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  August  2020 Edition  
“With great power comes great responsibility.”

A Message from the President

Greetings friends and colleagues,

State and Territory Awards are NOW OPEN and this year, for the first time we will be judging on line via our National Sponsor SILVERTRAK, who have provided us with new technology with a Media Room 3.

Please consider others during this time of COVID-19 as it appears that it could be with us for some time. Should anyone be feeling anxiety or mental stress please reach out, we are here to listen and support.

Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President


The ONLY method of entry this year will be by upload. NO physical entries are to be accepted


G’day Mate,

Hope all is well in your world.

Thought I’d get in touch and keep the ACS in the loop as I’ve been nominated for an MTV VMA award for best cinematography in a music video for my work on 5 Seconds of Summer ‘Old Me' 

It’s probably one of the most/if not the most prestigious US awards you could get for work in music videos and I’m fairly sure this is the first time a Aussie/Kiwi DP has been nominated for this. You may need to fact check me on that haha, but from looking at past winners/nominations I couldn’t see any names. 

Anyway I thought it may be worth mentioning!

All the best,


Here’s the video and below is the link to the Awards going.
2020 Video Music Awards VOTING IS OPEN


Enter the 2020 ACS Awards for Cinematography


REMINDER:  The ONLY method of entry this year will be by upload. NO physical entries are to be accepted.

When the submission period is active between August 1st and CoB August 21st, you will be able to enter by logging into your account and selecting the awards option. If you are not a paid-up member you will not be able to gain access to the awards entry forms.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak the 2020 State and Territory Awards presentations will be online events that can be accessed via a streaming platform of which you will be advised closer to the dates listed below.

2020 ACS Award Categories
2020 ACS Awards Entry T&C's

Entries Now Open & close CoB on August 21st

2020 ACS State and Territory Gold winners will progress through to the 2021 ACS National Awards for Cinematography to be held in the ACT on May 1.

In each of the State and Territory Awards, up to three Gold, two Silver and/or one Bronze award may be presented in each category (*excluding CineKids and Student) at the discretion of the judging panel. The judging panel may choose not to give awards in any category where the entries received are considered not to be of a high enough standard.

*(CineKids are eligible for one Gold and one Encouragement Award. Students are eligible for one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze Award)


ACS Awards open for entry August 1st until August 21st. Entry to members will be via login in to their accounts and using the online entry form. Entries will be uploaded to Digital Pigeon. They must meet the Terms and Conditions tech requirements.

* The ONLY method of entry this year will be by upload. NO physical entries are to be accepted.

In exceptional circumstances entry may be permitted on SVOD such as Netflix but the member must seek permission from the branch beforehand and it must be the only available way of screening their entry, not due to convenience.

Today we spoke to SilverTrak to arrange our awards judging. We are very excited to have been offered their new Media room 3 platform which offers many great features.Thank you Christian Christianson at Silver Trak!
ACS will be provided a Media Room which will be administered by me. Each awards branch will be given their own “project” with a user profile and password which only they can access. I will provide you details of this very soon. Each branch will need to have someone to manage and upload to this project.

The projects will be named with the branch names, this year being:
1.        ACT
2.       NSW
4.    SA/WA
5.          NT
6.       QLD
Once each branch has uploaded all their entries prior to judging, their judging panel can be provided with a secure login and password so they can stream the entries and carry out their judging. More on that closer to the judging dates.  Choose your Chair of Judges early. Secure your judging panel early! 3 from your branch, 2 from other branches.They will need to watch the entries online on the best possible monitor they can use privately. Scores will need to be collated by the Chair of Judges securely and confidentially.

Any questions, contact Warwick on the below email link

Entry is open to all current financial members of the Society. Non-members may enter the Awards, provided the entrant joins the society and pays membership fees prior to their entry being accepted for judging.

Entries are accepted from August 1 to CoB August 21, with online entry forms on the ACS website. Entries must have been completed within two years of the Awards' date.

A panel of 5 ACS Accredited members judge for each host state and at least two of the panel members are not from the host state.

ACS member Gold winners from each State and Territory Awards automatically progress to the National Awards for Cinematography, which are held generally in April/May the following year in a capital city (on a rotational basis).

Thanks to Warwick Field ACS and Ernie Clark ACS for their diligence and perseverance in the development of our ACS Awards categories.

The Australian Cinematographers Society 




Doug Boleyn received some amazing help from Matt Butler who is over in New York, all the info he was after and then a wonderful selection of additional images.
Thanks Matt 

Doug Boleyn
Ben is a spritely young man with a bright future. Living with autism is of no consequence for Ben, except when it comes to his boss, and finding love. Will Ben bloom beyond the wallflower?

Director & Screenwriter - Lianne Mackessy
Producer - Sarah Jane Rudolph
              & Kahleen O'Dwyer
Director or Photography - Lizz Vernon
Editor & Composer - Julian Neuhaus 
Not a Wallflower

Gobos For Hope

We have received several inquiries to make Custom Gobos for the COVID-19 crisis..  Some gobos encouraged communities to stay strong, some thanked their local health professionals, and others were simply a reminder to just stay home.  Below is some we've made already so let us know if you have a design in mind.

AC Magazine ~The ACS Flagship Magazine ...Out Quartly
Missing something...  If you've moved remember to let your ACS Branch Secretary know your new address in order to continue to receive your copy of AC MAG

2020 ACS Awards Categories

Category 1: CineKids
      ~ Group 1. 10 – 12 years
      ~ Group 2.  13 – 15 years
Category 2: Student Cinematography
Category 3: John Bowring ACS - Breaks and Promos
Category 4: Music Videos
Category 5: Syd Wood ACS - Local / National News
     ~ Single Cinematographer Submission
    ~ Multiple Cinematographer Submission
Category 6: Neil Davis - International News
     ~ Single Cinematographer Submission
    ~ Multiple Cinematographer Submission
Category 7: Current Affairs
Category 8: Entertainment & TV Magazine
Category 9: Art, Innovation and Specialised Cinematography
Category 10: Corporate – Corporate Branding and Advertising
Category 11: Corporate – Branded Content, Education and Events
Category 12: Commercials – Local/Regional
Category 13: Commercials – National/International
Category 14: Documentaries
Category 15: Ron Taylor AM ACS Wildlife & Nature
Category 16: 2nd Unit Cinematography
Category 17: Dramatised Documentaries
Category 18: Short Films
Category 19: Serial TV & Comedy Series 
Category 20: Drama Series
Category 21: Feature Films – Budget under $2m
Category 22: Feature Films – Budget $2m and over

Every year the Awards committees work hard to make sure entries are in their correct category.... Please download and read the category information and guides to entering, this year there are additional questions to ask yourself to help you place you work in the correct category for judging. 

All the best.

DOWNLOAD 2020 ACS Awards Categories, Rules & Lodgement Specs

National Major Sponsor
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National Platinum Sponsors
Atomos logo        Black Magic Design logo        Canon logo        LaCie logo        Panasonic logo
Panavision logo        Silver Track Digital logo        Sony logo

National Gold Sponsors
AFTRS logo        ARRI Australia logo        C R Kennedy & Company PTY LTD logo        Gear Head logo        Kaleidoscope Digital logo
Kayell Australia logo        Leitz Cine Wetzlar logo        Lemac logo        Showreel Finder logo        SUNSTUDIOS logo
The Post Lounge logo        VA Hire logo        Well Above logo

National ACS CineKids Sponsor
Videocraft logo

National Silver Sponsors
Miller Australia logo        Rosco logo        Rotor Head logo

National Bronze Sponsors
Blonde Robot logo        Camerahire logo        Dragon Image logo        EE Group logo        Kino Flo Lighting Systems logo
RED logo        Sura logo        Vimo Cine logo

National Supporters
AACTA logo        Black Bishop logo        MPIBS logo        NFSA logo        Stage & Screen logo
The Production Book logo

Australian Cinematographers Society
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