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Mid May 2020


Due to an unfortunate technical error 3 entries in the ENTERTAINMENT & TV MAGAZINE category from NSW members Matthew Allard ACS - “The Art of Remembering” & “Jewell Steel" and Toby Ralph - “Body Hack 3" were accidentally omitted from the judging for the 2020 National Awards.

We sincerely apologise to both Matthew and Toby for the oversight that has resulted in the omission. We can assure them that the cause is being investigated and will be dealt with appropriately to ensure that such a serious oversight does not occur again. 

A correction at this late stage is obviously not possible for the 2020 Awards which will be presented this evening, however we hope that Matthew and Tony will accept our sincere apologies, and the decision to progress these three fine pieces of work directly to the final judging for the 2021 Awards. 

Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

National ACS Awards Season begins with Awards swiftly followed by our National AGM this year being also conducted over Zoom.

          As always if you are keen to be involved with this
          wonderful society please put your hand up to join a
          committee, we are keen for your involvement,
          who knows one day you could be running the show...

...with less than 24 hours to wait please take a moment to check out the 2020 National Nominees and remember to pre-resgister to the 2020 ACS Awards for Cinematagphy Zoom event on Saturday night.

There will be a LINK uploaded to Vimeo for those who can't get on line via Zoom, and that will should go live from Sunday, so just come back to this email to activate the link then.

View the all the National Nominees by clicking the image above

Friendly Reminder... Wherever you are in the world
Please join us online for this Special 2020 ACS  

6pm Saturday, 16th May 2020 (AEST)

presented by

Click links to below to register for the Live Stream event.  NB: Numbers are limited.

Celebrate the 2020 ACS National Awards for Cinematography from the comfort of your living room, and watch live with other members from around the globe. Commencing 6pm AEST Saturday 16th May 2020.

Please register in advance to avoid any joining delays.

ACS Awards 'ZOOM' Registration Link

If you already have a Zoom account, ensure you register with the email address linked to your Zoom account.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to joining the live stream.

The 2020 National ACS Awards for Cinematography
will be hosted by Ray Martin AM

Ray Martin began his media career as a cadet journalist with the ABC in August 1965.  Ray spent almost a decade reporting for the  ABC’s major news and current affairs programs,  both on television with “This Day Tonight” and “Four Corners” and radio. When the Nine Network launched its new flagship current affairs program “60 Minutes” on 14 February 1979, Ray was a founding reporter over the next 6 years, Ray visited over forty countries interviewing everyone from Prince Charles to the rock band KISS winning a handful of prestigious awards for his investigative work.. In 1985, Ray launched the  daily variety show, “Ray Martin at Midday” recording over twelve thousand interviews.. Ray  moved to “A Current Affair”. In 1996,  Ray's career is  one of the most successful in Australian TV’s forty-plus year history. In addition Ray has been Chairman of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, Chairman of The Fred Hollows Foundation and has supported children’s services at Royal North Shore Hospital, (1991 - 2000) was a full-term member of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation. In 2012, Ray was awarded an Order of Australia for his charity work, especially with indigenous Australians, and for his contribution to journalism.

The ACS extends a special thanks to Blackmagic Design for their generous support of the Commercials: National/International category with a Blackmagic camera package for the Gold Tripod Recipient.
ACS National Awards (zoom) Door Prize 
Huge thanks also for a fantastic ACS National Awards door prize from our great friends, at Panasonic Rob Myers and Mathew Alexander. 
  • The DC-GH5S body
  • H-HSA12035E lens
  • + a high spec SDSC card
  • Valued @ $4,598.00
All ACS members in attendance at the conclusion of the awards presentation are eligible for the National Awards door prize.

Lemac CEO, Sue Greenshields with her National sponsor “gift” .

This year we decided to donate to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, and each sponsor received a certificate and a little cuddly animal, either a koala, a platypus or a wombat, representing which species the funds would go to.


For those you would like to catch up, and show off to friends and family just how the National Awards night was held 2020 Style.

Try this link on SUNDAY,
...until then it will show 'Sorry, we couldn’t find that page’ 

...and in other news


Filmmaker / DP Joel Egan in collaboration with co-director Juzzy Kane, post house Manimal Post, tracking team Harpy Film Services, creative partner Blood UTD; with support from Panavision and Arri Australia have released ‘Rival’.
Read Full Article HERE
Rival - Michael ‘Pretty Boy’ Zerafa, Australia's No.1 middle weight boxer and world champion contender.

Roger Deakins Just Started a Filmmaking Podcast. This is Not a Drill

Click image  or links bar to access Podcast link

Roger Deakins—visionary, Oscar winner (formerly most snubbed DP ever), and arguably the greatest DP of all time—has launched his own friggin' podcast. We interviewed Deakins recently to discuss how he pulled off 1917, the man's insights are amazing, and we cannot wait to see him commit more time to them. 

The Team Deakins Podcast features conversations between Deakins and his wife and collaborator, James, who works as a script supervisor and digital workflow consultant. They cover a variety of topics on cinematography, like location scouting, practical lighting, and composition, but also discusses the film business, chats about their approach to collaboration, and gives answers to questions submitted by listeners.

This is Not a Drill
To support you to launch or expand your digital programs, we have announced the Creative Kids Digital Small Business Grants program. This program supports small businesses or non-profit organisations that are Creative Kids Providers and directly affected by the COVID-19 emergency.
Image: National Art School. Photo by Peter Morgan.

Funding supports Creative Kids Providers to transition their programs and business models from in-person to online and digital delivery, while continuing to meet the objectives of the Creative Kids Program.

Providers can apply for up to $5,000 for project expenses, including equipment, to support digital and online skills development and the delivery of online arts and cultural program/s for which Creative Kids vouchers are accepted.

Applications open Wednesday 6 May 2020 and close Friday 6 November 2020 (or before this date if funds are expended). Applications may be submitted at any time during this period. Your activity must commence at least three weeks from the date you submit your application and be completed by 31 December 2020.

The full guidelines are available below.

Apply now

To apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form through our secure online grants system, SmartyGrants. This round closes at 5pm AEST on 6 November 2020.

Check out the Creative Kids Small Business Grant FAQs.

Contact the Creative Kids team
Telephone: 02 8289 6508

Smarty Grants

National Major Sponsor
FUJIFILM Australia logo

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
Level 2, 26 Ridge Street, NORTH SYDNEY, NSW 2060

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