Grand Finals

Grand Finals

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

We will be screening the best 18 films from the 2019 Vista Foundation 48Hours. 

There will be monsters, romance, time travel, heartbreak, blood, splatter and a lot of laughs 

Who will be crowned Grand Chimp?

Bar open 6.30pm

Doors open 7.00pm

Show starts 7.30pm

Hosts: TBC

Tickets are not yet on sale.

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.

Finalists and Nominees

Finalists will be selected from the top films across the country. 

We have some amazing international and local judges selecting the winners this year. We will add their profiles here for you read as we receive them.

Local Judges:


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'. IMDB Profile


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. IMDB Profile


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'. IMDB Profile

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. IMDB Profile