Rules and 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 2018 will be the sixth 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. Films must have been made between November 2016 and February 2018. 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 2016.

4. Format

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


  • 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: 16×9.

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

Early Bird Deadline is 29 June 2018. Standard deadline is 3 August 2018. Judging period will take place from June 2016 until the date of festival. Films selected for competition will be announced August 2018.

7. Entry categories

Fiction / Non-Fiction (Documentary)/ Animation / Non-Narrative (Experimental)/Secondary School (NZ schools only)

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

This year’s festival will be held on 26-27 October 2018. 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