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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 2013 we received 235 submissions, shortlisted 43 projects and funded 16 short films.
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.
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:
Please see the How To Apply page for detailed criteria and FAQ's.
If you have any queries about Fresh Shorts funding, please email email@example.com.