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ACS National Awards for Cinematography

45th ACS National Awards for Cinematography 2016 were held recently in Adelaide

The Australian Cinematographers Society National Awards for Cinematography are held annually during the first half of the year, on a rotational basis between Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne and on special occasions in some of the other States & Territories.

The 46th - 2017 ACS National Awards for Cinematography will be held in Sydney at the NSW Parliament House - Strangers Dining Room

About the National Awards.
The black tie gala is the premier event on the ACS calendar and is an opportunity to celebrate the art of cinematography in Australia.

Entries for the National Awards are automatically determined from the Gold winners at the individual State & Territory Awards, held in November the preceding year. Direct entry is not available into the National Awards. Only current financial members of the Society are eligible to enter into the State & Territory awards and must remain financial members at the time of National Awards' judging.

The Gold Tripod is the highest award given in each category. A runner up may receive an Award of Distinction. Only one Gold Tripod and one Award of Distinction may be awarded in each category.

All of the Gold Tripod Winners are then reconsidered to determine the winner of the Milli Award for ACS Australian Cinematographer of the Year.

Here's a wrap of what happened at this years awards:

2016 saw the 45th National Awards for Cinematography hosted in Adelaide, South Australia on Saturday, April 30th
Master of Ceremonies: Ray Martin AM
Guest of Honour: Nigel Walters BSC (recently retired IMAGO President)

As well as the fabulous Awards there was an excellent equipment and supplier Expo.

The ACS - SAFC SOUTHERN LIGHT EXPO was not to be missed Friday and Saturday @ Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Friday ACS - SAFC SOUTHERN LIGHT EXPO Exhibitor Presentations:
Picture Hire

Saturday ACS - SAFC SOUTHERN LIGHT EXPO Exhibitor Presentation:
Blackmagic design
CW Sonderoptics (Leica)

There were also various Satellite events.

ACS tour of the iconic Adelaide Oval
ACS Chinese Red Fire Monkey Banquet @ CitiZen
Ray Martin Stills Retrospective
Dean Semler’s Road to Hollywood- Presentation & Screening by Director David Brill ACS
National AGM
McLaren Vale Winery Tour
MasterClass hosted by John Seale AM ACS ASC & supported by David Burr ACS, a fascinating day of discovering "How they shot that”!

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The Milli Award

The Milli Award

The Milli Award is the highest award an Australian Cinematographer can receive from the Society It is presented at the ACS National Awards for Cine... More »

1 May 2016

Ron Windon ACS Contribution Award

Previously known as the Award for outstanding service to the Australian Cinematographers Society and the Australian Film Industry. It was renamed t... More »

5 Nov 2014

ACS National Contribution Awards

2014 Ernie Clark ACS SA For outstanding service to the Australian Cinematographers Society and the Australian Film Industry. 2014 Mylene Ludgate S... More »

12 Apr 2014

2013 National Award Winners

28 May 2013

ACS International Award

This award is for EXCELLENCE IN CINEMATOGRAPHY and is open to ANY FEATURE FILM cinematographer working on the international stage. They do not have... More »

4 Jan 2011

How the Milli Award came to be

Saturday 30 November 1968 was a bright night at the Arndale centre, French's Forrest, when the NSW Branch held its Annual Christmas Party. The 180 gue... More »

4 Jan 2011



For the first time since the ACS began, the National Awards were held in Hobart, Tasmania in 2015. The National Awards are on a rotational basis between the branches and 2015 would normally have been held in Melbourne, Victoria but with the growth of the ACS it was agreed Tasmania would hold its inaugural National Awards at the wonderful MONA contemporary art museum.
The ceremony was a fabulous success enjoyed by the full house of members, guests and dignitaries. In fact, tickets sold out a month ahead of the awards.
Tasmanian President, Peter Curtis ACS managed a brilliant awards event which included an equipment expo at the Chancellor Hotel Hobart preceding the awards which was very well attended.


The excellent 2014 National Awards were held on Saturday 24th May in Brisbane, hosted by the Queensland ACS branch.

The awards took place in one of Queensland's most elegant and historic venues, The Tivoli, with the night continuing into the wee hours at the after party at Bacchus Bar at Rydges Hotel.

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