Monster Children Short Film Awards – About

The Monster Children Short Film Awards Presented by Wānaka. 

Monster Children and Wānaka are asking filmmakers from all over to submit a visual story to be judged against this year’s theme: A Sense of Place. There are no limits to where this sense of place can come from. For example, your sense of place might derive from your hometown or perhaps your grandmother’s house. Then again, it might just come from down the back of the couch—that’s a place. The most important thing is that your film possesses a strong feeling of connection and belonging and is at least 30 seconds long, but no longer than 5 minutes. Easy!

The winner will receive—get this—$10,000 NZD cash prize, Sony hardware equipment worth $15,000, an all-expenses-paid trip to Wānaka, New Zealand, plus production costs to co-direct their short film idea with Monster Children Films, and the local film industry.

Presenting Partner – Wānaka 

The Wānaka region has a long history of welcoming travelers. And those who come here tend to find something that makes them want to return. A place for you to go beyond the everyday, to find connection, to experience the incredible energy that begins with the landscape, extends to the people, and sets this place apart. Discover more here


Supported by – Sony

Sony Corporation is a creative entertainment company with a solid foundation of technology. From game and network services to music, pictures, electronics, image sensors and financial services – Sony’s purpose is to fill the world with emotion through the power of creativity and technology. Discover more here

Supported by – Film Queenstown

Film Queenstown acts as a point of coordination for screen activity throughout the region. Providing advice, information, and support to filmmakers and screen productions and fostering a film-friendly environment. Discover more here