The Rialto Channel 48 Hours ran over the weekend, with over 800 teams registered for the competition.
Contestants get a couple of days rest before the heats begin screening on Wednesday in Auckland and Wellington. The two cities account for over 500 of the registered teams.
The Grand Final runs Tuesday 16 July at the Civic in Auckland, two days ahead of the opening of the NZIFF at the same venue. Tickets for the Grand Final are available here.