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New filmmakers, Emerging filmmakers, Producer, Director, Screenwriter
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The Short Film Fund (Fresh Shorts) identifies and nurtures the next generation of New Zealand filmmakers.

NZFC are working in partnership with Script to Screen to deliver the Fresh Shorts programme.  Please see Fresh Shorts 2019 – Short Film Funding for more information.

What is Fresh Shorts?

  • Fresh Shorts offers grants of $15,000 to new or emerging filmmakers to make a short film 
  • Filmmakers may have some experience, or they may be new to the screen industry
  • More experienced filmmakers should apply for Catalyst He Kauahi funding

What we fund

The development and production of short films made by up-and-coming filmmakers.

  • $90,000 of grants are available for the production of up to six short films.

Who can apply

New Zealand filmmakers of short film projects with:

  • A director attached
  • Applicants need a producer who is separate to the director 
  • First-time directors can apply for Fresh Shorts 
  • Availability to attend the Fresh Shorts Development Labs (writers, producers, and directors).

How to apply

Read the Fresh Shorts Guidelines and enter your proposals via the Script to Screen Fresh Shorts Portal.

This fund is now closed to applications.

To stay informed when the next round opens, please subscribe to the Fresh Shorts updates mailing list.

What you need

  • Story – creative materials including a script
  • Vision – information from the director
  • Producer – statement and plans from the producer
  • Budget – budget notes and financial plan
  • Team – bios of key people


Last updated: 
Friday, 8 February 2019