Anifex cleans up at ACS Awards
The SA & WA Annual Awards for Cinematography were held on 27th October in Adelaide. It was a great night for local animation company Anifex with three of their cinematographers taking out awards.
Richard Chataway ACS took home a Bronze award for his live action commercial "1900 Beef" featuring a man in a bull suit reclining in a pot of noodles as he indulges in a phone sex conversation with himself (hey, it's a living!) and a Bronze was awarded to JoAnne Bouzianis-Sellick for her work on an animated Bubble Tea commercial for "Easy Way."
The big winner of the night however was cinematographer Jo Rossiter ACS who picked up a Gold Award in the Experimental and Specialised section for his outstanding work on the animated short film "Sleight of Hand."
It was one of twenty five Gold Awards handed out on the night in what the judges described as an "oustanding year" for creative work. It therefore made Jo's second award of the night even more rewarding.
Jo was then presented with the highly prestigious "Milton Ingerson Award for the Best Entry" of the night. Named after Milton, a leading light in the SA Film Industry, the award is given to the Best of the Best and is selected from all of the Gold Award winners on the night.
The ACS committee had to indulge in a little subterfuge leading up to the night as Jo is also a committe member and is responsible for organising some of the trophies and once the results were known to the others, they had to feed him with false information to hide the fact that he had taken out the top gong, even going so far as having a plaque with a false name engraved on it. Jo was therefore taken completely by surprise on the night as he thought the Award was going to another cinematographer.
The Gold Award now makes Jo and "Sleight of Hand" eligible to compete for a Golden Tripod award in the National competition to be held in Canberra in May next year.