NZ On Screen 2020 ScreenTest Competition

Student competitions and scholarships New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 10 February 2020
Notice reference #: 1HA59r

NZ On Screen calls for entries from aspiring student filmmakers for its annual ScreenTest competition

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

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!). We want students to feel 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.

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 a great prize 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 will be announced in term 2.

Entries must be submitted to NZ On Screen by 30 October. The winning entry will be announced in early December.

For more information on our ScreenTest competition, please visit our site: 

To view last year’s winning entry please visit:


Events summary

New Zealand (nationwide)

10 February 2020 – 30 April 2020

Further information

Contact: Zara Potts

 (021) 416 706