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

Unleash your creativity on the Big Screen!

Join us in the inaugural Misty Flicks Challenge, New Zealand's catalyst for short film mastery and collaborative filmmaking. We're igniting the passion of our homegrown talent to tell stories that resonate both locally and globally. This is your calling card to showcase your skills, meet like-minded creators, and be part of a community that thrives on the art of cinema.

TL;DR - The Misty Flicks Challenge is a short film competition for New Zealand filmmakers where you have some months to complete a single-digit runtime short film. Finalists will be Screened at the Misty Flicks Independent Film Festival. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Rating: Films must be G or PG-rated.

  • Origin: Created in New Zealand by Kiwi filmmakers.

  • Branding: Must include the Misty Flicks Challenge splash screen.

  • Character Inclusion: Feature a character named "Volt" for 2024.

  • Ownership: Filmmakers maintain ownership and can enter other festivals post-Misty Flicks.

  • Screening: Finalists will be screened at the annual Misty Flicks Film Festival.

  • Entry Fee: $50


  • Applications Open: 16th March 2024

  • Applications Close: 30th June 2024

  • Entries Deadline: 31st August 2024

  • Film Festival Screening & Awards: 22-24th November 2024

The Misty Flicks 10 Commandments

  1. Runtime: Single digit runtime- Over 1 minute, under 10 minutes.

  2. Ratings: Stick to a G or PG film rating.

  3. Splash Screen: Start your film with the 2024 Misty Flicks Challenge splash logo.

  4. Character: Introduce us to "Volt" - a character unique to this year.

  5. Premiere Status: Your entry should not have been screened at any other festival before ours.

  6. Submission: Your completed film will be submitted for judging by the entry deadline.

  7. Finalist Delivery: Finalists will need to supply a high-definition version of the film to be screened in the cinema

  8. Behind-the-Scenes (BTS): Entries to include a video, up to 30 seconds in duration, with cast & crew thanking Misty Flicks Challenge. 

  9. Entry Fee: Ensure your fee and registration is completed on time.

  10. Enjoy: Have Fun! And support your fellow filmmakers.

Q: Can anyone enter the Misty Flicks Challenge?
A: Yes, as long as they're New Zealand filmmakers and meet the eligibility criteria.

Q: Are there genre restrictions for the films?
A: No genre restrictions as long as the film is G or PG-rated.

Q: What is the Misty Flicks Challenge splash screen?
A: It's a branded intro screen that must be included in your film, serving as recognition of your participation in the challenge.

Q: Why does our film have to include a character named "Volt"?
A: It's a unique element for the 2024 challenge that adds a creative twist and unifies the competition's entries.

Q: What if my film is not selected as a finalist?
A: We encourage filmmakers to seek other festivals after the Misty Flicks Film Festival. Participation itself is a significant achievement and learning experience.

Q: How will the films be judged?
A: Films will be judged based on creativity, adherence to the commandments, technical skill, and storytelling.

Q: Is the entry fee refundable?
A: No, the entry fee is non-refundable and contributes to the administration and organisation of the festival.

Q: Can we submit more than one film?
A: Yes, but each film must be accompanied by its own application and entry fee.

Q: What happens at the awards ceremony?
A: Finalist films will be screened, and awards will be given out. It's also a great networking opportunity.

Ready to Bring Your Vision to Life?

Apply Now - The Misty Flicks Challenge awaits your storytelling prowess. Be part of a community that values the sheer joy of filmmaking. Let's make magic together on the big screen!


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