The contest is open from December 10th 2010.
Deadline for film submissions is 11.59pm Thursday March 20th, 2014, New Zealand time.
Any films received after the deadline will not be considered for the competition, but may still be included in the Whale Like Me project in various ways.
Any entry fees paid as part of a submission after the submission deadline will not be refunded.
Each entrant may make several submissions – an entry fee applies for each submission.
To enter, you must be the writer and/or director of the short film you submit.
Submitted materials cannot be returned.
All dates and times mentioned on this site in relation to the contest are, unless otherwise stated, New Zealand dates and times.
Film entries are made under one of 5 categories: general, under 16, high school, film school, and film professional. If you do not recognize yourself in the four other categories, your entry belongs in the general category.
If you are over 16 years of age, are not enrolled in a high school, film school or film training program, and if none of your crew are film professionals, you must enter your film in this category.
If you or any member of your crew is a professional who works in film, video and/or gaming production, or who has completed formal training in related fields, you must enter your film in this category.
Current film school students can enter in this category. You should be the writer and/or director of your film. No crew member should be a film professional, but your crew can contain people who are not part of your school. Before you can enter your film in this category, ask your teacher to enroll your class here. Please note that the grand prize provides for airfare and whale watching costs for 2 persons only.
Current high school students can enter in this category. You should be the writer and/or director of your film. No crew member should be a film professional, but your crew can contain people who are not part of your school. Before you can enter your film in this category, ask your teacher to enroll your class here. Please note that the grand prize provides for airfare and whale watching costs for 2 persons only.
To enter your film in this category, you and all members of your crew must be under 16 years of age.
You are responsible for entering your short film into the correct category. If you do not meet the requirements for the category you enter in, your entry may be canceled without recourse or refund.
State and national winners will be determined by the selection subcommittee, and announced on Monday May 11th, 2013, on the Whale Like Me web site.
The subcommittee will then determine a pool of semi finalist films from the state winner films. These films will be presented to the jury on the day of the contest, and be considered for global awards in all five categories. All semi finalists will be listed on the web site, and also be notified via email. More details on the Awards page.
The grand prize will go to the maker of a film selected by the jury from the global winners of each category. Each global winner film will have scored a certain amount of points - and in a final round, the jury scores each global winner - those points get added to the previous scores, and the highest scoring film wins.
There is no cash alternative available instead of the prizes offered.
Any filmmaker entering the contest can win the prize. The grand prize is limited to provision of airfare and whale watching costs for two persons only. Any individual winner that is classified as a minor under NZ law, by the carrier, or by the national law of their originating country will need to be accompanied by and adult. The costs of the adult guardian are not covered by this contest or promoter, unless the adult is nominated as one of the two recipients of the grand prize.
By submitting your short film to the Whale Like Me Short Film Contest, you assert that you own copyright of your film, its contents and score, or have obtained release for full participation in the Whale Like Me Project, from other copyright holders (actors, score, stock footage, etc). You must refer copyright holders to these Terms and Conditions and have them state in their release declaration that they have read them, and agree to them. Finalists will be screened for permissions status.
By submitting a short film, the filmmaker in no way relinquishes or transfers copyright. Filmmakers and other rights holders at all times retain copyright over their materials under this agreement.
The filmmaker and other rights holders release Quiet Heart Film, the Whale Like Me Short Film Contest and its partners to make non-exclusive use of submissions for promotional, festival, and compilation purposes in all territories, in perpetuity. The filmmaker and other rights holders will be notified of any such use, and full credit will be given at the time and place of usage, unless circumstances beyond the control of Whale Like Me prevent such notification or credit.
Entry fees and class registration fees cover the administration of the contest (entry management, judging, site management). Payment is in US dollars.
In the event of a cancellation of the Whale Like Me Short Film contest, all entry fees will be refunded, minus any Paypal fees.
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