Grand National Finals Event

Grand Finals

The 2018 Grand Final event is being held at the Civic Theatre on July 14th, in Auckland. 

556 Teams across the country with 15 Grand Finalists and 3 wildcards

Join us at the beautiful Civic Theatre in the heart of Auckland.

We will be screening the best 18 films from the 2018 HP48Hours. 

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: Hayden Weal and Rhiannon McCall

Tickets on sale here.

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.

The after party will be Q Theater who have kindly offered a 10% discount on beverages if you present your HP48 Hours Grand Final ticket at the bar.

Finalists and Nominees

Finalists will be selected from the top films across the country. See grand finalists and nominees here.


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:

Lauren Porteous


Last year, writer/director Lauren Porteous, won the 48Hour Grand National Best Director and Best Film for ‘Under The Bridge’ - the first woman to do so!

She won Best Screenplay for Motel, her debut short film at the Show Me Shorts Festival in 2017. This all began with a career in acting after studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.

As part of DEGNZ Female Filmmaker Incubator 2018, Lauren is currently developing feature film projects.

IMDB Profile

Aidee Walker


Aidee Walker is a renowned actress, writer and director with a fast-growing body of work. In 2014, she joined the writing team for Step Dave series 1 and 2 and now has multiple TV series ideas in development. She has written and directed three critically acclaimed short films The FEUC (The Four Eyes United Club), Friday Tigers and Break in the Weather. Aidee's acting credits are extensive - she is most known for her lead roles on Step Dave, Outrageous Fortune, Dark Places, and Catching the Black Widow which won her a silver medal at the New York Film and TV awards. Aidee directed the web series Stand Up Girl and has directed two episodes of SPP’s Westside Season 4 - becoming their first ever female director. IMDB Profile

Julian Arahanga


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, music videos and various corporate videos. IMDB Profile

Ness Patea - Video Production experience includes the NZ feature film 'How to Meet Girls from a Distance', 'Sleeping Plot' (national winner of the 48Hours) and 'Judgment Tavern', 'Takes a Village', 'Beyond the Battalion' and 'Colonial Combat'. IMDB Profile

Specialist Judges:

Cinematography: David Paul - David's work as a director of photography covers the gamut, from documentary and dramas to shorts, commercials and feature films. David's work.

Sound/Score: Jason Canovas - Jason Canovas is known for his work on District 9 (2009), King Kong (2005) and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. He is an Academy Award Nominee and a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. IMDB PROFILE

Sound/Score: Michael Hedges - Michael Hedges is known for his work on King Kong (2005), District 9 (2009) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). He is a two-time Oscar winner - IMDB PROFILE

International Judges:

Rebekah McKendry


Rebekah McKendry, PhD is an award-winning film and television director with a strong focus in the horror and science fiction genres. She has a doctorate focused in Media Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, a MA in Film Studies from City University of New York, and a second MA from Virginia Tech in Media Education. Rebekah previously has worked as the Editor-in-chief at Blumhouse Productions and as the Executive Director of Marketing for Fangoria Entertainment. Her newest feature film, ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING, is a horror-comedy releasing this Fall. IMDB PROFILE

Brad Stevens


Brad Stevens is a film critic based in the UK. He is the author of 'Monte Hellman: His Life and Films' (McFarland, 2003) and 'Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision' (FAB Press, 2004), as well as two dystopian science fiction novels, The Hunt and A Caution to Rattlesnakes. He writes regularly for 'Sight & Sound': his 'Bradlands' column appears every month on the magazine's website. He has also contributed to 'Cahiers du Cinema', 'Video Watchdog' and many DVD/Blu-ray releases. He co-authored the English subtitles for F. J. Ossang's 'Dharma Guns' (2010), and was on the jury at the Oldenburg Film Festival in 2007Find out more about Brad here.

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas 


 Alexandra Heller-Nicholas is a film critic from Australia who has written five books on cult, horror and exploitation cinema including Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study (McFarland, 2011) Found Footage Horror Film: Fear and the Appearance of Reality (McFarland, 2014), and books on Dario Argento’s Suspiria in 2016 (for Auteur’s Devil’s Advocates series), Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45 in 2017 (for Columbia University Press's Cultographies series), and Robert Harmon’s The Hitcher for Arrow Books in 2018 (an imprint of Arrow Video). She is currently writing the book 1000 Women in Horror, and co-editing collections on Elaine May and the films of Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani.

Evrim Ersoy 


Journalist, festival programmer, and filmmaker. Ersoy was born in Istanbul but has spent most of his life in London. His study of criminal psychology had a marked influence on his decision to work in film. After first earning a living as a journalist, he moved on to festival programming. He is currently the creative director of the largest festival of genre movies in the United States, Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, but is also a programmer for Beyond Fest, MotelX, the Boston Underground FF, and more. He has written and directed a number of award-winning shorts, including Abdullah, and he is currently working on his first feature. IMDB PROFILE

Steve De Jarnatt


 Over a long career in Hollywood, Steve Jarnatt he has managed to notch a few solid “cult” credits. Among them: writing and directing the feature Miracle Mile, directing Cherry 2000, and co-writing Strange Brew. He also directed the 80s reboot pilot for Alfred Hitchcock Presents - (Man from the South) with a cast of John Huston, Kim Novak, Tippi Hedron, Melanie Griffith, and Steven Bauer, and has eked out a living writing, directing and producing other television – including ER, X Files, American Gothic, Nash Bridges, Aeon Flux, and Lizzie McGuire. In recent years he has concentrated on writing fiction; his story – “Rubiaux Rising” - was selected by Guest Editor, Alice Sebold, for The Best American Short Stories 2009. IMDB PROFILE

Gary Sherman


An award-winning director, producer, and screenwriter, Mr Sherman has more than a dozen feature-length films, nearly three dozen dramatic television series, documentary, industrial and music films on his résumé. 

Among his feature film credits are 'Death Line' 'Dead and Buried' 'Vice Squad', numerous TV credits include A&E’s 'The First 48: Missing Persons,' 'Missing Persons', 'Poltergeist: The Legacy' and 'Sable' for ABC-TV.


Heidi Honeycutt

Heidi Honeycutt is a film journalist, author, and film programmer. Her written film discussions, reviews, and essays have been published in Ms Magazine, Indiewire, Fangoria Magazine, and Moviemaker Magazine, among others. In 2014, she co-founded Etheria Film Night: a prestigious annual showcase of the best new horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action, and thriller films directed by women. She has programmed films for the Montenegro International Film Festival, San Francisco’s feminist MUFF Society, California State University Northridge’s Gender and Women’s Studies Department, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, LA Film School, the Hollywood Underground Film Festival, WIFTV – Vancouver, and numerous pop culture, comic, and horror conventions. She currently programs films for the American Cinematheque and is the Head of Programming for the Nightfall section of the LA Film Festival. IMDB PROFILE

Grady Hendrix


Award-winning author Grady Hendrix novels include Horrorstör, about a haunted IKEA, My Best Friend's Exorcism, which is basically Beaches meets The Exorcist, and We Sold Our Souls, a heavy metal horror epic out this September from Quirk Books. He's also the author of Paperbacks from Hell, a history of the horror paperback boom of the Seventies and Eighties which won the Stoker Award for achievement in non-fiction, and Mohawk, a horror movie about the War of 1812. You can discover more facts about him here.

Jasper Sharp


Jasper Sharp is a writer, curator and filmmaker specialising in Japanese cinema, and co-founder of the website He is the co-director of The Creeping Garden (2014). He has curated a number of high profile seasons and retrospectives with organisations including the British Film Institute, Deutches Filmmuseum, Austin Fantastic Fest, the Cinematheque Quebecois and Thessaloniki International Film Festival. In 2010, he established Zipangu Fest to showcase Japanese independent film in the United Kingdom, and he is the co-founder of the new Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival, beginning in London in Summer 2018.

Dick Blackburn

Writer and director Richard Blackburn achieved his greatest popularity as the co-screenwriter of the wickedly witty script for Paul Bartel's hilarious black comedy indie gem "Eating Raoul." However, Blackburn truly deserves to be acknowledged and appraised as the writer and director of the splendidly offbeat, original and atmospheric period horror vampire winner "Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural."

In addition to writing and directing, Blackburn also portrayed a strict reverend in this well-regarded 1970's cult horror classic. Blackburn wrote and directed the offbeat and haunting "Miss May Dusa" episode of the 1980's horror anthology TV series "Tales from the Darkside."