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Tickets sold out for 45th ACS National Awards for Cinematography 2016

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.

2016 sees the 45th National Awards for Cinematography hosted in Adelaide, South Australia on Saturday, April 30th @ 6:30pm.
Master of Ceremonies:Ray Martin AM
Guest of Honour: Nigel Walters BSC (recently retired IMAGO President)

The venue for the Awards will be Riverside rooms 6,7 & 8 at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Saturday evening. Tickets sales closed on April 22 as the awards are sold out. After purchasing your tickets, your names will be on a door list at the event so tickets will not be sent to you

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

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

Friday 29/4/16
1300-1700 ACS - SAFC SOUTHERN LIGHT EXPO Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
1400-1430 Exhibitor Presentation: Picture Hire
1440-1510 Exhibitor Presentation: Lemac
1520-1550 Exhibitor Presentation: Rosco
1600-1630 Exhibitor Presentation: Silvertrak

Saturday 30/4/16
0900-1500 ACS - SAFC SOUTHERN LIGHT EXPO Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
0915-0945 Exhibitor Presentation: Miller
1000-1030 Exhibitor Presentation: Panasonic
1040-1110 Exhibitor Presentation: Canon
1120-1150 Exhibitor Presentation: Blackmagic design
1245-1315 Exhibitor Presentation: CW Sonderoptics (Leica)


There are also various Satellite events.

On Friday April 29th at 1130 an ACS tour of the iconic Adelaide Oval is available for $17 but you will need to book on the ACS online shop. Also on that night we have an ACS Chinese Red Fire Monkey Banquet @ CitiZen $55 a head (drinks extra).

Our MC, Ray Martin AM who, among his other considerable skills, happens to be a very talented stills photographer, will present and exhibit a collection of his photographs on Saturday 1100-1230 at the Ray Martin Stills Retrospective Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley.

ACS will present a MEET THE NOMINEES panel on Saturday April 30th preceding the Awards. A selection of State and Territory GOLD Award winners whose works have been judged for the National Awards will screen portions of their entries and participate in a panel discussion about the projects. 1330-1500 Meet the Nominee’s Screening/Q&A moderated by Kim Batterham ACS Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley.

This will be followed by a screening of the documentary Dean Semler’s Road to Hollywood presented by the Director and Cinematographer David Brill ACS at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley at 1500-1630.

On Sunday May 1 the National Executive will hold the AGM at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. For those not attending a McLaren Vale Winery Tour (1000-1600) includes delicious plated share lunch and wine tasting @ Penny’s Hill Winery $110 per person (drinks extra) The winery tour must be booked on the ACS online shop.

On Monday May 2nd at 0930-1630 a MasterClass will be hosted by John Seale AM ACS ASC ‘presents’…… ably supported by David Burr ACS. Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley.
A fascinating day of discovering "How they shot that”! Clips from 40 years of motion picture brilliance explained by the masters. Again bookings will be available through on the ACS online shop.

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.

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The Milli Award

The Milli Award

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2013 National Award Winners

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ACS National Contribution Awards

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Ron Windon ACS Contribution Award

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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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