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2-Minute Film Challenge


Your students could win $1000 for your school with the Weedbusters 2-minute Film Challenge for Year 1-8 students. Get creative, learn heaps, and help save the environment!

What’s the challenge about?

Students need to create a short clip (up to 2 minutes long) that tells a story about ornamental garden plants that have ‘jumped the fence’ and are now causing environmental damage in natural areas of New Zealand.

  • The clip might raise awareness about weeds in your local area or school, or in New Zealand as a whole. It might profile a local Weedbusters group tackling weeds in your area, or it might focus on a particular type of weed.
  • It could be a video clip or a narrated powerpoint. It could use still photography, or stop motion animation or cartoons. It could be a play, a documentary or even a song or rap. The possibilities are endless. You might even be able to get Woody Weed, the Weedbusters mascot, to play a part in your final clip!

Working together

Weeds are a community issue and this challenge reflects that – so students can’t do it on their own. Students can do the challenge as a whole school or class working together, or there could be several groups from one school or class. Group size can range from 3 to 30 students.

Curriculum Links

This film challenge can be developed as a context for learning in your local environment, and can also provide opportunities to strengthen key competencies of individual students. Various curriculum areas can be integrated: The Arts (visual), English (speaking, writing and presenting), Science, Social Sciences (Place and the Environment) and Technology. See this school resource.

How do I find out more?

Once you have signed on to find out more about the challenge, we will help you and your students make connections with local weed experts and groups, and send you out regular updates to help students complete the challenge.

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Enter the 2-Minute Film Challege

Submit your entry online using the online entry form.

Deadline for entries

Your 'mini-masterpieces' need to be in by 1 October each year.

Entry Criteria

  • Entries must be a produced movie/slideshow/animation about weeds, weedbusting and Weedbusters that equates to between 60 and 120 seconds viewing time.
  • Entries must be submitted as a digital format link uploaded to YouTube. The entries must be able to found on YouTube by using the search word ‘weedbusters’. No entries will be accepted as files or in hard format.
  • The movie must provide a clear story - it must also include a title page and a credit page.
  • Entries are final and no further production will be undertaken by Weedbusters New Zealand.
  • The movie/slideshow/animation conveys the idea of weedbusting in an interesting, engaging way that grabs and holds the viewer’s attention.
  • Entries featuring characters taking part in activities such as weedbusting must show characters wearing appropriate safety gear and following all applicable laws/requirements for the situation concerned.
  • The movie/slideshow/animation reflects the multicultural nature of New Zealand society.
  • You must also comply with the Weedbusters 2-minute Film Challenge Conditions of Entry.

Conditions of Entry

  • Weedbusters 2-minute Film Challenge is open to all New Zealand schools.
  • The students taking part must be in years 1–8 or being taught at that level.
  • The entering team may be a class of students or a group of students within a class or another type of group within a single school.
  • More than one class of students or group of students within a school from one school may enter.
  • The students taking part must be entered by a New Zealand school and the teacher or principal in charge must make that entry.
  • The movie/slideshow/animation must be original and unpublished. Entries must not include copied material or copyrighted materials that belong to third parties.
  • If required the school must be able to produce written permissions for all actors within the movie agreeing to be screened on YouTube and promoted through the Weedbusters NZ website.
  • Teachers must clearly state in the entry form that they have supported the production of the movie/slideshow/animation and that the students have created all parts of the movie/slideshow/animation.
  • Each entry must be one complete story.
  • Entries must comply with the requirements set out in the Entry Criteria section.
  • All entries must be submitted within the official online entry form.
  • The copyright in all entries will remain with the creators of the movie/slideshow/animation. Authorship should take the following form: ‘Written and developed by the children of Room x, Xxxxx School’.
  • By submitting an entry to the competition, the school and the authors and creators of the movie/slideshow/animation give Weedbusters New Zealand right to take copies to publish the movie/slideshow/animation (or part of it), without charge in all media.
  • Entries close at 5pm, 1 October each year.
  • Judging will be carried out before 30 November each year and winners notified by 5 December.