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Phil Koch


As a graduate of the Univeristy of Wisconsin, Milwaukee with a film degree, Phil has worked tirelessly to support and promote photography and filmmaking, co-founding The Firestarter Film Festival in Milwaukee, WI, as a way for local filmmakers to share their work and network with one another. He is also very active in the Milwaukee filmmaking community, always lending a hand (or equipment!!) whenever called upon. He is also an award winning filmmaker, a certified professional photographer since 1993, and was named Best Local Filmmaker by the Shepard Express in 2009.

In addition, in November of 2012, The Milwaukee Independent Film Society (MIFS) is honoring Phil by bestowing on him the Pace-setter Award. This prestigious award is given to persons that are dedicated to advancing filmmaking in Wisconsin.

Phil's unique and enchanting style has also caught the attention of other award winning photographers/filmmakers like Ron Howard with his winning entry in the 2012 Canon Imaginat10ns competition and Royce Bair whose own work has appeared in renowned publications such as National Geographic and The Smithsonian.