Flemish cinematographer Ruben Impens invited to join Oscars academy

Flemish cinematographer Ruben Impens invited to join Oscars academy
Felix van Groeningen and Ruben Impens on the set of Belgica in 2016. Credit: VAF

Ruben Impens, a distinguished Flemish cinematographer, has been invited to be among 397 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the organisation behind the Oscars. He is one of 10 cinematographers to be invited to join the academy, according to a Flemish Audiovisual Fund (VAF) press release.

Impens has contributed to highly accredited movies such as “The Broken Circle Breakdown” which was nominated for an Oscar, “Titane” which was awarded a Golden Palm in Cannes in 2021 and “Le Otto Montagne” (The Eight Mountains) which received the Jury Prize at Cannes Festival this year.

He has also worked on “Belgica,” “The Mustang,” “Dirty God,” “Beautiful Boy” and others.

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Flemish people who have been invited by the Academy in the past include directors Felix van Groeningen, Dominique Deruddere, Michaël Roskam, Stijn Coninx, Emma de Swaef, Sahim Omar Kalifa, cinematographer Jo Willems and technician Nico Leunen.

This year, 50% of AMPAS invitees represent 53 countries and territories outside the United States. Members are spread across professions in the motion picture world and 71 have been previously nominated for an Oscar.

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