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Can you Cut it?

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Can you Cut it?

Wintec is looking for New Zealand’s next generation of aspiring filmmakers to enter Cut! – a short film competition for secondary school students.

Films should be between 4 – 6 minutes in duration and can be documentary or fiction, on any topic. Entries must be in by October 5.

Cut!, in its ninth year, is one of New Zealand’s biggest filmmaking competitions for the secondary school age group. Cut! Coordinator Dawn Tuffery says the competition provides a great opportunity for students to get experience, show off their skills and get personal feedback from judges.

“For many participants, it’s the first time they’ve created a complete video and had the chance to show it to an audience on the big screen. Some students have already made exceptional videos as part of their coursework this year that can be entered and potentially do really well.

“It also makes a an ideal next step from competitions like the V48 Hours, as they can use the lessons learned and take plenty of time to work on the details of a project.”

Ten finalists will be selected and their films shown at the public award screening, which will be held at Wintec’s Gallagher Hub in Hamilton on October 28. Awards will also be presented for the ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Director’, ’Best ‘Sweet As’ Story’, ‘Best Animator’, and ‘Best Editor’.

There a range of prizes are on offer, including an iMac, a $250 voucher from United Sweets, editing software from Protel, a one year Media Arts scholarship, and Ricoh digital cameras.

To enter or for information about the entry criteria, please visit


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