Entry details

  • You can choose any genre, from drama to documentary, music video to TV commercial or movie trailer

  • Your entry must be no longer than 10 minutes, including the credits

  • A teacher needs to submit entries

  • Please submit a separate 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 received no later than 30 September 2024.

  • Every school entered will be contacted once the preliminary judging has been completed

  • The judges will decide the finalists

  • The finalists will be featured at the School Shorts Festival Screening on Sunday 3 November 2024 at Reading Cinemas, The Palms, Christchurch

  • Tickets are free, but priority will be given to schools with entries in the final. The final programme will be approximately two hours in length

  • Awards on the night typically include, but will 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

  • The event’s primary sponsor is the New Zealand Broadcasting School at Ara Institute of Canterbury Ltd. The competition is also supported by a group of secondary media teacher representatives.

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 30 September 2024.

  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 as part of coursework during the current calendar year. Students are encouraged to include only original material. Works will be judged accordingly.

  6. Use of copyrighted 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 (1920 x 1080) 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. For optimal playback during the final please film in 25 frames per second.

  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.

School Shorts Entry Form