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2016 Awards for Cinematography results

The 36th WA & SA Annual awards for Cinematography held at Fraser's in Kings Park overlooking Perth can only be described as a success with around 90 guests in the great venue with plenty of good food, wine, laughs and of course the awards. The awards MC was the fabulous WA indigenous Yamatji Actor/ Writer, Ernie Dingo.

Congratulations to all the winners and also many thanks to WA President Simon Akkerman ACS and his committed, hard working committee.

In particular, congratulations go to WA member Denson Baker ACS who won the Milton Ingerson Award for the Best Entry for the feature film The Dark Horse and Damian Fasolo who received the Cliff Ellis Memorial Award for the Active member showing the most potential for Sol Bunker.

Concurrently SA hosted a lower key dinner at the Torrens Room, Hackney Hotel with 40 attending and they watched a live stream of the awards presentation.

The Awards dinner in Adelaide

Mevs proudly received his well deserved Ron Windon ACS Contribution Award

SA did very well collecting a heap of awards and one of our SA Vice Presidents was recognised with a Ron Windon ACS Contribution Award. Over the years Mark has been Director, Script Writer and Producer on our Award compiles and of course the National Awards compile earlier this year.

Other significant SA winners include Huon Pisoni who received the MRC Encouragement Award for The Third Person. This award is $1,500 of gear and facilities hire from the Media Resource centre.

Randy Larcombe did extremely well with 3 golds across 2 categories whilst David Tang won 2 Golds across 2 Categories.

Of the 22 Gold awards given SA won 14 Gold, 15 of the 20 Silver and 7 of the 12 Bronze awards so the SA representatives of Mylene Ludgate, Joanne Bouzianis Sellick and Ernie Clark ACS were wearing out the carpet picking up this swag of awards.

For a complete winners list clink the link below.

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Girl Asleep screening and Q&A

In combination with our friends at the ASE and AWG our Girl Asleep screening and Q&A was very well attended with 81 turning up.

The special panel guests included, Writer/Director Rosemary Myers, DoP Andrew Commis ACS, Production Designer Jonathon Oxlade and editor Karryn de Cinque.

Andrew Commiss ACS answers another question at the Girl Asleep Q&A

It's Time to Make the Walk of Fame!

The AADC awards are real soon so it's time to make the walk of fame!

Members and non-members pay lower ticket prices this year and ACS members get AADC member pricing!

All inclusive are drinks, followed by the sit down awards presentation, 3 course meal, beverages and exclusive after party.

6:30pm Exhibition and Pre-Drinks
7:30pm Dinner and Awards
Thursday 17 November
Adelaide Town Hall, 128 King William Street Adelaide
Dress: Black tie

Seats are strictly limited – book now!

Get your tickets at

Tell us who you want to sit with! Download your table booking form from and return to [email protected] by Monday 7th November.

Members: $160 + booking fee
Non-Members: $180 + booking fee
Students: $120.00 + booking fee

The 2nd Fleurieu Film Festival

Following on from the incredible success of the 2016 Fleurieu Film Festival, the 2017 short film festival - A Feast for the Senses under the Stars - will be held at Serafino Winery in February 2017:

ON FRIDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2017 6.00 PM - 11.00 PM

Screening of 'RED DOG' Directed by Kriv Stenders @ McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitors & Information Centre 796 Main Road, McLaren Vale 5171

Food & wine available (no byo) - Entertainment & bring your own rug - Door prizes - Well behaved dogs on leads welcome !

Tickets: Adults - $5.00
FREE - Children (under 15 years of age)
FREE - First ever - bring your well-behaved doggies

ON SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2017 7.00 PM - 11.30 PM

39 Kangarilla Road, McLaren Vale

Guest speaker Dale Roberts, CEO KOJO (Adelaide)
Enjoy a complimentary glass of Serafino wine and scrumptious food by Sarah Contin, Chef at Serafino - Entertainment by Lucy Mount, Mike Bevan and resident poet Jonny Bowden.

The 10 winning finalists will be screened. Prizes awarded. Vote for the 'People's Choice' Award

Ticket includes: Welcome glass of wine and Delicious Mediterranean bbq dinner (vegetarian/vegan/ gluten free catered for)

Enter the Fleurieu Film Festival

Enter the Fleurieu Film Festival now as there are some great prizes. The total prize pool exceeds $15k with the Best Film/Director winning two return tickets to Los Angeles as well as a Gold Pass to the Adelaide Film Festival.

The Fleurieu Film Festival films must be under 8 minutes and use the 2017 theme of Water. Submissions to be received no later than 5.00 pm ACST 01/12/2016

Finalists will be contacted via email on 5 January 2017 and finalists will receive a complimentary ticket to the Festival.

Click the link to go to the submissions page and get full entry details.

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Profile Kent Smith ACS

Kent Smith ACS shooting in Singapore, flagged by Sam and Russell Marrett on the right.

Kent what’s your favourite film or TV show, pet food, place or person?

I’m definitely a Spielberg fan. His films show a mastery of story-telling and really appeal to me. My favourite is Empire of the Sun.
Metropolis and Casablanca are my favourite old classics and my favourite TV show is The Office. I’m addicted to comedy.

When did you first become interested in our industry - what was your first job/project/film?

I first became interested when I started going to the Movie Matinee sessions as a 10 year old. Super Hero serials like: The Lone Ranger, Superman, Batman were a great escape from the boredom of life in a small country town. The Classic from the 50’s like East Of Eden, Bridge On The River Kwai, Rebel Without A Cause, were powerful cinema. I couldn’t get enough of the movies.

My first job was in Bendigo TV as a production assistant on live shows, but the area that interested me most was cinematography. I concentrated on learning all I could about shooting, processing and editing16mm film. Eventually I got a job as a cinematographer with Nine Adelaide.

The senior guy there was Pat McEwan, a very experienced cinematographer who spent hours patiently answering my questions and teaching me how to light, shoot and edit.

My first serious project was a one hour documentary called ‘In Search Of The Great White Shark’. Underwater footage was shot by Ron Taylor. I shot on an Éclair shooting 7247 neg stock. It involved the usual cage footage of monster sharks as well as many funny moments listening to sound recordist Rod Pascoe, who had a joke, or comment, ready for every situation that developed.

What did you do when you decide to further your career?

Pat McEwan talked a lot about Dean Semmler and how impressive he was as a junior cinematographer during his time at Nine. Pat and Dean were great mates and every time Dean came back to Adelaide they played pool, drank beer and swapped yarns. I tagged along and listened. Pat showed me one of Deans early documentaries ‘A Steam Train Passes”, which is regarded as one of the finest railway documentaries made and Pat encouraged me to do what Dean had done. “Get out there and back yourself”.

After a solid stint with Seven Network I decided to buy a camera in 1983 and go free-lance. By 1990 I had established some great corporate clients and business was booming. In 1991 John Chataway joined me and I changed the company name from KSP to KOJO and bought the building in Kent Town.

Dale Roberts joined us to run the edit suites, followed soon after by Marty Pepper, then Steve Wise. Together we all had a lot of fun and continued to grow KOJO despite many tough years, including the sudden death from luekeamiea in 2010 of my original business partner John Chataway. Today KOJO employs 80 people in it’s Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne offices, but it couldn’t have happened without the combined efforts of all five partners.

Kent operating a Ronin on the beach.

What has been your most interesting project so far?

Probably working as DOP and Producer on KOJO’s first feature film, Beautiful.

Tell us some of that challenges you faced doing that?

Trying to raise the money for a feature (even a low budget one), is hard. So many things can go wrong and cause feature films to collapse in the development phase. The other problem to overcome was convincing an entire neighbourhood to let us film, night and day, in their street and convincing two house owners to handover their houses and get out for 5 weeks of shooting, re-painting and re-furnishing. Amazingly they agreed, accepting our small budget and leaving us to it. Even handing over the keys to their cars. I understand the rationale behind ‘never letting a film crew into your house’, but it’s a challenge most South Australians seem to happily accept.

Your reputation for expertise in the industry is well known around town, is that where you think your future lies?

Hopefully my future lies in an interesting and less intense mix of cinematography, editing, executive producing for feature films along with an ongoing role on the KOJO board.

Must 've been chilly in the mountains!

What’s your next project?

We are developing an exciting new feature film. This time it’s a comedy, which is a nice change from all the horror. We’ve teamed up with great partners, secured ‘best seller’ book rights and now meeting with potential international finance and production partners in the US.

Tell us something about yourself that not many people know.

Watching the movie PSYCHO, as a 13 year old, scared the crap out of me. The memory and effect of that scene stayed with me. I have avoided those above bath showers, with their creepy plastic curtains, ever since.

Kent received ACS Accreditation in September 2001.

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December 12 Christmas Drinks

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February 6 Committee Meeting

March 6 Committee Meeting

April 3 Committee Meeting

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May 1 Committee Meeting

May 6 National Awards for Cinematography - Strangers Dining Room NSW Parliament House

May 7 National AGM @ ACS HQ

May 30 Send out membership renewals

June 5 Committee Meeting

June 30 membership renewals due

July 1 Accreditation Applications window opens

July 3 Committee Meeting

July 30 Accreditation Applications window closes

August 11 Awards Entry Open

August 14 SA AGM

September 4 Committee Meeting

September 8 Award Entry Closes & Sponsor Assets Deadline

September 15, 16 & 17 Awards Judging in SA

October 2 Committee Meeting

October 28th 37th Annual SA & WA Awards for Cinematography in Adelaide

November 6 Committee Meeting

December 4 Committee Meeting

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