School Shorts Entry Form

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Entry submissions
  • Please submit a separate entry form for each entry.
  • The entry fee is $25 (per entry) to be paid by internet banking (bank account details below).
  • There is no limit on the number of entries per school, but entries should be submitted with approval of a teacher at the school.
  • Entries must be available to download not later than Monday 1 October 2019.
  • Every school entered will be contacted once the preliminary judging has been completed.
  • The finalists will be featured at the School Shorts Festival Screening from 6-9pm on Sunday 3 November at Reading Cinemas, The Palms, Christchurch.
  • Tickets will be free, but priority will be given to schools with entries in the final. The finals programme will be approximately two hours in length with an interval and prizes awarded after the screenings
  • Awards on the night will include, but not necessarily be limited to: Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Actor and a Supreme Award for the overall winner.
  • Pay your entry fee to
  • Bank Account Name - School Shorts Canterbury
  • Bank Account Number - 030855-0397605-00
  • (please use the first letters of the title of the work as the reference)
Terms and conditions
  1. Entries are open to students from any school in the South Island and must be submitted (on behalf of the students) by a supervising teacher at the school.
  2. Each entry must have a total duration of not more than 10 minutes including any credits.
  3. Entries close 1 October 2019.
  4. Works submitted may be any genre, from drama to documentary, comedy to horror, music video to TV commercial, movie trailer to corporate video, or anything in between. The emphasis should be on the story, rather than on technical elements, but quality production is encouraged.
  5. Films must be the work of secondary school students and have been produced during the current calendar year. Students are encouraged to include only original material. Works will be judged accordingly.
  6. Use of copyright material should follow the Copyright Council of New Zealand’s guidelines for copyright use in the education sector. Your teacher can advise.
  7. The judges will decide each case on its merit. The judges reserve the right to reject any entry if the content is deemed objectionable or inappropriate. The judges’ decisions are final.
  8. All work should be HD quality and encoded H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC) with settings appropriate for HD delivery on YouTube or Vimeo. Refer to the appropriate compression guidelines available on these sites.
  9. All entries should be uploaded to your own cloud-based storage facility (e.g. Dropbox or OneDrive or Google Drive) for downloading by the judges. The sharable link on the entry form must enable the judges to download and view.
  10. The makers of the works submitted retain copyright however, by entering work into this festival, the copyright holder grants to the New Zealand Broadcasting School at Ara, and the School Shorts Festival organisers the right to publish and distribute the work, provided it is for promotion or exhibition purposes only.