Australian Cinematographer of the Year 2020 Winner Announced

This year’s Fujinon Fujifilm Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) National Awards was different. It wasn’t so much physically held but instead Zoomed as so many events have been this year. That said, many things remained the same with Ray Martin AM the host and MC and ACS National President Ron Johanson OAM ACS as always very much on hand to help things along. When all was said and done Nick Matthews ACS won the Milli and was named Australian cinematographer of the year for his work on Hotel Mumbai. He also collected the Gold Tripod for features budgeted above $2 million. 

ACS National President Ron Johanson OAM ACS said, “The National Awards is the pinnacle for the ACS members, and there is nothing better than the reward you receive by being recognised by your peers, it is without doubt, the best pat on the back you can receive. Heartiest congratulations to Nick Matthews and all the nominees and the recipients. As always our deepest thanks go to Fujinon Fujifilm and all our ACS sponsors without whom the society wouldn’t be able to carry out the work it does.”

Other winners on the night included Caleb Ware ACS who collected the documentaries award for By the River, Zoe White ACS won the drama series or telefeatures prize for The Handmaid’s Tale and Katie Milwright ACS who won the dramatised documentaries award for Guilty. In the features budgeted below $2 million category Joshua Flavell ACS received the Gold Tripod for Pimped and Chris Bland ACS got the award of distinction for Locusts.

Industry legends Dion Beebe ACS, Roger Lanser ACS and John Wheeler ACS were inducted into the Hall of Fame and Robb Shaw-Velzen ACS won the Ron Windon Award.

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ACS National President Ron Johanson OAM ACS concluded, “It is such a great thing for me to witness the ACS Awards at every level and see the looks on the faces of the various recipients. So rewarding, especially for me as the President of this august Society. We all look forward to the coming year and to holding next year’s awards in person again.”

The full list of winners at the 2020 Fujinon Fujifilm Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) National Awards are:

  • CineKids
    Gold certificate: David Szasz – Ship Out
  • Student Cinematography
    Gold certificate: Michael Filocamo ACS – A Bird With No Legs
  • John Bowring ACS TV Station Breaks & Promos
    Gold Tripod: Tony Luu ACS – The Voice promo
  • Music Videos
    Gold Tripod: Kieran Fowler ACS – Guy Sebastian ‘Choir’
  • Syd Wood ACS Local & National News
    Gold Tripod: Arron Hage ACS – Snowy Mountains fly fishing (Seven Network News)
  • Neil Davis International News
    Gold Tripod: Joel Lawrence ACS – The Battle for Hong Kong
  • Current Affairs
    Gold Tripod: Tom Bannigan ACS – Foreign Correspondent, The Oasis (ABC)
  • Entertainment & TV Magazine
    Gold Tripod: Chris Lewis ACS – Burringurrah
  • Corporate & Educational
    Gold Tripod: Lincoln Williams ACS – Evolve Skateboards
  • Documentaries
    Gold Tripod: Caleb Ware ACS – By the River
  • Ron Taylor AM ACS Wildlife & Nature
    Gold Tripod: Edward Salter ACS and Daniel Hunter ACS – Hostile Planet (Jungles: Bats vs Crocs) 
  • Commercials – Local & Regional
    Gold Tripod: Campbell Brown ACS – Running Bare
  • Commercials – National/International
    Gold Tripod: Tim Tregoning ACS – Rural Fire Services – Have a Plan
  • Dramatised Documentaries
    Gold Tripod: Katie Milwright ACS – Guilty
  • Short Films
    Gold Tripod: Carl Robertson ACS – Ascendant 
  • Serial TV & Comedy Series
    AD: Judd Overton ACS – No Activity series 2 episode 8 
  • Drama Series & Telefeatures
    Gold Tripod: Zoe White ACS – The Handmaid’s Tale series 3, episode 11 – Liars
  • Feature films budgeted below $2 million
    Gold Tripod: Joshua Flavell ACS – Pimped 
  • Feature films budgeted above $2 million
    Gold Tripod: Nick Matthews ACS – Hotel Mumbai
  • Ron Windon Award
    Robb Shaw-Velzen ACS 
  • Hall of Fame
    Dion Beebe ACS, ASC
    Roger Lanser ACS
    John Wheeler ACS 
  • Milli Award
    Nick Matthews ACS – Hotel Mumbai

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