Lights, camera and action!
Calling all budding videographers ......

Create your own music video featuring a local unsigned band  ....
get noticed .... gain experience, have fun and you could even win a cash prize!

Over January why not get together with some friends and create your own masterpiece - and then enter it into the 2019 Screen and Media Music Competition.

Who can enter?

All students who are enrolled in and/or have completed any papers offered by the Screen and Media Studies Programme can enter. Whether you work on your own or within a production company is up to you. There is no limit on the number of members in a production company.  Individual participants are eligible to submit work.


A winner and two runner ups (Highly Commended and Audience Favourite) will be announced on Friday the 22nd of February, 2019. The winner will receive $300.00 and the two runner ups will receive $100.00 each.

Rules, regulations and other information.

  • All groups are responsible for gaining permissions from the bands they collaborate with and must get signed waivers. Failure to do so will result in disqualification
  • Bands themselves do not need to appear in the final video. However, permission will need to be gained for the use of music (see above)
  • Only local/NZ based unsigned bands will be approached
  • Each team will be issued a Standards of Conduct which outline the images appropriate for the competition, e.g. no violence, lewd or outrageous behavior etc
  • A copy of the competition outline is available from the Media Studies Association
  • The videos will be judged by a panel and the decision is at the discretion of the panel and no further correspondence will be entered into. Judges decision is final.

Submission information

  • Submissions must be produced by students who are enrolled in and/or have completed any papers offered by the Screen and Media Studies Programme at the University of Waikato;
  • Submissions must be in the form of a music video;
  • Submissions must involve an unsigned New Zealand artist;
  • Submissions must begin with a ten second slate (white text on a black background) that contains the title of the music, the artist, and production company name;
  • Submissions must have an approximate running time of five minutes;
  • Submissions must demonstrate a high level of creative and technical skill;
  • Submissions must contain no excessive and/or gratuitous use of violence, sexual references, profanity, illegal substances, and/or cultural, ethnic, gender, religious, and/or sexual bias;
  • Submissions must be produced in accordance to the University of Waikato’s Student Code of Conduct; and
  • Submissions must be produced in accordance to the laws of New Zealand (release forms, licenses, and/or copyright waivers will be required

Submission deadline

  • Submissions must be submitted as a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) (submission form, .mov file, and any release forms, licenses, and/or copyright waivers on a USB) to Vanessa McLean, the Screen and Media Studies Programme Administrator, no later than 3:00pm on Friday the 15th of February, 2019. Submission forms are available from the Media Studies Association group on Facebook.

For more information about this event contact Kyle Barrett - Screen and Media Studies or Ashton Ledger - Media Studies Association.