Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Is my film eligible?
A. Any New Zealand, or New Zealand co-production, that has had at least one paid public screening  between October 7th 2013 2013 and October 13th 2014 anywhere in the world is welcome. 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. What is a co-production?
A. A production that has been funded by more than one country. While we’re not defining specific percentages, the general guide is that it’s not simply an overseas blockbuster that was shot here without any locals having major on screen or off screen positions. This can be tricky, so we reserve the right to look at each co-production case by case. Contact us if you have doubts.

Q. Is my TV Feature Film eligible for NZOnAir Best Television Feature?
A. Yes if it had its first screening on Television in New Zealand between October 6th 2013 and October 13th 2014.

Q. Does pay-TV qualify?
A. Yes 

Q. Why is there a TV Award?
A. For whatever reason there are no Television Awards again this year. We think creating this award is the right thing to do to recognise talent who work in both disciplines. Seriously though, is anyone going to put on some TV awards?

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. Like Mr Pip you mean?  That’s AOK. 

Q. What are the min and maximum durations allowed?
A. Features > 70 minutes.  Shorts <= 40 minutes.

Q. What does self-funded mean?
A. Your film’s budget didn’t come from a public 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 Rialto Channel 48HOURS film entry? Can I enter that as a short?
A. It must have been selected as a City Finalist or Grand Finalist for 2014.



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.

Q. What does 'Screen Credit' mean?
A. The nominee's Character Name or Production Position as it appears on screen. For example:  "as Frodo Baggins" or "Director of Photography".

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 nominee filled in and the required info at the start of the form. 

Q. How do you know who was my (for instance) best supporting actress nominee?
A. You will be completing the form online with each nominee's details. Also for certain categories you'll need to provide a Time location within the film  indicating the performance or creativity of the nominee. Make sure you enter the Character's name in 'Screen Credit' as it appears in the film. NB: you do not need to burn a Timecode into your entry. 

Q. When do entries open?
A. Wednesday October 1st 2014, and entries close 5pm Monday October 13th 2014.

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 Time locations within 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. I'm having trouble with the entry form online, is there a problem?
A. Please try using another Browser or computer. Then Contact us if symptoms persist. 


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 (as a downlond file) or as physical media. The Judging panel of industry leaders are the only ones who will view the entries. Screeners maybe watermarked if you wish.


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 Monday November 24th 2014

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 3–5 finalists.

Q. I have another question, who can I ask?
A. Direct your question to the address on the Contact Page.