Fresh Shorts is the New Zealand Film Commission’s competitive, low-budget short film funding scheme which aims to identify up-and-coming directorial talent who will be part of the next generation of New Zealand feature filmmakers.
For the sixth year of Fresh Shorts, 33 submissions were made for the $10,000 level and 28 for the $30,000 level.
20 were shortlisted for chair Sima Urale (Director) and panel members Annie Collins (Editor), Dale Corlett (Head of Talent Development), Whetu Fala (Producer), Mike Jonathan (Director/DOP), Jude McLaren (Talent Pathways Manager) and Bonnie Slater (Professional Development Executive). Five films, three at $10,000, two at $30,000, were supported.
At $30,000 Paula Jones, recently wearing the producer hat for docos long and short (award-winning Hip Hop-eration and Loading Docs title Dancing in the Dark), won support as a director for A Matter of Time. Also swapping hats is Costa Botes, whose Act of Kindness is currently playing the NZIFF. Botes returns to the producer’s chair for director Pavel Kvatch and writer Joseph Ryan’s Stuntman, which follows their previous shorts The God Painter, Gold! Gold! Gold! and Weekend Graffiti.
Among the $10,000 shorts supported was Slice Of Happiness from Natalie Medlock, seen on screen in Auckland Daze and several SPP shows, and a regular bridesmaid at the NZWG’s SWANZ bash having been named a finalist several times.
Misimpressions Of The Ignorant Wise, Sinead Lau (Director/ Writer), Julian Arahanga (Producer)
Peekaboo, Lillian Beets (Director/ Writer), Tasha Sharp (Producer)
Slice Of Happiness, Natalie Medlock (Director/ Writer), Katy Medlock (Producer)
Stuntman, Pavel Kvatch (Director), Joseph Ryan (Writer), Costa Botes (Producer)
A Matter of Time, Paula Jones (Director/ Writer), Mina Mathieson (Producer)