18 teams shortlisted for Kōpere Hou – Fresh Shorts 2020

Script to Screen and the New Zealand Film Commission take great pleasure in announcing the 18 projects and teams who have been shortlisted for Kōpere Hou – Fresh Shorts 2020.

A panel of external film industry assessors shortlisted 18 projects out of a total of 97 applications. These shortlisted teams have been invited to apply for Whiringa Tuarua – Stage Two where they submit a full application. The 18 teams will be supported throughout the Whiringa Tuarua – Stage Two process to help them put their best foot forward.

Six projects from the 18 shortlisted teams will be selected, giving the teams a one in three chance of workshopping their project with industry experts and receiving a grant of $15,000 to make their film.

Script to Screen and the New Zealand Film Commission thank all the filmmakers who applied, there was a wealth of great ideas and some extremely strong filmmaking teams to select from.

Congratulations to the 18 teams shortlisted for Whiringa Tuarua – Stage Two:

  • An Indecent Proposal 
    Writer: Matt Butler
    Director: Gal Hochman
    Producer: Madison Smith
  • Arrival
    Writer/Producer: Francesca Mackenzie
    Director: Ahmed Osman
  • Ave Marie
    Writer/Director: Celestina Sumby
    Producers: Francesca Carney, Zelda Edwards
  • Blood Bound
    Writer/Director: Corinna Hunziker
    Producer: Mia Henry-Teirney
  • Cradle & Grave
    Writer: Malinna Liang
    Director: Tema Pua
    Producer: Phoebe Shum
  • Departure of an Unknown Woman
    Writer/Director: Gorjan Markovski
    Producer: Cameo England
  • Florentina
    Writer/Producer: Paul Veart
    Director: Stephen Clothier
  • Grassroots
    Writer/Director: Aaron Ly
    Producer: Isaiah Tour
  • Homecoming
    Writer/Director: Grae Meek
    Producer: Anna Canton
    Writer/Director: Briar March
    Producer: Caroline Hutchison
  • James
    Writer/Director: Moana Ete
    Producer: Christopher Ulutupu
  • Māmā
    Writer/Director: Kyrah Hetaraka
    Producer: Angela Cudd
  • Petey’s Beard
    Writer/Director: Dries Naude
    Producer: Jaimee Poipoi
  • The Hanging Tree
    Writer: Todd Karehana
    Director: Piata Gardiner-Hoskins
    Producer: Peata Melbourne
  • The Safe House
    Writer/Director: Rebekah Tyler
    Producer: Emma Mortimer
  • Thirty Seconds
    Writer: Suzanne Adamson
    Directors: Suzanne Adamson, Kirsty Hamilton
    Producer: Candace Borchert
  • Unique Desires
    Writer/Producer: Helena Ashcroft
    Director: Natala Huaki Gwiazdzinski
  • Vivie
    Producer: Mia Maramara
    Writer/Director: Hweiling Ow


Script to Screen and New Zealand Film Commission work in partnership to deliver the Kōpere Hou – Fresh Shorts programme.


Image: Ways to See dir. Jessica Sanderson. Stills Photography by Jen Raoult

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