Grand Finals

Grand Finals

The 2019 Grand Final event is being held at the Civic Theatre on August 17th, in Auckland.

Screening the top 18 films made in 48hours from across the country judged by a national and international panel, including Sir Peter Jackson.

The event showcases New Zealand's filmmaking talent in one of the most subscribed film competitions in the county.

Show our local filmmakers your support, and get your ticket.

Bar open 6:30pm

Doors open 7:00pm

Show starts 7:30pm

Host: Aidee Walker

Tickets available here

Door sales at the Civic Box office will be available at 6pm.

Finalists and Nominees

Teams: If your team has won an award category in your region/city, your team will be nominated for the national award in the same category. Finalist teams will receive 10 free tickets. Teams who are not finalists but have at least one nomination in an award category will receive 2 free tickets.

Local Judges:

We have some accomplished international and local judges this year. We're lucky to have their expertise in judging our top films. Here is the line-up of judges from New Zealand.


Rachel Lang has been one of the driving forces behind some of New Zealand’s most popular television dramas. Beginning as a story editor on 1980s dramas Shark in the Park and Open House, she moved on to Shortland Street as a story-liner and then as the show’s Executive Producer for a number of years. Lang collaborated with writer Gavin Strawhan to create the South Pacific Pictures dramas Jackson’s Wharf and Mercy Peak. Later she developed the enormously successful Outrageous Fortune, as well as Maddigan’s Quest and Go Girls.


John Barnett has brought a host of uniquely Kiwi stories to local and international screens, Footrot FlatsWhale Rider, Sione's Wedding and Outrageous Fortune. Heading production company South Pacific Pictures for 24 years, he was a driving force behind some of our landmark television dramas and feature films. 


 Florian Habicht is a filmmaker with a background in fine arts.

Florian serves us with a slew of internationally successful films that are unconventional, insightful and fresh in their approach.

His credits include Spookers (2017), Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) and Love Story (2011).


Julian Arahanga is a director and actor, known for The Matrix (1999), Once Were Warriors (1994) and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999). He also runs his own production company AWA films in Wellington credited with producing and directing TV series 'Songs from the Inside', 'Beyond the Brush', 'Takes a Village', 'Beyond the Battalion' and recently the web series, 'Colonial Combat'.

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Ruth Korver - Aside from having a grand final Apee under her belt, Ruth has produced a feature, loads of short films, documentaries, music videos, TV series and various corporate videos.

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Ness Patea - Ness is known for slick production on films, documentaries and TV series including the NZ feature film 'How to Meet Girls from a Distance', 'Sleeping Plot', 'Judgment Tavern', 'Takes a Village', 'Beyond the Battalion' and 'Colonial Combat 1 and 2'.

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International Judges


Chris Weitz - One of the minds behind STAR WARS has joined the international judging team for 48Hours 2019! Please give a warm welcome to Chris Weitz, an Academy Award-nominated writer/director and the mind behind some of the most iconic films of the past 20 years. After kicking off his career co-writing ANTZ and co-directing AMERICAN PIE with his brother Paul, Chris has since been at the helm of projects like THE GOLDEN COMPASS, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON and of course, ABOUT A BOY, which got him nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar at the 75th Academy Awards. Chris was also one of the credited writers on ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY and Disney's 2015 live action CINDERELLA remake.

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 Travis Stevens is the founder and CEO of Snowfort Pictures; a boutique production company specializing in the development, financing and production of commercial genre films. Working with both established filmmakers and first-time talent, Snowfort Pictures partners with financiers, sales agents and distributors from around the world to bring unique, high-quality films to audiences hungry for something different.


Mette-Marie Kongsved is a producer, known for I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore. (2017), The Raid 2 (2014) and ABCs of Death 2 (2014),  Come to Daddy (2019).


Richard Kuipers is a film critic for the international trade paper Variety and a feature film curator and historian for the National Film and Sound Archive website Australian screen online. He is a festival advisor/curator for the Goethe Institute’s Festival of German Films. His producer/director credits include The Movie Show, Stone Forever, The Cambodian Space Project: Not Easy Rock'n'Roll, Hell's Half Hectare.


Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Owner/Artistic Director of Spectacular Optical Publications and founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver, was the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia.


Macon Blair is an actor and writer, known for Blue Ruin (2013), Green Room (2015) and Murder Party (2007). On March 24th, 2019, it was announced that Blair would write and direct a Toxic Avenger reboot for Legendary Pictures.


Mattie Do is a Lao film director. She is Laos' first, and only, female film director and the first horror film director from Laos. Her directorial debut Chanthaly (2013) is the first horror film written and directed entirely in Laos. Do's second feature film Dearest Sister (2016) was chosen to attend the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and was selected as the Laotian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards. It was screened at more than 20 film festivals and was selected by Laos as its first Oscars submission for Best Foreign Language Film.


Lucas Heyne is known for his work on Mope (2019), Tohm Lev: Legalize Nudity (2013) and Darkness Minus Twelve (2004).


Brenda Lieberman is the lead programmer for the Calgary International Film Festival and a programmer for the Calgary Underground Film Festival.


Steve De Jarnatt is an American film and television director, screenwriter, and short-story author. His credits include for Miracle Mile (1988), Cherry 2000 (1987) and The X-Files (1993).