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Celebrating 65 years of the Australian Cinematographers Society: 1958 - 2023

From the National President

Hello members, sponsors and friends,
In late May / early June, using the new system now being rolled out, members received their membership invoice. However, some members, including honorary and life time members (not required to pay), also received invoices, and our sincere apologies for that. It was an unexpected part of the teething process of using the new website platform and plug-ins.  It’s all part of the long-running and complex process of building our new website aimed at serving the ACS for a long time without requiring major changes.
All branches either already have or will shortly hold meetings to elect their 2023-2024 committee members and office bearers and also their additional National Executive Board delegates (in the case of the larger branches which have board members in addition to their President). As always, my huge thanks and appreciation to all those members who give so generously of their time to serve their Society and peers and colleagues as committee members and office bearers. Our Society achieves all it does through the countless hours of time given by your committee members.
I’d like to pay particular tribute and special thanks to two exceptional members who are about to hand over the reigns of their Branch presidencies: Ernie Clark
ACS (SA) and Peter Curtis ACS (TAS). Pete and Ernie feel like they have always been there for me, and their wisdom and knowledge and kindness are second to none. I will miss you both very much on the National Executive Board, where you quietly never missed a beat, across all the details at so many meetings, over so many years. I’ve always known I could call you and know I had your support. That is such a gift. Deepest thanks on behalf of all of us and go well.
Go well, everyone.

Erika Addis
ACS National President
Ernie Clark ACS (Outgoing SA president), Peter Curtis ACS (Outgoing Tasmanian president) and former National President Ron Johanson OAM ACS at the 44th National ACS Awards at MONA in Hobart in 2015. 
Award Entries Open Now!
It's that time of year to enter your state and territory Awards. This is a major drawcard of our Society and the presentations are a social highlight for our calendars.

There are 22 categories in total that you can enter. Following the close of entries, a panel of 5 ACS Accredited members judge each category for each host state and at least two members are from another state.

Gold Winners of the State and Territory awards will then qualify for the National Awards in Brisbane next year.

Submissions are open from 7 am AEST on August 1st and will be closed on August 21st at 11:59 pm. Only current financial members are eligible to enter.

State and Territory Award Dates:
  • SA & WA – Saturday October 28
  • NSW & ACT – Saturday November 4
  • VIC & TAS – Saturday November 18
  • QLD & NT – Saturday November 25
Visit the Awards Page on the ACS Website
Future of Public Broadcasting in Australia
A review has been announced on the future of ABC and SBS in Australia on funding, board appointments, independence and accountability.

The department will present the feedback that comes from the review to the government by the end of the year.

Submission can be made by going to the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts website and close on August 31, 2023.
Have your say on the future of ABC and SBS
National Recognition for A Wider Lens Report
The A Wider Lens Report is gaining traction within the wider community. It has recently been added to a list of reports on the Respect@Work website.

The website was developed in response to a recommendation of the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces.
The website delivers information, education and resources for workers and employers.
Visit the report on the Respect@Work website
Last chance to apply for the
Drew Llewelyn ACS 
Camerimage Scholarship
Established with the generous support of the Llewelyn family in recognition of the legacy left by Drew Llewelyn ACS, the Queensland Branch and the ACS National Executive, the Drew Llewelyn ACS Camerimage Scholarship, enables one lucky ACS member to attend Camerimage in Torun, Poland with $4,000 towards flights and accommodation, along with introductions at the Camerimage festival.

The Scholarship, which commenced in 2015, will be open to financial Cinematographer (Full) & Camera Crew (Active) members of the Society. The winner will be selected by a committee of peers based on a submission of a simple application explaining “Why you want to travel to Camerimage and how you see it having long-term benefits for you”.
Applications will open on August 1 and will close on August 14th 2023. For a 2023 application form please see the button below.

Please note: all applicants if successful will need to travel to Torun, Poland for this years Cameraimage between 11-18th November 2023.
Previous recipients include:
  • 2015 - Lizz Vernon, NSW
  • 2016 - Drew English, NSW
  • 2017 - Meg White, NSW 
  • 2018 - Sissy Reyes, NSW 
  • 2019 - Simon Woods, QLD
  • 2020 - 2021 - No scholarship awarded 
  • 2022 - Liam Brennan, QLD
Scholarship Application Form
ACS Member judging Sony Catchlight Film Festival
Cinematographer Stefan Duscio ACS behind the camera on ‘The Dry
Photo: Ben King
2022 Milli Award winner Stefan Duscio ACS has finished the judging for the Sony Catchlight Film Festival.

On being named as a judge, Stefan said, “I’m honoured to be a judge for the excellent and ever more popular Catchlight Film Festival. The entrants and winners are the real emerging talents in our industry.”

National Platinum Sponsor Sony's annual short film festival showcases the use of Sony equipment in storytelling across four categories including Fiction, Non-Fiction, Student Fiction and Music Video and helps support the filmmaking industry in Australia and New Zealand.
ARRI certifies Randwick TAFE
National Gold Sponsor ARRI has joined forces with Randwick TAFE as Australia's first participant in ARRI's Certified Film School Accreditation Program.

Randwick TAFE students can use ARRI equipment including ALEXA Mini LF cameras and a Hi-5 Wireless Focus System. 

As well, ARRI is training and certifying teachers and then students will receive ARRI Academy Certificates.
ACS Member Captures Prague Series
By Mark Bliss ACK

I just wrapped on a John Carpenter project here in Prague called Suburban Screams.

It is a six-part TV series with John Carpenter directing the first episode. I was behind the camera for John’s episode and two others.  It is the first project that John Carpenter directed in ten years and I was absolutely stoked to be working with the man.

The project was produced by Milk&Honey in Prague shot on ARRI Alexa 35, with vintage Kowa anamorphic lenses for 2.35:1 wide-screen release
ACS National Secretary meets Ukranian President
By Kevin Hudson ACS, ACS National Secretary

Travelling National Press Gallery representatives were invited to film Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy meeting behind a fortress of advanced weaponry during the 2023 NATO Summit, in Vilnius, Lithuania. Only 32kms from a 4 metre high, razor-wire topped, border fence to Russian supporters Belarus. 

More time was spent flying to and from Europe than on the ground throughout this assignment. 

Travelling with the Australian Prime Minister were SBS World News Political Reporter Pablo Vinales, National Secretary Kevin Hudson
ACS (photographed on the right of frame) and a small contingent of news cinematographers and reporters. 

First stop was in Berlin, Germany filming at the Chancellory Residence with Chancellor Olaf Scholz and PM Albanese announcing a RAAF ‘E7A Wedge-tailed’ aircraft will be based in Germany with Australian troops for a six-month deployment. Travel continued to Vilnius, Lithuania joining other World Leaders for the July 2023 NATO Summit. 
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