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About the 2016 ACS National Awards for Cinematography

The National Awards for Cinematography are held annually in May, on a rotational basis between Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne. 2016 sees the National Awards for Cinematography hosted in South Australia.

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 entered from the Gold winners from 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.

The Gold Tripod is the highest award in each category, runners up may receive an Award of Distinction. Only one Gold Tripod and a 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

The Milli Award is the highest award an Australian Cinematographer can receive from the Society It is presented at the ACS National Awards to the A... 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

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

2013 National Award Winners

28 May 2013

ACS National Contribution Awards

2012 Martha Ansara NSW For outstanding service to the Australian Cinematographers Society and the Australian Film Industry. 2012 Heidi Tobin NSW ... More »

16 Aug 2011

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



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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