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2021 ACS National Awards for Cinematography

ACS National Awards 2021- Canberra 1 May 2021

Details for the National Awards have been announced. This year’s in-person awards ceremony will be the highlight of a weekend of celebration and activities with events beginning on Friday 30 April.

The event details are as follows:

Friday 30 April

PANAVISION presents Q&A Screening of "High Ground" with Director Stephen
Johnson and Cinematographer Andrew Commis ACS. Moderated by Kim Batterham ACS
6pm to 9.30pm
Location: Cinema 2 Palace Electric Cinema New Acton Nisihi, 2 Phillip Law St Canberra
Cost: Free
With thanks to Panavision, Maxo, Bunya, Savage Films and Madman Films

9.30pm- 11.30pm
Location: Speakeasy Bar- QT Hotel Canberra
Cost: Free

Saturday 1 May

ARRI AUSTRALIA presents Meet the Nominees
Moderated by Kim Batterham ACS brings together many of the nominated Cinematographers across a broad range of genres for a Q&A session
Location: Cinema 1 Palace Electric Cinema New Acton Nisihi, 2 Phillip Law St Canberra
Cost: Free

ARRI Australia and ARRISCAN Presents: Peter Richards from FIXAFILM talking about film restoration.
1pm to 1.45pm


Hosted by Ray Martin AM

Location: The National Gallery, Canberra
Standard Tickets: $160 per person including GST,
Sponsor’s Tickets: Complimentary as per sponsorship level

*Shuttle buses will depart QT Hotel at 5.30pm, 5.50pm, with return services to the QT Hotel at 11.30pm and 12.00pm

ARRI Australia Afterparty

The team at ARRI Australia invites you to the ACS National Awards AFTER PARTY!!!
NO Vacancy Cocktail Lounge on level 3 of the Zoo Bar (17 London CCT Canberra 2601) 10:30pm – 2:30am
A short walk from the QT Hotel….up some stairs…and Voila!

Sunday 2 May

ACS National AGM for Presidents and Delegates
Location: NFSA Ngunnawal Room McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT 2601

Accomodation Packages are Available for the Awards

Please book any accommodation through our ACS Travel Manager, Rod Walker at Stage and Screen Travel - 0730833260

With Thanks to our Generous Sponsors

The Gold Award winners from the 2020 State & Territory Awards for Cinematography will compete for Gold Tripods and Awards of Distinction in most categories except for the CineKids and Student categories where Gold Plaques are awarded.

The highly respected Milli Award for the Australian Cinematographer of the Year will be selected from the National Gold Tripod winners.


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.

The Milli

All of the Gold Tripod Winners are then reconsidered to determine the winner of the Milli Award for ACS Australian Cinematographer of the Year.

The National Awards are held on a rotational basis between the States of NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. On special occasions the National Awards may be held in one of the other States or Territories.

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