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2021 NZCS Awards for cinematography entries

  • 11 Aug 2021
  • 11:30 PM - 11:59 PM


  • Musical, or concert items shot for the purpose of entertainment or promotion.
  • Short dramatised productions.
  • News or current affairs stories or segments broadcast on regular television news or current affairs programs. Enter a single story, segment, or episode. Entries which are more documentary in nature and which run for the entire duration of the program, also have the option of being entered into Documentaries.
  • Light entertainment human-interest productions or segments. For example: travel, leisure, gardening, property, cooking, entertainment, science, sports, arts and reality shows. Enter a single story, segment, or episode.
  • Productions specifically shot for a corporate or educational market designed to teach or inform. Includes longer online infomercials.
  • This category is for documentary productions that deal with people in relation to their environment. Entries can include feature documentaries, documentary series and documentaries subjects within current affairs programs that constitute the entire program.
  • An episode from a series (more than three episodes) made for online distribution.
  • Commercials for national or international release. Entries must have been specifically shot for this purpose and not repurposed from other material. Commercials are generally distinguished from corporate and educational entries by shorter length (under 90 seconds), TV commercial style, and high productions values.
  • Second unit sequences or specialised cinematography sequences or productions.
  • A standalone drama, dramatised documentary, comedy, or one episode from a series. Made for TV broadcast or subscription service.
  • Feature productions intended for national or international theatrical release.

Registration is closed

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

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