The NZFC has named seven shorts to be supported under the Fresh Shorts scheme, four Fesh10 and three Fresh30 titles.
One of the founders of Kila Kokonut Krew, Vela Manusaute (Matariki webseries The Factory), is supported for Messiah, one of the Fresh10 titles.
Coverband and Bombshell actor Ella Becroft is one of the producers of a short by Tama Jarman, on screens this year in Hillary and the second season of Westside.
The more established names are, naturally, attached to the shorts attracting higher levels of support. Recent Big Screen Symposium guest Cliff Curtis produces for Tim Worrall, whose Tits on a Bull (pictured, top) had a good run on the shorts circuit. Maoriland Film Festival founders Libby Hakaraia and Tainui Stephens will follow up short The Lawnmower Men of Kapu with The Gravedigger of Kapu.
The Fresh Shorts round was the first for which shortlisted teams were required to attend a three-day residential development lab and then work with mentors before re-submitting their scripts. The lab is one of a number of changes made to the way the NZFC supports short film in recent years, all broadly directed to helping develop filmmakers, not just help people make films.
Applications for the next round of Fresh Shorts close a week from today, at 9am on Friday 4 November.
The films supported were:
Daniel, Writer / Director – Claire van Beek; Producer – Alix Whittaker
Messiah, Writer / Director – Vela Manusaute; Producer – Sandra Kailahi
Sail Away, Writer / Director – Tama Jarman; Producer – Ilai Amir & Ella Becroft
Southland’s Home, Director – Alice Ralston; Writer – Rosie Howells; Producer – Lisa Scott
Māori Time, Writer / Director – Tim Worrall; Producer – Cliff Curtis
The Gravedigger of Kapu, Writer / Director – Libby Hakaraia; Producer – Tainui Stephens
Liliu, Writer / Director – Jeremiah Tauamiti; Producer – Ngaire Fuata