KRYOLAN from Berlin awards the Golden Mask to make-up artists for their special commitment, key contribution to mask design and special artistic creativity.
The national award goes to Stefan Jankov, chief make-up artist at the Hannover State Opera. As the son of two dancers, he spent his childhood in the theatre. The small music theatre of the city of Görlitz was his favourite playground. This is where he watched his parents at their performances or watched his uncle over the shoulder while he was applying make-up. Most of all, however, he liked spending his time with his grandfather, who was a make-up artist at the opera in Bulgaria's capital Sofia. He owes his current profession to this influence - which he still raves about in the highest tones: "For me, there has never been a question of doing anything else. I became a make-up artist. I am very fortunate to have the kind of job I always wanted, a job which I enjoy."
The international award goes to Neill Gorton from Great Britain. He is a unique special effects make-up artist, who lives his profession and has an eye for perfection. He began his career at the age of 18, working with renowned directors and internationally known actors for major film productions. His work has won several awards. He enjoys recognition and respect from his colleagues. He is well known for pioneering new materials and techniques and for his generous approach to sharing his knowledge. The students of his Gorton Studio Make-up Art School, which is widely regarded as Europe’s most authentic screen prosthetics school also benefit from his expertise.
The award ceremony will take place in the Presentation Forum on Saturday, 10 March 2018 at 5 pm.