Finalists for Uni Shorts 2018 announced

The organising committee for the Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival 2018 is pleased to announce the 24 short films selected to screen in competition at this year’s festival.

Spain’s ECAM (School of Audiovisual Cinematography of Madrid) dominates this year’s lineup with four of their student films selected. The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School in Israel also feature prominently with three films selected in experimental, documentary and fiction (undergraduate) categories.

Host country New Zealand are also well represented with entries from Victoria University of Wellington and University of Auckland vying for the Fiction (Postgraduate) award, while SAE Institute is vying for the top award in the Experimental category.

In the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ category, Life is the Pits, a short film made by Hauraki Plains College students finds itself up against entries from two Auckland-based schools; Acceptance (Kings College) and Intensive Care (Western Springs College).

All category winners will receive prizemoney and a FilmConvert Bundle license worth NZD$320 sponsored by FilmConvert – a Wellington-based company that makes software for filmmakers. Their film emulation and grain plugins are widely used at film schools around the world.

Uni Shorts is the only student film festival of its type in Australasia and has run annually since 2012. Festival chairperson and Unitec’s Head of Creative Industries, Dr Vanessa Byrnes, praised the quality of this year’s submissions, saying “Uni Shorts is one of the only film festivals in the world to celebrate student filmmaking and we’re proud to again be curating and hosting this event. “The range of films we received this year was particularly strong.”

Entry is free to this year’s Uni Shorts which is being held at the Red Lecture Theatre at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday, 27 October. For all booking enquiries email festival coordinator Peter Rees at

Screenings of all films will take place from 11:30am – 5:30pm followed by an awards ceremony and refreshments. A full programme schedule will be published on


Secondary Schools:
Life is the Pits Hauraki Plains College (NZ)
Acceptance Kings College (NZ)
Intensive Care Western Springs College (NZ)

Dahlia Pratt Institute (USA)
Fifty-two Griffith Film School (Australia)
Vssanta Barreira Arte Y Diseno (Spain)

Lucid The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School (Israel)
Walls Dortmund University of Applied Sciences & Arts (Germany)
Away SAE Institute (NZ)

Lido The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School (Israel)
Eres Nino Como Yoc ECAM (Spain)
Concerto Em F ECAM (Spain)

Fiction (Undergraduate):
Like a good kid Tehran University of Dramatic Arts (Iran)
Lice The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School (Israel)
No Odies Al Jugador ECAM (Spain)
Solo Zurich University of the Arts (Switzerland)
Faith High Courses for Scriptwriters & Film Directors, Moscow (Russia)
Cuarteto ECAM (Spain)

Fiction (Postgraduate):
Aamir Tisch School of the Arts (USA)
The Apartment Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey)
Humans Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)
Back Home The City College of New York (USA)
Birth NYFA – Los Angeles (USA)
Mute University of Auckland (NZ)


For more information please contact:

Peter Rees
Festival Coordinator | Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival 2018
Address Private Bag 92025, Victoria St West, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Email Tel +64 9 815 4321 Extn 7250 Mob +64 (0) 21 1090 553

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