The Rules

1. The  ‘film’ must be created between 7 pm Friday, June 14th and 7 pm Sunday, June 16th - the shoot weekend. You can use any resources you have available including music, sound effects stills and footage - as long as you have the clearance.  Theoretically, your entire film could be made up of stock footage. This also means you can use old footage of yours if you choose to.

2. The duration of the ‘film’ must be minimum 1 minute and maximum 5 minutes. This includes your titles and credits.

3. The ‘film’ must be delivered as a single digital movie file using our recommended file specs by 7 pm on Sunday, June 16th, either on USB to the city hand-in location or uploaded via our portal for teams who have registered as out of town.

4. The ‘film’ must include all the required elements as supplied at the launch. Teams who have registered as ULTRA48 must include the Ultra elements as well.

5. The ‘film’ must include the final closing credit: "Made as part of 48HOURS 2019".

6. All teams must fill out the online wrap-up form before 7 pm at the close of the competition. Access to this form will be provided to the registered email address before the start of the competition.

7. Your single file entry must include the following video content in the following order:

  • Your Team intro, any length up to 20 seconds - this is OPTIONAL.

  • Info Card: ‘Film’ title, Team name, Genre, Ultra (if registered), City - 10 seconds.
  • The ‘Film’.
  • Black screen: 5 seconds.

The team intro, info card and 5 sec of black screen are not included in the 5 minute duration limit. The film's titles and credits are included in the 5 minute duration limit.

8. You must have the rights to all material that appears in the ‘Film’. Release forms must be signed for all actors, locations, music and anything else that you need permission for that you use in the ‘Film’. This must be held by the Team leader until requested.

9. Your team leader must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

10. Do not upload the ‘film’ onto the internet until after it has finished in the competition. This means that you must wait until you find out if it has made your city final. If it is a city finalist then you must wait until the national finalists are announced.

11. 48Hours will not accept entries that contain content that may be offensive to the general public especially when specifically directed at individuals or groups. Decisions on this will be made at the discretion of the City Manager. For more information about what we consider offensive please see our classification page.

Rules are subject to change up to the competition start-time.