Congratulations to the Kōpere Hou – Fresh Shorts 2022/23 shortlisted teams

18 teams and their projects have been shortlisted for Kōpere Hou Fresh Shorts. Script to Screen and Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission thank all the filmmakers who applied for Whiringa Tuatahi – Stage One.

The range of stories and the exciting talent across the 89 applications made it challenging for our independent readers to shortlist just 18 projects. The shortlisted teams have all accepted their invitation to apply for Whiringa Tuarua – Stage Two. They have a one in three chance of workshopping their project with industry experts and receiving a grant of $25,000 to make their film.

This year the teams come from Northland, Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Nelson Tasman and Canterbury. The genres range across drama, comedy, horror, historical, fantasy, mystery and western and include two animated projects. Six of the projects are re-submissions from previous years. Jackie Dennis, ED of Script to Screen, said “We were all delighted to see the shortlisted teams, and their stories are a great representation of the diversity of Aotearoa.”

We now have great pleasure in announcing the projects and teams shortlisted for Whiringa Tuarua – Stage Two of Kōpere Hou – Fresh Shorts 2022/23.

Congratulations to:

  • A Son’s Return Home
    Writer: Janine Sowerby
    Director: Kim Georgine
    Producer: Amanda Jenkins
  • Be(e)
    Writer: Rosie Howells
    Director: David Duke
    Producer: Cerise Preston
  • Beast Mode
    Writer/Director: Chye-Ling Huang
    Producer: Joyce Wong
  • Changeling
    Writer/Director: Francesca Mackenzie
    Producer: Jessica George
  • Grassroots
    Writer/Director: Aaron Ly
    Producer: Isaiah Tour
  • Invisible Dragons
    Writer/Director: Victoria Boult
    Producers: Mikaela Ruegg, Madison Henry-Ryan
  • Josephine
    Writer/Director: Stef Harris
    Producer: Patsy Burke
  • KÜĪ
    Writer/Producer: Carrisse Utai
    Director: Kahu Kaiha
  • Mirumiru (Bubble)
    Writer/Director: Allan George
    Producer: Jason Taylor
  • Night Cleaners
    Writer: Aman Bajaj
    Director: Calvin Sang
    Producer: Ankita Singh
  • Opia
    Writer/Director: Cosmo Calman
    Producer: Daniel Betty
  • Pretty Metal
    Writer/Directors: Rajneel Singh, Annamarie Connors
    Producer: Morgan Leigh Stewart
  • PUTI
    Writer/Director: Aroha Awarau
    Producers: Sara Jane Elika, Ralph Elika
  • Sleep Walking
    Writer/Director: Nicole Colmar
    Producer: Abby Jones
  • Tall Hours
    Writer/Director: Sophie Black
    Producer: Esther Leilua
  • The Man on the Island
    Writer: David Coyle
    Directors: Tao Mao, Sam Gill
    Producer: Nic Henwood
  • The Parrot
    Writer/Director: Adrienne Kohler
    Producer: Hamish Williams
  • Whiunga, The Punishment
    Writer/Director: Tuakana Metuarau
    Producers: Phillipa Keel, Zoe Gillett


Image:  Fetch (directed by Sam Gill 2021)

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



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