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ACS National Awards for Cinematography

About the 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.
Master of Ceremonies: the one and only Ray Martin AM
Guest of Honour: a very special invitee, Nigel Walters BSC (recently retired IMAGO President)

The venue for the Awards will be the Torrens Rooms at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Saturday evening. Tickets will go on sale closer to the date and be available to buy online. After purchasing your tickets, your names will be on a door list at the event so tickets will not be sent to you. Sponsors please note you need to book your complimentary tickets early as we would not want you to miss out.

As well as the fabulous Awards themselves, an equipment and supplier Expo: SOUTHERN LIGHT 2 is not to be missed and will be held on the Friday and Saturday at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. More details and participants to come soon.

On Friday April 29th tours of the iconic Adelaide Oval are available but you will need to book online. A link will be provided soon.

Also 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 (TBC).

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.

On Sunday May 1st the National Executive will hold the AGM at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. For those not attending, winery tours have been arranged if you would like to visit McLaren Vale's fabulous wineries. The winery tours will need to be booked online.

On Monday May 2nd a MasterClass will be hosted by a notable cinematographer (TBA). Again bookings will be available through the ACS website.

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

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.


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.

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