Submissions for both The Challenge and the Misty Flicks Film Festival 2024 are open!


By submitting your film project for the Misty Flicks Film Festival, you agree to the following rules: 

If your film is selected for the film festival, we have the right to exhibit your submission in cinemas during our festival period, at future Misty Flicks events and on our secure online platform that will be geo-blocked to New Zealand (the “Exhibition Rights”).  You agree that we are entitled to retain all revenue generated from the Exhibition Rights.   

The “Festival Period” is provisionally scheduled from 22-24 November 2024(inclusive) for nationwide venues.  You acknowledge that the Festival Period may be subject to change. If we need to change the Festival Period for any reason, we may do so upon notice to you or by updating these Rules.  

not all entries will be selected for the Misty Flicks Film Festival.  Our judges’ decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into.  

You may withdraw your submission at any time prior to 1st August 2024 for the Misty Flicks Film Festival by contacting the festival organisers at A refund will be available at Misty Flicks’ discretion.

AGE: you must be at least 18 years old to enter your film.
FEES: We must receive payment for your entry fee.
GENRE: Films can be any genre, including documentary and animation.
LENGTH: Films are to be no less than 2 minutes and no more than 180 minutes in length (including end credits).
COMPLETION DATE: Films can be completed any year before the opening date of the festival. But can only be entered once.
SUBTITLES: All entries with dialogue not in the English language must be subtitled in English. UNFINISHED FILMS: Please contact us at before the entry deadline to request permission to submit an incomplete film or to have an extension granted.
ENTRY FEES: Entry fees are non-refundable.  
LOCATION REQUIREMENTS: Films must be Waikato, or New Zealand made. This means either fully or partially filmed in the Waikato, or New Zealand or the cast and crew features talent from these regions, or are prepared to do a workshop at the festival. We will ask you more about the films ties with the region. 
SHOWCASE: The showcase will be a mix of New Zealand-made films that place a particular emphasis on highlighting stories from the Waikato region.

4. PROMO USE: If your film is selected for the film festival, you grant us the right to use your production for TV, cinema advertising, video, internet, and all other media for promotional purposes.

5. RIGHTS CLEARANCE: You warrant to us that you have obtained all the necessary permissions to enter your film into the Misty Flicks Film Festival and that our use of the Exhibition Rights will not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party. This includes the use of any sound clips and music.  

6. LIABILITY: You agree that Misty Flicks Film Festival, it's board, sponsors and partners, and judges, individually and collectively, will not be held responsible for any direct or indirect losses, damages, costs and liabilities arising out of or in connection with this agreement, our use of your film, or the Misty Flicks Film Festival.  

7. INFORMATION: The personal information you provide to us is collected for the purposes of Misty Flicks Film Festival Trust only. You consent to any such information being used for the above purpose by Misty Flicks Film Festival Trust whose email address is You may request access to and if necessary, correction of any personal information which we hold about you. 

8. SUBMISSION: Provide upon submission a low-resolution link to the film. Once the selected film(s) have received a successful notification, you can then submit your DCP or high-resolution mov file. The minimum file size is 2k resolution. Feature films must be provided in DCP format.

Along with your entry, send a PNG or mp4 file of your location, and type the main place of filming. This will be used before your film to highlight where your film was made. This image or video can be just a landscape or have your cast and crew in the shot, but will have text overlay it.

What happens next?

Once you have submitted you will be sent an email to inform you of the outcome of your submission. 

If you are selected you may be asked for a trailer, poster, headshot, a filmed interview, and other means of promoting the event and your film at the event.

You will receive a complimentary ticket. Complimentary ticket/s and cheaper rate tickets may vary from year to year.

MistyFlicks may use your film at other promotional events within the region. We will do our best to notify you and give you complimentary attendance to these events.


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