The 48Hours Team

Ruth Korver - 48Hours National Manager


I first entered 48Hours in 2004 and have competed a total of 9 times. In 2013 I produced the Grand Final winner with Traces of Nut and decided it was time to retire from competition.

There was no escape though and I ended up co-managing the Wellington event for a couple of years before taking on National Operations. Despite no longer competing I find myself spending more time on 48Hours than ever, with four months of the year consumed by the competition. I do get to sleep on the shoot weekend though.

Luckily I love 48Hours and wouldn't have it any other way.

Ness Patea - 48Hours National Manager


The 48Hour season is my favourite time of the year. I have met so many great people through the competition, this is the time we all get together and make some films!

The competition kick-started my film-making career and it's gone from project to project and now I find myself in the position of National Manager.

I love the grassroots nature of the filmmaking and doing my bit to support the new and established filmmakers of Aotearoa.

Matilda Boese-Wong - 48Hours National Coordinator 


Like many filmmakers in Aotearoa, my journey with 48Hours began as a teenager, where the competition ignited my passion for filmmaking. Winning with my school team, Filmsplats, in 2014 solidified my commitment to the medium.

The camaraderie among participants, both new and seasoned, fosters a sense of community unlike any other. I cherish the creative chaos of the competition, where filmmakers come together, united by their shared love for storytelling and their willingness to embrace the unpredictability that comes with guerilla filmmaking. I feel very lucky to be able to help facilitate filmmakers of all backgrounds push their creative boundaries. 

Ant Timpson - 48Hours Founder


The 48HOURS started as part of the Incredibly Strange Film Festival way back in 2003. It was a throwback to the weekend filmmaking that I did with friends when I was a teenager.

We had 44 teams take part which seemed like a lot at the time. The finish line was the Chinatown Cinema in downtown Auckland and from the moment I saw Jaquie Brown in tears at the finish line, I knew we had captured lightning in a bottle.

The heats really cemented it as everyone turned up and packed the cinema to overflowing. The final was a huge night at the Civic and it's never been the same since.

I truly believe the competition is crucial to the creative landscape of New Zealand - the proof is in the pudding they say - it's also been cited by everyone from the NZFC, NZONAIR, Sir Peter Jackson, The Minister of Broadcasting and our PM as an important part of our creative culture.