16 Teams Selected for Fresh Shorts Development Lab

Script to Screen and the New Zealand Film Commission have partnered on the development of 16 short films. The teams behind the films were selected from a very competitive round of 106 applications; and will attend a three-day residential development lab this November as part of the Fresh Shorts initiative. 

The Fresh Shorts programme offers grants of up to $15,000 to six new or emerging filmmaker teams to make a short film. The selection also includes experienced filmmakers in new roles. As part of the selection process, each team will attend a three-day development lab in the Auckland region where they will receive tailored script feedback from industry mentors and participate in group workshops to further develop their scripts and strengthen their skills for future projects.

Following the lab and submission of the re-worked projects, six teams will be selected to receive a grant of up to $15,000 to make their short film. An announcement will be made early February 2020.

The 16 selected teams and their projects are (L-R):

  • Boyo and Bunny
    Tara Riddell and Oscar Enberg
  • Canvass
    Tess Whelan and David Hay
  • Daughter of God
    Awanui Simich-Pene, Maza White, Mia Marama Tierney-Henry and Puti Puti Ra Simich-Pene
  • Disrupt
    Peata Melbourne, Aroha Awarau and Jennifer (Te Atamira) Ward-Lealand
  • Firsts
    Elanor McKenzie and Jesse Ung
  • Frozen Solid
    Gemma Duncan, Simon Murtagh and Mark Proud
  • Heaven’s Mirror
    Greta Cervin, Morgan Albrecht and Morgan Leigh Stewart
  • Kaimanawa
    Hweling Ow, Jenny Gao and Mia Maramara
  • Lǎo Lao Lǎo Le
    Lucy Zee and Julie Zhu
  • Mulk
    Bronwynn Bakker, Joseph Moore, Ryan Richards and Hamish Parkinson
  • Only Those That Can Resist
    Brendan Donovan, Niamh Peren and Sarah Gronhert
  • Perianayaki
    Shreya Gejji and Bala Murali Shingade
  • The Push
    Jo Raj, Thomas Sainsbury and Kyan Krumdieck
  • Tupu’ana (Mother Tongue)
    Eldon Booth, Alex Lovell, Vea Mafile’o and Luciane Buchanan
  • Weed
    Simone Ashton and Gary Davies
  • Wolf
    Ruby Reihana-Wilson and Kate Elliott




Fresh Shorts is a New Zealand Film Commission initiative run in partnership with Script to Screen.



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