AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
Winner - Best Cinematography
Flikkers Queer Film Festival
Birmingham, UK, 2021
Scottish Independent Film Festival
Edinburgh, UK, 2018
7th Underground Cinema Awards
Dún Laoghaire, Ireland, 2016
48Hour Film Project
Dublin, Ireland, 2014
Nominated - Best Cinematography
12th Underground Cinema Awards
Dún Laoghaire, Ireland, 2021
East Europe International Film Festival,
Warsaw, Poland, 2020
South Europe International Film Festival,
Valencia, Spain, 2020
North Europe International Film Festival,
London, UK, 2020
2012 - Susie Lavelle, BSC
2008 - Phedon Papamichael, ASC
Czech Society of Cinematographers
Vice Chair Women in Film and TV Ireland
Screen Directors Guild of Ireland
Master of Arts in Cinematography
FAMU Prague, Czech Republic
Bachelor of Arts in Cinematography
Columbia College Chicago, USA
Associate of Arts in Photography
Columbus State C. College, USA
Jaro Waldeck works as a cinematographer in Ireland and Czech Republic.
Her main body of work consists of low budget short live-action films as well as music
videos and longer form documentaries. In 2023, Jaro has transitioned into features,
having shot her first solo DOP drama "Dreamtown" and RTE/BBC/SVT/NRK funded
documentary "Housewife of the Year."
She earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Cinematography from Columbia College Chicago
and Film and TV Academy of Performing Arts Prague (FAMU), respectively.
In 2011, Jaro was invited to join the Czech Society of Cinematographers, and in 2023 she received
a Screen Ireland bursary to attend a Masterclass at the American Society of Cinematographers
in Los Angeles.
On the occasion she writes, her feature script "Screw Loose" was awarded scholarship funding by
MIDPOINT Institute, and her short script "Home Safe" made the short-list at
Virgin Media Discovers 2022, and was subsequently picked as the Ireland entry to the
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Market, 2023.
Jaro was awarded funding from the National Talent Academies as part of their "Directors Lab"program,
which enabled her to run auditions and rehearsals with deaf cast for her upcoming short film "Play."
Besides shooting, Jaro currently also teaches cinematography in the 2nd and 3rd year at
Griffith College Dublin, and delivers lighting/camera masterclasses annually at
Colaiste Dhulaigh Coolock. She previously taught short filmmaking courses at Filmbase Dublin.
In 2023, Jaro collaborated with Irish Deaf Society and taught a hands-on workshop for deaf filmmakers.
It was supported by the National Talent Academies, Ireland.
As Vice Chair of Women in Film and TV Ireland (WFT), Jaro has been actively working to balance the
gender representation in the Irish film industry, and has recorded numerous podcasts for WFT with
award winning women who work as directors, cinematographers, editors, music composers and in other
behind-the-camera roles usually associated with men.
As part of the Stakeholder Funding, Jaro has been successful in receiving funding from
Screen Ireland under the WFT umbrella, and delivered a Director-Cinematographer workshop for women,
in collaboration with 24-7 Drama, and is currently preparing a second workshop for cinematographers and
camera assistants on how to film using 16mm film stock.
In off time, Jaro is a keen photographer (view her STILLS page) and keeps developing her
film-making skills by attending a variety of workshops:
ASC Masterclass - Camera and Lighting workshop, Los Angeles, USA
TIFFEN SILVER STEADICAM - workshop run by National Talent Academies Ireland
DAWN Lighting workshop at Kerry EBT Training Centre, Ireland with DOP PJ Dillon
FÁS 3D CINEMA at Ardmore Studios, Ireland
PADI Diving Course for Camera Operators (2009), Prague, Czech Republic
MIDPOINT INSTITUTE - screenwriting workshop for feature film writers, Czech Republic/Slovakia
SHORT FILM/EPIC STORIES - screenwriting by Screen Training Ireland, with Mary Kate O'Flanagan
FINAL CUT PRO X / ADOBE PREMIERE training at Filmbase