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NZCS Awards 2020 postponed

The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community, our industry, and the  New Zealand economy is forecast to be significant. 

At NZCS we believe it would be irresponsible to carry on planning for a major black tie event as if things were normal.  Unprecedented travel restrictions and lockdowns around the world shows that things are far from normal, even if the impact so far in New Zealand appears to be less than other countries.

For this reason, the NZCS Awards 2020 will not be held this year and will resume in 2021.

In the meantime we urge everyone to take play their part to help contain this pandemic. 

Find out more about the situation and the part you can play here


Guide to NZCS Awards

How to enter

  1. Register each of your entries online and pay the fees online using your credit card.
  2. Submit your media files.

Deadline for entries

Details for entry submission for the 2021 NZCS Awards will be advised early 2021. Registration must have been completed, media submission form and media must be received by that date. 

Subscribe to the NZCS mailing to to make sure you don't miss the call for entries.


Why you should enter

Since it is not winner-takes-all approach, you may win a gold even if you are up against a production with a much higher budget. A gold, silver, or bronze award brings you and the production recognition for the quality of the cinematography, enhancing your CV and giving you a high quality plaque for your wall. It is a unique opportunity to have your work evaluated and positioned.

Who can enter

To enter you need to be a member of NZCS and you must be the principal photographer of the entry, the episode or segment entered - meaning you were totally responsible for the visual content and lighting. You may enter more than one production. If you are not a member you may join prior to entering. Students who are entered by their film school will get sponsored student membership.


Eligible productions

Any production shot by a member of NZCS and publicly released in the two years before the closing date for entries may be entered. This year (2020), release date period is from August 1st 2018 through to August 1st 2020. The production may have been released via any distribution channel, but a feature film must have had a theatrical release first, and television dramas must not have had a theatrical first release.

In the category Specialised and Second Unit part of a production may be entered, for example an aerial, underwater, or second unit sequence. For more details see categories page.

If you have entered a production in past NZCS Awards, it is not eligible to be entered again.


    

Award categories

  1. Music Videos
  2. Short films
  3. News and current affairs
  4. Magazine lifestyle and reality
  5. Informational and educational
  6. Specialised and second unit.
  7. Documentaries
  8. Commercials
  9. Web series
  10. Television dramas
  11. Teleseries  
  12. Feature films

Awards event

A black tie awards dinner will be held on Saturday 17 October 2020 at the Cordis Hotel Great Room in Auckland.  The 2019 NZCS Awards dinner was a fantastic event, and we aim to repeat that success this year.


Al Guilford Emerging Cinematographer Award

This award is a memorial to cinematographer Al Guilford NZCS and is awarded to the best cinematography entry from an emerging  New Zealand-based cinematographer. 

Cutting Edge Award

The cutting edge award is a discretionary award made in some years by the judges to a cinematographer for breaking new ground in technical, creative, or craft in New Zealand. An entrant can enter themselves alongside the category awards, however judges may also award it from among other entries.


Turtz award for contribution toward cinematography

The Turtz award for contribution toward cinematography is made in memory of the influential camera department icon Ian Turtill.

This award is wide ranging and may cover any type of contribution to cinematography in New Zealand. NZCS members may nominate someone for this award, which is usually made to someone who is not a working professional cinematographer themselves. 

Cinematographer of the Year

The Cinematographer of the Year Award will be the climax of the awards dinner, and is a best-in-the-show award selected by the judges from all the entries. 


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