He Kauahi Catalyst supports New Zealand filmmakers to progress their talents to the next stage and make exceptional, high end narrative short films that will ignite the flame and be the catalyst for change in their career.
Three teams have been offered funding in the September 2022 round. All teams have been funded for a total of $100,000 ($90,000 towards their short film and $10,000 towards development of the feature film concept).
Logline: When her daughter mysteriously vanishes in a garden centre, an anguished gardener develops an unhealthy relationship with a chrysanthemum plant.
Producer: Rachel Fawcett
Writer: Jolin Lee
Director: Jolin Lee
Logline: Three sisters share a love of basketball. When their world is turned upside down, they must battle their way back from the underworld.
Producers: Hone Kouka, Sharlene George, Karin Williams
Writers: Hone Kouka & Mīria George
Director: Mīria George
Logline: A presumptuous teenage boy enters a car in a local demolition derby to honour his best friend.
Producer: Luke Sharpe
Writer: Tom Furniss
Director: Tom Furniss