2014 Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival

We are now calling for entries for the 2014 Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival.

Early bird deadline is February 28, 2014 with the final deadline on March 28, 2014.

Early bird entry fee is $30 per film (or $80 for three or more films from same entrant/school). Standard entry fee is $40 (or $100 for three or more films) for entries received after February 28, 2014.

Send your DVD Screener to:

Uni Shorts Film Festival
Department of Performing and Screen Arts
Unitec Institute of Technology,
Private Bag 92025, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142
New Zealand

If sending by courier send to:

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

We accept the following formats only:

  • DVD PAL/Multizone    
  • Blu-ray Zone B 
  • Ratio must be 16x9
  • English subtitles for all foreign (non-English) films

Please send synopsis, production credits, directors bio and head shot photo with your film by post or email this material to unishorts@unitec.ac.nz.

 


Competition Details

The high school competition category is open to New Zealand schools only.

The tertiary level category is open to film students and recent graduates from New Zealand and overseas film & design schools/universities and tertiary institutions.

All submitted films must be entirely student-made, and made as part of a study programme between Nov 2012 and January 2014. All films must be no longer than 20 minutes max running time. We accept short films only in fiction, non-fiction (documentary), animation and non-narrative (experimental).

Judges and prizes to be confirmed.

2013 Uni Shorts Overall Winner, 'First Contact' directed by Matthew Richards, Victorian College of Arts, Australia

First Contact - Short Film Trailer (2011) from Matt Richards on Vimeo.


Festival Venues

Unitec Institute of Technology, Entry 3, Carrington Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland

  • Red Lecture Theatre, Entry 3
  • Carrington’s Pumphouse, Building 33, Entry 3

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Accommodation near Unitec, Mt Albert

Mt Albert Lodge Apartment Motel
201 Carrington Road - Mt Albert - Auckland, New Zealand
5 minute walk to Unitec Mt Albert. Rooms available from 2 up to 6 people
Freephone 0800 180701 (NZ only)
phone: +64 9 846 2188
fax: +64 9 846 2186
email: mtalbertlodge@xtra.co.nz
Website: http://www.mtalbertlodge.co.nz/

 

Mt Albert Motor Inn

743 New North Rd (Selcourt Rd), Mt Albert, Auckland
Free Phone 0800 743 639 (NZ only)
phone: +64 9 846 4959
Fax: +64 9 846 9462
Email: dkim@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.leadinglight.co.nz
Tariff: (2 persons) NZ $100 - $150

 

Programme


To be confirmed

Enter your film


Register now for Uni Shorts 2014.

Take advantage of the early bird registration special. Standard pricing applies after 28 Feb 2014.

Here's your chance to be part of the third Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival, the only tertiary level student film festival of its kind in Australasia.

The festival showcases new work from student filmmakers from New Zealand and around the world, with special guest speakers from the industry.

 

Please complete the following form to enter your film

News


Uni Shorts 2014 now Calling for Entries

24 February, 2014

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 forums for student filmmakers. Festival and venue dates will be confirmed shortly.

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

1. Fill in the entry form online

2. Send us your DVD Screener

3. 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 unishorts@unitec.ac.nz.


Australian film wins top honours at Uni Shorts film festival

15 April, 2013

A short film which raises questions about Australia's attitudes towards race, origin and immigration and fear of change, has won top honours at the 2013 Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival, held at Auckland's Unitec over the weekend.

First Contact, directed by Victorian College of Arts student, Matthew Richards, rose above some tough competition in the Postgraduate Fiction category while also winning the coveted Best Film Overall/Audience award. First Contact tells the story of a father and daughter living in self-imposed exile whose calm world is suddenly shattered by the discovery of a mysterious stranger. The film edged out University of Auckland entry, Milk and Honey, directed by Marina McCartney, in both categories.

There was more success for Australian film schools in the equally competitive Documentary category with Queensland University of Technology entry, The Hardcore Obsession, directed by Nick Moore taking out the top award ahead of South Seas Film & TV School entry, Roller Derby Saved My Soul, directed by Corinna Hunziker. Oculus, a film by Staffordshire University's Simon Hill, won the Experimental category. Israeli film, Such Eyes directed by The Sam Spiegel Film & TV School's Rafael Balulu , won the Undergraduate Fiction category. There was success for New Zealand schools as Auckland's Media Design School swept the Animation category with their short films, Funeral Home Pinatas and Luna Park, judged winner and runner up respectively.

Auckland's St Kentigern College was the inaugural winner of the NZ Secondary Schools category. Lucas Sach's film, The Night of their Lives, was judged the winner ahead of runner up, Christ's College entry, The Sleeper. directed by Will Anderson and Charlotte Jackson.

All category winners will receive NZ$1000 prize money and a plaque.

Uni Shorts committee chairperson, Athina Tsoulis, said the two-day festival was a resounding success with over 120 participants coming away inspired by the screenings and panel sessions, which culminated at the festival's awards night on Sunday. "We received nearly 200 film entries and the quality of the films was very high. So the task of judging was not easy," she said. "The standard of films in the secondary schools category was also impressive; we have some great talent coming through."

International judge, Chris 'Doc' Wyatt, echoed Athina's remarks. "I've judged at many film festivals and this was the first one where there was no clear cut winner. It was very hard to choose because the quality was that high."

Athina also remarked positively at the presence of student film-makers from overseas, some coming from as far away as China and Holland, and called for more collaboration amongst local film schools and universities to ensure more New Zealand film work was supported and seen on the international stage.

Tsoulis thanked Chris and the rest of the judging panel; Briar March, Zia Mandviwalla and Yuhei Higashikata, and commended the speakers, moderators, participants and film entrants for making Uni Shorts 2013 a success.

 

2013 Uni Shorts winners

Best NZ Secondary School

  • 1st The Night of their Lives - St Kentigern College, Auckland
  • 2nd The Sleeper - Christ's College, Christchurch

Best Documentary

  • 1st The Hardcore Obsession - Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • 2nd Roller Derby Saved my Soul - South Seas Film & TV School, NZ

Best Animation

  • 1st Funeral Home Pinatas - Media Design School, NZ
  • 2nd Luna Park - Media Design School, NZ

Best Experimental

  • 1st Oculus - Staffordshire University, UK
  • 2nd Here inside you - Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

Best Undergraduate Fiction

  • 1st Such Eyes - The Sam Spiegel Film & TV School, Israel
  • 2nd In the Nick of Time - Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Best Postgraduate Fiction

  • 1st First Contact - Victorian College of Arts, Australia
  • 2nd Milk and Honey - University of Auckland, NZ
Best Film Overall - Audience vote
  • 1st First Contact - Victorian College of Arts, Australia
  • 2nd Milk and Honey - University of Auckland, NZ

 

 


 

Programme, Judges confirmed for Uni Shorts 2013

4 April, 2013

The Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival committee is pleased to announce the programme and judging panel for its second annual festival taking place at Unitec's Mt Albert campus, in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday 13th April - Sunday 14th April.

The full programme is attached with the highlights being:

  • Keynote address by Indie filmmaker, Chris 'Doc' Wyatt (producer of 2004 cult hit Napoleon Dynamite) who shares his personal journey from alternative, low budget filmmaker to successful Hollywood producer.
  • Panel sessions with guest industry speakers who will provide their perspectives on finding an audience for your content; how your expertise as a content maker is valuable to the market place and the diversifying nature of content and the platforms they are dealing with.
  • Audience vote for overall best film award.
  • Awards night at Carringtons Pumphouse at Unitec on Sunday 14 April from 4.30pm - 7.30pm.

Chris Wyatt also joins our esteemed judging panel alongside award-winning film-makers; Briar March (director of multi-award winning documentary, There once was an island); Zia Mandviwalla (director of Nightshift - Show me Shorts 2012 winner), and Yuhei Higashikata (Japanese visual artist).

Don't miss an exciting weekend of student film-making goodness, screenings of new short film works from around the world, plus much more!

"Student film-makers, teachers of film students and those starting out in the industry will find real value in attending Uni Shorts 2013. Our line-up of seminars will address issues important to emerging film-makers as they staircase into an industry that is evolving all the time and they need to adapt to these changes," says festival chairperson, Athina Tsoulis.

 


 

Short film finalists announced

5 March, 2013

Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival organisers have announced 30 finalists to screen in competition next month. Uni Shorts 2013 will be held on 13-14 April at Auckland’s Unitec Institute of Technology in New Zealand, Mt Albert campus.

The 30 finalists were chosen from nearly 200 short film entries that were submitted from film schools and universities around the world, including entries for the new category for New Zealand Secondary Schools. All films selected will vie for cash prizes in fiction, animation, documentary, and experimental genres, including an overall award decided by judges and an audience vote.

“We are pleased to see a marked increase in the number of entries from our inaugural event last year,” says festival chairperson, Athina Tsoulis. “The standard was high. Every film that came through had its own merits and unique story which made the pre-selection process tough.”

Postgraduate category:

  • THE CAREER COMEDIAN – London Film School, UK
  • FIRST CONTACT – Victorian College of Arts, Australia
  • MILK AND HONEY – University of Auckland, NZ
  • I LOVE YOU FISH – WA Screen Academy, Australia
  • TRUNK / HARD VIND – University of Southern Denmark

Undergraduate category:

  • IN THE NICK OF TIME – Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • DINNER AND A MOVIE – London Film School, UK
  • TWO PRINCES – Unitec Department of Performing & Screen Arts, NZ
  • RESTING IN PLAY – Victoria University Wellington, NZ
  • SUCH EYES – The Sam Spiegel Film and TV School, Israel

Documentary category:

  • ROLLER DERBY SAVED MY SOUL – South Seas Film & Television School, NZ
  • THE HARDCORE OBSESSION – Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • A GOOD NOTE – Massey University, NZ
  • SCARRED – WA Screen Academy, Australia
  • WILL HIGGINS: THE REAL KENNY – Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Animation category:

  • BEAN CAUGHT – Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
  • PYGMALION – University of Canterbury, NZ
  • STEAM RIVALS – AUT, NZ
  • FUNERAL HOME PINATAS – Media Design School, NZ
  • LUNA PARK – Media Design School, NZ

Experimental / Non-narrative category:

  • FUTURE SKIES – Staffordshire University, UK
  • OCCULUS – Staffordshire University, UK
  • IT’S A DREAM – Radio and Film College of Chengdu, China
  • TRISTE – University of Waikato, NZ
  • HERE INSIDE YOU – Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

New Zealand Secondary Schools category:

  • THE NIGHT OF THEIR LIVES – St Kentigern, Auckland
  • THE SLEEPER – Christ’s College, Christchurch
  • GONE BY APRIL – Cashmere High School, Christchurch
  • LIGHTS CAMERA FAIL – Wellington Girls College, Wellington
  • GENERATION TEST TUBE – Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland

 


 

Napoleon Dynamite producer appearing at Uni Shorts

26 February, 2013

High-profile filmmaker Chris ‘Doc’ Wyatt hopes to inspire a new generation of Kiwi indie filmmakers when he arrives in Auckland in April. The American producer of 2004 cult hit Napoleon Dynamite, the 2006 festival multi-award winner Coyote, and the 2011 drama Café (starring Jennifer Love Hewitt), will share his journey from Indie filmmaker to Hollywood producer during a two-day seminar being held at Auckland’s Unitec on 11-12 April. He has also accepted an invitation to speak at the Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival on 13-14 April.

Napoleon Dynamite is one of the most successful independent films on all time; having been produced for only US$425,000, but making a swamping return at the US box office of close to US$45 Million.

Wyatt is looking forward to seeing more of New Zealand’s Indie filmmaking talent. “Peter Jackson’s work clearly proves that world-class blockbusters can be made in New Zealand, but far beyond that movies like Eagle vs Shark and Matariki demonstrate the versatility and variety of independent talent that New Zealand has to offer to the world,” he explains. “I want to share my experiences with New Zealand filmmakers, and have them share theirs with me, so that we can grow together as a global indie film community.”

Athina Tsoulis, Unitec’s head of Performing and Screen Arts, is delighted Wyatt has accepted the invitation to come to New Zealand. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to learn from his experience in producing successful low budget features as low budget is where most of New Zealand’s film making is located. And, attendees at Uni Shorts will also benefit from his visit as he will be the keynote speaker as well as a judge on the Awards panel,” she says.

Wyatt supports what the Uni Shorts film festival is trying to achieve. “Short films are more than just the training ground for features. They’re also forms of art and expression that often offer the chance for brave experimentation. A short filmmaker is more likely to take a risk than a feature filmmaker. For this reason I think anything that promotes short filmmaking as an individual art form deserves support,” he adds.

With a cross-section of animation, documentary and experimental films to the fiction categories, Wyatt’s presence at Uni Shorts will provide insight into the challenges that emerging young filmmakers face with exponential technological advances.

Last year’s inaugural festival drew in crowds of young filmmakers and educators, engaging them in conversations pertinent to their developing careers and offered them the opportunity to network with NZ screen industry champions such as Robert Sarkies, Steven O’Meagher and Rachel Gardner.

 


 

Dates confirmed for Uni Shorts 2013

27 August, 2012

The dates have now been confirmed for the second annual Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival next year. Uni Shorts will be held at the Unitec Institute of Technology in Mt Albert, Auckland on 13-14 April 2013. A programme will be finalised over the coming months. There will be screenings of selected films and a series of discussion forums around the theme 'film in education'. Guest judges and other announcements will be confirmed later in the year.

Next year's event in Auckland promises to be even a bigger showcase of student made films with Uni Shorts 2013 now combining two competitions; one for New Zealand high schools only and the main international competition open to all universities, film schools and polytechnics worldwide.

All submitted film work must be entirely student made as part of a course of study, and made between March 2011 - November 2012.

There are seven prizes up for grabs:

  • Best film (secondary/high school) - NZ entries only
  • Best film (undergraduate)
  • Best film (postgraduate)
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Animation
  • Best Non-Narrative (Experimental)
  • Best Overall Film

Uni Shorts festival chair, Athina Tsoulis describes the inaugural festival in April this year as a resounding success and the feedback that was received will guide the festival committee forward in planning for next year’s event.

“We look forward to receiving even more film entries from around New Zealand and the world over the next few months, and hope to unveil the judges, prizes and an exciting programme for Uni Shorts 2013 as well,” she explains.

Uni Shorts was established in 2011 following discussions between screen students and their tutors at Unitec’s Department of Performing and Screen Arts. The aim of the festival was to provide a platform for student film work to be showcased, given the lack of opportunities in Australasia at the time. “We wanted to find a way to bring their talents to the attention of a wider audience," Tsoulis explains.

Uni Shorts 2012, held at Auckland’s Unitec in April, provided a platform for discussion on the issues that affect emerging filmmakers and the landscape they were entering. Respected New Zealand producers Steven O’Meagher, Rachel Gardner and director Robert Sarkies were among the screen industry guests who spoke at Uni Shorts 2012.

For all enquiries, email unishorts@unitec.ac.nz.

 


 

Uni Shorts 2013 launched - Call for entries: Deadline 30 November

6 August, 2012

The second annual Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival has been launched with a call for entries for next year's festival in April 2013. Click here to download an entry form.

Last year's inaugural event held at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland attracted entries from all over New Zealand and around the world. Next year's event in Auckland promises to be even a bigger showcase of student made films!

Uni Shorts 2013 will combine two competitions; high school (New Zealand schools only) and tertiary level (universities, film schools & polytechs); a festival of screenings; and a series of discussion forums around the theme of 'film in education'.

The competition is open to New Zealand schools only in the high school category and New Zealand and International film students/recent grads in the tertiary level category. All submitted film work must have been made as a requirement of their study between March 2011 and November 2012.

There are seven prizes up for grabs:

  • Best film (secondary/high school) - NZ entries only
  • Best film (undergraduate)
  • Best film (postgraduate)
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Animation
  • Best Non-Narrative (Experimental)
  • Best Overall Film

 

According to Uni Shorts festival chair, Athina Tsoulis, last year's festival was a surprise success and the feedback that was received from those in attendance will guide the festival committee forward in planning for next year's event.

"We look forward to receiving even more film entries from around New Zealand and the world over the next few months, and hope to unveil the judges, prizes and an exciting programme and dates for Uni Shorts 2013 as well," she explains.

Uni Shorts was established in 2011 following discussions between screen students and their tutors at Unitec's Department of Performing and Screen Arts. The aim of the festival was to provide a platform for student film work to be showcased, given the lack of opportunities in Australasia at the time. "We wanted to find a way to bring their talents to the attention of a wider audience," adds Ms Tsoulis.

The inaugural festival held in at Auckland's Unitec in April this year, also provided a platform for discussion on the issues that affect emerging filmmakers and the landscape they are entering and saw industry guests such as respected New Zealand producers Steven O'Meagher, Rachel Gardner and director Robert Sarkies speak to festival attendees during the seminar sessions.

The 2012 Uni Shorts winners:

BEST FILM (INTERNATIONAL): Wie Ein Fremder; Director: Lena Liberta; Institution: Hamburg Media School (Germany)

BEST FILM (NEW ZEALAND): If We Are To Be Eaten By Wolves; Director: Ian Hedley-Wakefield; Institution: Unitec

BEST FILM (PEOPLE'S CHOICE): co-winner: Dust Off; Director: Ivan Pavljutskov; Institution: Baltic Film & Media School (Estonia)


View news archive for 2012 Uni Shorts Film Festival.

 

Rules & Regulations


1. Purpose

The Festival is organised by the Department of Performing and Screen Arts at the Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. The Festival aims to promote collaboration with other tertiary institutions within New Zealand and overseas. The festival aims to be a forum for the sharing of ideas and conversations between film students in a community-like environment. Uni Shorts 2014 will be the third annual event. The inaugural event was held in Auckland in April 2012.

2. Rules/eligibility

Open to all New Zealand secondary schools and tertiary; and International tertiary level students, attending Film schools/Universities/Polytechnic institutions. Short film entries accepted only. No feature films will be accepted. Submitted works must be entirely student made by secondary (NZ), undergraduate or postgraduate students as part of their course of study. We accept films made between November 2012 - January 2014. But if a film has not yet been finished, we will accept screeners as entries and request the completed film if selected. Rights for any music used in the films must be obtained by the submitting individual or institution.

3. Authority

The Entrant confirms that it has the authority to submit the film to Uni Shorts 2014.

4. Format

Length: All films must be no longer than 20 minutes running time.

Formats:

  • DVD PAL/Multizone, or
  • Blu-ray Zone B.

Please advise if you have an Apple ProRes file for the film in the event we decide to screen using such a format. Ratio: 16x9.

English subtitles must be embedded for foreign language films.

5. Submission screener

Please provide us with a secure vimeo link or either a DVD Pal/Multizone or Blu-ray Zone B screener. VIMEO link must be downloadable, either 1080 or 720HD, and has English subtitles embedded if dialogue of film is non-English.

6. Deadlines

Final deadline for entries is 28 March, 2014. Judging period will take place from April 2014 to June 2014. Films selected for competition will be announced in June/July 2014.

7. Entry categories

Fiction / Non-Fiction (Documentary)/ Animation / Non-Narrative (Experimental)

8. Prize categories

To be confirmed

9. Prizes

To be announced.

10. Submitted works

All submissions will be retained for our archives and will not be returned to the entrant. Unitec acknowledges that copyright in the film is retained by the Entrant.

11. Clearances

The Entrant confirms that all necessary clearances have been obtained.

12. Festival date

Festival date in 2014 will be confirmed. All entrants and finalists are invited to attend the Festival but travel and accommodation costs will be the responsibility of the entrant/school.

13. Contact information

unishorts@unitec.ac.nz

www.facebook.com/UniShorts

 


 



Last edited: 03 March 2014