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6th NZCS Awards for cinematography entries

  • 10 Oct 2022
  • 11:00 AM
  • 07 Dec 2022
  • 11:59 PM


  • Student at time of filming the entry. A maximum of 2 entries per student is allowed. Entrants must state which cinematography / film course or school they attended at the time of filming their entry.
  • 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

Ray Edwards holds his Al Guilford Emerging Cinematographer Award presented by Leon Narby NZCS.

We are looking forward to celebrating you and your fellow colleagues’ best cinematography from the past two years at the prestigious 6th NZCS Awards and after party on 13 May 2023. 

Winning a Gold, Silver or Bronze NZCS award from one, or more, of the various categories is recognition amongst cinematographers that you have created a work of art that stands out and deserves acknowledgement.

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

How to enter

  1. Ensure your production was released between 1 August 2020 and 30 November 2022.
  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 30 November 2022. 
  6. Register each entry separately.

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