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Talking Heads: NZCS, 25 July 2016

John Toon

NZCS Awards launched

Entries are now open for this year’s fully-fledged cinematography awards. The inaugural NZCS Awards will celebrate, honour, and encourage world-class cinematography in New Zealand.

“The aim is to celebrate the Impressive range of professional cinematography and image-making in New Zealand today,” says our NZCS President, Richard Bluck.

Based on the highly successful ACS awards in Australia, the NZCS Awards elevate cinematography out of a niche slot in general industry awards, and turns the spotlight on the skills and achievements of directors of photography, cinematographers, and camera people who strive to produce the best images.

“There can be more than one gold, silver or bronze in each category,” explains Dave Cameron, who serves as the NZCS Awards chair. “This puts the focus on the skills that produced the images, not the budget or amount of equipment.”

“Combined with the wide range of categories, it means there is a spot for everyone, no matter what genre, format or budget they happen to work in.”

The Al Guilford Memorial Award is a special award to recognise emerging cinematographers will also be presented at the NZCS Awards dinner along with the Turtz Award for contribution to cinematography in memory of Ian Turtill. This award is selected from nominations and may be made to someone who is not an active cinematographer.

Technology companies and post-production houses form a growing list of sponsors for the NZCS Awards. Heading the list is Park Road Post and the Weta Group who have united in the memory of cinematographer Andrew Lesnie to become the major National Sponsor of NZCS. Panavision New Zealand and A2Z Technologies become platinum sponsors, with ARRI, DVT, Canon NZ, Sony NZ, and Toybox taking gold sponsorships. A full list of sponsors will be announced soon.

The NZCS Awards will be presented at a black tie dinner at the Heritage Grand Tearoom in Auckland on 15 October 2016.

NZCS Awards entries close 15 August 2016

NZCS Awards Categories

  • Student cinematography
  • Experimental and installation
  • Music videos
  • News and current affairs
  • Magazine, lifestyle, and reality
  • Corporate and educational
  • Short films
  • Documentaries
  • Dramatised documentaries
  • Specialised cinematography
  • Commercials
  • Teleseries
  • Telefeatures
  • Feature films

Top Image: John Toon receives the Cinematographer of the Year award at the Australian Cinematographers Society Awards in 2014

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