LOS ANGELES, USA // Ava Berkofsky was born in Wales, raised in the mountains and cities of California, and is now a U.S. based Director of Photography. Their background in fine art and documentary photography informs their textural approach to cinematography, marked by an ever present (or relentless) search for the nuance of place, time, and subjectivity.
In 2019 Ava was nominated for an Emmy in Cinematography for their work on HBO’s INSECURE, where they worked with Director/EP Melina Matsoukas to create and execute the look for the show.
Recent feature projects include SHARE, (2019 dir. Pippa Bianco/ produced by A24) which was nominated for the Caméra d'Or at Cannes, and won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award at Sundance. FREE IN DEED (2017 dir. Jake Mahaffy) earned Ava a nomination for Best Cinematography at the Independent Spirit Awards, while also winning among other awards, the Orizzonti Award for Best Film at the Venice film festival. Other projects have premiered at festivals including Toronto, AFI, Rotterdam and SXSW, twice winning a Special Jury Prize (SHARE, dir. Pippa Bianco & SEQUIN RAZE, dir Sarah Shapiro).
When not shooting, Ava can usually be found laying in the grass with their 5lb Chihuahua “Tiny”.