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2.2.10 SASC – Professional Cinematographer


An individual applying for the SASC acronym should be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the entire content production process, including an in-depth understanding of the management and administration systems that apply to cinematography. The candidate should also demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the art and craft of cinematography in the film/ video environment.


Become a member of the SA Society of Cinematographers and use the designatory letters SASC behind their name

Offer employers and colleagues assurance of commitment to the film and video industry

Be listed on the National Learners’ Record Database

Qualifying criteria

Applicants must have:

  • completed at least 8 years of industry related experience. Individuals working on a freelance basis should demonstrate that they have worked a minimum 105 days in each year.
  • have gained an NQF registered qualification at NQF 6 or equivalent
  • Provide a portfolio of evidence demonstrating their in-depth understanding of the art and craft of cinematography in the film/ video environment.
  • Gained an endorsement from three people of good standing within the film and video industry

Preparing a portfolio of evidence: There is no definitive list of documents that should appear within the portfolio but generally it would include:

  • A detailed list of screen credits
  • Testimonials and letters of recommendation supporting an individual’s claim of deep knowledge, experience and competence
  • A list of any awards or commendations received
  • Extracts from qualifying productions that demonstrate how lighting, composition and camera movement have been used to enhance the story and mood of work submitted. (extracts should be uploaded to Vimeo)
  • an accompanying document, with a short statement about the style and intention of the lighting and framing of the submitted material.

Recognition of Prior Learning

The SASC Board of Governors and the SACIA Certification Council recognise that many competent individuals may not hold an appropriate NQF qualification and will consider an application from competent individuals who meet all other criteria and have at least 15 years’ relevant experience in the film and video industry.

Application Process: The Application Form is completed and submitted to SACIA for processing, together with the required supporting documentation. This includes the registration fee.

Candidates are notified of outcome of evaluation

Successful candidates are Certified, and their name is added to National Register for SACIA Certified BCT Professionals

Continuing professional development (CPD) requirements

Designated members are required to:

  • maintain annual membership of SACIA or SASC
  • pay an annual certification fee to SACIA
  • subscribe to the SACIA code of professional conduct
  • comply with the CPD requirements as stipulated by SACIA

It is important to note that:

  • Professional designations are awarded at the discretion of the SACIA board;
  • SACIA reserves the right to check the records of applicants as part of the application process;
  • Certificates issued by SACIA remain the property of SACIA and must be returned should the individual for any reason lose their status as designee.
  • In instances where a candidate does not hold an appropriate qualification, recognition of workplace learning, and extended work experience will be considered in an evaluation.

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