Six Short Films funded through Fresh Shorts Initiative

Six filmmaking teams have been selected for Kōpere Hou Fresh Shorts  2021/22, and each will receive project development and a grant of $15,000 to make their short film.

The final six were selected from 112 applications received. 18 teams were shortlisted and given feedback from independent assessors.  Fresh Shorts programme manager Emma Mortimer supported the teams as they prepared for a more detailed application to Whiringa Tuarua – Stage Two in January. From those 18 submissions, six have been selected.  Two teams who were shortlisted last year, but didn’t get selected, did further work on their projects and resubmitted with success this year.

Through a development process and mentoring these writers, producers and directors are supported to improve their projects to an excellent standard where the story is shoot ready. The teams will get the advice they need, and guidance from experienced mentors.

Jackie Dennis, Executive Director of Script to Screen Te Tari Tuhi Kupu A Whakaahua says, “it’s our joy to create a tailored programme that nurtures, challenges, and inspires these filmmakers. We look forward to supporting each member of the teams as they develop their stories and prepare for production.

Dale Corlett, Head of NZFC Talent Development says ” We were impressed by both the talent of all the shortlisted teams and the uniqueness of their stories. We look forward to working alongside the funded teams to bring exceptional films to the screen.”


The 6 selected teams and their projects are:

  • Boy Eats God
    Litia Tuiburelevu (W/D) and Maria Tanner (P)
    Briar March (W/D) and Caroline Hutchison (P)
  • Margie
    Keely Meechan (W/D) and Isobelle Walton (P)
  • School Night
    Nick Mayow (W/D), Prisca Bouchet (D) and  Joseph McAlpine (P)
  • Te Rākau Atamira (The Hanging Tree)
    Piata Gardiner-Hoskins (W/D) and Peata Melbourne (P)
  • Turtle Tent
    Pon Torthienchai (W/D) and Sara Chen (P)



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