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ACS Accreditation

ACS Accreditation is considered the highest honour that is bestowed on an ACS member.

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"I want to reinforce that if it is your intention to apply for Accreditation in the near future, you should check your membership status, as only Cinematographer (including previously Full) Members of three years standing may apply.

I cannot emphasise strongly enough that members must monitor their own membership status yearly, and upgrade to Cinematographer when ready to do so in order to be eligible to apply for Accreditation.

(i.e. A Cinematographer Member (previously Full) is a person who is and has been active as a professional cinematographer in the motion picture or television industry for a period of at least three years and is over the age of twenty-one.)

If you are ready to upgrade to Cinematographer Membership please contact your State or Territory Treasurer, or if you believe you should have upgraded to Cinematographer (including previously Full) some time ago, again please contact your State or Territory Treasurer. There is no allowance for upgrading, you must serve the allocated membership time in your current category.

National President, Ron Johanson OAM ACS

Considering Applying?

If you are consistently winning ACS Gold awards at the State & National level then maybe you could consider submitting for Accreditation.

To apply for Accreditation it is required the applicant has at least 8 years working as a professional cinematographer, including a minimum of at least the last 3 years as a 'Cinematographer' level member of the ACS and remained financial throughout.

Accreditation assessments take place at our National HQ in the second half of the year. Submissions are accepted annually, by your local branch, between September 1st and September 30th. Submissions will not be accepted after September 30th.

How To Apply and Submit.
Cinematographer Member (minimum 3 current continuous years ACS Cinematographer Membership) with a minimum of 8 years professional experience as a cinematographer should apply to the Accreditation Committee by first contacting their State or Territory Branch President for an Accreditation Application Form, and then submitting a comprehensive cross section of their work for assessment. The ACS expects that the successful applicants will have also demonstrated a proven commitment to the ideals and goals of the Society during their time as a member. We ask for only the best of the best of your work for the panel's consideration. If you have doubt about a particular piece of work then maybe it shouldn’t be entered.

Your BIO.
We also ask applicants to provide a brief (300 to 400 word) history of their career as a cinematographer.

An Accreditation Application fee of $250 inc GST is to be paid with an entrants submission. This fee covers a second application, within 2 years, in case your first application proves unsuccessful.

To contact your State or Territory President to ask about applying, find the details using the Contact Us link below. If necessary, Application Forms can also be sought from National President, Ron Johanson AM ACS via the email listed below.

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Accreditation Submission Guidelines

28 Jun 2018

ACS Accredited Member List


The Accreditation Panel may grant Accreditation to an ACS member whose overall standard is considered exceptional. The standard of cinematography needs to be of a consistently high standard, or is outstanding in a specialised field.

The Accreditation Committee will consist of ten Accredited members (from as many States and genres as possible) and consideration is given to composition, operating, camera movement, exposure and the standard of lighting - both interior and exterior. Consideration will also be given to the cinematic approach in relation to content.

The work submitted must demonstrate more than just professional competence. Creativity, consistency and aesthetic innovation will be some of the qualities looked for by the panel.

Accreditation by the Society is deemed an honour and an Accredited Cinematographer shall have the right to use the letters ACS after his or her name whilst full financial membership is maintained.

Every successful Accredited member will be presented with a certificate bearing their name and an Accreditation number along with an ACS Accreditation pin. The certificate always remains the property of the Society. Should the Accredited member become un-financial and their membership lapse, the certificate must be returned to the National Executive and the person may no longer use the ACS suffix after their name.

In the event of a member failing to gain Accreditation they may reapply again with an updated submission after a period of 12 months, but within 2 years, without having to pay another application fee. If unsuccessful after this second submission it will be necessary to submit a new application and a revised submission along with another application fee.

Responsibilities and Commitment of Accredited Members.

If you're considering applying for Accreditation, please be aware that should you be successful and receive your letters, it comes with a certain degree of responsibility and commitment. The Society expects your involvement in things like Awards Judging, Accreditation Assessments, participating as a member of your Branch committee or being involved Nationally on the Executive or on a sub committee.

The Society is only as good as its members, and by gaining your letters which is indeed a privilege and the highest honour the Society can bestow on you, does in turn mean the Society anticipates that you will be an ACTIVE contributor in order to continue the growth of the Society.

We ask you to seriously consider this before you apply for Accreditation.

Use of ACS letters

Only fully financial Accredited members of the ACS may use the letters ACS after their surname. The letters will be one space after the surname, in capitals, without full stops or spaces between the letters, e.g. David Lewis ACS

Should the Accredited member hold an OAM, etc. then this would precede the ACS letters, e.g. Ron Johanson OAM ACS

Or, if the Accredited member be also accredited in another country then the first accreditation received should appear first, e.g. Dean Semler AM ACS ASC

Just being a member does not allow a member to use the letters after their name but the ACS does allow financial members to acknowledge they are members of the society in their CV's, etc. For example: Julie Citizen - I am a Cinematographer Member (or Camera Crew, or Student, etc.) of the Victorian branch of the ACS.

Intending to apply for ACS Accreditation? READ THIS CHECKLIST BEFORE APPLYING

If you intend to apply for ACS Accreditation, please review the following CHECKLIST.

1. I am a current financial member of the Australian Cinematographers Society. Members with fees in arrears may not apply.

2. I have been a Cinematographer (including previously Full) member of the ACS continuously for at least the last 3 years and have been a professional cinematographer for a minimum of 8 years.

3. I will contact my State Branch in sufficient time to obtain assessment of the suitability of my submission prior to the material being sent to the National ACS Accreditation Panel by the deadline.

3. I will be able to submit all material within the specified dates for submission, currently being September 1 - September 30th and understand material will NOT be accepted after this date. My material is of high quality and will meet the media requirements.

4. I will include all required documentation and signed forms with my submission.

5. I will include payment with my submission.

6. I am aware that should I get my letters, the Society will be calling on me and will expect my involvement in things like Awards judging, Accreditation assessments, maybe being on my Branch committee or being involved Nationally on the Executive or on a sub committee. I understand that gaining my letters is indeed a privilege and the highest honour the Society can bestow on me but in turn I know the Society expects and indeed needs my involvement.

If you don't believe you can commit to helping the Society in some of these ways then maybe you shouldn't be applying for Accreditation!

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