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.

2015/16 Fresh Shorts

We have $280,000 available for the production of up to 14 Fresh 10 and Fresh 30 short films. We have two rounds per year. Both rounds are open to Fresh 10 and Fresh 30 submissions.  We’ll be looking to fund between 3 - 4 Fresh 10 and Fresh 30 films in each round.  That said, we may choose to fund fewer or more films in a single round, depending on the calibre of applications..

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 seven short films at $10,000 per film and up to seven 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


29 April 2016  Deadline for submissions

15 July 2016 Public announcement of funded shorts


30 September 2016  Deadline for submissions

19 December 2016 Public announcement of funded shorts

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


Each project can only be submitted once per funding year. If a project is unsuccessful in Round 1, you may not submit it again in Round 2.  You’re welcome to apply with a different project in Round 2.  You’re also welcome to reapply with the original project the following year but only if you can provide strong evidence of further development since your original application.

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