For any further information about Short Film Otago please contact:

Al Baddock:
021 588 545
Judith Curran:
027 235 8794
Stephen Downes:
021 174 9411
Katie Brockie:
021 188 1282

Short Film Otago
PO Box 5692
Dunedin 9058

Latest script round closed 31 May 2016.


Entries for 2016 round of short film production now open

Short Film Otago (SFO) is now calling for scripts in its next round of production. Entries will close on Tuesday 31 May 2016.

Short Film Otago is a registered charitable trust which aims to invigorate screenwriting in the region by generating quality writing, and overseeing full production of two or three of the best scripts each year.

Short Film Otago is a “first step” initiative for local film makers. Similar to the New Zealand Film Commission $10,000 Fresh Shorts scheme, Short Film Otago offers budgets of up to $10,000 to produce films by writers and film makers early in their career, to help build experience and talent.

Short Film Otago uses a “blind” assessment process to determine which scripts will proceed to production. A Selection Committee (appointed by the SFO Board) is provided with copies of all scripts with an identifying number attached and no details of the author/s.

The Selection Committee makes recommendations to the full Board on which scripts will proceed to further development and potential production. Writers of scripts approved for further development will be provided with a $500 grant.

“We hope to receive a large number of entries again, and look forward to finding some great new talent in the region. We also provide feedback on all scripts to help aspiring screenwriters hone their writing skills.”

Entries are open to anyone living in, or with a strong connection to, the Otago region and can be anything from fully finished scripts to one-page outlines – or works in between. The scripts themselves must be strong, original stories that are visually interesting and have an ideal length of 10 to 15 minutes.

Entrants may wish to use the free scriptwriting software Celtx to draft and submit their script (

More information about the initiative is available on this website or by email to

For any further information about Short Film Otago please contact Al Baddock 021 588 545.

Inc'd wins multiple awards

The Short Film Otago production, Inc'd, took three prizes at the 2014 Wairoa Māori Film Festival - including the Te Nati Film Fest top prize, Best Actor & Best Short Film Audience Award.

The Te Nati Film Fest prize wins automatic entry to next year's Te Nati Film Festival in Tahiti & a free trip to Tahiti for the film makers.

Inc'd was one of four productions Short Film Otago premiered at Dunedin's Rialto in May.

A Māori man enjoying the corporate life he has carved for himself in Sydney returns home for his father's funeral. Amidst the mourning, a challenge is laid before him.

Writers: Neil Durrant & Darren Simmonds.
Director: Darren Simmonds.
Producers: Darren Simmonds & Ian Bowmer.
Cast: Rob Mokaraka, Juanita Hepi, Paul Gittins.

Interview with Short Film Otago Chairperson Doug Lilly on Channel 39, Dunedin (29 April 2014)

Interview with Short Film Otago Chairperson Doug Lilly on Channel 9, Dunedin (16 May 2012)

Dunedin Short Film Excels - 10 Feb 2011

Eden produced by Short Film Otago has received another endorsement to add to its growing list of successes.

Written and directed by Rebecca Tansley, and filmed by Mike Single in 2009, Eden has already been selected for screening at the ION International Film Festival 2009, the New Zealand International Film Festival 2010, and the Africa International Film Festival 2010.

Now it’s been selected by the Auckland Council to screen as part of the Movies in the Park, Auckland Festival programme on Saturday 12 March from 8pm in the Auckland Festival's festival garden in Aotea square.

Eden is one of 8 films (6 of which can now be viewed online at produced by Short Film Otago, which is a registered charitable trust, funded by the Otago Community Trust.

The mission is to generate well-written and edited scripts, and then over-see full production on two or three of the best scripts each year.

Filmed in a remote vineyard in Central Otago, Eden portrays the bond that forms between a young Scottish man escaping a difficult past and a mysterious African refugee.