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Competition Rules

  1. The footage, photographs and music supplied cannot be used for any other project than the Last Ocean Online Short Film Competition without first obtaining written permission from the copyright holder.
  2. The competition is open to all New Zealand residents. Entrants must select the category into which they are submitting their film:

           1. Open - individuals living in New Zealand, not enrolled in secondary school and over the age of 16 OR

           2. Students enrolled in New Zealand secondary schools (Y9-13)

  1. You may only enter one category. Entries can be from Individuals or Teams. A Team Leader must be assigned to each Team. In the Secondary School category a teacher/supervisor/parent must also be assigned to the Team.
  2. Entries in the Secondary School category must be the work of the students only (although the assistance of an adult supervisor at various stages of the production is permitted).
  3. Films must be about the Ross Sea Antarctica and must be between 30 seconds and 5 minutes in duration. Films that are less than 30 seconds and over 5 minutes are not eligible and will not be uploaded to the screening room on our website.
  4. If using any music other than that provided on this website in your short film, written permission to use the music must be obtained (this includes non-licensed and copyright-free music - a Music Clearance Form is available on this website.)
  5. If using video footage or photographs other than that provided on this website in your short film, permission to use the footage or photographs must be obtained. (A Supplied Material Permission Form is available on this website.)
  6. You must have the right to record the image of any person (actor, presenter, interviewee, member of the public) used in your short film. (An Appearance Release Permission Form is available on this website, and must be signed by a legal guardian for persons under 18.)
  7. No videos that are “objectionable” will be considered. According to law, a video is rated objectionable if it “describes, depicts, expresses, or otherwise deals with matters such as sex, horror, crime cruelty, or violence in such a manner that the availability of the publication is likely to be injurious to the public good”.
  8. Entries will be assessed for creativity and story as well as the number of hits the film receives online.  
  9. Entry is free. Entries must be uploaded to your YouTube Channel with a unique filename created by using the format: LO2011__team name_ film title.  Each entry must be registered on the official online entry form.
  10. The Filmmaker/Team gives the Last Ocean Charitable Trust the unlimited right to use all or any part of the recordings as they may be edited at their discretion in relation to The Last Ocean Online Short Film Competition 2011, for showing throughout the world, on television, the Internet, on DVD and in/on any present or future media, without restriction.
  11. Entries close at midnight on Friday August 12 2011.
  12. A panel of experienced judges will select the winning short film and the four runner-ups in each category.  The membership of this panel will be announced on the website. The judges’ decision is final.



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