NZCS accreditation represents the highest level of achievement within NZCS and cinematography in general. NZCS accredited members are senior figures in New Zealand’s camera community.
The letters NZCS after your name is seen locally and internationally as recognition of your skills and experience. With such recognition comes responsibilities. An accredited member represents NZCS wherever they are in the world and continues to strive for the very highest level of practice and craft. They are expected to participate within NZCS and contribute to the society, passing on their knowledge and experience to upcoming cinematographers.
Each application for accreditation is considered at length by the NZCS Accreditation Committee. NZCS accreditation is not a competition and each application is judged on its own merits.
To qualify for NZCS accreditation your body of work must demonstrate a high degree of professional competence and skills. These skills include craft skills and directing a camera crew. However, NZCS accreditation requires more than professional competence and experience. It requires a high degree of creativity and contribution to storytelling that reaches a consistently high international standard across a variety of productions and challenges within your field of expertise. A cinematographer who reaches accreditation standard is likely to be winning NZCS or ACS Awards.
The accreditation committee consists of a minimum of five accredited members who evaluate accreditation applications. The NZCS board awards accreditation on the recommendation of the accreditation committee.
You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:
Applications are called for annually with accreditation certificates presented at the New Zealand Cinematography Awards in October. The evaluation process is separate from the New Zealand Cinematography Awards.
NZCS Accreditation Committee may suggest the applicant re-applies after further developing their body of work. If the applicant reapplies within two years a second application fee will not be required.
On the recommendation of the accreditation committee, in rare cases, NZCS may award honorary accreditation to a cinematographer whose body of work and reputation is well known and speaks for itself. In this case there is no need for the cinematographer to submit an application. Once awarded, there is no difference between an honorary accreditation and any other accreditation.
Aaron Morton NZCS (Chair)
Guide to applying for NZCS accreditation
If you have any questions about the application process, or you would like to discuss the process prior to making an application, email firstname.lastname@example.org.