Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards 2021 Guidelines

Entries for 2021

RAFFA 2021 red carpet event will take place on Saturday 25th September.

GENRE: Films can be any genre (documentary, music/dance, drama, mystery, horror, social issues, experimental, etc).
LENGTH: Videos are to be no more than 10 minutes in length (including end credits).
ENTRY FORMS DUE: Friday, July 2 by 2pm.
FILM DUE DATE: Friday, July 24 by 2pm.
SUBTITLES: All entries with dialogue not in English or Māori must be subtitled in English.
TAMARIKI / RANGATAHI PROJECTS: If you have had direct input from parents, teachers and/or film mentors please explain what this support has been.
ENTRY Notes:
Entrants/entries must have an association with Whāingaroa; our wider community and/or people, and/or portray themes of environment, recreation, sports, arts, culture and heritage. Enter as many films as you like – complete a separate entry form for each film.
POSTAGE: All postage costs are the responsibility of the sender.
PROMO USE: RAFFA reserves the right to use part or all the film for promotional purposes.
The film festival committee reserves the right to review entries they consider inappropriate for our film festival audiences – see below.

Film Content and Treatment

The content and treatment of the films must be appropriate for a young person no older than 18 years of age. Mature themes are acceptable but their treatment must be suitable for young teenagers.

The following guidelines contain the use of the word “appropriate”. Be prepared to answer questions about your brief and the content of your film, and if you don’t want it to change – make sure you adhere to the following guidelines.

Coarse language

• The use of strong language must be rare.

• Language must be appropriate to the context of the film, and the characters using it, e.g. toddlers unleashing a string of profanity would be inappropriate.


• Violence must be kept to a minimum and used appropriately within the context of the film eg. Martial arts in a Kung Fu movie.

• Dangerous techniques of combat should not include imitable detail, and realistic and contemporary weapons should not be glamorised.

• Violence must not dwelled on in detail and there should be no emphasis on specific injuries or blood.

• Violence must not be glamorised or depicted in anything other than a negative way.

• Sexual violence may only be implied and indicated without physical detail, and used only if essential to the context and narrative of the film.


• Graphic sex scenes cannot be used.

• Sex of a violent nature should not be used unless essential to the context and narrative of the film.

• No one underage can be depicted as taking part in any sexual activity.


• The effects of taking drugs cannot be glamorised.

Use of motor vehicles

• The rules of the current New Zealand Road Code apply.

No unsafe driving or passenger behaviour e.g. people riding in trailers.


Applications to the Raglan Old School Arts Centre

ONLINE raglanartscentre.co.nz/rff/enter-movie/

EMAIL [email protected]

POST 5 Stewart St, Raglan 3225

Old School office is open Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm.

FACEBOOK facebook.com/creativeraglanfilmfestival/