Fresh Shorts identifies and nurtures the next generation of New Zealand filmmakers.

From 2019 Script to Screen is working in partnership with NZFC to deliver the Fresh Shorts programme. 

Applications open on 14 June 2019 and close on 19 August 2019 at 1pm.

Any enquiries regarding Fresh Shorts should be directed to the Script to Screen Fresh Shorts Facilitator : 



What is Fresh Shorts?

  • Fresh Shorts offers grants of $15,000 to new or emerging filmmakers to make a short film
  • Filmmakers may have some experience, or they may be new to the screen industry
  • More experienced filmmakers should apply for Catalyst He Kauahi funding

What NZFC will fund

The development and production of short films made by up-and-coming filmmakers.

  • $90,000 of grants are available for the production of up to six short films.

Who can apply

New Zealand filmmakers of short film projects with:

  • A director attached
  • Applicants need a producer who is separate to the director
  • First-time directors can apply for Fresh Shorts
  • Availability to attend the Fresh Shorts Development Labs (writers, producers, and directors).
    • Development Lab dates: 8 – 10 November 2019

How to apply

Read the Fresh Shorts Guidelines before registering and prepare your answers offline for online portal submissions opening Friday 14 June.


What you need to apply for Fresh Shorts 

  • Story – creative materials including a script
  • Vision – information from the director
  • Producer – statement and plans from the producer
  • Budget – budget notes and financial plan
  • Team – bios of key people

To stay informed, please subscribe to the Fresh Shorts updates mailing list.

You can also subscribe to the Script to Screen mailing list for news about events, workshops and development programmes for people working in the screen industry.

Fresh Shorts Guidelines

Fresh Shorts Application Pointers

NZFC Chain of Title

NZFC Recommended Short Film Festivals

NZFC Sample Script 1-MY FRIEND MICHAEL JONES Final Script V2

NZFC Sample Script 2 – Shadow Cut Final Script

NZFC Short Film Marketing Guide

NZFC Talent Eligibility Criteria

Fresh Shorts Delivery Schedule as at June 2019

Link to excel spreadsheet templates for Short Film Budget and Short Film Schedule




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