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Uni Shorts 2018 / Call for Entries

Student filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit their short films for the Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival 2018. This year’s festival will again be held at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand on 26-27 October 2018.

This will be the sixth edition of Uni Shorts which was started in 2012 by Unitec Screen Arts students in response to the lack of platforms to screen their short film work. The festival has since grown into the largest and only student film festival of its type in Australasia.

“Uni Shorts has a growing international profile, and is one of the only festivals that celebrates student filmmaking from around the world,” says Unitec’s Head of Creative Industries and Uni Shorts chairperson, Dr Vanessa Byrnes. “Creative Industries at Unitec welcomes short film makers to put their most dynamic work forward in this exciting medium, and to back their talent. We are proud to be curating and hosting this event.”

Short films must be entirely student made from Nov 2016– Feb 2018 and under 20 minutes. Genres this year are fiction, documentary, animation and experimental.

Early bird entry is only NZD$20 until 29 June 2018. Standard entry fee is NZD$30 by the final entry deadline 3 August 2018. There is also a secondary schools’ category for New Zealand entrants only, which is free entry.

A free workshop for film students and teachers will be held on Friday, 26 October at Unitec’s Film & Television Studios. This will be followed by the Awards Night at the Red Lecture Theatre where the winning films will be announced. All films selected as finalists will screen at the same venue on Saturday, 27 October.

The prizes, judging panel and festival programme will be announced once final selections are completed in August.

To enter your film go to Uni Shorts website or email festival coordinator Peter Rees for more information.


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