COVID-19 UPDATE: Entries from home-schooled students will be accepted. At this stage, no further changes have been made to the competition.

Following the success of 2019’s ScreenTest competition, NZ On Screen is once again asking young filmmakers to start thinking about this year’s entries.

ScreenTest is a nationwide competition that gives students the chance to create their very own piece of screen heritage.

Secondary and intermediate school students are invited to make or animate a short film of no more than 10 minutes, on the theme of 'Justice'.

Justice can incorporate many things, including traditional tales of right and wrong, crime and punishment, a social justice theme or even injustice, either perceived or real (such as being grounded on a Friday night!). Students are free to interpret their own ideas of justice in their short film.
It could, for example, be as simple as the perceived injustice of school rules or bigger issues such as historic injustices or even the idea of karma.

The scope can be as vast as your imagination.

There are many great films that touch upon the subject including To Kill a Mockingbird; The Fugitive; The Shawshank Redemption and more recently, The Hate U Give.

The short-listed entries will be judged by a guest judge. In addition to great prizes for the winning entrants, the winning film will appear on the NZ On Screen website with associated publicity and media coverage.

Judging and prizes

The short-listed entries will be judged by a guest judge. In addition to great prizes for the winning entrant, the winning film will appear on the NZ On Screen website, with associated publicity and media coverage.

The prize for the winning entry is a visit to the Weta Group of Companies: comprising visits to Park Road Post Production, Weta Workshop and Weta Digital – with lunch! It’s a hive of creativity.

Dates

Entries open 10 February 2020
Entries close 30 October 2020
Winner announced    2 December 2020
Prize taken February–April 2021

Key pointers

  • Your short film should be no more than 10 minutes long, including closing credits
  • It must reference the theme of justice (as previously described)
  • It can be fictional or in the style of a documentary
  • Do not include film or music taken from other sources, unless you're sure that the copyright for this material has been cleared
  • Try not to set off any nuclear bombs or bazookas during your shoot. We want to see your idea of justice - but we don’t want any real crime or punishment!

Entering

ENTER YOUR FILM

This will open the entry form in a new window. After entering some details you can upload your film.

Please upload your film as one video file. Preferably as an MP4 file encoded with H.264 at full HD resolution (1920x1080). YouTube's encoding settings are a good guide.

Questions?

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at screentest@nzonscreen.com, or phone 021 416 706.

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