Ngā Aho Whakaari are offering a grant of $15,000 to new or emerging filmmakers to make a short film.Filmmakers may have some experience, or they may be new to the screen industry. Your application will be based on having a great script. Note priority given to Te Reo Māori short film script. You must be prepared to dive deep into the story!

DEADLINE: Midday, January 13th, 2020.

Your application will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • quality of the script – it’s a great script, right?
  • te reo Māori scripts given priority
  • the idea and strength of the project
  • point of difference;
  • directors voice/vision;
  • filmmaking talent involved;and
  • ability to deliver the project
  • ready to film before the end of March, 2020.

What to provide

Your Aho Shorts application will include the following sections:

  • Story:  genre, logline, synopsis, script, writer’s notes;
  • Vision:  director’s vision, director’s treatment, 
  • Producer:  producer’s statement
  • (Note: Health and Safety plan, A marketing plan, festival strategy, schedule overview will be required at a later stage if we see your script has promise);
  • Budget:  budget, budget notes
  • Team:  key people’s bios, mentors and support.
  • You must hold or share intellectual property rights in relation to your project. (Chain of Title).

DEADLINE: JANUARY 13th at midday.

Please send application / enquires to 

It would be advisable to attend the following workshops:

Tairāwhiti Screenwriters Workshop (short film) with Tearepa Kahi & Kath Akuhata-Brown. Jan 20 – 21st., 2020. Gisborne. 

Screenwriters Workshop (feature film) with Michael Bennett. Feb 16th 2020 Auckland