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ACS Victoria Presents

A Zoom Webinar Event

Relic Q&A with Charlie Sarroff and Natalie Erika James

We are excited to present a Q&A discussion with Cinematographer Charlie Sarroff and Director Natalie Erika James on their debut feature film relic.

Relic is a 2020 horror drama film directed by Natalie Erika James in her directorial debut, from a screenplay by James and Christian White. It stars Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin and Bella Heathcote.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2020, and was released July 10 in Australia on streaming service Stan.

Charlie will be joining us for the event from LA. This will be a Q&A event hosted by ACS Victoria Vice President Gerald Wiblin.

We highly recommend checking Relic out on Stan beforehand and also having a squizz at Charlie's impressive range of music videos and short films.

Based between Melbourne and Los Angeles, Charlie Sarroff’s short narrative ventures have earned him acclaim, collecting several awards from the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS), as well as on the international film festival circuit.

His feature debut RELIC, directed by frequent collaborator Natalie Erika James for Carver/AGBO, premiered at Sundance 2020.

His most recent feature, PINK SKIES AHEAD, shot under the direction of Kelly Oxford for Divide/Conquer & Stampede Ventures was a highly anticipated film at the SXSW 2020 Film Festival.
Natalie Erika James is a Japanese-Australian writer/director based in Melbourne, Australia.

Her debut feature, RELIC, is a psychological horror starring Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcote and Robyn Nevin, produced by Carver Films & Nine Stories and supported by the Russo Brothers’ Agbo Films, Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

Relic premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in the Midnight Program and was recently released by IFC Midnight.

Natalie is signed to WME and directs commercials and music videos through Melbourne production company, Fiction.


Date: 4th August, 2020
Time: 4:30pm AEST
Register For Relic Q&A Event Here
Check out the 'Relic' Trailer on Youtube Here

Victorian Tasmanian Awards

This year the Victorian and Tasmanian Awards for cinematography will be going ahead and will be held as an online streaming event on the 14th of November.

If possible we will arrange a branch get together somewhere outside in the warmth after the awards live stream. This will likely be around late November or early December and act as a social event to mark the end of the year and also to hand out award plaques to winners.

Award Dates & Fees

Due to the severity with which our industry has been hit by COVID-19 the National ACS has agreed to a reduction in awards entry costs for this year.

There will be a roughly 30% reduction in award entry fees and winners will have the option to purchase plaques at a greatly reduced price if they desire. 

Award entries open on the 1st of August and close on the 21st of August. Entry is for financial members only and is completed through our website members login -

There will be more information about awards entry soon.

Category Changes 

There have been some changes to the award categories for 2020 as well.

The ACS has introduced two new categories, divided one category into two parts and created two clear age groups for CineKids.

New categories include Cat 9: Art, Innovation and Specialised Cinematography. This adds to the scope of the previous and much-missed Experimental and Specialised Cinematography category. We are also adding Cat16: 2nd Unit Cinematography.

In order to better manage entries into the Corporate category, we have created an additional Corporate category so members can find the best match for their work.

The News Categories now permit stories shot by multiple cinematographers to be entered. It has become an increasingly common practice to cover stories with multiple cinematographers.

See all the Awards Categories Here
Read the Awards Entry Information and Terms and Conditions

Team Deakins sits down with Greig Fraser ACS ASC

Team Deakins sits down with friend and fellow DP, Greig Fraser ACS, ASC.

This podcast covers a lot of ground in this episode starting with Volume lighting - how it works, how it affects the way that you work, the advantages and disadvantages. Greig tells us what attributes he feels are key in a director and how he feels about operating. We learn his secret desire to shoot a musical and dive into the undiscussed subject of why wrap parties are hard and often avoided. And there’s more! A fun and informative episode.
Listen to the Podcast Episode Here

Melbourne Women in Film Festival Submissions

Submissions for Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2021 are now open! If you have a short film or web series (fiction and nonfiction) in any style or genre that you’d like to see on the big screen please consider submitting. 

'We welcome short film submissions of any genre, style or theme from women working within all areas of the Australian, Aotearoa New Zealand or wider Pasifika screen industries. To be eligible, all films must have a woman in a key creative role (Producer, Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor, or Sound Designer/Composer) with priority given to creative teams of women.'

The team are also offering fee waivers for First Nations/Pasifika and transgender filmmakers, along with filmmakers with disability. Anyone belonging to these communities can get in touch with us directly via for more information. 
Check out the MWFF website for entry requirements, fees, and dates

Victoria Gold Sponsors
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Victoria Silver Sponsors
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Victoria Bronze Sponsor
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Victoria Supporter
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National Major Sponsor
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National Platinum Sponsors
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National Gold Sponsors
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National ACS CineKids Sponsor
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National Silver Sponsors
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National Bronze Sponsors
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National Supporters
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Victorian Branch
Australian Cinematographers Society

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