Ava Berkofsky is a two-time Emmy-nominated Director of Photography, who has lensed numerous award-winning films, television, documentaries and shorts. Her two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Cinematography (2019 & 2020) were for her work on HBO’s INSECURE, where she collaborated with Director/EP Melina Matsoukas to create the distinct look and visual language of the show. Additionally, her directing debut on the show was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography.

Ava’s award-winning feature credits include A24’s SHARE, directed by Pippa Bianco, which won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award at Sundance and was nominated for the Caméra d'Or at Cannes, and FREE IN DEED, directed by Jake Mahaffy which earned her a nomination for Best Cinematography at the Independent Spirit Awards, among other international accolades. Other films have premiered at festivals including TIFF, AFI, Rotterdam, Sundance and SXSW, twice winning a SXSW Special Jury Prize for shorts SEQUIN RAZE, directed by Sarah G. Shapiro and SHARE, directed by Pippa Bianco.

Ava has also created and executed looks for shows on Netflix, Stars, Amazon, HBO, Hulu and PBS. Her short form commercial clients include Nike, Puma, Netflix, P&G, Spotify, Redbox, Vogue and LACMA. 

Born in Wales (United Kingdom) and raised in the mountains and cities of California, Ava is now a US based cinematographer. Her background in fine art and documentary photography inform her textured approach to cinematography and filmmaking, looking for the nuance of subjectivity, time and place. When not shooting, Ava can usually be found laying in the grass and cloud gazing with her five pound chihuahua, “Tiny”.

 

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