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Guide to NZCS Awards Categories

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Student films

Productions filmed by entrants who were students at time of filming the entry.


Experimental and installation

Experimental productions, films that are intended primarily as artworks, architectural, installations and other non-traditional cinematography.   


Music videos

Musical or concert items shot for the purpose of entertainment or promotion.
  • Entrants should be responsible for lighting, particularly in the case of stage lighting. 


News and current affairs

News or current affairs stories or segments broadcast on regular television news or current affairs programs.
  • Enter a single story, segment, or episode.


Magazine, lifestyle and reality

Light entertainment human-interest productions or segments. For example: travel, leisure, gardening, property, cooking, entertainment, science, sports, arts and reality shows.
  • Enter a single story, segment, or episode.


Corporate and educational

Productions for a corporate or educational market designed to teach or inform. Includes longer online infomercials.  


Short films

Short dramatised productions.



Traditional documentary productions normally dealing with people in relation to their environment. Includes any full-length television, cinema or web documentary.
  • In television documentary shows, enter only one episode, per entrant.
  • Current affairs segments that constitute the entire program should be entered in this category.


Dramatised documentaries

Documentaries based on real life situations where a majority of content is re-enactments of actual events that involve professional actors who are controlled by a director.


Specialised cinematography

Specialised cinematography productions or sections of productions. For example, specialised micro-photography, macro photography, ultrahigh speed, underwater, aerial, specialised second unit sequences, or innovative techniques.
  • Entrants of specialised cinematography sections need not be the principle cinematographer for a production.    



Commercials for national or international release. Entries must have been specifically shot for this purpose and not repurposed from other material.
  • Includes all distribution channels including online.
  • Includes  promos, TV station IDs.
  • CGI or computer manipulation must be clearly identified in media submission.



An episode from a drama series made for TV broadcast, subscription service or web. From a season enter a single episode where you were the DP.



A non-theatrical one-off drama production made for broadcast TV or subscription release.



Feature productions intended for national or international theatrical release. 

If you need help determining the right category for your entry please email for advice.

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