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 Film makers

If you are a budding film maker, start by checking out your school’s English or media studies departments.

Library learning centres also offer low cost movie making and animation classes from time to time. You can also find books & e-books about digital video editing & film making at your library.

Further study

Young filmmakers in Christchurch are spoilt for choice with a range of tertiary courses available, many of which are listed on our media studies guide. CPIT’s New Zealand Broadcasting School and Aoraki Polytechnic media courses are good starting points. Film is also studied at the University of Canterbury. Youbee also offer digital video and animation courses.


Many directors start their careers by entering competitions. Here are a few that we’ve found that you can have a go at and some NZ film festivals that accept submissions.

During the year WINTEC’s School of Media Arts runs the annual Cut! Short film festival for high schools. It’s one of several film competitions run each year.

* 48 Hour Film Competition
New Zealand competition in which teams compete to write, shoot and edit a short film in 48 hours.
* Blue Light Film Competitions
Blue Light frequently run competitions for video - check their events pages.
* Cut! Short Video Competition
Students create a short video (between four and eight minutes in length) to enter into this competition. The categories are documentary and drama, and the competition is open to all NCEA level 2 and 3 students. Great prizes including a Wintec scholarship.
* Fair Go Ad Awards
Check out the Fair Go website for the creative briefs and other information about this year's awards. The deadline for entries is usulally early August.
* Inspiring Stories Film Competition
Inspiring Stories Film Competition celebrates young New Zealanders making a difference in their community.
* Make My Movie
The MAKE MY MOVIE project is giving away a $200,000 cash grant from the New Zealand Film Commission and Darksky Films/MPI Pictures for one lucky person/team to make a low-budget feature film.
* New Zealand Mountain Film Festival
The festival gives filmmakers a chance to showcase their work, receive merit and win cash prizes. Submit your film for pre-screening consideration.
* Seoul International Youth Film Festival
Korean short film festival for youth competitors.
* Show Me Shorts Film Festival
Submit your short film for showing at the festival. They are an IMDb qualifying festival, granting all eligible film submissions a fast tracked title-page in IMDb.com.
* The Outlook for Someday
The sustainability film challenge for young New Zealanders.

Updated August 2015