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5pm | 15 May 2024

Fund your short film with
Ngā Aho Shorts

Ngā Aho Shorts is now looking for short films to premiere in 2024!

Fund Your Short Film
with Ngā Aho Shorts.

Ngā Aho Shorts in association with the NZ Film Commission, Te Māngai Pāho, NZ On Air, TMP and NZoA, is calling all production crews with a short film idea. Apply now for the 2024-2025 season of Ngā Aho Shorts funding and access one of four funding tiers designed to support a range of filmmakers.

Ngā Aho Shorts is a development pathway focused on empowering tangata whenua and te reo me ngā tikanga Māori within the film and screen industry.

We hope that this opens the opportunity for more of our stories to be told far and wide.

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Fluent Te Reo, Experienced Practitioners, and Innovation Pitch proposals are due online by 5pm, 15 May 2024.

Funding decisions released

1 June 2024


June - October 2024


November - December 2024

Fluent Te Reo Māori Film: $30k

One available

Kaupapa-driven individuals or Communities dedicated to Te Reo & Tikanga Māori.

Experienced Practitioners: $25k

Two available

NAW members looking to grow their craft and strengthen their storytelling ability in film.

Innovation Pitch: $10k

Two available

A funding initiative for bold and brave content from Māori talent.

Development Support: $2.5k

Four available

A funding initiative to assist Māori creatives and writers in getting their ideas from pitch to proposal. $2,000 up front; the remaining $500 to be released upon the delivery of the film proposal to the Ngā Aho Shorts funders.

Films developed through this fund are to be released via an initiative by one of Ngā Aho Shorts' funders.

It’s all part of our work to encourage the growth of te reo Māori me ngā tikanga in film, by supporting those wanting to grow their storytelling skills in te reo Māori. We also encourage the use of te reo taketake in your scripting.

  • A 2-3 minute video pitch (submitted via a YouTube or Vimeo link): Introduce us to your team and why you want to join Ngā Aho Shorts
  • A filled-out coversheet (coversheet template link and other useful resources at the bottom of this box) with confirmation of the type of funding being applied for (for example, Fluent Te Reo Māori Film: $30k)
  • Your creative proposal including – logline, synopsis, script, style, treatment, schedule, and budget
  • An overview of your key creative team: Producer, Director, Writer, and Kaitiaki Reo & Tikanga.
  • Kaitiaki Reo & Tikanga Commentary
  • The Producer will need a registered company with its own bank account for funding contracts
  • Each project needs to have a marketing and social media plan for audience reach, with commentary on who the audience is

This should be presented in a single PDF file and emailed to

All teams need to be Ngā Aho Whakaari members.

When we say team, we mean the key creative team.

All key creative teams are to include a Producer, Director, a Writer and a Kaitiaki Reo & Tikanga.

NOTE: All key creatives must be Ngā Aho Whakaari members – and at least three of these four key creative roles must be held by Māori.

The successful teams will be invited to an exclusive development wānanga with industry mentors, to help prepare you for production. To engage our internationally recognised creatives, some of whom are based offshore, these wānanga may be facilitated online.

Ngā Aho Whakaari will facilitate these wānanga and act as Executive Producer to support your kaupapa.

Aho Shorts Dates 2024-25

We've planned seminars to support each team to craft an excellent application.

Mar 2024
6:30 pm
This is Aho Shorts | How to apply | Q&A
Mar 2024
6:30 pm
Producing and Directing a Ngā Aho Short | Q&A
Mar 2024
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Aho Shorts in-person verbal pitch session at Māoriland, Ōtaki
Apr 2024
1:1 Proposal Feedback Sessions

Get feedback on your proposal with the Aho Shorts team. Interested applicants can book a 30-minute session by emailing These will be held online via Teams video call.

Apr 2024
6:30 pm
Q&A Application Check Session
Apr 2024
6:30 pm
Wānanga: Te Reo Writers and Kaitiaki Reo & Tikanga

How to Apply

You’ll need to be a member of Ngā Aho Whakaari to submit an application for Ngā Aho Shorts funding. Ngā Aho Whakaari members gain access to a range of incredible opportunities including funding, industry support and networking events.

Check the funding criteria above.

Join Ngā Aho Whakaari and the Māori Screen Directory

We're building a Directory by Māori, for Maōri. The Māori Screen Directory is proudly brought to you by Ngā Aho Whakaari and Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission. It's our way of empowering Māori professionals within the screen industry to access opportunities in a way that is mana enhancing and part of a collective.