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  • The provision of CANON professional imaging equipment to the ACS cinematography community.
  • To inspire applicants to do more with their imagery using the best possible tools to bring their story to life.
  • To nurture the future of our industry and provide inspiration through opportunity.
  • To provide positive outcomes for the mutual benefit the ACS and Canon.


  • Canon Australia will provide to successful applicants free of charge a range of Cinema EOS imaging equipment on loan to the ACS for the exclusive use of ACS members.

The Canon Australia / ACS National Equipment Initiative includes 2 Sets of the above equipment.

Project eligible for consideration for rhe initiative.

  • A) Specific Environmental/Social issue documentaries
  • B) "Spec" television commercials for showreel purposes
  • C) Music Clip for a "start up", unsigned band or artist
  • D) Experimental projects with a similar narrative to the documentary strand
  • Projects ust have a legitimate budget with a Producer attached and be considered a non-commercial project.

Submissions process

  • Entries will only be accepted from financial ACS members, with preference given to emerging cinematographers. Student Members are welcome to apply, however student class projects are excluded from the program.
  • Submissions MUST include a Treatment or Scenario including a rational for applying for the initiative (no longer than 5 pages), a budget, a Production Schedule and CVs for key crew.
  • Applications will only be accepted via email to
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • ACS member Helen Barrow will coordinate the initiative, and sit on the judging panel. It is advisable to discuss eligibility of application before submitting. Mobile: 0409 300040
  • ACS National President Ron Johanson OAM ACS is also available for additional queries mobile: 0413 264 400
  • Successful submissions will be decided by a panel of 5 from Canon Australia and the ACS.

Special Conditions

  • An ACS appointed senior member would act as a mentor during the shooting of the projects.
  • Equipment will be housed and maintained/serviced by Canon Australia.
  • The equipment must be insured by the successful Applicants, and in each instance a cover note must be provided.
  • The applicant will pay for any loss or repairs not covered by their insurance. Equipment must be securely stored during the loan period.
  • Any relevant freight costs to ship equipment from Canon in Sydney, NSW to another location and return will be the responsibility of the recipient.
  • Any damage or insurance excess is to be paid for by the Applicant. Canon Australia will provide a 30% discount to any repairs necessary, not covered by insurance.
  • SPECIAL NOTE: Any loss or damage to be reported to Canon immediately. Applicant must not carry out repairs elsewhere.

Canon publicity

  • Canon will publish endorsements or inspirational stories of users experience with Canon imaging equipment under this program.
  • Canon requires non exclusive access to a limited amount of the footage captured on the equipment provided by Canon Australia under this initiative. It may be used to promote the cinematographer/applicant, and the partnership between Canon Australia and the ACS, in particular relating to this specific initiative, on Canon web &/or social media platforms.
  • Canon to organise two events per year that celebrate the quality of work and professionalism of the ACS members who were participants in the Canon ACS initiative( TBC)

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