Ngā Aho Shorts Funding

Ngā Aho Shorts in association with the NZ Film Commission, is calling all Māori creatives with a factual or scripted short film idea. Apply now for the 2022-2023 season of Ngā Aho Shorts funding.

Our shorts programme is excited to grow tangata whenua, te ao, te reo & tikanga māori to the world.

This Season

Ko te whakapapa te whakautu.
The answers are in ancestry.

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. In pursuit of this, the 2022-23 season of Ngā Aho Shorts features a number of developments, each driven by the following outcomes.

  • Āta Pūrākau

    Encourage Māori to write pūrakau/stories to explore, adapt traditional stories in contemporary contexts;
    Now includes Scripted or Factual.

  • Āta Wairua Auaha

    Enhance and enable the creative Māori producer for the production and distribution of authentic Māori stories;
    Delivery to Mahuru 2023.

  • Āta Ringatohu

    Develop the capability and confidence of emerging Māori directors to share their vision of moving image story-telling;
    Encourage Rangatahi voices.

  • Āta Tikanga Mātatika

    Encourage growth and awareness of a code of ethics and provide for Cultural Safety.
    Advocate and support the growth of te reo and tikanga Māori.

Upcoming Deadlines

Applications open

3 October 2022

Applications close

1pm 10 November 2022

Funding decisions released

24 November 2022

What funding is available?

  • Ngā Aho Shorts 2022-23 will support factual or scripted short films up to $25,000 per film.
  • Fluent te reo Māori films will be eligible to apply for an additional $5,000.
  • 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.

Who’s in your team?

  • Each team needs a Producer, Director and Writer, or a Writer/ Director.
  • In encouraging development for Kaitiaki Reo & Tikanga into the film space, projects identified as containing te reo Māori, tikanga and Māori cultural elements will require this role to be additional to the writer, director, producer.

What’s in your application?

  • A 2 minute video (Introduce us to your team and why you want to join Ngā Aho Shorts)
  • A completed Ngā Aho Shorts coversheet
  • A draft script or screenplay
  • A strong proposal
  • A key creative team
  • The Producer will need a registered company for funding contracts.
  • Each project needs to have a social media plan for audience reach and can consider a match funding plan if they choose to.

What happens next?

The successful teams will be invited to an exclusive development wānanga with industry mentors, to help prepare you for production.

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

Previous recipients of Ngā Aho Shorts funding

Ngā Aho Shorts have supported amazing stories and teams through this kaupapa, which have gone on to showcase at film festivals nationally & internationally.

The talent and connections fostered under Ngā Aho Shorts continue to forge important pathways throughout the local and international screen industry.

Could your vision contribute to our short film legacy?

The Difference Between Pipi & Pūpū
My Brother Mitchell
Yellow Roses
Ūkaipō Whenua

Applications are now closed

Applications for Ngā Aho Shorts 2022 are now closed. However you can still become a member. Ngā Aho Whakaari members gain access to a range of incredible opportunities, including funding.

Watch the highlights of our Q&A Zui!

View the highlights from our recent Q&A Zui. There are some awesome tips and pieces of advice from representatives of Ngā Aho Whakaari, NZ Film Commission and Māoriland.

If you have any other pātai about Ngā Aho Shorts, email them to