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Entries NOW OPEN for Victorian and Tasmanian ACS Members

There's only 25 days to go until there's only 2 days left to get your entries in...Remember last year where you left it till the last minute? And then you got busy and had to run around like crazy to make the cut off? And how you promised yourself next year you would get straight onto it?

The Victorian and Tasmanian Branch of the ACS is now accepting entries into the 48th Annual Vic/Tas Awards for Cinematography 2014.

Now is the time to consider all your best work from the past year and enter it into our prestigious awards. Entries are judged by our 5 ACS Accredited Judges and may win either Gold, Silver or Bronze Awards. Being judged a Gold will automatically result in your entry being judged for the National Awards 2015.

Entries may be submitted for judging for this year's State Awards between Monday August 25th 2014 and Friday September 26th 2014 at 5pm AEST. Entries will NOT be accepted after this period. IMPORTANT: Entries submitted by uploading to our FTP must be complete by September 22nd 2014. Please see details below regarding eligibility for uploading your entry. This has changed since last year.

Only currently financial members of the Victorian and Tasmanian Branches are eligible for entry. If you are not a current member or are in arrears you may enter once you have joined and paid your dues. You will be advised when your funds have cleared and can submit. NB: This can be no later than the closing dates for physical and FTP submissions.

Terms and Conditions of Awards Entry

Entrants must be current financial members of the VIC or TAS Branches of the ACS and have been totally responsible for the visual content of the entry.

The ACS prefers data files entries and no tape formats will be accepted.

Entries will only be accepted on the following formats:
Data files: H.264, ProRes QT and DNxHD on USB or Hard Drives.
Commercially produced DVD's (No self authored DVD's) or Bluray discs.
The Victorian and Tasmanian Branches also accept Feature Film entries on DCP with KDM or unencrypted.


Always submit the highest quality file / dub / media for every entry so they can be judged accurately and winners' work screened in the best possible form at the Awards. Poor quality entries impede the ability of the judges to accurately review the work, which may result in the disqualification of your entry, and in this case, entry fees are non-refundable. Data files are preferred method of entry, and must adhere to the following guidelines in order to preserve image quality benchmarks:

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

ProRes: Quicktime files, ProRes422 preferred.

Avid DNxHD: Quicktime files in online resolution (i.e., 50mbps or higher), DNxHD 36 preferred.

Data files may be submitted on USB drives or hard drives. These are available for you to collect after the Awards unless you win Gold in which case after the National Awards.
Files via FTP may ONLY be submitted if you are in a remote location and not able to deliver or post a USB drive or disks. If you submit via FTP without permission your entry will be rejected. (FTP files: h.264 codec only - max 500mb!) You will need to contact the Vic /Tas Awards Organiser to access the FTP link. Email link below.

You will receive a confirmation email on completion of this 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. Please follow these instructions carefully. All physical media entries must be submitted during office hours to:

PO Box 2023,
South Melbourne VIC 3205

or delivered to Cameraquip

434 Clarendon St,
South Melbourne VIC 3205

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.


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 in an envelope with the label.

-- Awards Open August 25th

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR ONLINE ENTRY. Each entry requires its own Entry Form.

Enter the Vic/Tas Awards »
Email ACS Victoria for FTP entry or enquiries »
View the complete Terms and Conditions »

The "Best Of Crew" Award 2014

Two years ago, the Victorian Branch of the Australian Cinematographers Society established the inaugural "Best of Crew" Award, to honour a crew member who has excelled "above and beyond the call of duty" in supporting the DOP on a production to achieve outstanding work. We are running this award again this year.

The winner will be notified after the judging is completed ahead of the Awards. He or she will be given a free ticket to the 48th annual ACS Victorian/Tasmanian State Awards for Cinematography 2014 to be held at 7pm Saturday, November 15th at the RACV Club, Melbourne. They will be presented with the "Best Of Crew" Certificate at the Awards and given a one year's free membership to the Australian Cinematographers Society, Victorian or Tasmanian Branch.

The ACS Victoria Branch Executive invites all Accredited or Full Member DOP's to nominate someone from their crew, such as 1st AC's, 2nd AC's, Data Wranglers, DITs, Colourists, Gaffers or Grips who they believe has played a very significant role in achieving the high quality of the cinematography on a particular production.

The DOP should explain why they feel the candidate is worthy of the Best Of Crew Award. The description should outline how the crew member excelled and why it was they impressed the DOP in such a way. This written submission is what the judging panel will read to achieve their decision of the winner.

Unsuccessful submissions will remain anonymous and confidential. No previous submissions may be entered again unless the production has gone into another year. However, the same candidate may be submitted again if it is on a different production.

Please email the Victorian President with your written submission and be sure to include the following:
Name of DOP:
Name and role of Candidate:
Name of Production:
Date of Production:
Reasons why they are Best Of Crew:

Please be sure to write "BOC Submission_(his/her name), on your email Subject Line.

Email the Victorian President to nominate your candidate »

Sept 10th: Join us at Backlot for a Screening and Q&A of the critically acclaimed Feature Film "Fell" by Kasimir Burgess


FELL premiered and was in competition amongst esteemed company at the Sydney Film Festival. FELL has since earned a string of great reviews from around the world. It screened at MIFF to sell-out shows. Here is your chance to see the film and hear from the film makers in a Q&A session straight afterwards.

Producers: John Maynard and Mary Minas
Director: Kasimir Burgess
Writer: Natasha Pincus
Cinematographer: Marden Dean
Editor: Simon Price
Sound Designer: Emma Bortignon

Main Cast: Matt Nable and Daniel Henshall

Filmed on location in Victoria.

A stunning debut by Australian director Kasimir Burgess, Fell is an entrancing and enigmatic drama – a dreamlike, visually resplendent tale of nature, revenge and redemption.

While on a camping trip, Thomas’ only daughter, Lara, is killed by a logging truck in a hit-and-run accident for which the driver, Luke, serves a prison sentence. Stricken with grief, Thomas sheds his urban life and his identity, and moves to the remote town where Lara was killed. There he takes on a new name, Chris, and finds work as a logger. When Luke is released from prison and returns to work, Chris connives to work as his partner in dangerously high tree-logging work. Every time Luke climbs, Chris holds his life in his hands.

Burgess has an expert handle on the proceedings, ratcheting up the tension as the two men, both damaged, grow closer through their affinity for nature. The forest, with its beautiful tall trees, is as important a character, seemingly exerting a strange power over the men. Matthew Nable and Daniel Henshall are superb as the protagonists, delicately conveying a range of emotions and subtly embodying the unsettling atmosphere the film creates. Fell marks the emergence of a distinctive new voice on the Australian film scene.

Q&A to follow with Victorian ACS cinematographer Marden Dean, director Kasimir Burgess and writer Natasha Pincus. Screening from a DCP.


“knockout performances … an enigmatic tale of sorrow and vengeance” – The Hollywood Reporter
“4 stars … a brooding, lyrical revenge thriller” – The Age (Craig Mathieson)
“an elemental story that takes unexpected turns, a quietly unpredictable vision of transformation” – The Age (Philippa Hawker)
“Fell is brilliant and as good as any Australian film in recent memory” – Four Three Film
“Outstanding portrait of life and death” – Screen Daily
“A stylistically bold drama” – Sydney Morning Herald
“flawlessly executed by serious Australian talent” – Sydney University
“one of the best Australian films in decades, and a tour de force” – Novastream
“Fell introduces an electrifying Australian directorial voice in Burgess” – Graffiti With Punctuation
“A stunning debut by Australian director Kasimir Burgess, Fell is an entrancing and enigmatic drama – a dreamlike, visually resplendent tale of nature, revenge and redemption” – Sydney Film Festival

Watch the FELL Trailer »

WHERE: Backlot Studios
65 Haig Street
Southbank VIC
(between Clarendon and Cecil Sts)
Parking on site or on Haig St

WHEN: Wednesday September 10, 2014
Doors and bar opens 6.30pm. Screening starts 7.30pm SHARP. Q&A immediately after the film.

COST: Free to ACS Members.
Free entry to the first 15 Screen Professionals Collective (SPC) (Vic) members who book. This includes members of ADG, ASE, AWG, SPA, ASSG, AGSC & APDG. Once the allocation is full SPC members can buy at Concession price.
Concession/Students $10
Non-Members $15.

Book your seats to FELL here »

SEPT 16th: LEMAC presents The Quality Of Light

Lemac is offering Victorian & Tasmanian cinematographers an in-depth 2 day seminar exploring the complex nature of light. Traditional continuous light sources and modern discontinuous lights such as LED fixtures will be discussed and the seminar will explore the effects of light quality on skin tone and other common materials. Additionally, a look at the issues posed in post production when mixing light sources or using poor quality light will also be analysed.

On display will be a range of lights, including Dedolight's revolutionary new range of DLEDs, Hight Output Felloni 2 and High-CRI Dedocolour Felloni LED lights as well as their conventional fixtures such as the classic DLH4, DLH200s and Panaura soft lights.

Day 1 will be an evening session starting at 6:30pm at Lemac in Melbourne on September 16. Day 2 will be in the same location on Sept 17 and offers attendees the opportunity to get hands-on with the Dedolight range showcased during the session and the opportunity to bring in your own lights to have their light quality tested on Lemac's Spectrum Analyser.

This is a free event, however registration is essential.
For more details and to register, please click the link below


You will have seen our wonderful quarterly magazine, the Australian Cinematographer Magazine. You may also have read some great tales from cinematographers out on location or holed up in a studio somewhere letting us know about the production they area working on. It makes great reading and is very interesting to know where and what our ACS Members are up to.

We invite all ACS members to submit to AC Magazine. You don't have to be a talented writer or a poet. It can be an essay or paragraph. And some photos. And it can be from a job you have finished recently or one you are on right now.

Victoria has not contributed a lot to AC Magazine in the past so let's start writing.

Use the email below to contact AC magazine. Or contact ACS Victoria/Tasmania

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