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Massey University Joins HP48HOURS Filmmaking Competition

Massey University Joins HP48HOURS Filmmaking Competition

Announcing the “Massey HP48 Hour Award” and the launch of Creative Media Production Scholarships

HP48HOURS announces a new partnership with Massey University, which is sponsoring the “Massey HP48HOUR Award” at this year’s HP48HOURS filmmaking competition. The Award is available to secondary school students entering the HP48HOURS filmmaking competition. The winner receives a $1000 cash prize. The entries will be judged on technical achievement, aesthetic quality and storytelling strength.

In addition to the Award, Massey is launching four scholarships for the Bachelor of Creative Media Production degree, each valued at $6000. The scholarships are to be awarded for students undertaking full-time study commencing Semester 1, 2018. Each scholarship is for one of the four Bachelor of Creative Media Production degree pathways: Film and TV, Game Development, Animation and VFX, and Web and Interactive Development. More information about eligibility criteria can be found on the School’s website

In a further enhancement for HP48HOURS, Massey University will also host the competition’s launch and ‘hand-in’ events for the Wellington region at its striking Te Ara Hihiko building.

Professor Claire Robinson, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the College of Creative Arts at Massey University says: “Student learning and experience is at the heart of what we do at the College. We focus on studio and project-based learning that provides a broad range of technical expertise, encourages collaboration, and provides as much real-life experience as possible before they leave.

“The collaboration with HP48HOURS is a perfect fit with our philosophy and our offering. We really look forward to meeting with the film crews, viewing the finished products and welcoming four students to a journey of a lifetime within our Creative Media Production degree,” Professor Robinson said.

Lucas Haley, Creative Media Production Programme Leader says: “The Bachelor of Creative Media Production at Massey University Wellington is excited to partner with HP48HOURS for the prize and scholarship announcement. Massey sees HP48HOURS as a vibrant celebration of our industry’s craft and vision, and hopes to foster that industry by supporting the next generation of filmmakers.”

HP48HOURS event organiser Ant Timpson says: “We get a lot of high school students entering the competition who are already digital media literate. Massey is at the forefront of teaching interactive and digital media and we’re grateful that they are enabling us to offer the Massey HP48Hour Award and these great scholarships. It’s an excellent opportunity to further develop skills in the industry.”

This year sees the continuation of sponsorship by HP, a technology company that has empowered filmmakers and creative visionaries for more than seven decades. Grant Hopkins, Managing Director, HP New Zealand, says “We are excited to sponsor the HP48hours to shine a spotlight on the role technology can play in igniting personal storytelling and unleashing the creator and artist in all of us.”

About the Bachelor of Creative Media Production

The three-year Bachelor of Creative Media Production gives students the skills and creativity to realise their vision in interactive and digital media. Students work hands-on with projects across video and television production, sound design, post-production, interactive media development, app and game design, animation, visual effects, and motion capture. The course takes advantage of Massey University’s extensive industry connections and students benefit from studying in a city recognised worldwide for its creativity and innovation in contemporary media brands and production. Using industry standard production facilities, students respond to briefs that combine creative studio practice, linear and non-linear storytelling, professional practice, events production and portfolio development.

About the HP48HOURS Filmmaking Competition

Registrations are now open at

Now in its 15th year, the national weekend competition takes place on August 25-27, 2017. Filmmaking teams have to write, shoot, edit and score a short film from one to five minutes duration. The intensity begins at 7pm on Friday August 25 and doesn’t let up until the final deadline at 7pm on Sunday August 27.

City Heats Start: 29th August

City Finals: September

Grand Final: 11th November

Other Key Awards:

The Gaylene Preston/WIFT Award - a $1,000 cash prize (plus free WIFT membership) for the Best Female Director winner.

Competition owner Ant Timpson is offering a $1,000 cash prize for innovation and risk-taking.

Plus $100,000 in cash & services in the prize pool.



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Twitter: HP48HOURS

View past HP48Hours films here: HP48hours screening room


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