MONSTER Wins Big at NoHu NYC International Short Film Festival with Kowa LM8HC Lens

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Short horror film, MONSTER, earns four awards with Kowa’s LM8HC lens

Creative Director Alex Rask with Kowa LM8HC Lens

Kowa American Corporation is excited to announce the sponsorship of Prime HD and congratulate Creative Director Alex Rask, with their most recent win at the NoHu NYC International Short Film Festival. MONSTER earned Best Horror Short, Best Director (Alex Rask), Best Actress (Molly Densmore), and Best Young Actress (Alexis Lariviere) after playing to a packed and oversold audience at the Tribeca Screening Room in New York.

“Our talent is so happy with the recognition they got for their work in MONSTER, as you can imagine, and thank you, Kowa, for believing in us and for being patrons of the arts!” says film director Alex Rask.

MONSTER was filmed exclusively with just one LM8HC, a 1” megapixel, 8mm, C-mount, fixed focal lens that was independently modified to work with a micro four thirds camera. While the LM8HC was primarily designed for industrial and factory automation applications, Kowa lenses are finding their way into the cinema industry. In addition to the LM8HC lens, Kowa’s 1” LM6HC, a 6mm focal length option, and 10MP JC10M series lenses are an increasingly popular option for C-mount cameras due to their high resolution performance.

Mr. Rask describes his experience in filming MONSTER with just one, fixed lens here: “I think every film is supremely challenging - whether it is a short form or a feature, and regardless of the technologies used. Yet, some tech can make filmmaker's life easier, and others may stand in the way. I find that Kowa's diminutive 8mm LM8HC lens is a huge help - sharp, fast, light-weight, it allows for a very quick operation, and high quality results that the perfectionist in me can be totally satisfied with!”

Kowa is extremely proud of MONSTER’s accomplishments at the NoHu NYC Festival and looks forward to increasing their presence and support for MONSTER and Prime HD. MONSTER is now an Official Selection of the Praxis Film Festival and can be viewed February 6-7th, 2015 in Goldsboro, North Carolina. For more information on Prime HD and their short film, MONSTER, please visit their site at For information on Kowa lenses and where to purchase, please visit

About Kowa American Corporation: Kowa American Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of a global multi-faceted company offering a broad range of products with technologically advanced solutions in areas such as pharmaceuticals, optical and electro-optical goods, textiles, machinery, and chemicals. Kowa American Corporation’s subdivision in Torrance, California specializes in providing a full-range of optical products, including ophthalmic diagnostic equipment, sporting optics goods, and machine vision and CCTV lenses.

Kowa attributes its record of success to its ability to introduce products with key features, innovation, and functions that meet specific user needs and help to make workflow more productive. Kowa is constantly expanding its focus into new fields where it can make effective use of its core technologies. In detail, Kowa is allocating more resources to niche markets such as eye care, LED lighting, and specialty lenses where greater accuracy and reliability are required. On the frontier of technology, Kowa is living up to the expectations and trust its customers have in Kowa as a global brand.

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