Accreditation Submission Guidelines

The Accreditation committee looks for a cross section of your range of work. It is impossible to make a definitive list of what to consider to to put with your application, as cinematographers have such a varying mix of work, but please use the following suggestions as a guide:

  • If you only shoot Features then three examples should suffice.
  • If you shoot TV Drama then a few examples, say 4 – 6. 
  • If you work in various areas then say one Feature followed by your other work, say, a TV Drama or two, maybe a Documentary, a few Music Clips and say a few Commercials.
  • If your background is only Documentaries, then a few examples, say 4 – 6.
  • If you shoot Commercials only, then you should present at least 12 finished commercials, or if you only shoot Music Clips then 8 – 10 clips, or if you shot both Music Clips & TVC’s then say 3 or 4 clips and say 8 Commercials. Please note: showreel montages are not accepted.
  • If your background is factual television acquisition – News, News Magazine, Current Affairs, etc, the committee look for your ability to tell the story, your creative use of light, whether it be artificial or the light available to you in the situation. Successful applicants in this area have shown an uncanny ability to use the surroundings available to them, both in light and composition for a creative result. In these genres probably 6 – 8 examples should suffice.
  • The overall recommendation is: “less is more”. Don’t put in everything you have ever shot. Put in what you have been most happiest with. Only enter the BEST OF YOUR BEST work. If you have doubt about piece then you probably should not enter it.
  • The work submitted needs to demonstrate more than just professional competence. Creativity and aesthetic innovation are some of the qualities sought by the panellists.
  • Accreditation judging occurs only once a year, normally prior to the AGM, which is usually held in October Accreditation submissions from financial, Full (formerly Cinematographer) members, will be accepted between September 1 to September 30.

Accepted Entry Formats

Accreditation submissions will be accepted on the following formats:

Commercially produced DVDs (no self authored DVDs will be accepted), BluRay discs, and as data files in H.264, ProRes, and DNX formats only. It is in the entrant’s interest to submit their work on the best quality format available.

Data files are the preferred method of entry, and must adhere to the following guidelines in order to preserve image quality benchmarks, or they may be disqualified from judging:

H.264: MP4 or Quicktime files with a data rate of 5000kbps minimum.

Data file entries must strictly adhere to the following naming convention:

16:9 monitors are used for judging, therefore all entries to be submitted 16:9 full height anamorphic.
4:3 entries should be pillar boxed.
1.85 & 2.40 entries to be letterboxed.

If you have questions regarding your submission please contact your Branch or the National President.

Intending to apply for ACS Accreditation?

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 Full(including previously Cinematographer) member 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.
  4. I will be able to submit all material within the specified dates for submission, currently being September 1 to September 30 and understand material will NOT be accepted after this date. My material is of high quality and will meet the media requirements.
  5. I will include all required documentation and signed forms with my submission.
  6. I will include payment with my submission.
  7. 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.