Congratulations to the Kōpere Hou – Fresh Shorts 2021/22 shortlisted teams

Script to Screen and Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission would like to thank all the filmmakers who applied for Whiringa Tuatahi – Stage One. There was a wealth of great ideas and some extremely strong talent to select from.

From a total of 112 applications, a panel of external film industry assessors shortlisted 18 projects. These shortlisted teams have been invited to apply for Whiringa Tuarua – Stage Two. At this stage, each team will be supported throughout so they can submit a full application.

The 18 shortlisted teams have a one in three chance of workshopping their project with industry experts and receiving a grant of $15,000 to make their film.

We now have great pleasure in announcing the projects and teams who have been shortlisted for Whiringa Tuarua – Stage Two of Kōpere Hou – Fresh Shorts 2021/22.

Congratulations to:

  • An Indecent Proposal 
    Writer: Matt Butler
    Director: Gal Hochman
    Producer: Madison Smith
  • Boy Eats God
    Writer/Director: Litia Tuiburelevu
    Producer: Maria Tanner
  • Budgie
    Writer/Director: Dana Leaming
    Producer: Niamh Swannack
  • Four Words
    Writer/Director: Isaiah Tour
    Producer: Puteri Raja Ariff
  • Grassroots
    Writer/Director: Aaron Ly
    Producer: Isaiah Tour
    Writer/Director: Briar March
    Producer: Caroline Hutchison
  • Malimali (Smile)
    Writer/Director: Nastassia Wolfgramm
    Producer: Maegan Clarke
  • Margie
    Writer/Director: Keely Mechan
    Producer: Isobelle Walton
  • Mirumiru (Bubble)
    Writer/Director: Allan George
    Producer: Jason Taylor
  • Raju
    Writer/Director: Sapna Samant
    Producer: Amber Leigh Stevens
  • School Night
    Writer: Nick Mayow
    Directors: Nick Mayow, Prisca Bouchet
    Producer: Joe McAlpine
  • Seagull, Hear Gull
    Director: Madeleine Brennan
    Producer: Zoe-Rose Herbert
  • Shades Of Blue And Green
    Writer/Director: Leigh Minarapa
    Producer: Brandon Te Moananui
  • Something In The Air 
    Writer: Aman Bajaj
    Director: Calvin Sang
    Producer: Ankita Singh
  • Tāwauwau
    Writer: Sinead Overbye
    Director: Alesha Ahdar
    Producer: Jazz dos Santos
  • Te Rākau Atamira (The Hanging Tree) 
    Writer/Director: Piata Gardiner-Hoskin
    Producer: Peata Melbourne
  • The Tree
    Writer/Director: Oliver Dawe
    Producer: Jessica Todd
  • Turtle Tent
    Writer/Director: Pon Torthienchai
    Producer: Sara Chen


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

Image: Stuntman (directed by Pavel Kvatch)

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