The main purpose of the New Zealand Deaf Short Film Festival is the short film competition.
Teams are invited to write, produce and direct a short film and enter it into the competition. It doesn’t matter if you are new to making films, or have done it before. Anyone is welcome to enter as long as they follow the rules
The deadline for submitting a film is midnight, Sunday 24th November 2019.
YOU CAN ENTER YOUR FILM HERE:
We have a team of judges that will judge the films, with winners being announced at the NZDSFF Awards Ceremony, being held Wednesday 8th January 2020, at Brentwood Hotel Kilbirnie.
Our confirmed judges for the 2020 Festival are: Sam Bunkall, Braam Jordan. We will announce two more soon.
The Audience Choice is done by audience vote at the screenings.
Award winners will be announced at our Awards Ceremony, being held From 5 - 7 January 2020, there will be two informal screenings during the day at Toitu Poneke, which will be the base for the NZSL Hub for the New Zealand Deaf Games. On the 8th January in the late afternoon, we will have a formal screening of all the short film entries, then the Awards Ceremony. Following the NZDSFF Awards Ceremony will be the After Party for New Zealand Deaf Games, which is sure to be a great social event!
Award categories for 2020 are:
- Best Performer (this replaces a previous award for Best Actor and Best Actress)
- Best Storyline
- Best Emerging Filmmaker
- Audience Choice
- Fux (best twist in a film)
- Bahbah (ahh bahbah Deaf Culture that!)
- Best International Film
- Best Film (New Zealand, and takes the traditional NZDSFF trophy for Best Film)
This year two of the Award categories reflect Deaf culture and New Zealand Sign Language – Fux and Bahbah.
Check out previous award winners here:
If you have a short film that doesn’t meet competition guidelines, or you don’t want to enter it, why not apply to have it shown as a showcase film? To apply fill out this form.