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APFF 2023

Event Details

Key Dates

1 Feb 2023: Opening for submissions

15 Aug 2023: Submission deadline

1 Oct 2023: Notification date

2-3 Nov 2023: Event date


Film-makers assert, under their own liability, the complete right of use on copyrighted materials (images, words, sounds, music) that compose the artwork. Film-makers undertake complete liability for any breach of copyright laws. By submitting, participants release the festival from any legal claims, liabilities and damages.


The festival organisers reserve the right to disqualify films that are in breach of New Zealand copyright laws. 


Film-makers shall retain all copyrights of any image they submit.

Films may have been screened before at another festival or online, but must have been created after 1 January 2020 to be considered for competition. Entries that are publicly available online may not be selected. 

All films must be under 7 minutes in length including credits. 


We welcome submissions in all languages, however, films that are not in English must contain English subtitles. Subtitles for films in Te Reo are optional. If a barrier to understanding language is part of the concept of your poetry film, we will respect your stylistic choices and honor the piece in its authentic form.


Festival organisers reserve the right to disqualify submissions that feature political propaganda, gratuitous violence, or discriminatory content. This includes (but is not limited to) ableism, homophobia, misogyny, racism, and transphobia.  


The Festival will accept a maximum number of 2 submissions per person. 


The Festival Jury will make the final decision on the Official Selection. The Jury’s decisions will be final and cannot be appealed.


The festival organisers reserve the right to alter, amend, or modify the Competition rules at any time, and all Participants concerned by these changes will be notified by email.

Awards and Prizes

The 2023 Aotearoa Poetry Film Festival is inviting entries for three categories of the film competition:


- Best International Poetry Film

- Best New Zealand Poetry Film

- Best Student Poetry Film (film-makers need to be enrolled in a secondary or tertiary education institution at the time of submission)


All films selected for competition will receive a festival laurel and the winners of each competition category will be awarded prize money.


The festival jury will comprise local and international award-winning film-makers, poets and academics.

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