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Handle the Jandal is back: biggerer and betterer

Handle the Jandal is back: biggerer and betterer

Ever wanted to make your own video to your favourite song? Be a music video star? Call the shots in your own slice of cinematic history? Or announce your arrival to the world of filmmaking covered in the glory of the coveted Golden Jandal?

Radio Active 89FM's Handle the Jandal, the nationwide DIY music video competiton, is back for 2008 and is calling for entries for this year's competition, to be held November 27 at Wellington's St James Theatre.

The deadline for entries is 10am, Monday October 13, 2008.

All entry requirements, specifications and further information is available from Radio Active 89FM's website or Hadden Morrison, ph 04 801 9899, email

Handle the Jandal is the annual competition for Do-It-Yourself New Zealand filmmakers to create music videos for local bands and artists. It's about matching rising music stars with up'n'coming filmmakers, so all videos must be completely self-funded and may only use New Zealand music.

This will be the 10th Handle the Jandal competition. After a one-year hiatus, it has moved to a new venue, the spacious and regal St James on Courtenay Place.

A panel of judges will decide Best Editing, Best use of Exploitative Tactics to Promote a Band, Best Cinematography, Best Concept, Best Animation and Rising Star. An audience vote at the awards will decide the seventh golden flip flop category: the Favourite Handle the Jandal Video award winner.

At the 2006 awards, 93 entries from aspiring filmmakers and give-it-a-goers competed for prizes across seven categories.

Prizes have yet to be confirmed, but in 2006 around $70,000 of prizes were up for grabs including filmmaking production facilities, a digital home theatre projector, equipment hire, travel vouchers and digital cameras. The grand prize was $10,000 worth of facility use at Peter Jackson's Park Road Post studios.

All videos will be promoted and re-broadcast on television, mobile phone networks and social networking websites.

Radio Active 89FM acknowledges NZ on Air and the NZ Film Archive for their continuing support.

For an info pack and entry form, visit


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