Issue date: 
Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Six filmmaking teams have been offered funding in the
2019-20 Fresh Shorts round and will receive a grant of $15,000 to put toward the making of their short films. 

Boyo and Bunny

Writer/director: Oscar Enberg
Producer: Tara Riddell

Anticipating the imminent arrival of houseguests, recently orphaned adult twins navigate the moral boundaries and physical limits of their new family unit.

Daughter of God

Writer/director: Maza White
Producer: Jen Huang

When an arranged marriage is sprung upon an Iranian-Kiwi daughter, she must either dishonour family tradition or lose the woman she loves.


Writer/director: Jesse Ung
Producer: Elanor McKenzie

A closeted Chinese international student must confront the disparity between his parents’ expectations and his own desires after deciding to lose his virginity to a stranger he met online.

Only Those That Can Resist

Writer/director: Sarah Gronhert
Producer: Louise Spraggon

When a male stranger interrupts the deeply entwined rural lives of a mother and her young adult daughter, they are forced to break their intense bond and set each other free.


Director:Bala Murali Shingade
Witer/producer: Shreya Gejji

Sri Lankan immigrant Perianayaki struggles to fit in as she goes about her day stacking supermarket shelves. Today, on her wedding anniversary, she is forced to reconcile with the bittersweet realities of her life.

Tupu'ana: Mother Tongue

Writer: Luciane Buchanan
Director: Vea Mafile'o
Producers: Eldon Booth, Alex Lovell

When a young speech therapist lies about her Tongan language skills for a job, she must find a way to communicate or risk her patient’s life.

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 12 February 2020