Vilmos Zsigmond, the acclaimed cinematographer who won an Oscarfor Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, will lead a workshop for young film-makers in Budapestfrom Aug 24-Sept 7.

More than 27 aspiring cinematographers, directors andscreenwriters will convene for the 2003 Masterclass conducted by the Academy ofDrama and Film and the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers.

Sixteen students were chosen in collaboration with theCentre International De Liaison Des Ecoles De Cinema Et De Television, aninternational association of film schools, and Kodak will sponsor 11 studentobservers for the duration of the two-week course.

"This is a unique opportunity for these young people to learn fromand work with their talented peers from diverse backgrounds under the guidanceof some of the world's most gifted cinematographers," Janos Xantus, director ofthe workshop and among Hungary's most prominent directors.

Laszlo Kovacs,whose cinematography credits include Easy Rider, Paper and Two Weeks Notice, will serve alongside Zsigmond as acourse mentor.