Issue date: 
Thursday, 2 June 2022

Catalyst He Kauahi supports New Zealand filmmakers to progress their talents to the next stage and make exceptional, high end narrative short films that will ignite the flame and be the catalyst for change in their career.

Three teams have been offered funding in the December 2021 round. All teams have been funded for a total of $100,000 ($90,000 towards their short film and $10,000 towards development of the feature film concept).

Sunny Side Up

Logline: Two strangers collect their loved ones' ashes at a crematorium and end up spending the day together. They soon find that their time together becomes much more than a distraction.

Producer: Briar Collard

Writer: Jake Mynatt

Director: Calvin Sang

Picking Crew 

Logline: When a queer Tongan man starts working as an apple picker, he learns that he is not the only outsider in this hyper-masculine environment.

Producers: Morgan Waru, Nacoya Anderson

Writer/Director: Tanu Gago

Let's Settle This

Logline: Two kung fu masters meet in a Chinese diner via a dating app. They must settle the bill – and an ancient vendetta – to consummate their fateful encounter.

Producers: Abba-Rose Dinah Vaiaoga-Ioasa, Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa

Writer/Director: Jack Woon


Last updated: 
Tuesday, 7 June 2022