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Voting Open for ACS International Award

2012 Nominations for the ACS International Award for Cinematography are:

Voting closes on Friday, April 6 and the winner will be presented with their Award at the ACS National Awards for Cinematography on Saturday, May 5.

To cast your vote, visit the link below.

Click here to vote for the ACS International Award »

NFSA-ACS JOHN LEAKE OAM ACS Encouragement Award for an Emerging Cinematographer

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) and the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) will once again afford an emerging cinematographer the opportunity to win a generous cash incentive.

The NFSA-ACS John Leake OAM ACS Award, will provide a cash prize of $5000 to an emerging cinematographer who is either currently studying cinematography at a tertiary institution or is currently working in the film industry.

The Award is named in honour of Australian Cinematographers Society co-founder and industry icon, John Leake OAM ACS (1927-2009). John began his cinematographic career as a 15-year-old with Movietone News in 1944 before moving on to Supreme Sound Studios. He served as both NSW President and Federal President of the ACS and was the Society's Official Historian until his death.

The winner of the Award, to be announced at the ACS National Awards in Sydney on Saturday May 5, can use the prize for any educational, training, or professional work which will further his or her cinematographic knowledge.

The judging panel will comprise the National President of the Australian Cinematographers Society, two NFSA representatives and two ACS executive members.

"By investing in Australian creativity we hope to encourage our nation's young cinematographers to capture the stories that excite them," said NFSA CEO Michael Loebenstein. "Partnering with the ACS to present this award allows us to show young artists how important their work is in telling the Australian story."

Kirsty Stark, winner of the inaugural NFSA-ACS John Leake OAM ACS Award, commented on her win. "Landscape Scene and L'Artiste are two short Epic Films productions shot by Vivyan Madigan and myself. Thanks to the $5000 I received, and the generous support of many sponsors and ACS members, we were able to shoot on 16mm film and produce two short films that in turn helped many emerging talents in South Australia."

"The partnership between the NFSA and the ACS is one of vital importance to the continued growth of our industry,' said ACS National President, Ron Johanson ACS. "It is the policy of the Society to foster and encourage emerging and aspiring cinematographers to pursue their craft and their dreams at every opportunity. This is one of those opportunities."

Click here to download a nomination form on the ACS website. »


DOP Geoffrey Simpson ACS recently returned from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where the latest film he shot, The Surrogate received a standing ovation.

The film also received The Audience Award and took out the Jury prize for its ensemble cast which included; Helen Hunt, William H. Macy & John Hawkes.

Congratulations to Director, Ben Lewin and all concerned, and particularly to you, Geoffrey.

Eric Bana at ACMI's Friday on My Mind - March 9

Eric Bana - Surviving & Shining in Hollywood
Friday on My Mind at ACMI Melbourne, March 9

Eric Bana is one of Australia's most high profile actors, sought out by some of the most respected names in Hollywood: Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee and Curtis Hanson, to name a few.

Covering the full gamut of Eric's work from his early days in television comedy to dramatic cinematic epics, we will explore how he selects, auditions, prepares for productions and how he sees his role down the red carpet. A conversation that will provide a rare, personal insight into making it locally and not just surviving but shining in the Hollywood star system.

Guest: Eric Bana

FREE tickets for Friday on My Mind Melbourne are to be picked up from the ACMI box office. You can pick tickets up from 10:00 am each Friday. Places are limited: first in, best dressed.

Click here for directions to ACMI »
Click here to read more about Friday on My Mind »

Position Available at AFTRS: Technical Store Officer


$62,665 to $66,369 pa

The Australian Film, Television and Radio School is Australia's national screen arts and broadcast school, located in a purpose built facility in Moore Park.

We are seeking suitably qualified technicians with experience in production equipment operation in studio or location environments to maintain and manage the School's camera and equipment store including instructing students on the proper use of equipment. To be successful in this role you will need experience in a service area including stock control, good organisational skills, mechanical ability, and strong communication skills. You must also be able to work effectively and cooperatively within a small professional team.

Terms: This permanent role can only be offered to an Australian citizen or permanent resident and works specified shift hours including some Saturdays. Applicants will be required to pass a colour vision test as part of the selection process and, as this position has been identified as potentially working with children, the chosen applicant will be required to successfully complete a Working with Children Check.

Enquiries: For application information visit or contact Human Resources on (02) 9805 6616 or 1300 366 464.

Applications: Written applications addressing selection criteria, outlining skills, experience and qualifications, and nominating 2 referees should be forwarded to:

The Head of Human Resources
Australian Film, television and Radio School
PO Box 2286
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012

or emailed to or faxed to (02) 9805 6510.

Closes: Monday, 19th March 2012

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