Issue date: 
Tuesday, 3 December 2019

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 September 2019 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).

Family Tree

Genre: Drama

Writer: Michele Powles

Director: Alyx Duncan

Producers: Lani-rain Feltham and Emma Slade

When an elderly woman’s disease roots her to the spot, literally, she must cope with the absurd reality, and face her suspicion she is turning in to a tree.

Green Datsun

Genre: Drama

Writers: Mark Albiston and J. Patrick McElroy

Director: Mark Albiston

Producers: Sharlene George and Rickylee Russell Waipuka

A fourteen-year-old boy, whose Mum plans on selling his deceased Dad’s Datsun, decides to take his best friend and little brother on one last joyride.


Genre: Supernatural Drama

Writer/Director: Stephen Kang

Producer: Mhairead Connor

A gifted twelve year old, Talia has developed an unorthodox healing method that propels her into conflict with her overbearing father.

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 3 December 2019