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Fresh Shorts Funding Available

The NZ Film Commission is our public organisation charged with promoting the telling of NZ stories on screen. They do this by investing in film projects, professional development for filmmakers and making sure those films reach audiences in NZ and abroad. Kiwis are lucky we have such an organisation.

The amount of funding available for making short films and the way it is delivered has been shifting around a bit in the last few years. This year the NZFC have teamed up with screen industry training organisation Script to Screen to provide their Fresh Shorts programme. Here we provide a quick overview of what is on offer and how to access it.

Fresh Shorts

Applications are now open for Fresh Shorts 2019. This scheme offers up to six New Zealand filmmakers $15,000 each to make their short film. The film may be live action, animation or documentary. This scheme is mainly aimed at emerging filmmakers, as more experienced ones are encouraged to apply for Catalyst He Kauahi.

All teams that are shortlisted for Fresh Shorts will attend a three-day residential lab between 8-10 November. There they will receive a range of mentoring on different aspects of the filmmaking process  while they refine their scripts and proposals.

To apply you must have the following things ready:

  • script (that you hold chain-of-title for)
  • director
  • producer (cannot be the same person as the director)
  • budget
  • bios for key creative team (plus any mentors)
  • shooting schedule
  • festival strategy (list of target festivals)
  • marketing plan
  • H&S plan

If you need help with some of the above there are lots of resources available on the Show Me Shorts website here.

Here’s what the selectors are looking for:

  • fresh voices with original style
  • fresh ideas
  • big screen potential
  • films with impact – to reach audiences and move them
  • films that take risks, provoke and challenge
  • films that have something to say

Don’t wait until the last moment to apply, because it will take some time to register for the funding portal and assemble all of the elements you need to accompany your application. The deadline to apply is 19 August at 1pm.

Apply here:

Fresh Shorts 2019 – Short Film Funding

Catalyst He Kauahi

There is another great opportunity for Kiwi filmmakers – Catalyst He Kauahi. This scheme offers a grant of $90,000 to make the short film, plus an additional $10,000 towards developing a feature film project. The first round for this funding was held in February 2019, where three teams were offered funding. The next funding round for Catalyst He Kauahi will open on 19 August and close on 30 September. Read more here.