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16.10.16 - Uni Shorts 2016 winners announced

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The Uni Shorts committee wishes to congratulate the winners from the awards presentation at the conclusion of the 2016 Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival held at the Unitec Institute of Technology, in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday, 15 October. Each category winner is awarded a cash prize of NZS$500. Call for entries for Uni Shorts 2017 will go out next month in November 2016.

BEST NEW ZEALAND SECONDARY SCHOOLS FILM
WINNER: Connected
DIRECTOR: Amazir Aknine
SCHOOL: Christs College

RUNNER UP: Two
DIRECTOR: Rawiri Takinui
SCHOOL: Aorere College

BEST ANIMATION
WINNER: re/belief
DIRECTOR: Raymond McCarthy Bergeron
SCHOOL: Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)

RUNNER UP: Warm Snow
DIRECTOR: Ira Elshansky
SCHOOL: Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (Israel)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL
WINNER: Terpsichore
DIRECTOR: Ken Clark
SCHOOL: University of Canterbury

RUNNER UP: Sophie’s World
DIRECTOR: Hao Bi
SCHOOL: University of Auckland

BEST DOCUMENTARY
WINNER: The Rate’s Cut
DIRECTOR: Pico Nicolas
SCHOOL: ECAM Madrid (Spain)

RUNNER UP: Keeping Balance
DIRECTOR: Bernard Wegner
SCHOOL: Filmacademy Vienna (Austria)

BEST UNDERGRADUATE FICTION FILM
WINNER: Shadowboxer
DIRECTOR: Jannis Lenz
SCHOOL: Filmacademy Vienna (Austria)

RUNNER UP: Neverland Now
DIRECTOR: Georg Pelzer
SCHOOL: Bauhaus – Universität Weimar (Germany)

BEST POSTGRADUATE FICTION FILM
WINNER: Probation
DIRECTOR: Thomas Eggel
SCHOOL: Hamburg Media School (Germany)

RUNNER UP: Not like her
DIRECTOR: Hash Perambalam
SCHOOL: University of Auckland

BEST FILM – AUDIENCE AWARD
WINNER: Razor
DIRECTOR: Alexey Beliakov
SCHOOL: Russian State University of Cinematography

RUNNER UP: Lookout
DIRECTOR: Noa Gusakov
SCHOOL: Sam Spiegel Film & TV School (Israel)

05.10.16 - Programme confirmed for Uni Shorts 2016

Uni Shorts FINAL 2016 poster (small)

UNI SHORTS INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2016
Venue: Red Lecture Theatre, Building 180, Entry 3, Carrington Rd, Unitec Mt Albert, Auckland

PROGRAMME – Saturday, 15 October

9:00am Registration Desk Opens

9:30am Introduction & Guest speaker

9:45am Screening session 1 (63 min)

Natural Attraction (Germany) – Animation 5:17
Generation Girl (Australia) – Undergraduate Fiction 9:55
Man in the cinema house (Philippines) – Experimental 17:06
Keeping Balance (Austria) – Documentary 5:12
Fragments of our memory (India) – Documentary 9:46
Lookout (Israel) – Undergraduate Fiction 18:16

10:50am Morning tea

11:15am Screening session 2 (60 min)

re/belief (USA) – Animation 6:55
Not like her (NZ) – Postgraduate Fiction 14:04
Probation (Germany) – Postgraduate Fiction 7:52
Jasmine and Jerome (NZ) – Undergraduate Fiction 4:34
Nvader (NZ) – Secondary Schools/Documentary 12:31
Razor (Russia) – Undergraduate Fiction 16:06

12:15pm Lunch

1:15pm Screening session 3 (60 min)

Sophie’s World (NZ) – Experimental 8:01
The Rate’s Cut (Spain) – Documentary 14:49
Horizon (NZ) – Animation 2:40
Two (NZ) – Secondary Schools/Fiction 9:04
Disillusion (China) – Experimental 5:56
Neverland now (Germany) – Undergraduate Fiction 19:02

2:15pm Afternoon Break

3:00pm Screening session 4 (60 min)

Shadowboxer (Austria) – Undergraduate Fiction 17:33
LaValla (Australia) – Documentary 8:31
Warm Snow (Israel) – Animation 5:26
Terpsichore (NZ) – Experimental 2:09
Time Machine (NZ) – Secondary Schools/Fiction 3:10
To The Rescue (NZ) – Secondary Schools/Documentary 5:06
Connected (NZ) – Secondary Schools/Fiction 18:38

4:00pm Conclusion of Screening

4:10pm AWARDS NIGHT

4:30pm Refreshments

5:00pm End

13.09.16 - Register now for Uni Shorts 2016

25 short films have been selected from around the world to be screen in competition at this year’s Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival on Saturday, 15 October. Prizemoney of NZ$500 will be awarded to each winner: Best Animation, Best Experimental, Best Documentary, Best Undergraduate Fiction, Best Postgraduate Fiction and Best NZ Secondary Schools Film. There will be an additional NZ$500 awarded to the winner of the Audience Award which will be decided by audience vote at the festival.

UNI SHORTS 2016 will be held at the Red Lecture Theatre, Unitec Institute of Technology campus in Mt Albert, Auckland. This year’s theme will be about ‘Collaboration’.

Registration is now open for those who want to attend. To get your tickets to UNI SHORTS click on this link http://www.unitec.ac.nz/unishorts/index.php/registration/

Registration cost is $20 adults/general, $15 for students and FREE for filmmakers who entered their film. Entry cost includes lunch and attendance to the Awards Night.

To see the list of films selected and to find more information on UNI SHORTS 2016 go to the website www.unitec.ac.nz/unishorts or email UNI SHORTS coordinator Peter Rees at unishorts@unitec.ac.nz for details.

UNI SHORTS is the only student film festival of its type in Australasia catering to both tertiary/university and secondary school young filmmakers. The festival was the idea of film students studying at Unitec’s Performing and Screen Arts in Auckland, New Zealand who wanted to create a platform to showcase student film work and discuss issues relevant to emerging filmmakers about to enter the industry. The inaugural event was held in Auckland in 2012.

If you missed out entering your film this year, we will be Calling for Entries for UNI SHORTS 2017 in November 2016.

UNI SHORTS 2016 SELECTION:
FILM DIRECTOR SCHOOL GENRE
1. re/belief, Raymond McCarthy Bergeron, Rochester Institute of Technology/USA, Animation
2. Natural Attraction, Marc Zimmermann, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg/Germany, Animation
3. Horizon, Eel with it, Media Design School/New Zealand, Animation
4. Warm Snow, Ira Elshansky, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Israel, Animation
5. Disillusion, Qian Zhao, Shanghai Theatre Academy/China, Experimental
6. Sophie’s World, Hao Bi, University of Auckland /New Zealand, Experimental
7. Terpsichore, Ken Clark, Canterbury University/New Zealand, Experimental
8. Man in the cinema house, Bernard Jay Mercado, University of the Philippines Film Institute, Experimental
9. LaValla, Sasha Folker, Queensland University of Technology/Australia, Documentary
10. Keeping Balance, Bernard Wegner, Filmacademy Vienna/Austria, Documentary
11. The Rate’s Cut, Pico Nicolas, ECAM/Spain, Documentary
12. Fragments of our memory, Ajinkya Kulthe/N. Wakhloo, Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Com/India, Documentary
13. Lookout, Noa Gusakov, Sam Spiegel Film & TV School/Israel, U/Fiction
14. Neverland now, Georg Pelzer, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar/Germany, U/Fiction
15. Razor, Alexey Beliakov, Russian State University of Cinematography, U/Fiction
16. Generation Girl, Megan Baker, Sydney Film School/Australia, U/Fiction
17. Shadowboxer, Jannis Lenz, Filmacademy Vienna/Austria, U/Fiction
18. Jasmin and Jerome, Paloma Schneideman, Unitec Performing & Screen Arts/New Zealand, U/Fiction
19. Not like her, Hash Perambalam, University of Auckland/New Zealand, Postgrad Fiction
20. Probation, Thomas Eggel, Hamburg Media School/Germany, Postgrad Fiction
21. Time Machine, Anna Hall-Taylor St Cuthberts College Sec School
22. Two, Rawiri Takinui, Aorere College/ New Zealand, Sec School
23. Connected, Amazir Aknine, Christ’s College/ New Zealand, Sec School
24. Nvader, Hunter Williams, St Kentigern College/ New Zealand, Sec School
25. To the Rescue Mason Cade Packer Kapiti College/New Zealand Sec School

TOTAL: 25 films

01.08.16 - Uni Shorts announces short film finalists for 2016 festival

Uni Shorts 2016 poster

Twenty five student-made short films from around the world have made the final cut for the 2016 Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival which will be hosted at Unitec in Auckland in October. Films from USA, Germany, Spain, Philippines, India, Australia, Israel, Russia and China will screen in competition with films from host nation New Zealand. In addition, five films will contest the New Zealand Secondary Schools category. A date in October for this year’s festival will be confirmed shortly but it will be held again at the Unitec Institute of Technology, Mt Albert campus in Auckland.

UNI SHORTS 2016 – FINAL SELECTION

FILM DIRECTOR SCHOOL GENRE
1. re/belief, Raymond McCarthy Bergeron, Rochester Institute of Technology/USA, Animation
2. Natural Attraction, Marc Zimmermann, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg/Germany, Animation
3. Horizon, Eel with it, Media Design School/New Zealand, Animation
4. Warm Snow, Ira Elshansky, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Israel, Animation
5. Disillusion, Qian Zhao, Shanghai Theatre Academy/China, Experimental
6. Sophie’s World, Hao Bi, University of Auckland /New Zealand, Experimental
7. Terpsichore, Ken Clark, Canterbury University/New Zealand, Experimental
8. Man in the cinema house, Bernard Jay Mercado, University of the Philippines Film Institute, Experimental
9. LaValla, Sasha Folker, Queensland University of Technology/Australia, Documentary
10. Keeping Balance, Bernard Wegner, Filmacademy Vienna/Austria, Documentary
11. The Rate’s Cut, Pico Nicolas, ECAM/Spain, Documentary
12. Fragments of our memory, Ajinkya Kulthe/N. Wakhloo, Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Com/India, Documentary
13. Lookout, Noa Gusakov, Sam Spiegel Film & TV School/Israel, U/Fiction
14. Neverland now, Georg Pelzer, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar/Germany, U/Fiction
15. Razor, Alexey Beliakov, Russian State University of Cinematography, U/Fiction
16. Generation Girl, Megan Baker, Sydney Film School/Australia, U/Fiction
17. Shadowboxer, Jannis Lenz, Filmacademy Vienna/Austria, U/Fiction
18. Jasmin and Jerome, Paloma Schneideman, Unitec Performing & Screen Arts/New Zealand, U/Fiction
19. Not like her, Hash Perambalam, University of Auckland/New Zealand, Postgrad Fiction
20. Probation, Thomas Eggel, Hamburg Media School/Germany, Postgrad Fiction
21. Time Machine, Anna Hall-Taylor St Cuthberts College Sec School
22. Two, Rawiri Takinui, Aorere College/ New Zealand, Sec School
23. Connected, Amazir Aknine, Christ’s College/ New Zealand, Sec School
24. Nvader, Hunter Williams, St Kentigern College/ New Zealand, Sec School
25. To the Rescue Mason Cade Packer Kapiti College/New Zealand Sec School

TOTAL: 25 films

29.02.16 - Entry Deadline extended to March 11

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Great news! As many schools are only returning from their holiday break, we have extended the entry deadline to 11 March 2016.

So if you haven’t submitted your film to Uni Shorts 2016 yet, and your film is 20 minutes or less and entirely student-made as part of a course of study between Nov 2013-Dec 2015, we will accept your film as long as your entry is postmarked on or before 11 March.

While we have received many entries already, we would love to see more student films in the Experimental (Non-Narrative), Animation, Documentary and Post-graduate Fiction genres/categories. So a special note to all Design and Animation schools, we would welcome your student work!

Go to www.unitec.ac.nz/unishorts to enter now!

10.12.15 - Deadline reminder – Uni Shorts 2016

The entry deadline for Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival is fast approaching on 15 January 2016.

Don’t miss out. Send your films to us now before the festive season!

All short films must be entirely student-made between Nov 2013 – Dec 2015 and less than 20 minutes long. Final deadline to submit your entries is January 15, 2016.

We welcome all short films in the following genre: Fiction (undergraduate), Fiction (postgraduate), Documentary, Experimental, Animation

Entry Fee NZD$30 (NZD$80 for three or more entries)
Free entry for New Zealand Secondary Schools

How to enter?
1. Complete the entry form for your film at www.unitec.ac.nz/unishorts
2. Post your DVD screener to: Uni Shorts Film Festival, c/o – Unitec Department of Performing & Screen Arts, Private Bag 92025, Victoria St West, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
3. Or send us a secure downloadable link (via Drop Box, VIMEO or We Transfer) to unishorts@unitec.ac.nz
(all foreign language films must have English subtitles embedded)
4. Email following items to unishorts@unitec.ac.nz directors bio + headshot photo, synopsis/production credits + 2 image stills (screen grabs) for each film entered.
The fourth annual Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival will be held in Auckland in 2016 (Date TBC).

08.11.15 - Enter your student films now for Uni Shorts 2016

We are now calling for entries for Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival 2016. Films must be entirely student-made and made from Nov 2013 – Dec 2015, and we only accept short films less than 20 minutes long.

Final deadline to submit your entries is January 15, 2016. The fourth annual Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival will be held in Auckland in early 2016 (Date TBC).

Entry Categories: Undergraduate, Postgraduate and New Zealand Secondary Schools
Prize categories: Fiction (undergraduate), Fiction (postgraduate), Non-Fiction (documentary), Non-Narrative (experimental), Animation, Secondary Schools (NZ only).

Entry Fee NZD$30 (NZD$80 for three or more entries)
Free entry for New Zealand Secondary Schools

How to enter?
1. Enter your film at www.unitec.ac.nz/unishorts
2. Post your DVD screener to: Uni Shorts, Unitec Performing & Screen Arts, Private Bag 92025, Victoria St West, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
3. Or send us a secure downloadable link (via Drop Box, VIMEO or We Transfer) to unishorts@unitec.ac.nz

30.09.15 - Uni Shorts 2016 – Call for Entries

We are now accepting entries for Uni Shorts 2016. Films must be entirely student-made and made from Nov 2013 – Dec 2015, and we only accept short films less than 20 minutes long. Final deadline to submit your entries is January 15 2016. The fourth annual Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival will be held in Auckland in early 2016 (Date TBC).

Entry Categories: Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Secondary Schools (NZ only)
Film prize categories: Fiction (undergrad), Fiction (postgrad), Non-Fiction (documentary), Non-Narrative (experimental), Animation, Secondary Schools

Entry Fee NZD$30 (NZD$80 for three or more entries)
Free entry for New Zealand Secondary Schools

After you have submitted your entry form at www.unitec.ac.nz/unishorts

Either post your film via a DVD screener to: Uni Shorts, Unitec Performing & Screen Arts, Private Bag 92025, Victoria St West, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Or send as a secure downloadable link (Drop Box, VIMEO or We Transfer) to unishorts@unitec.ac.nz

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24.09.14 - German, Kiwi films big winners at Uni Shorts 2014

AUCKLAND (15 Sep 2014): German filmmakers dominated the awards at the third annual Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival held over the weekend in Auckland on 12-14 September. Four of the eight categories; including Best Animation, Best Documentary, Best Undergraduate Fiction and Best Postgraduate Fiction categories, were won by German film schools.

However, they missed out on the two Audience Awards which went to Syrenia (Unitec, NZ) for Best New Zealand Film and Motor Mouth (Staffordshire University, England) which won Best International Film.

In Vitro, entered by Wellington’s Victoria University, took out the Best Non Narrative/Experimental award, while St Kentigern College made it two years in a row winning the Best New Zealand Secondary School Film award with Calvin Sang’s entry The Break Up.

In his keynote address at Sunday’s Awards ceremony, Uni Shorts chair, Alex Lee, praised the quality of the student film work submitted for this year’s festival and reminded the gathered student filmmakers of the important role they play as the future voices of the billion dollar film industry they are about to enter. Lee also paid tribute to the judges; Oliver Driver, Michael Brook, Bryn Evans, James Cunningham, Catherine Davis and Robin Gee, as well as panel speakers; David White, Sophie Henderson, Sima Urale, Arne Birkenstock, Dean Hewison, Max Currie, Jarrod Holt, Thomas Sainsbury, Calvin Sang and Lakshman Anandanayagam for their support, and the work of the festival committee, moderators, pre-judges and volunteers.

He reserved special praise for the sponsors for making the event possible: (Gold) Kenderdine-Professional Lighting Services; (Silver) Quinto Communications Ltd, ACG Yoobee School of Design, Atomise Ltd-Avid and Sound Techniques; also supported by Documentary NZ Trust, Goethe Institut and Unitec’s Performing and Screen Arts department.

Here is the full list of winners:

BEST SECONDARY SCHOOL
WINNER: The Break Up – Saint Kentigern College (NZ)
Directed by Calvin Sang
Prize – $1000 of sound gear hire from “Sound Techniques”, 3 tickets to German Film Festival, 1 pass to Screen Edge Forum 2015

BEST ANIMATION
WINNER: Omega – Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (Germany)
Directed by Eva Franz and Andy Goralczyk
Prize – $1000 cash sponsored by ACG Yoobee School of Design

BEST EXPERIMENTAL
WINNER: In Vitro – Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)
Directed by Zach Challies
Prize – Avid Media Composer license with Symphony Option sponsored by “Atomise Ltd-Avid”, 3 tickets to German Film Festival, 1 pass to Screen Edge Forum 2015

BEST DOCUMENTARY
WINNER: Sorry to Interrupt – University of Applied Science Berlin (Germany)
Directed by David Lorenz
Prize – Werner Herzog Documentary DVD Set donated by Goethe Institut

BEST UNDERGRAD FICTION
WINNER: Bahar in Wonderland – School Of Art and Design Kassel (Germany)
Directed by Behrooz Karamizade
Prize – $500 cash sponsored by Quinto Communications Ltd

BEST POSTGRAD FICTION
WINNER: Where We Are – Hamburg Media School (Germany)
Directed by Ilker Çatak
Prize – $500 cash sponsored by Quinto Communications Ltd

AUDIENCE AWARD – BEST NZ FILM
WINNER: Syrenia – Unitec (NZ)
Directed by Fraser Grut
Prize – $2000 worth of lighting hire from “Kenderdine – Professional Lighting Services”, $1000 worth of gear hire from Unitec PASA, 6 tickets to German Film Festival, 1 pass to Screen Edge Forum 2015

AUDIENCE AWARD – BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
WINNER: Motor Mouth – Staffordshire University (England)
Directed by Katie Walters
Prize – $500 cash sponsored by Unitec PASA

ENDS

For more information:
Peter Rees / Festival Coordinator
E: unishorts@unitec.ac.nz
T: (64) 9 815 4321 ext. 7250
W: www.unishorts.unitec.ac.nz

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09.09.14 - Countdown to Uni Shorts 2014

The largest student film festival of its kind in Australasia is coming to Auckland this weekend at Unitec’s Mt Albert campus on 12-14 September. Don’t miss an awesome weekend for student filmmakers, short film lovers and educators.

Have you got your tickets? General Admission $is 60 and Students only pay $40. Ticket price includes entry to all screenings*, panel sessions and Awards Night, and includes meals! There are still a limited ticket sales available so get them now online at www.unishorts.unitec.ac.nz

We also invite everyone coming to Uni Shorts to our Meet & Greet networking night at Carringtons Pumphouse Bar, at Entry 3, Carrington Rd, Unitec this Friday, 12 September from 6:30pm – 8:30pm (cashbar R18). Come meet other student filmmakers, educators and industry guests and start the weekend off in style!

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