The Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) invites emerging cinematographers to apply for the 2024 John Leake OAM ACS Emerging Cinematographer Award

Entries open 1st March 2024

The Award provides a prize of $2,400 cash to an emerging cinematographer who is either currently studying cinematography at a tertiary institution, or has begun working in the film industry, and is a current member of the ACS. The prize can be used for any educational, training, or professional work that will further their skills and career in cinematography.

The Award is generously supported by Panavision Australia providing equipment to be used for practical work in testing creative ideas.

This incentive has been a great success, fostering young cinematographers in the pursuit of their career goals. The ACS is very proud to be part of this valuable program.

SA Branch member Bonnie Paku, recipient of the 2022 John Leake OAM ACS Award, said: “I used the John Leake Scholarship in two ways, one was a mentorship I organised with Katie Milwright ACS whilst she was shooting the Disney + TV series “The Clearing”, and secondly the use of Panavision equipment on a short film called “Dragons Breath”. I am very grateful for the support from the ACS and Panavision, especially Nic Godoy, and I would highly recommend any emerging cinematographer to apply for this grant. It has been an incredibly valuable experience and has helped further my career as a cinematographer.”

The 2024 recipient will be announced on Saturday 4th May at the prestigious ACS National Awards for Cinematography in Brisbane.

Applications open on 1st March and close on 14th March 2024

For application forms please contact: [email protected]

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