Prizes and Awards

National Awards and Prizes

Grand National Champ 2022

The Grand National Champion APEE
$15,000 cash prize - ($12k from Wingnut, $2k from Viva La Dirt League)
$20,000 worth of post-production services from Park Road Post*
$15,000 worth of gear hire from Portsmouth Film Equipment Rental*
$10,000 of licensed music from West One Music*
x1 Year Digital Pigeon Professional subscription (valued at US $900 a year)
An exclusive pitch opportunity for the 48Hours Level Up Grant (25K) with NZFC

T and Cs will apply

Grand National - First Runner Up

$5000 cash prize from Wingnut
x1 Year Digital Pigeon Professional subscription (valued at US $900 a year)

Grand National - Second Runner Up

$2000 cash prize from Wingnut
x1 Year Digital Pigeon Professional subscription (valued at US $900 a year)

OPPO48 Award

$5000 cash prize from OPPO
For entries shot on an OPPO phone - more info

Best Cinematography

$3000 Rubber Monkey rentals voucher

Ant's Solo/Duo Team

$1000 cash prize
For teams with only 1 or 2 members

Viva La Dirt League Comedy Award

$1000 cash prize from Viva La Dirt League

Best School

$1000 cash prize

Dame Gaylene Preston and Wift Best Female / Gender Diverse Filmmaker

$1000 cash prize

NZFMC Best Disqualified Film

Best DQ Trophee, $250 cinema voucher

Incredibly Strange

L'affare Prize Pack

Grand Finalists

x1 year Digital Pigeon Freelance subscription (valued at US $300 a year)

National Category Awards

  • Best Director
  • Best Performer
  • Best Script
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Animation
  • Best Editing
  • Best Sound Design
  • Best Original Score/Song

Regional Awards

Regional City Winner

The Glorious APEE Statue
$500 cash prize from Wingnut

Regional City Runner-up

$200 cash prize cash prize from Wingnut

Regional Category Awards

  • Best Director
  • Best Performer
  • Best Script
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Animation
  • Best Editing
  • Best Sound Design
  • Best Original Score/Song
  • Best School
  • Incredibly Strange
  • Best Use of Genre
  • Best Use of Elements
  • Best Disqualified Film

Outstanding Female / Gender Diverse Filmmaker - Supported by WIFT

x1 year membership of WIFT

City Manager Awards

  • Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington - Future Finalist Award 
  • Ōtepoti / Dunedin - Best Character
  • Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa / Gisborne - Best Newcomer
  • Ōtauatahi / Christchurch - Best Ending
  • Kirikiriroa / Hamilton - Most Surprising Moment
  • Tauranga - Best Line of Dialogue
  • Tāmāki Mākaurau /Auckland -   Stories that Matter Award - This award will be presented to a film that has a strong thematic core, looks at contemporary issues, evokes empathy or helps the audience understand a new perspective.
  • Taranaki - Best Eccentric Character “Like No Other”

Audience Favourites

The audience favourite for each heat receives a certificate.