Fresh Shorts

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Fresh Shorts aims to identify the next generation of New Zealand feature filmmakers by nurturing and inspiring up-and-coming talent.

Fresh Shorts is a competitive low budget short film funding scheme for new directorial voices. In 2014 we received 196 submissions, shortlisted 37 projects and funded 14 short films.  

Fresh Shorts - at a glance

  • Who can apply: Fresh Shorts is open to applications for short narrative films, which may be live action, animation or documentary. 
  • Level of funding: We fund up to eight short films at $10,000 per film and up to eight short films at $30,000 per film.

All applications must have a director attached to the project to gain funding. Projects applying for Fresh 30 must have a producer who is separate from the director.  Writers, producers and directors must be New Zealand citizens or residents.

Key dates

Applications have closed for the 2014 round of Fresh Shorts.

Deadlines for 2015 will be announced at a later date.

The Process

Submissions are assessed by external industry readers, as well as the New Zealand Film Commission, to create a shortlist of projects that fit the criteria and best reflect the intentions of the scheme.

The shortlist is assessed by a panel made up of three external industry members and two NZFC staff members.  Over a two day meeting, up to 16 final films are selected for funding.

Film proposals will be assessed on the following:

  • Filmmaking talent involved
  • The idea and strength of the project
  • Director’s voice
  • Quality of the script
  • Point of difference
  • Ability to deliver the project


If you have any queries about Fresh Shorts funding, please email