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Days of Ice: Antarctica Through Fresh Eyes Film Competition

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This ataata film competition is an opportunity for school-aged (years 1 to 13) tauira students in Aotearoa to show us a 3-minute video portrayal of Antarctica in a way we’ve never seen before. Show us a creative, cutting-edge perspective of Antarctica and why it is special to you.

Antarctica is our last great wilderness - it is a taonga treasure to be protected. By sharing new stories and perspectives of the frozen continent, you are helping to draw a deeper public appreciation and understanding for Antarctica here in Aotearoa New Zealand, and across the globe. Here are some suggestions to help you get started:

- Through an animal’s eyes
- An unexpected person/story
- A cultural perspective
- An unusual place
- An unexpected journey
- It used to be covered in trees
- Privilege of our access here in Aotearoa New Zealand

Be creative with this, there aren't strict guidelines as to how your video should be made. You don't need fancy equipment to enter this competition, just yourself, your imagination and a camera of any kind! You can enter as an individual or as a team and we have three age levels - Years 1-4 (Primary), Years 5-8 (Junior), and Years 9-13 (Senior).

Students can also apply to be assigned a mentor before 25 September 2020. This person will help ensure students have the resources and guidance available to produce a film- sort of like a video tutor! We have both technical and Antarctic mentors you can access, and you can make use of both! Apply for mentorship:

Students under the age of 16 must have the permission of a parent/guardian before entering the competition. A signature of your parent/guardian is required on the submission form.

Entries close on 2 October. The winning films will be announced on 7 October; winners will have travel arranged for them to fly to Ōtautahi Christchurch where they will attend the premiere screening of their films on 12 October at the International Antarctic Centre, during the 'Days of Ice' week-long event.

**Please note travel bookings will depend on COVID-19 restrictions (there will be no travel arranged under Alert Level 2) and flight availability. If travel can be arranged, students under the age of 16 will be required to travel with a parent. 

The winning films will also be featured at the International Antarctic Centre (IAC) year-round for one year, and winners will become IAC ambassadors. There are other prizes in the mix as well.

Event supported by International Antarctic Centre, Marsden Fund Te Pūtea a Rangahau a Marsden and Royal Society Te Apārangi.

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