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ACS South Australian Branch


Mid March 2022

From the Pres
Awards & Events Bookings Open
Applications for ACS Initiatives Close Soon
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From the Pres
52nd Annual ACS Awards for Cinematography
Proudly presented by
The prestigious 2022 National ACS Awards for Cinematography proudly presented by Fujinon Fujifilm will be held here in Adelaide at the Hilton Hotel on Victoria Square on April 30 beginning with pre-dinner drinks at 6pm. Our MC is the fabulous Ray Martin AM and please note this is a black tie event and the highlight of the ACS year.  At these Awards you can see the best of the best work from Australian DoP's and it's a chance to mix with some of the best cinematographers in Australia. We hope to see you at our 52nd National Awards for Cinematography in Adelaide and help us celebrate the legacy of outgoing National ACS President Ron Johanson OAM ACS and to welcome our new National President Erika Addis.

Over the Awards weekend these other events, which are free for ACS members and sponsors, include:

A special Screening and Q&A of The Dry with DoP Stefan Duscio ACS and moderator Kim Batterham ACS sponsored by PANAVISION on Friday night April 29 at the Mercury CX Cinema, 13 Frome Rd Adelaide. The Bar will open at 6pm (buy your own) for a 6:30 Screening followed by the Q&A.

Immediately following the Q&A enjoy the ROSCO - LEITZ sponsored Drinks & Finger food at Mercury CX going through until 11:30pm. Note this is for ACS Members and Sponsors Only.

On the following Saturday morning, 10am to about 1pm on April 30, we'll have the popular MEET THE NOMINEES session sponsored by ARRI Australia with Kim Batterham ACS once again moderating at the Mercury CX Cinema, 13 Frome Rd Adelaide. We'll have as many nominated DoP's of differing genres on the panel that we can.

Remember if you are attending the awards and any of the other events please bring some cash to purchase raffle tickets with all proceeds going to the Motion Picture Benevolent Fund. The prize is proudly sponsored by Panasonic - Lumix. Please be generous as your help is really needed and appreciated.

Please note: Bookings are required and essential for all Award events.

The National ACS Executive will be holding a General Meeting following the Awards on Sunday May 1.
Book Now 
Bookings for the Awards and the ancillary events are open via Bookings - ACS National Awards all booking links are available from this page, so BOOK NOW as there are limits at the venues and bookings close April 21.

Still Time to Apply
The ACS has three important initiatives that are being resumed in 2022. Check them out below. Maybe you could be eligible or know someone who could be?
Nominations are open for The Bob Miller Award, named after the inventor of the world’s first fluid action tripod head, Bob Miller.
The award is presented at the ACS Annual National Awards for Cinematography and comprises $1,000 in cash and a $2,000 Miller voucher enabling the recipient to purchase any Miller Camera Support product at 40% discount off list price directly from Miller, with a valued list price of $3,333.
In addition, Miller has donated an LP54 in a wooden case and a special Bob Miller Award plaque, which will reside at the ACS headquarters in North Sydney. The name of the award recipient will be engraved on the LP 54 Classic plaque, every year, in perpetuity. The recipient will also receive a framed, signed plaque to commemorate their win.

Nominations are now open and will close at the end of March 2022.
All those nominated must be financial ACS members who have potentially contributed in the 24 months prior to the 2022 Awards by way of technical and/or innovative practical ideas that have helped the industry to advance. You can nominate yourself or a member who you believe is worthy of recognition.
For consideration send, by March 30th, 2022, your nomination with a detailed description of the particular technical or innovative achievement, to ACS National President; Ron Johanson ACS;
Established with the generous support of the Llewelyn family in recognition of the legacy left by Drew Llewelyn ACS, 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 Full and Active (Cinematographer & Camera Crew) members of the Society. It will be administered by the ACS and decided on by a subcommittee of peers after submitting a simple application explaining “Why you want to travel to Camerimage and how you see it having long-term benefits for you”.

Previous recipients of The Drew Llewelyn ACS Camerimage Scholarship are:
2015  Lizz Vernon  NSW
2016  Drew English  NSW
2017  Meg White  NSW
2018  Sissy Reyes  NSW
2019  Simon Woods  QLD
2020 - 2021  No Scholarships Awarded
The Australian Cinematographers Society invite emerging cinematographers to apply for the 2022 Panavision - John Leake OAM ACS Emerging Cinematographer Award.
The Award provides a prize of $2,400 cash to an emerging cinematographer who is either currently studying cinematography at a tertiary institution, or has begun working in the film industry, and is a current member of the ACS. The prize can be used for any educational, training, or professional work that will further their skills and career in cinematography. They will also receive from our generous sponsor PANAVISION a camera rental package to the value of $15,000 (Insurance not included but can be arranged).

This incentive has been a total success, fostering young cinematographers in the pursuit of their career goals and the ACS is very proud to be part of this valuable programme.
SA Branch member Claire Bishop, recipient of the NFSA-ACS John Leake OAM ACS Award in 2019, said: “I was completely astonished. This award is so beneficial for aspiring cinematographers. It’s the push of encouragement, sense of belonging and connection with the industry I needed. I encourage anyone who thinks they aren’t ready to apply, to go for it!”
The 2022 recipient will be announced on Saturday 30th April at the prestigious ACS National Awards for Cinematography in Adelaide.

About the ACS John Leake OAM ACS Award
The Award is named in honour of the Australian Cinematographers Society co-founder, John Leake OAM ACS (1927-2009). John began his cinematographic career as a 15-year-old with Movietone News before moving on to Supreme Sound Studios. He served as both NSW President and Federal President of the ACS and was the Society’s Official Historian until his passing.
Applications are now open and will close on April 1st 2022.
For 2022 application forms please contact:

Previous recipients of the John Leake OAM ACS Award are;   
2010  Kirsty Stark SA
2011  Edward Goldner Vic
2012  Jimmy Ennett ACT
2013  Dale Bremner ACS  NSW
2014  Thom Neal NT
2015  Josh Farmelo VIC
2016  Simon J Walsh VIC
2017  Mark Kenfield VIC
2018  Ben Cotgrave QLD
2019  Claire Bishop SA
2020-2021 No Award due to Covid

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Join Springboard 2022 with a 20% ACS member discount 
Supported and funded by the South Australian Film Corporation, Mercury CX’s SPRINGBOARD offers a comprehensive development program for a new generation of filmmakers. Young or old, emerging or transitioning, Springboard will launch you to the top of the credits, delivering practical training and expert insight across producing, writing, and directing. Including barrier-breaking opportunities for diverse participants, an unmatched extension to your screen family, PLUS a pathway to get the edge on the $70K MCX QUICKSILVER Production Fund!  SECURE YOUR DISCOUNT & APPLY NOW - Discount Code: ACS22
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ACS Facebook Group

All current financial ACS members can join our Facebook group. Members can post their work, connect across states, link to events, ask for advice, and put up equipment for sale, etc. To join, simply follow the link below and request to join, and one of your local committee members will approve your request. Of course, if you're not a member please don't apply as rejection is not really in our DNA.

Upcoming Dates


April 4 Committee Meeting
April 29 6pm PANAVISION Screening & Q&A of The Dry and 9:30pm ROSCO LEITZ Drinks
April 30 Saturday morning 10 to 1pm: Meet the Nominees sponsored by ARRI Australia
6PM 52nd National ACS Awards for Cinematography Hilton Hotel Victoria Square
May 1 10am to 3pm GM in Adelaide
May 9 Committee Meeting
June 7 Committee Meeting
July 5 Committee Meeting
August 1 - 21 Awards Entry Window
August 15 SA AGM & fun night
September 1 - 30 Accreditation Application Window 
September 6 Committee Meeting
October 4 Committee Meeting
October 29 42nd WA & SA Awards for Cinematography @ Frazer's Kings Park, Perth
November 1 Committee Meeting
December 5  Committee Meeting
December 12 Christmas Drinks

South Australia Gold Sponsors
AADC logo        AMPCO Studios logo        Kojo logo        Picture Hire Australia logo        Pro AV Solutions logo

South Australia Silver Sponsors
Anifex logo        Best FX logo        Digital Pigeon logo        Mercury CX logo

South Australia Bronze Sponsor
Sponsor ACS SA logo

National Major Sponsor
Fujifilm Australia logo

National Diamond Sponsor
Creamsource logo

National Platinum Sponsors
Black Magic Design logo        Canon logo        Panasonic logo        Panavision logo        Silver Track Digital logo
Sony logo        The Post Lounge logo

National Gold Sponsors
AFTRS logo        ARRI Australia logo        C R Kennedy logo        Kayell Australia logo        Leitz Cine Wetzlar logo
Lemac logo        Miller Australia logo        Rosco logo        Showreel Finder logo        SUNSTUDIOS logo
VA Hire logo        Well Above logo        XM2 logo

National ACS CineKids Sponsor
Videocraft logo

National Bronze Sponsors
Blonde Robot logo        Camerahire logo        Mark Robinson Motion Control logo        RED logo        Rotor Head logo
Sura logo        TecArt logo        Vimo Cine logo

National Supporters
AACTA logo        Black Bishop logo        MPIBS logo        NFSA logo        Stage & Screen logo

South Australian Branch
Australian Cinematographers Society
PO Box 212, KENT TOWN, SA 5071

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