, including “Mother” and “Snowpiercer,” speaks of his cinematic vision. 

Virginie Surdej

Virginie Surdej is a highly respected and award-winning cinematographer. Furthermore, she brought not one film but three to this year’s festival: “Adam,” “Our Mothers,” and “The Orphanage.” Each of the projects was shot with a distinct look. 

Ava Berkofsky

Ava Berkofsky established herself in a career working in television, especially as the eye behind HBO’s “Insecure.” She is known for her use of color and the way she manipulates lights to flatter darker skin tones. Berkofsky brings these same characteristics to the silver screen in her film, “Share.”