HOW IT WORKS

Entries are now open for 2022 - Register Now!
OnScreen is a digital opportunity for high school students that challenges you to create an original short film, documentary or music video of up to 7 minutes. Think about how to take your film to the next level with set locations, editing, wardrobe, special effects and creative elements!

Filmmakers creating a music video can use our library of past Smokefreerockquest songs, or any original, unsigned music.

OnScreen is free to enter and open to all school students across Aotearoa.

Our goal is to facilitate students learning new skills, trying new things and taking on creative leadership. We encourage you to run your production like a real film set and assign roles to key leadership students - e.g. Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Cameraperson, Audio Technician, Editor, Lighting Technician, Performer and Animator!

To get involved, create a student film team and register via the OnScreen website - you will then receive the OnScreen Manual with all information on planning a shoot, key dates, rules and tips.

There is also an Intermediate section of OnScreen for student filmmakers Years 7&8: submit any original short film of up to 5 mins and be in to win $500!

Final registration close August 20 and all films are due by 26 September 2024.

Film SECTIONS

There are 3 sections:

Narrative Short Film
In this section you can make any kind of short film you like - funny, serious, dramatic, animated, scary or a combo of all of the above!

Documentary
You can tackle a serious topic, something close to your heart, something you are wanting to learn about or try your hand at a funny mockumentary!

Music Video
Think music videos, a musical or narrative film all about music. All music must be original or royalty-free - this is a great opportunity to link up with a friend’s band to create an epic music video.

2024 PRIZES & AWARDS

NATIONAL FILM AWARDS

1st Place Short Film - $2000 cash for the student filmmaking team
2nd Place Short Film -
$1000 cash for the student filmmaking team
3rd Place Short Film -
$500 cash for the student filmmaking team

Best Documentary
- $1000 cash for the student filmmaking team
Runner Up Documentary
- $500 cash for the student filmmaking team

ZM Best Music Video
- $1000 cash for the student filmmaking team
Runner Up Music Video
- $500 cash for the student filmmaking team

Best Intermediate Film
- $500 cash for the student filmmaking team
OnScreen's Choice Award - $500 cash for the student filmmaking team
School Spirit Award
- $500 to the school with the most entries

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS 
1st Place for each individual award wins a GoPro camera from our mates at GoPro!

Best Producer
Best Director
Best Performer
Best Editor
Best Screenwriter
Best Animator

We will also celebrate National Technical awards for Best Cinematography, Lighting, Original Score, Sound Mix, Visual Effects, Set Design and Styling.


The top film will be hosted on our partner NZ On Screen's website - https://www.nzonscreen.com/ as well as www.zmonline.com! 

The ZM Best Music Video will also be featured on www.zmonline.com