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Late October 2020
“With great power comes great responsibility.”

A Message from the President

Greetings ACS members and colleagues,

The Accreditation Panel for 2020, comprising Ernie Clark ACS, David Wakeley ACS, Ellery Ryan ACS, Dave Le May ACS, Carolyn Constantine ACS, Peter James ACS ASC, Susan Stitt ACS, Peter Curtis ACS, Kathy Chambers ACS and myself assessed this years 23 applications for Accreditation via Silvertrak's Media Room 3 over a two week period in October.

This is the highest number of applications we have received and it was a huge but enjoyable task to review all their fantastic material.

I am delighted to advise that 14 members have received their ACS Accreditation  and with that the right to use the ACS letters after their name. This is a huge honour, one that is recognised not only Nationally, but globally. Sadly, due to the dreaded Covid -19 not everyone will be presented with their Accreditation pin and certificate. Those members whose Branches (Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania) are having an online presentation will be sent their pins and certificates. NSW and WA who are having a limited live/online presentation can receive theirs in person. I am certain you will be notified accordingly by your Branch.

Cameron Barnett ACS                            Victoria 414
Cameron Bauer ACS                        Queensland 415
Kathryn Milliss ACS                                    NSW 416
Kevin Hudson ACS                                     NSW 417
John Brawley ACS                                     NSW 418
Tom Bannigan ACS                                    NSW 419
Alex Dufficy ACS                                       NSW 420
Ron Ekkel ACS                                      Victoria 421
Wade Muller ACS HKSC                 Queensland 422
Christian Fitzpatrick ACS              Queensland 423
Bruna Kataoka ACS                                   NSW 424
Mick McDermott ACS                                   WA 425
Joshua Lamont ACS                          Tasmania 426
Boris Vymenets ACS                                  NSW 427

Warmest congratulations to you all and many thanks to the Accreditation panel and also to Warwick Field ACS for his incredible support and management of the actual Accreditation upload process, and of course a huge thank you to Christian Christianson and the team at Silvertak.

We are hopeful that next year, subject to Covid, we can all meet and be “in the same room” as that is a much preferred way to assess Accreditation. Having said that, with all the material available on an accessible platform such as Media Room 3 gave the panel ample opportunity to review all the files, in full, whenever and wherever they liked.

Unfortunately I won’t be in a position to attend the Awards this year, but rest assured I will be with you all in spirit.

Ron Johanson ACS
National President
Until next time
Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

Congratulations Team 2020

Cameron Barnett ACS                             Victoria 414
Cameron Bauer ACS                         Queensland 415
Kathryn Milliss ACS                                  NSW 416
Kevin Hudson ACS                                   NSW 417
John Brawley ACS                                     NSW 418
Tom Bannigan ACS                                    NSW 419
Alex Dufficy ACS                                       NSW 420
Ron Ekkel ACS                                      Victoria 421
Wade Muller ACS HKSC               Queensland 422
Christian Fitzpatrick ACS              Queensland 423
Bruna Kataoka ACS                                   NSW 424
Mick McDermott ACS                                   WA 425
Joshua Lamont ACS                          Tasmania 426
Boris Vymenets ACS                                  NSW 427


Wow, the panel this year had a Herculean task this year to assess 23 applications for ACS Accreditation. Due to COVID-19 it's the first time the Accreditation panel has not been "in the room" together and assessments were done by National Platinum Sponsor's Silvertrak Media Room 3 secure viewing platform.

This had some advantages as we had 24/7 access to all the files for 2 weeks during October but one disadvantage  was we didn't get the usual feedback of being in the room after each application was assessed.

To maintain our secret ballot system we still adhered to not discussing or communicating about individual applicants and the panel emailed me their votes which I then entered into the master tally spreadsheet. The results were very conclusive with fourteen applicants achieving ACS Accreditation, this year there were no "line ball" applicantions but I can tell you quite a few were very close.

The panel understand how desirable and important ACS Accreditation is but in the end competent cinematography is not what they are looking for. A consistent standard of exceptional cinematography, in your field, is what is necessary.

To achieve ACS Accreditation is indeed an honour and to miss out can be upsetting. If you missed out this year, please think about reapplying in the next couple of years as you may have only "just not got over the line" in 2020.

I'd like to use this opportunity to thank all the Accreditation panel for all their time, expertise, dedication to the task and maintaining the standard.

Ernie Clark ACS
Chair of 2020 Accreditation Panel
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Canon’s EOS C70 brings the power of the RF Mount to its Cinema EOS System range for the first time.

Canon’s smallest and lightest Professional Cinema camera launches alongside a new EF-EOS R Mount adapter to unleash the full creative potential of Canon’s entire EF-Series and RF-Series lens line-up.

Canon Australia has launched the EOS C70 – a compact, versatile video camera that is the first to combine the powerful image quality of Canon’s Cinema EOS System range with the portability and flexibility of its EOS R line-up. For the first time, filmmakers using a Canon Cinema EOS System camera can enjoy the incredible possibilities of the powerful RF-Series lens range.

The EOS C70’s powerfully compact design – complete with professional interfaces and input/output terminals and ports – makes it perfectly suited for a broad range of uses including documentaries, productions of all sizes, news gathering, and events such as weddings. High production social media content has also never been easier to capture thanks to the EOS C70’s vertical shooting capability. The EOS C70’s compact size yet expansive features enable filmmakers to shoot handheld or on a drone or gimbal, giving them enhanced creative freedom. What’s more, it offers multiple recording formats to SD cards – including 4K up to 120 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit in XF-AVC, and MP4 in HEVC (H.265) or H.264 – providing filmmakers with the ability to meet diverse production requirements.

Also launching is the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R 0.71x – an EF Lens to RF Mount adapter giving filmmakers the freedom to use the entire EF lens line-up1 with the EOS C70, optimising compatibility across two of Canon’s most popular lens lines. 

The EOS C70 bridges the gap between two Canon product portfolios – the Digital Interchangeable Lens camera line-up and the powerful Cinema EOS System cameras – with the short flange back design of Canon’s RF Mount making the compact design of the EOS C70 possible. While the camera is the smallest and lightest in Canon’s Cinema EOS System line-up, it’s packed with features that support a versatile range of professional video requirements. It has 13 assignable buttons, a multi-functional

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Keeping Dementia in the front of our minds

Currently there are an estimated 459,000 Australians living with Dementia. Some of those may be your family members or friends.
Mind Games for Dementia fundraiser
From 6:00pm on the 23rd October 2020
until 6:00pm on the 25th October 2020

The fundraiser will be a marathon event whereby participants are to play board games and puzzles in relay teams over a 48 hour period.  Boards games and puzzles are to be played as these activities are often referred to as good stimuli for one’s brain. The event will be held at my school, Santa Sabina College , Strathfield NSW 2315.
For donations please go:  
Thank you and stay safe.
 Bella Merlino

The Australian Cinematographers Society 



Australian stories need strong rules and support to continue reaching audiences. Take action using this tool to contact Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

With the introduction of COVID safety guidelines, the screen industry is getting back to work and is ready to contribute to rebuilding the national economy.

But the federal government is putting that at risk. Lack of meaningful action on content rules, financial incentives, and funding for public broadcasters and screen agencies is costing jobs and driving businesses to the wall.

Use this link to Emil Prime Minister Scott Morrison to make policy changes to support the Australian Screen Industry.
FACT SHEET: Modernising Australian Content Regulations
It would be great to hear first hand from Minister Paul Fletcher regarding the scrapping of the Australian local production quotas as it could well have long term ramifications for workers in our sector.


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2020 AACTA Awards to proceed, reimagined, alongside a new online screen festival! 

We are delighted to announce that the AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel, will return in 2020, albeit a little differently. Reimagined to meet COVID restrictions, this year’s luncheon will be presented online, the 2020 AACTA Awards will be held across two sittings due to reduced capacity at The Star Sydney and the inaugural ScreenFest, a free online festival will run the entire week - connecting industry and fans with the best content and creators. 
The screen industry has kept us up-to-date and entertained like never before in 2020 as we've turned to television, film, streaming and video platforms to stay informed and to binge watch thousands of hours of content across multiple genres. Now we look to honour and celebrate the incredible work of Australia’s acclaimed and loved artists, creatives and productions.

2020 also marks 10 years since the inaugural AACTA Awards and this milestone will be celebrated by looking back on Australian screen achievements and triumphs here and overseas from across the decade. This year’s event will also incorporate the exciting addition of the AACTA Audience Choice Awards, which will be announced in greater detail later this week. The reimagined celebration will be broadcast on Channel 7 on Wednesday 2 December, along with highlights from the 2020 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel Ceremony.

Nomination Announcement Dates

Monday 5 October
  • Nominees announced for Best Short Film and Best Online Drama or Comedy
Sunday 1 November
  • Nominees announced for Best Television Program Award categories for Entertainment, Reality, Lifestyle, Drama Series, Comedy, Factual Entertainment, Children’s, Miniseries or Telefeature, Documentary or Factual
  • Nominees announced for Best Online Entertainment
  • Nominees announced across Film and Documentary categories
  • Acting nominees announced across all Television and Film categories
Wednesday 11 November
  • Nominees announced across all TV Craft, Documentary Craft, Casting and VFX
Stay tuned to see which people and productions are nominated for Australia’s top screen awards!

2020 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel Industry Luncheon
  • This event will become the AACTA Industry Awards presented by Foxtel
  • These Awards will be delivered online - streamed on Friday 27 November
2020 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel Ceremony
  • The Ceremony will be held at The Star Sydney on Monday 30 November
  • The event will be held over two sittings in the interests of guest safety, and attendance will be limited to manage a significantly reduced venue capacity in accordance with a COVID safe plan
  • Highlights from the 2020 AACTA Awards Ceremony presented by Foxtel will be broadcast nationally on Channel 7 - Wednesday 2 December.

We are committed to connecting everyone to the best content and creators from home and abroad and 2020 is no exception. This exciting, new online festival will be available to all, spanning all forms of screen entertainment from social media and short films to insider chats with award-winning cast and crew of some of the world’s biggest television and film productions, and will be held from Friday 27 November alongside the AACTA Awards. The full program will be announced via on Wednesday 28 October


The Australian Government announced changes to Australia's Screen Production Incentives and guidelines. A snapshot of some of the main changes to the Australian Screen Production Incentives are:

  • The Post, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Offset minimum qualifying Australian production expenditure spend will be increased from AU$500,000 to AU$1 million. These amendments will come into effect for productions that commence post, digital and VFX activity on, or after 1 July 2021.
  • The rate of the Producer Offset will be standardised at 30 per cent for eligible film and television production, regardless of the release platform (currently it is 20% for TV and 40% for theatrical feature film).​​These amendments will come into effect for productions that commence principal photography on, or after 1 July 2021.

​The main changes to the Location Offset & the Location Incentive Program guidelines are:

  • the Location Incentive seeks to encourage international production companies and studios to commit to film multiple productions over multiple years in Australia to support continued employment and investment.
  • to be eligible for the Location Offset & Incentive projects must genuinely be ‘footloose’, that is not already locked in to undertaking production in Australia.
  • to be eligible projects must commit to undertaking training and skills development activities; and
  • state/territory government support is required to be commensurate with the benefits that the production will bring to that state or territory.

These amendments will come into effect for productions that commence principal photography on, or after 1 July 2021 and the changes have been implemented to clarify the objectives of the Location Incentive Program and help the Australian Government continue to achieve the strongest outcomes for the government, production studios and the production industry.

Access the revised Location Incentive Program Guidelines here.

As noted in the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety & the Arts' announcement, the Australian Government has made the decision to pursue changes to the Australian Screen Production Incentive in response to the feedback received during the Government's Supporting Australian stories on our screens Options Paper consultations.

Read the Minister's Press Release.

Ausfilm has outlined what these changes are in further detail here.

As the Australian Screen Production Incentive is underpinned by the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and changes will be implemented through legislative amendments before they come into effect.

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