Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Are these the real film awards?
A. Our lawyer Tim Riley from Dominion Law says yes they are the real film awards for New Zealand.


Q. Is my film eligible?
A. Any New Zealand, or New Zealand co-production, must have received their first PAID PUBLIC SCREENING between October 7th 2014 and November 18th 2016. A paid public screening is defined as “any screening where the public PAID to see the film, whether in a festival, cinema setting or via home-video release”.

 This can include everything from a self-organised screening at your local hall, to a well-publicised general release. See entries section for terms and conditions.

Q. Is my TV Feature Film eligible for NZOnAir Best Television Feature?

A. Yes if it had its first screening where the television public were able to see it on Television in New Zealand between October 7th 2014 and November 18th 2016

Q. I have a documentary can I enter it in the other non-documentary categories?

A. No you cannot sorry.

Q. I have a short documentary subject can I enter it?

A. Not in the documentary section as that is for features only. If it's 25m or under you can submit it into the shorts category.

Q. Where are the sound categories in the documentary section?

A. Unfortunately we only have a limited number of categories each year and there are always going to be certain categories that miss out. We do apologise in advance if this affects you and your work.

Q. Why is there a TV Award?

A. For whatever reason there are no Television Awards each year. We think creating this special one-off award is the right thing to do to recognise talent who work in both disciplines.

Q.  Does a festival screening count as a public showing?
A. Of course. Festival goers are real people too.

Q. What if it was made overseas? 
A. Overseas locations are all good and dandy. If it's not an NZ production then it's not eligible.

Q. What are the min and maximum durations allowed?
A. Features > 70 minutes.  Shorts < 25 minutes.

Q. What does self-funded mean?
A. Your film’s budget didn’t come from a funding agency such as the NZFC. Basically if your short received public funding then it is not self-funded. If it came from a rich dude or Instant Finance you’re good to go.

Q. My film got some post funding from the NZFC is this still self-funded cos I maxed out all my cards making this bloody film.
A. Yes we think of that as a self-funded production.

Q. What about my 48HOURS film entry?
A. It must have been selected as a City Finalist or Grand Finalist for 2016.


Q. How much is entry?
A. The entry fee for submissions is $50 plus GST.

Q. Is entry price per entry or per production?
A. Per entry, per category. Lets not forget the old awards use to cost you in the hundreds per category!

Q. How do I submit more than one Nominee for the same Category?
A.  You will need to complete the form again with only the additional entry filled in.

Q. How do you know who was my best actress nominee?
A. You will be completing a form online with each nominee's details. Also for certain categories you'll need to provide a Timecode location in the film  indicating the perfomance or creativity of the nominee. 

Q. When do entries open?
A. Friday November 18th until December 9th, 9pm

Q. How to I submit an entry?
A. You do it all online.  But first, have all your required information ready to enter. This means All of the details for each category you wish to enter. Some categories require you to submit Timecode locations in the film to highlight a performer's nomination. Entries must be made only by persons authorised to submit on behalf of the copyright holder of the production. 


Q.  How do I get my film to you?  Is it safe?
A. We will accept screeners as submissions. These should be in file or digital movie format either online or as physical media. The Judging panel of industry leaders are the only ones who will view the entries. If you decide to submit watermarked entries, we recommend intermittent watermarks so they do not appear in clips used for finalist packages - should you be a finalist. 


Q. Who are the judges?
A. An international selection of Industry leaders will again be judging the Awards.

Q. How does the judging work?
A. There is a pre-selection if the number of entries is substantial. Then a short list is given to the judges to choose their nominees and then winners. There are specific judges for certain categories.

Q. When do we find out who the finalists are?
A. Finalist Nominees will be announced on Friday December 23rd.

Q. How many finalists are in each category?
A. Depends on the category, how many entered and how good the standard was, but probably between 3–7 finalists.

Q. I have another question, who can I ask?

A. Direct your question to the address on the Contact Page.