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2016 ACS QUEENSLAND Awards - Entries opening Monday August 22nd 2016

It is almost time to enter your best work from the last 12 months into the awards for judging at the ACS Queensland Awards for Cinematography 2016.

DO NOT ENTER TILL AUGUST 22nd. But you can get ready.

ENTRY DATES are Monday August 22nd 2016 until Friday September 23rd 2016 at 5pm AEST. No entries will be accepted after this entry period.

The Awards will be held at The Tivoli in Brisbane on Saturday November 19th at 6.30pm. Tickets will be on sale from mid October, and there will be special deals on ticket prices this year if you have 2 or more entries submitted!!!

The Awards are open to all Accredited, Full, Active, Student and Cinekids members who are currently financial ACS members.

Please Note: The Awards Categories have changed this year. Please look at the category options via the link at the end of this eNews.

1. Direct entries are not permitted into the ACS National Awards. Gold Award Winners from each of the current State and Territory branch awards are the only entries eligible into the ACS National Awards. Branches will automatically enter State Gold Award winning entries into the National Awards and pay the entry fees.

2. An “entry” constitutes a single entry. Each episode (or webisode) of a series is classed as a single entry. Only one episode of a series, per entrant, may be eligible for an award.

3. An entry may only be submitted in one category only. Cut down versions of an entry may not be entered. Duplicated media entered in more than one category will not be judged.

4. Each entry must be submitted separately online with its own entry form and entry number. The ACS must receive full payment for all of the entries submitted prior to judging. Payment by EFT, Visa, cheque or money order (made out to the relevant ACS Branch) in Australian dollars only, GST included.

5. Only Accredited, Full, Active, Student & CineKids members may enter, and they must be current financial members of the Society and have been totally responsible for the visual content and lighting of the entry.

6. Entrants can only submit entries into the State & Territory branch awards of which they are a paid up in terms of their financial membership.

7. All entries must have been completed within 2 years of the current awards and must not have been previously entered into any other ACS awards.

8. Student Category entrants must have been a recognised film industry student at the time of filming their entry. They may only submit a maximum of two entries. They must state the Film School they attend(ed) in the ‘Relevant Information’ field on the online Entry form.

9. All entries containing computer generated images (CGI) or CGI manipulation must include a description of such CGI and a time code reference of where it occurs and/or a description of the entrant’s role in said CGI work. Judges reserve the right to invalidate an entry considered CGI manipulated without a written explanation in the online Entry form.

10. Joint entries will not be accepted. If a project has more than one cinematographer then only the cinematographer who has shot a minimum of 70% of the project may enter it, i.e. the Principal Photographer. The photography of others and details of their involvement must be provided, clearly highlighting their work by stating the relevant time codes. In Category 3, Specialised & Experimental, entrants may enter specialized sections if less than 70% of complete projects, e.g. Underwater photography, aerial photography, etc. Any work not shot by the entrant should identified, preferably by be watermark or timecode, i.e. “Not Entrants”. - Do not use names or logos please if watermarking the judging media. Clean versions of the media should also be provided.

11. Each entry must be provided as a properly named, separate data file. An entrant can supply multiple data file entries on USB or hard drive. Other media may only contain one entry each. Entries will only be accepted on the formats listed in these Terms & Conditions.

12. Only commercially produced Blu-Ray & DVD entries will be accepted due to the poor quality of “self authored” DVD’s. Judging is in a 2k Cinema, so high res data files are preferable over standard definition DVD’s.

13. In the interests of anonymity, wherever possible an entrant’s name should not appear in the opening vision or DVD menus, excluding final production credits. Do not put entrants name in data file names.

14. At each State Awards, adjudication panels consist of five Accredited ACS members (a minimum of two from interstate) who will follow the ACS Judging Guidelines. These panels may award a maximum of three Gold, two Silver and one Bronze award except in the Student Category and CineKids categories. If no entry reaches a sufficiently high standard then the panel may withhold giving an award in any category. The decisions of the panels will be final and binding and no correspondence or discussion whatsoever will be entered into. As it is an anonymous process with strict guidelines, Judging comments are confidential and will not be made available to entrants.

15. The adjudication panel may re-categorise any entry, which it considers to have been entered incorrectly. Where possible, the judging panel Chair may contact the entrant, giving the entrant the opportunity to accept the change or withdraw the entry. No fees will be refundable as a result of this action.

16. All entries must be received by the host State’s deadline and late entries will not be considered for judging.


18. Other than State GOLD winners, entries will be held for collection for up to 3 months, after which time they will be discarded. If an entrant is at a distant location and an address is provided, entries may be returned by post. The Society will pay return freight only. The ACS will return State and Territory GOLD winners after the National Awards to the host States for collection.

19. Copyright clearance, and all related permissions and clearances from the relevant Producer(s) to screen an entry are entirely the entrant’s responsibility. The Society accepts no responsibility for any copyright infringement.

20. BluRay discs can be heavily protected. Winning BluRay entrants may be requested to supply an excerpt of their entry on another format for screening at award ceremonies.

21. Entries will be only accepted on correctly and fully completed online entry forms, submitted on approved formats that have followed the correct naming conventions and are correctly labeled. See item #24.

22. On each online entry form all entrants are required to:
Nominate all CGI work.
Nominate all cinematography by others.
Have arranged all clearances and permissions.
They must be current, financial ACS member.
Include full payment for all of their entries.
Submit their entries only on an approved format. (See next item)

23. Approved Formats: Tape formats are not accepted.

Data files are preferred method of entry, and must adhere to the following guidelines in order to preserve image quality benchmarks:
ProRes: Quicktime files, ProRes422 preferred.

H.264: Quicktime or MP4 files with a data rate of 5000kbps or greater.

Avid DNxHD: Quicktime files in online resolution (ie 50mbps or higher), DNxHD 220 preferred.
DCP is allowed for long form theatrical release projects, but you must contact the state coordinator prior to entering.

QLD Members ONLY: Data files may be submitted on USB drives, hard drives or uploaded via FTP (file size is limited to 10GB for uploads). Please contact the branch if you wish to use the FTP facility and we will provide a link - but you need to complete an entry form first to retrieve your unique entry number prior to upload.

You will receive a confirmation email on completion of the entry form. It will contain instructions on how to submit your entry, and will reference your unique entry number that you'll need to submit with your entry. FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.
Data file entries must be named correctly. The file must adhere to the following naming convention, note - do not put entrants name in the file name:
Sample file name: Cat12_birdsofsuva_89.mov

Entrants may place multiple entries on USB or Hard Drives, though an online entry form must be submitted for each individual entry. Each file must follow the naming protocol and USB or Hard Drives require a separate label for each file on the drive/s.
All entries must have the Awards entry label attached (this label is supplied with the confirmation email that the entrant will receive after submission of the online entry form) and be received via mail, courier or hand delivery to the address listed on the entry form, by the due date and time. LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

If entries are on USB drive/s then place them in an envelope, ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE ENVELOPE WRITE category#_projectname_entrynumber.filetype AND INCLUDE A LABEL WITH category#_projectname_entrynumber.filetype IN THE ENVELOPE.

Note: your discreet, personal entry number and entry labels will be forward to you in your entry confirmation email. It is extremely difficult and time wasting for our volunteers to try to match poorly named data entries to the hundreds of online entry forms we receive.

All physical entries must have the Awards entry label attached (this label is supplied with the confirmation email that the entrant will receive after submission of the online entry form) and be received via mail, courier or hand delivery to the address listed on the entry form, by the due date and time. Late entries will not be accepted. As a suggestion put USB's in sealed envelopes with the Entry #, Title & Category # written on the outside of the envelope. If entries are USB then place in an envelope with the label.

Please remember, we judge in a 2k Cinema under strict guidelines, and we also have large OLED monitors for the judges - so it is in your best interest to submit the best quality file/resolution available.
All entries to be submitted 16:9 1920x1080.
4:3 entries should be pillar boxed.
1.85 & 2.40 entries to be letterboxed.


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Fri 19th - Sun 21st August, 2016

Our wonderful ACS QLD Gold sponsors over at The Griffith Film School are proud once again to play host as we have been asked to invite a small number of ACS QLD members to join their students in a 3-day lighting workshop with Mr Peter James ACS ASC. This workshop will look at pre-production for drama, and then a full day of production exploring different lighting scenarios and coverage for drama.

Peter's long time collaborator, Mr Bruce Beresford, will also be making a special guest appearance - so it is a very rare occasion to have two of Australia's most prolific film makers to learn from in an intimate setting.

The Griffith Film School has allowed us to open this for a handful of ACS QLD financial members only. While it is a free workshop - your ACS membership must be up-to-date, you must be available for the 3 days and you need to reserve your place asap to the ACS QLD branch by contacting us via the link below.

Hurry - the few places available won’t last. First in..as there’s only 7 spots remaining and strictly held for QLD ACS members only!!!

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The ACS QLD AGM will be coming up soon, and we need your help. All positions on the ACS QLD Committee will become available and to continue the important work of the society, we need your assistance with the committee to continue the forward development of the Qld Branch. If you feel like it is your time to come on board and provide assistance to support the branch, we’d like to hear from you. We need people to help out with newsletters, events, workshops, keeping up with our social media presence, as well as administration which gives you a great insight and some great contacts within the ACS community. The ACS QLD Branch try to meet 11 times a year on the first Tuesday of every month, and we could use some dedicated committee members to push forward into 2016/17!

Come and join the ACS team! Details about the upcoming AGM will be released soon, but if you’d like further information about the committee and how you can help, please contact Tony O’Loughlan at the branch asap.

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You should have all received your 2016/17 renewal invoices. We also urge all members to take a moment to log into your ACS member page and check that all your current information is correct. It is a busy time for our ACS volunteers, and we need your help so we don’t get returned magazines, and emails bouncing back that we need to follow up. So keep your ACS contact information up-to-date so you don’t miss any important correspondence.

If your membership renewal is still overdue, please contact the branch if you are in need of support, as if we don’t get any correspondence, the system will automatically de-activate any unpaid memberships at the end of August.

Remember, the ACS Shop has everything you need!

ACS brand merchandise is for sale at ACS Shop, 24/7. Conveniently search our range of products and buy items through our online shop with ease and security.

Products include jackets, hoodies, caps, tees, beanies, coffee mugs, pens, note pads, publications and more. You can also order duplicates of your ACS awards. We aim to bring more products to the store in the future.

Shop in confidence, knowing that every cent of your purchase goes towards supporting our Society.



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