Issue date: 
Thursday, 18 April 2019

Catalyst He Kauahi aims to support 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 February 2019 round. Each project will receive a grant of $90,000 towards their short film, and $10,000 towards development of their feature concept.


Topping Out

Writer: Michael Bennett

Director: Kerry Fox

Producer: Juliet Dowling

Jovial lingual banter between two Irish scaffolders as they ascend up a London high-rise leads to suspicion, jealousy and precipitous threat towards the top, when the boss senses his young protegé is in love.


When We Were Kids

Writer/Director: Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu

Producer: Sarah Cook

Piki (13) examines the boundaries of her changing body during a day at the pools with her best friend.


Frankie Jean and the Morning Star

Writer/Director: Hannah Marshall

Producer: Tara Riddell, Gareth Williams

In the early hours of the morning, a plucky, rugby obsessed 8-year-old girl stumbles across a teenager about to end his life.


Last updated: 
Thursday, 18 April 2019