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NZCS Awards Terms

Entry Process

  1. Entrants should begin by registering and paying the required fee online at 
  2. Accepted payment methods are MasterCard, Visa, credit or debit cards.
  3. Each production that is entered by a cinematographer should be registered separately online. 
  4. The registration email for each entry will contain a link to the media submission form. A separate media submission form quoting the registration invoice number should be completed for each entry. However files for each entry can be loaded onto the same media. 
  5. The media submission forms and media files should be submitted to the address on the form, and received not later than the closing date for entries. 
  6. If you want the media returned include a pre-paid self addressed envelope or courier pack with your media submission.   

Entrant eligibility

  1. The NZCS Awards are open to paid-up members of NZCS. All categories of individual NZCS membership are eligible. If you are not a member you may join and enter.

Production eligibility 

  1. Entries must be first released or exhibited publicly within two years prior to the closing date of entries. 
  2. Productions entered in previous NZCS awards will not be accepted.
  3. An entry may have been entered in other competitions or awards.
  4. An entrant may enter more than one production. 


  1. Awards are made to individual episodes of a series. Each cinematographer is eligible to enter only one episode from the series. Two cinematographers may enter separate episodes from a series.

Separate entries

  1. For a series only one episode of the series season can be entered per entrant. Another episode may be entered by a different entrant. 
  2. A production or episode can only be entered once except for specialised entries in the Experimental and Specialised category, where the main production may also be entered in another category.


  1. Student category entrants must have been enrolled in a recognised film course at the time of filming their entry.
  2. If they are no longer a full-time student and enter any other category they are not eligible to enter the student category.

Distribution channels

  1. Generally the production's release may be via cinemas, free to air television, subscription services, film festivals, DVD, or on the web. 
  2. However, entries in the category Telefeatures must not have had a theatrical release. Feature Films must have had theatrical release.

Principle cinematographer

  1. Joint entries are not accepted. If an entry has more than one cinematographer the entrant must be the principal director of photography with overall responsibility for the visual content and lighting of the entry. 
  2. Where an entry is a segment entered in the Specialised Cinematography, or News and Current Affairs categories, then responsibility for the visual content and lighting applies to only to the segment entered. 
  3. Entries of segments in the Specialised Cinematography category should include a copy of an email or written acknowledgement of the entry from the principal director of photography for the production. Similarly, if you enter a episode from a series, or a segment from a production where you did not set up the look, or multiple cinematographers shared duties, a copy of an email or written acknowledgement from the other cinematographers is required.

Identifying work 

  1. Where an entry includes cinematography by other people, the media submission must give their names and describe the extent of their role and work, and significant sequences identified.  
  2. Computer-generated images (CGI) or CGI manipulation, and the entrant's role in any CGI must be clearly described and identified in the media submission. 


  1. The organisers may combine categories to facilitate smooth running of the awards. 
  2. Organisers have the right to decline an entry at their discretion, without giving reasons. In this case entry fee will be refunded.
  3. Organisers may reclassify an entry to a more appropriate category. In this case the entrant will be advised by email, and given an opportunity to accept the change or withdraw. Entry fees may be adjusted, but no refunds will be made.
  4. NZCS may, at its discretion, nominate a member's work for entry.
  5. A judging panel will judge the entries according to the NZCS Judging Guidelines based on ACS criteria and process.
  6. To manage potential conflict of interest, judges will not judge entries that they were involved in, and judges make their assessment independently of each other without discussion.
  7. By entering the competition the entrant agrees that they have the necessary permissions from the works' owners and rights holders to: enter the competition, exhibit the work to the judges, exhibit nominated short excerpts for display at the awards event and associated publicity. 
  8. NZCS will take due care but will accept no responsibility for the loss, theft, or damage to an entry. Media is handled and processed by a recognized professional post production house. NZCS does not directly accept or handle media. Insurance of the entry is the entrants responsibility.  

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