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By: Headstrong  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Film, Shorts

V48HOURS - Registrations Begin

The largest film competition in New Zealand gets underway on May 20. Teams have until May 1 to enter the competition.

NZFC Premiere Shorts (PODs)

The NZFC have made some changes to the short film structure. FRESH SHORTS and PREMIERE SHORTS. Fresh is a way to make more shorts for less money.

8 x $10,000
8 x $30,000

Good track records may not be required to secure these funds. Its basically an answer to the question I posed a year ago regarding should all the eggs be put in one short film funding basket.

I guess here's our answer.

If $10k and $30k isn't enough for you, then there's always the Premiere Shorts with heftier budgets. Be warned though, these will go to talent with experience I'm suspecting.


"The NZ Film Commission has appointed the following three executive producer groups to manage the development and production of 6 short films for the 2010/2011 financial year. Applications may be made to all three executive producer groups based on the attached criteria"

The three executive producer groups are:

A Collective Intake of Breath – Michael Bennett, Maile Daugherty
Tauihu Shorts – Tui Ruwhiu, Poata Eruera, Bradford Haami
Tom Thumb Shorts – Steven O'Meagher, Chris Dudman, Polly Fryer

Their guidelines and call for entries are attached.

You can also download them from our website:


One third of HEADSTRONG has left the company and is now working with the New Zealand Film Commission. Paul Swadel one of the original partners is now working in development at the NZFC.

Ant Timpson and Leanne Saunders have both kept busy with separate projects with a proviso in place to reteam on any interesting projects that would pair them back again.

Recently the NZFC started a low budget scheme based on HEADSTRONG called ESCALATOR. It shares many similar traits with our original scheme and has a few added attractions to it. The scheme is being overseen primarily by Paul Swadel.

Timpson met with Fullbright Scholar and Samoan born Playwright Victor Rodger to collaborate on a low budget feature. The project has gathered steam after Rodger attended the Rolf De Heer workshop and was accepted as one of twelve projects out of 750 ideas submitted to ESCALATOR.

Joining the team is Leanne Saunders as producer and white hot director Damon Fepuleai who is directing the Jono Project for C4 at the moment.

Damon Fepuleai is behind some of Peter Jackson's favourite 48HOURS shorts under the team name Goodfellas.

If all comes to plan, all four will work together on Rodger's NIGHT OF THE LIVING PALAGIS for the ESCALATOR scheme.

NZFC Review

Headstrong have recently submitted material for the upcoming NZFC review by the Ministry of Arts. This review will be overseen by Peter Jackson and David Courts.

Headstrong's proposal centered on the following :
– Creating excitement amongst the next generation of filmmakers
– Cutting back on red tape for low-fi films
– Ongoing Infrastructure Support for Low Budget Features.
– Funding set aside ultra low budget features.
– Assistance for filmmakers to get their work seen

Headstrong will also be calling out for scripts soon that fit into this ultra low-budget area.


The NZFC have just done a call out for applications for the Short Film Fund. What this means is that three devolved exec-producer teams will eventually be in control of the final funding to do call outs for scripts. Headstrong asks where is the support for low budget features when so many resources go towards shorts?

A debate was initiated on Facebook that got many responses. Well worth reading and contributing if you have thoughts on the subject.

The information in this article was current at 27 Mar 2012

Keywords: Film, Shorts

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