Short Film Otago has a new funding round open for new writers and filmmakers.

It is calling for scripts/film ideas/outlines for development and possible funding.

Short Film Otago provides a “first step” initiative for southern writers and film makers, similar to the New Zealand Film Commission’s Fresh Shorts scheme, offering writers and film makers beginning or early in their career up to $10,000 to produce films. However, the SFO initiative is dedicated to Otago.

Past SFO productions have been selected for screening in the NZ International Film Festival and numerous other festivals, picking up numerous awards, and several SFO writers and directors have gone on to make funded features.

Prior film making experience is not required, and professional mentoring and support is provided throughout production. Short Film Otago uses a “blind” assessment process to determine which scripts will proceed to development and production.

Writers of several selected scripts will be provided with a $500 grant for further development before final decisions are made on which scripts are supported through production.

Projects must be predominantly made in Otago using Otago-based crews and facilities except in exceptional circumstances. Short Film Otago provides support and guidance in finding crews and facilities.

NZWG Board member Alan Baddock is Chair of the Trust, and he says, “I encourage anyone with a short film idea to get it in to us – it’s a very good scheme”.

Applications close 5pm, Sunday August 19, 2018

The Short Film Otago initiative is made possible by support of the Otago Community Trust and members of the local screen industry.

For further details about selection criteria and eligibility see this website: More information or  email