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Uni Shorts 2014 - FINAL CALL

Uni Shorts 2014 - FINAL CALL for NZ Secondary School film entries

Just a final reminder as we approach the Easter break that the extended deadline for Uni Shorts is coming up on 30 April.
We are making a special call to New Zealand Secondary Schools for student made films that were completed between Nov 2012 and Jan 2014. If you have completed films from last year you would be interested in submitting, entry is FREE. So why not enter online now at

If your film is selected, it will be screened in competition alongside other selected films at this year's festival on 12-14 September 2014. Your students could win some great prizes!

Last year's winning film 'The Night of their Lives' (St Kentigern College) netted student director Lucas Sachs NZ$1000 in prize-money. He is now studying film in New York. Read full story here:

We accept student made short films in the following genres; fiction, documentary, animation, experimental (non-narrative). All films must be under 20 minutes running time. The films have to be entirely student made as part of a course of study and signed off by their school or teacher in charge.

We are close to confirming the full programme for Uni Shorts 2014 and we are planning a session dedicated to Media Studies/Secondary School educators as part of an exciting weekend. Tickets to attend the festival will be on sale in May via our website so make sure you pencil in 12-14 September in your calendar.

"There's been a surge of interest following on from last year's event where we tripled the number of entries from the inaugural year of this event in 2012. We're hoping to receive more student works particularly in the animation, experimental and high school categories. There will be come great prizes so plenty of motivation there for student filmmakers and multimedia artists," says Uni Shorts committee chairperson, Alex Lee.

How to enter your film

It's so easy to enter! Follow the 3 easy steps:

1. Fill in the entry form online at

Entry fees:Free entry for NZ Secondary Schools

2. Send us your DVD Screener, either by:

(i) Post:
Uni Shorts Film Festival c/o - Department of Performing and Screen Arts
Unitec Institute of Technology
Private Bag 92025, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142, New Zealand

(ii) Courier:
Uni Shorts Film Festival
Department of Performing and Screen Arts
Unitec Institute of Technology
Building 6 (Level 2), Entry 1, 139 Carrington Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland, New Zealand

Please ensure you mark your package for customs clearance with 'No Commercial Value'; For film festival. We will accept all film entries postmarked on or before the deadline dates.

(iii) Or send your film via a secure online Vimeo link:

i) English subtitles for foreign language films must be embedded
ii) Formatted to 1080 x 720HD
iii) It is a link that we can download from on our end.

We accept the following formats:

* DVD PAL/Multizone
* Blu-ray Zone B
* Ratio must be 16x9

Please advise if you have an Apple ProRes file for the film in the event we decide to screen using such a format.

3. After you've entered your film, send us your film's synopsis/tagline, production credits, a brief director's biography (80 words max) and a JPEG file head shot photo of the director.
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