Ava Berkofsky is an awarding-winning cinematographer who has lensed films, television, documentaries, commercials and art installations. Ava was born in Wales and raised between London and the mountains and cities of California.   

Ava has twice been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography (2019 & 2020), as well as an ASC Award for Achievement in Cinematography (2020) for their work on HBO’s INSECURE. Berkofsky collaborated with Director/EP Melina Matsoukas to create the distinct look and visual language of the show. Additionally, Ava’s directing debut on the show was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography in 2020. Ava was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography for FREE IN DEED (2016). 

Berkofsky’s award-winning feature credits include A24’s SHARE, directed by Pippa Bianco, which won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award at Sundance (2019) and was nominated for the Caméra d'Or at Cannes. FREE IN DEED, directed by Jake Mahaffy won the Horizons Award at the Venice Film Festival, among many other accolades. Ava’s most recent feature film is THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE, directed by Josephine Decker and produced by A24, Apple & Di Novi Pictures. Other films have premiered at TIFF, AFI, Rotterdam, Sundance and SXSW, twice winning a SXSW Special Jury Prize. 

In addition to creating and executing looks for shows on Netflix, Starz, Amazon, HBO, Hulu and PBS, Ava has also lensed a number of film based art projects. Exhibitions include the MOMA, Brooklyn Museum and the Armenian National Gallery. 

Ava has a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and an MFA in cinematography from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and currently lives in Los Angeles with their partner and 5-month old daughter.

Ava is non-binary and uses both they/them and she/hers pronouns. When not shooting, they can usually be found lying in the grass, cloud gazing with a magical five pound chihuahua named “Tiny”.   

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