Congratulations to the Kōpere Hou – Fresh Shorts 2023/24 shortlisted teams

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

As part of overall budget cuts, NZFC funding for short films has been reduced. You can read more about this in the NZFC December newsletter.   

Subsequently, Kōpere Hou Fresh Shorts 2023/24, has shortlisted 12 projects and 3 films will go on to be funded. The development process for the funded teams will remain the same, with a two-day workshop in June and follow-up mentorship as they work towards production.

The shortlisting was a rigorous and scrutable process. “Each application was read by 3 assessors, and they considered the story, the director’s vision and the team’s ability to complete the film. The assessors took it very seriously and long discussions were had to arrive at these 12 projects. Sadly, many excellent and worthy projects did not get through” says Jackie Dennis Executive Director of Script to Screen.   

The genres of the shortlisted projects range across comedy, drama, thriller, horror, historical and neo-noir and include live action and animation. The teams hail from Canterbury, Wellington, Bay of Plenty and Auckland. Three of the projects are re-submissions from previous years.  

We now have great pleasure in announcing the projects and teams shortlisted for Whiringa Tuarua – Stage Two of Kōpere Hou – Fresh Shorts 2023/24. 

Congratulations to: 

    Writers: Mark Mitchinson, Julian Biss
    Director: Mark Mitchinson
    Producer: Phillida Perry
  • Close
    Writer: Samantha Crews
    Director: Connor Slattery
    Producer: Charisse Uy
  • Going
    Writer/Director: Frankie Berge
    Producer: Ashleigh Roworth
    Writer/Director: Fernando Hart
    Producer: Nikhil Madhan
  • I Kill Boys
    Writer/Director: Alex Farely
    Producers: Grace Masseurs, Melissa Shao, Rachel Sung
  • I Saw God At The St Lukes Carpark
    Writer/Director: Mia Maramara
    Producer: Kate Goodwin
  • Pretty Metal
    Writers/Directors: The Unkindness (Annamarie Connors and Rajneel Singh)
    Producers: Sara Chen, Joyce Wong
  • Rudraksha
    Writers: Mayen Mehta, Ava Williams
    Director: Mayen Mehta 
    Producer: Marianne Infante
  • The Chair
    Writer/Director: Brooke Benton
    Producer: Kate Goodwin
  • The Owl and the Rainbow
    Writer: Lynda Chanwai-Earle
    Director: Jo Luping
    Producer: Antony Gusscott
  • Turukawa
    Writer/Director: Tulia Thompson
    Producer: Craig Parkes
  • Under My Skin
    Writer/Director: Tiraroa Reweti
    Producers: Tawahinga Butt, Mia Henry-Tierney


Image: Lea Tupu’anga/Mother Tongue Photo by Ralph Brown – © Run Charlie Films

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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