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Student filmmakers are invited to enter their short films for the third annual Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival 2014. The call for entries is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students attending New Zealand and international film schools, animation/design schools, universities, polytechnics, tertiary institutions. High school student filmmakers in New Zealand are also invited to submit their films.


The entry categories are as follows; Fiction (undergraduate & postgraduate), Non-Fiction/Documentary, Animation, Non-Narrative/Experimental and High School (New Zealand Secondary Schools only).


Films must be entirely student-made as part of a course of study and no longer than 20 minutes running time. We accept short films made from November 2012 – January 2014 (if you have a film not completed you can send us a DVD screener on the proviso you send the finished version if selected). Your film must be signed off by a supervising tutor/teacher.


Our Early Bird deadline is approaching on 28 February, so don’t miss out on the discounted entry fee. Entry forms received on or before the early bird deadline date, and postmarked as such, will be counted. The general deadline is 28 March and no entries will be accepted after that date.


The 2013 Uni Shorts festival in Auckland saw a record number of entries from across New Zealand and around the world. This year’s festival promises to be even bigger and better with more prizes and exciting forums for student filmmakers and educators. The 2014 Uni Shorts will be held in Auckland on August/September. Venue and dates will be confirmed shortly. Uni Shorts is the only multi-discipline student film festival of its kind in the Australasian region.




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


Step One
Fill in the entry form online here.



Received on/before Early-Bird Date 28 February: $30 per film/$80, 3 or more films

Received on/before Final Deadline 28 March:  $40 per form/$100, 3 or more films

Free entry for NZ Secondary (High Schools) only.


Step Two

Send us your DVD Screener, either by:



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



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.



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



DVD PAL/Multizone
Blu-ray Zone B
Ratio must be 16×9
English subtitles must be embedded for all foreign (non-English) films
Please advise if you have an Apple ProRes file for the film in the event we decide to screen using such a format.


Step Three

After you’ve entered your film, email a synopsis/tagline & production credits for your film, a brief director’s bio (80 words max) and the director’s head shot photo to [email protected]

More details on the website

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