Steven Bernstein (filmmaker)

Steven Bernstein, ASC, DGA, is an American cinematographer, director, screenwriter and author.[1] In 1992 he won the Best Artistic Contribution Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival for Like Water for Chocolate alongside Emmanuel Lubezki.[2] He also won the Cannes Golden Lion for his work in commercials. His book Film Production (Focal Press) has been translated into several languages and at one time was the bestselling textbook about film making. Bernstein was a 2014 ASC nominee for the Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in One-Hour Episodic Television Series Award for his work on Magic City.

Steven Bernstein
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OccupationFilm Director, Writer, Cinematographer
Years active1986–present

Bernstein has acted in minor roles in several films, has directed shorts, music videos and television commercials, and has lectured widely. He made his directing feature film debut with 2014's Decoding Annie Parker for which he was awarded The Alfred P. Sloan Award at the Hampton's International Film Festival. Bernstein is currently in post production on Last Call Dominion, a feature film about the final days of Dylan Thomas's life, starring John Malkovich, Rhys Ifans, Rodrigo Santoro, Romola Garai, and Tony Hale, which he wrote and is directing.[3][4][5][6]

Since 2016 Bernstein has worked with members of the Greek government to expand the Greek film industry and attract international film and television production to Greece. Bernstein spearheaded an initiative to introduce a tax rebate as an incentive to film producers to shoot in Greece. The tax incentive bill was passed in August 2017 and became effective in February 2018.[7][8] As part of his initiative, Bernstein is training 400 to 500 Greek film students a year and is building a state of the art film studio in Greece.[9]

Personal LifeEdit

Bernstein was born in Buffalo, NY in 1958 to parents Charles Bernstein, M.D. and Sylvia Bernstein. He has a son Adam from his first marriage to Elizabeth Bernstein and currently resides with his partner the designer Carolyn Rodney.


Year Film/Television Position Notes
1986 Smart Alec Cinematographer
1988 Jade Cinematographer
1989 Conspiracy Cinematographer
1991 The Diamond Brothers Cinematographer Television
Deptford Graffiti Cinematographer Television
1992 Like Water for Chocolate Cinematographer AKA Como Agua Para Chocolate
No Head for Heights Director / Cinematographer Television
1995 Kicking and Screaming Cinematographer
The Monroes Cinematographer Television
Moondance Cinematographer
"The Secretary" Cinematographer Television
1996 Curdled Cinematographer
Bulletproof Cinematographer
Underworld Cinematographer
Trade-Off Cinematographer Television
1997 Mr. Jealousy Cinematographer
Murder at 1600 Cinematographer
Highball Cinematographer
1998 The Waterboy Cinematographer
Half Baked Cinematographer
1999 The Wood Cinematographer
2000 More Dogs Than Bones Cinematographer
Goodbye, Casanova Cinematographer
2001 Corky Romano Cinematographer
Scary Movie 2 Cinematographer AKA Scarier Movie
The Forsaken Cinematographer AKA Vampires of the Desert
Christmas in the Clouds Cinematographer
2002 Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie Cinematographer Television
2003 Monster Cinematographer
2004 White Chicks Cinematographer
2005 Threshold Cinematographer (Television pilot): Trees Made of Glass
2006 One Night with the King Cinematographer
Little Man Cinematographer
The Jake Effect Cinematographer 5 episodes: Don't Mess with Sloppy / Flight School / Only Connect / Parent Teacher Conference/Pilot
Behind the Smile Cinematographer Appearance: British Reporter
2007 Crawl Space Cinematographer
2008 Tortured Cinematographer
2009 Love at First Hiccup Cinematographer Appearance: Co-Host Cooking Show - voice on TV
Not Forgotten Cinematographer
2013 Decoding Annie Parker Director / Writer
Magic City Cinematographer 3 Episodes: Angels of Death / World in Changes / Sins of the Father
2016 Dominion Director / Writer Post-Production


Year Film Position Award Organization
1992 Like Water for Chocolate Cinematographer (Won) Best Artistic Contribution Award (Shared with Emmanuel Lubezki) Tokyo International Film Festival
2003 Monster Cinematographer (Won) Creative Ensemble Award AFI
2013 Decoding Annie Parker Director / Writer (Nominated) Golden Space Needle Award - Best Film Seattle International Film Festival
2013 Decoding Annie Parker Director / Writer (Won) Alfred P. Sloan Award Foundation Feature Film Prize in Science and Technology Hampton's International Film Festival
2014 Magic City Cinematographer (Nominated) ASC Award - Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in One-Hour Episodic Television Series American Society of Cinematographers
2014 Decoding Annie Parker Director / Writer (Nominated) Leonardo's Horse - Best Directing Milan International Film Festival
2014 Decoding Annie Parker Director / Writer (Nominated) Leonardo's Horse - Best Screenwriting (Shared with Adam Bernstein and Mike Moss) Milan International Film Festival


  1. ^ "STEVEN BERNSTEIN". Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  2. ^ "Tokyo International Film Festival (1992)". Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  3. ^ "Steven Bernstein". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  4. ^ "A Perfect Place - IMDbPro". Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  5. ^ "Angela and Althea - IMDbPro". Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  6. ^ "Last Resort - IMDbPro". Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  7. ^ "High taxes, red tape put off foreign filmmakers from shooting in Greece, Stratos Karakasidis | Kathimerini".
  8. ^ "Syros is set to become a location for shooting movies, Ioanna Fotiadi | Kathimerini".
  9. ^ "Greece Launches New 25% Cash Rebate to Lure Productions". 2018-05-11.

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