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    • 07 Aug 2021
    • 11:30 PM - 11:59 PM (UTC+12:00)

    Christo Montes holds his 2019 Gold NZCS Award for Tagata Pasifika: Tongan Chief Touvai Poloniati, after it was presented by NZFC representative Marc Ashton.

    On 16 October 2021 we will be celebrating you and your colleagues' best cinematography from the past three years at the prestigious NZCS Awards and after party. 

    No matter what area you work in, winning a Gold, Silver or Bronze NZCS award is recognition among cinematographers that you have shot work that stands out and deserves recognition.

    It's all about what you shot within the production's genre and format. What's more, because there can be more than one gold, silver, or bronze award in each category there is room for you to win an award no matter what your budget was. 

    An NZCS Award is also a career builder, automatically appearing on your IMDB profile for all to see.  

    Award categories

     1.   Music videos
     2.   Short films
     3.   News and current affairs
     4.   Magazine, lifestyle, reality
     5.   Corporate informational and educational
     6.   Commercials
     7.   Specialised & second unit
     8.   Documentaries & factual series
     9.   Web series
    10.  Drama series
    11.  Feature films

    How to enter

    1. Ensure your production was released between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2021 (an extra year to allow for the Covid disruption).
    2. Choose the correct category, (some categories have been streamlined).  
    3. If you haven't entered before check this page for the detailed entry process.
    4. Register
    5. Submit your media and entry form by 31 July 2021 
    6. Register each entry separately

    • 17 Aug 2021
    • 7:00 PM (UTC+12:00)
    • Horse & Trap, upstairs function room, 3 Enfield St, Mt Eden, Auckland

    It's time for our annual general meeting. We will have minimum formalities, discuss our past year, look to the year ahead, and offer a generous bar tab. 

    During our last AGM, we were adjusting to entering a global pandemic and recession. A year on, New Zealand has a booming industry and is considered a 'safe haven'. 

    After deferring in 2020, the Awards are back on and some fantastic entries are rolling in. We look forward to gathering as a community once again in October at the presentation ceremony, to celebrate the incredible talent of our local cinematographers.  

    This year, we've enjoyed being able to hold physical events and workshops again, including reaching out to the regions more so that more of our members benefit. And thanks to ongoing support from the NZFC, we are continuing to generate Gender Diversity placement opportunities.

    The AGM is open to all NZCS members and we encourage you to attend the meeting and it's a opportunity to have a good catch up. You can ask questions, make your suggestions, nominate someone for the committee, or stand yourself.

    Registration is optional, but in a COVID-19 world, we ask you do please register. If you are not attending you may register your apologies and/or appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf. Simply follow the registration process and fill in the relevant fields.


    If you'd like to make a nomination or propose an agenda item please email Nominations can also be accepted from the floor but only if the nominee is present or has given consent.

Past events

23 Jun 2021 Conversation with cinematographer Jaron Presant in Christchurch
04 May 2021 Conversation with accomplished cinematographer Alex Disenhof
01 May 2021 Auckland: Assistant Camera - One Day Workshop
01 Apr 2021 2021 Accreditation Applications
28 Mar 2021 SEE IT, BE IT - A conversation with an online panel of women in film
07 Nov 2020 Christchurch: Assistant Camera - One Day Workshop
27 Oct 2020 Beyond the Greenscreen
14 Oct 2020 Bolt Motion Control Robot **event postponed to 2021**
16 Jun 2020 The 2020 NZCS AGM and Catch Up
27 May 2020 Webinar Q&A #3: Denson Baker NZCS ACS talks 'The Luminaries'
13 May 2020 NZCS Cinematographer-at-Home Webinar Q&A #2: An approach to local feature length production with David Paul NZCS
24 Apr 2020 2020 Accreditation Applications
22 Apr 2020 Live Web Q&A with Cinematographer Dave Garbett: Tips and tricks for Filming Car Interior Travelling Process Shots
11 Mar 2020 Views from the legendary Victor Armstrong
03 Mar 2020 Conversation with cinematographer Quyen Tran
25 Feb 2020 RE-DEFINING CAMERA MOVEMENT An emotional journey of cinematic immersion with Shane Hurlbut ASC
17 Dec 2019 Questions and answers - the new Sony FX9 in real life
07 Dec 2019 NZCS Masterclass: HDR Grading
12 Oct 2019 NZCS Awards 2019 Gala Dinner
11 Oct 2019 Kick off the NZCS Awards with prequel drinks
10 Oct 2019 Moving Pictures: Filmmakers and the Art of Cinematography
18 Sep 2019 Conversation with remarkable cinematographer Dave Perkal ASC
17 Sep 2019 Phantom Flex4K Light
13 Sep 2019 Conversation with cinematographer Russell Carpenter ASC
13 Aug 2019 2019 NZCS Awards for cinematography entries
13 Aug 2019 The 2019 NZCS AGM and Catch Up
16 Jun 2019 2019 Accreditation Applications
01 May 2019 Unmanned Underwater Camera
20 Mar 2019 Accredited DP Simon Raby talks Mortal Engines
20 Feb 2019 Screening of Utu Redux - Geoff Murphy's classic, enhanced & restored
16 Nov 2018 Meet LED suppliers - Brother, Brother & Sons (BB&S)
20 Oct 2018 NZCS Awards 2018 Gala Dinner
18 Oct 2018 Drop by for a beer, snacks, and catch up
16 Aug 2018 2018 NZCS Awards for cinematography entries
16 Aug 2018 Large Format
15 Aug 2018 Conversation with exceptional DP Denson Baker
03 Jul 2018 Sign here?
24 Jun 2018 2018 Accreditation Applications
12 Jun 2018 HDR for Netflix and beyond
07 May 2018 Frame.UP 2018
11 Apr 2018 Meet the new Panavision DXL2 and new LF Artiste Lenses
07 Mar 2018 Meet RED Techs and the Monstro full frame camera
23 Feb 2018 ARRI ALEXA Large Format camera and Signature Primes launch
18 Dec 2017 Conversation with exceptional UK DP Steve Annis
13 Dec 2017 Combined Guilds Christmas Party Wellington
06 Dec 2017 Combined Guilds Christmas Party Auckland
05 Dec 2017 Waru: 8 directors + 8 perspectives + 8 single shots = 1 feature film
29 Nov 2017 Member Survey: ethics and Hobbits
14 Oct 2017 Celebrate 100 years with ARRI
14 Oct 2017 NZCS Awards 2017 Gala Dinner
14 Oct 2017 An Afternoon Conversation with the Venerable Alex Funke
14 Oct 2017 Softdrop designer makes flying visit
13 Oct 2017 Kick off the NZCS Awards with prequel drinks
20 Aug 2017 Spring car boot gear sale
01 Aug 2017 2017 NZCS Awards for cinematography entries
26 Jul 2017 Shooting RAW: new cameras, tools, and techniques
25 Jul 2017 ARRI's cutting edge lighting and camera workshop
15 Jul 2017 2018 Accreditation Applications
30 May 2017 ARRI Meetup & CineGear Preview
02 May 2017 Chasing big pictures with big lenses
24 Jan 2017 Shortland St set visit
16 Nov 2016 360 AR and VR - get ahead the curve
15 Oct 2016 NZCS Awards 2016 dinner
15 Oct 2016 Pre-Awards scoop: see the RED 8K Helium cameras
15 Oct 2016 NZCS Awards Bonus - A Conversation with Tom Stern
17 Aug 2016 Tab on the bar and AGM
15 Aug 2016 NZCS awards entries
11 Aug 2016 Full Colour LEDs: don't be late to the lighting revolution
21 Jun 2016 Drones: leaving the Wild West behind
31 May 2016 2016 Accreditation applications
18 May 2016 Crossing Rachmaninoff with Simon Raby and Rebecca Tansley
09 May 2016 Leica Cine Lenses and the Nature of Image, with Rainer Hercher
30 Mar 2016 LEDs and lighting: What you need to know
08 Mar 2016 Meet the new baby before it goes home
24 Feb 2016 Evil Dead comes to life in Auckland

NZCS Major National Sponsor

NZCS Platinum Sponsors

NZCS Gold Sponsors


NZCS Awards Silver Sponsors

NZCS Awards supporter sponsors

NZCS Awards additional in-kind sponsors

Lotech Big Pictures  

NZCS other corporate members

Ariel Camera Limited
CR Kennedy NZ Ltd
Halcyon Digital
Māui Virtual Production Ltd
Reel Factory
Rubber Monkey

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