Paerangi Project

Paerangi Project offers accessible learning about how to develop your own short film or web series. It is for new and emerging talent living across Aotearoa, and encourages making screen stories in your own backyard.


Paerangi Project is a development programme designed to reach fresh, distinctive and authentic voices across Aotearoa. The programme is for those interested in developing a short film or web series who live outside the main centres, in remote regions, or those who are isolated from opportunities to learn about filmmaking. Paerangi Project offers accessible learning with Stage One and Stage Two delivered online. Participants are given the knowledge and tools they need to develop exceptional short film or web series projects. 

STAGE ONE – VIDEO TUTORIALS – Open to all eligible registrants 

Registering for Stage One gives you access to a series of video tutorials delivered by experienced filmmakers. The tutorials lead you through the process of developing your own concept including writing, directing, producing and pitching, and gives homework exercises. Doing the homework creates the materials you need to submit for Stage Two, therefore Stage Two applicants must have completed Stage One. If you’re unsure if you’re eligible for Paerangi, you can check out this information sheet. Registrants are very welcome to only participate in Stage One with no intention of applying to Stage Two and Three.

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If you’ve already registered, click here to view the video tutorials.

STAGE TWO – MENTORSHIPUp to 12 teams selected

Participants who registered for Stage One are invited to apply for a six-week mentorship with an experienced filmmaker who will guide them as they refine their short film or web series project. Applicants must apply as a team of at least two, to fulfil the roles of writer, director, and producer. Stage One guides participants on how to go about finding team members. Application requirements are available here.

Applications for Stage Two Open: 23 June 2021
Applications for Stage Two Close: 3 August 2021, 11:59pm

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STAGE THREE – DEVELOPMENT LABUp to 4 teams selected

The teams who took part in Stage Two are invited to apply for a three-day residential development lab. Up to four teams will be selected to travel to Auckland where they will develop their project even further, receiving tailored script feedback, directing mentoring, and producing advice from industry mentors. The development lab is designed to get the team ready to apply for funding or crowd fund so they can go on to make their project. The teams travel and accommodation costs are covered.

Applications for Stage Three Open: September 2021
Applications for Stage Three Close: 3 November 2021, 11:59pm
Development Lab: February / March 2022 

2021 Contributors

Marina Alofagia McCartney

Screenwriter, Director

Sophie Henderson


Emmett Skilton

Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Actor

Dianne Taylor


Robyn Grace

Director, Writer

Jaimee Poipoi


Hamish Bennett

Screenwriter, Director

Shoshana McCallum

Screenwriter, Actor

Karin Williams


Alex Lovell


Eloise Veber

Programme Manager

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