KRISTIN KOUKE is a Brooklyn-based cinematographer whose work has screened around the world, at festivals such as Slamdance, SXSW, the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Selected as a finalist for the 2018 ARRI Volker Bahnemann Award for Outstanding Cinematography, her work has also been featured on Vice’s i-D Magazine, as well as screened at the Smithsonian National Museum along with her photographic work as a featured contributor to the Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American Center’s A Day in the Life project.

Born and raised in Hawaiʻi, her film career has since taken her to China, France, the Cook Islands, Egypt, Japan, and New York, where she currently resides and earned her MFA from New York University’s Graduate Film Program and was recipient of the Tisch Graduate Fellowship for Cinematography.

(partial list):

The Couple Next Door
(Directed by Abbesi Akhamie)
(Directed by Terrance Daye; starring Simbi Khali)
Magic Hour
 [EP.01] (Directed by Che Grayson; Executive Produced by and Starring Indya Moore)
Youth / بنات آخر زمن  (Directed by Farida Zahran)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival (‘19)
NOMINATED for SXSW Grand Jury Award for Narrative Short
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Palm Springs International ShortFest (‘19)
WINNER of ShortFest Best Live-Action Short 15 Min. and Under
OFFICIAL SELECTION – HollyShorts Film Festival (‘19)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Hamptons International Film Festival (‘19)
Helmet Head (Directed by Amrita Singh)
PLACENTA (Directed by Robert Broadhurst)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Slamdance Film Festival Anarchy Shorts (‘19)
The Babysitter (Directed by Molly Gandour)
OFFICIAL SELECTION New York Shorts International Film Festival (‘18)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Indy Film Fest (‘18)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – IFF World Cinema Milan (‘18)
NOMINATED for Best Cinematography in a Short Film
Supermodel (Directed by Bianca Catbagan)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Cinematografo International Film Festival (‘17)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Columbia University Film Festival (‘18)
Life is Once. Forever. / LEICA (Dir. Zamarin Wahdat)
ARCHER (Directed by Stefon Bristol; Executive Produced by Spike Lee)
The Thought of You (Directed by Sarra Alshehhi)
Spaces (Directed by Mamadou Dia)
Bedroom (Directed by Maria Altamirano)
Be My Baby  (Directed by Thomas Meyer)
Pickpocket (Directed by Alec Davis)
Invitation to Collaborate (Directed by PJ Norton)
Ugali / Family Dinner (Directed by Tony Koros)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (‘15)
       OFFICIAL SELECTION – Durban International Film Festival (‘15)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Zanzibar International Film Festival (‘15)
 WINNER of the Sembene Ousmane Award
This Is It (Directed by Alexandria Wallace)
Sight Pictures (Directed by David Stein)
With Our Backs Turned to the River (Directed by Sam Rimland)
RED (Directed by Elie Aufseesser)
Leftovers (Directed by Alan Wu)
Expiration Date (Directed by PJ Norton; starring Tommy Dorfman)
King For a Day (Directed by Elegance Bratton)
Little Girl's War Cry (Directed by Erin Lau)
       OFFICIAL SELECTION – Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian's ‘Oiwi Shorts Showcase (‘14)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Guam International Film Festival (‘14)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Big Island Film Festival (‘14)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Oceania International Film Festival (‘13)
  OFFICIAL SELECTION – Hawaiʻi International Film Festival (‘13)
      WINNER of the Eurocinema Hawaiʻi Best Student Film Award
OFFICIAL SELECTION – FilmRaro International Film Festival (‘13)
WINNER of the Ambassador for Peace Film Award


Stuck Inside / FASHION FILM FOR ELENA RUDENKO (Dir. Alec Davis)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival (‘18)
WINNER of Best Student Film x Premiere Heure
WINNER of Best Emerging Talent Award
Ava & Lola / FASHION FILM FOR SHRIMPS (Dir. Haley Elizabeth Anderson)
i-D Magazine Feature: "Shrimps' new fashion film is a tale of school girl innocence and adventure


Ken Burns UNUM / National Book Foundation / TUMI / New York Lotto / Revlon / Teen Vogue


“Looking Back on the Central Park Five" / Ken Burns’ UNUM (in partnership with PBS)
For Venida, For Kalief (Dir. Sisa Bueno)
Untitled E.V. Project
(Dir. Elizabeth Nichols)
(Dir. Kristin Kouke)
Keouli (Dir. Jay Hernandez and Kristin Kouke)
          OFFICIAL SELECTION – Abilities Unlimited Film Festival (‘14)