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See your film on the big screen

Want to showcase your talents to the world (well at least everyone here in Queenstown) and be in to win some great prizes? Start filming now!

THrough the lens: GoPro winter sessions Short film competition

The recipe for 2018 remains the same and entrants are reminded to consider the following when planning your edits.

  • Submissions must be at least 3 and no more than 7 minutes in length
  • At least 1 minute of submissions must be non riding footage 
  • All films must include Through the Lens Winter Sessions title screens in the first 20s of footage
  • Submissions must also include a 15 - 20s preview/trailer
  • Not necessarily a rule, but all the good films tell a story(!)


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REGISTER your entry FOR through the lens: gopro Winter Sessions

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Terms & Conditions



  • Submissions are accepted in digital form via WeTransfer (, USB submission (please contact us) or email us at
  • All films must be between 3 and 7 minutes and include at least 1 minute of non-riding footage
  • All films must include the Through the Lens titles and Winter Sessions logo in the first 20s of footage
  • Maximum submission size 1GB
  • All video entries must include a 15 – 20s preview/trailer



  • A panel of judges will score 40% of the final vote with the remaining 60% being determined by audience vote on the night


Judging Criteria

  • Contest judges will base their decision on a mix of technicality, composition, creativity, stoke, artistic flair and overall qualities of submission excellence



  • There is no entry fee and the contest is ‘open submission’
  • By entering this competition you agree to the following Terms and Conditions
  • Submissions open August 1st 2018 and close September 5th, 2018
  • Films/images must fit within the theme of action and/or adventure sports
  • The winning entry will be chosen by a mix of judge and audience vote on September 6th, 2018
  • All decisions by Through the Lens judges are final
  • To enter, entrants must provide their full name, current and valid email address, a short trailer and film description
  • Copyrighted, obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. Judges retain sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content
  • Organisers accept no responsibility for difficulties experienced in submitting an entry to this Competition
  • Entrants confirm that each entry is their own
  • Entrants confirm that each individual whose footage/image is featured in the Competition entry has given consent for the use of his/her image in connection with this Competition and in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. Failure to obtain such consent may result in disqualification
  • Where an individual whose footage is featured in a Competition entry is aged less than 18 years the entrant confirms that the parent or guardian of that individual has given the relevant consent


Warranties, Representation and Copyright

  • All footage submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other competition. By submitting an image, the filmer represents and warrants that such submission does not infringe any third-party rights or other rights protested by law
  • Copyright for all films/images submitted for this Competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual license to organisers to feature any or all of the submitted footage in any promotion relating to this competition



  • Entrants agree that personal data entered during registration, including name, mailing address, phone number and email address may be processed, stored, shared and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of this Contest. Entrants have the right to access, review, rectify or cancel any personal data held in connection with the Contest by writing to the organiser at the address listed below
  • Organisers reserve the right to amend or withdraw the Competition in the event of any unforeseen circumstances outside their reasonable control
  • The winner consents to their name and photo being used for public relations purposes relating to this promotion


The ‘Organiser’ is James Mulcahy of Playground Productions