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Make a short film about the Ross Sea


The Last Ocean Online Short Film Competition invites individuals or teams to produce a short film (30 sec - 5min) that explores:


Why the Ross Sea, Antarctica is special.


Key ideas you might like to consider: 

  • The Ross Sea’s unique wildlife
  • The pristine qualities of the marine ecosystem
  • Antarctic Treaty – a place for peace and science
  • State of the world’s oceans
  • Benefits of marine protection
  • New Zealand’s link with Antarctica

To help tell your story you will have free access to film footage shot in the Ross Sea by award-winning cameraman Peter Young as well as a selection of Antarctic underwater shots from acclaimed NHNZ Moving Images. See the range of amazing wildlife and scenic shots on offer here.


You can make your film entirely from this footage or if inspired you can add to it to enhance your story. We have supplied music available free for you to download too. Once completed, films need to be uploaded to YouTube and you will be required to fill out a registration form. From here we will post your film to our screening room for viewing by the public and our panel of experienced judges.


Entry is free and there are some great prizes to be won.



Things to know


The competition is divided into two categories:


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

2. New Zealand Secondary School Students (Y9-13)


Competition begins:               June 8 2011,             World Oceans Day

Competition closes:               August 12 2011

Film Screening commences: August 15 2011

Winners announced:             September 15  2011, Conservation Week


Your film must be between 30 seconds and 5 minutes in duration to be eligible for judging.


See our helpful hints for ideas and information on how to make and submit your short film, as well as what judges will be looking for.

Be sure to check the competition rules to ensure that your short film is eligible for entry.




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