Kirikiriroa / Hamilton

City Managers

Your Kirikiriroa / Hamilton City Managers are Sash (Nixon) Rinaldi and Mary Rinaldi.

Sash (Nixon) Rinaldi


Sasha Rinaldi graduated in Screen and Media at the University of Waikato and has been a Waikato actor and filmmaker ever since. 

In 2003 George Lucas honoured his fan film "Star Wars Hunter" with a golden droid statue at San Diego Comic Con.

After years honing his filmmaking and acting craft in the 48 hours, he won Tropfest NZ with "The Anniversary" in 2017, along with the Te Tohu Awahatanga cultural award for creative achievement as a Māori filmmaker.

He is currently writing Aotearoa's answer to Indiana Jones, an indigenous adventure set in the late 1800s.

Mary Rinaldi


Mary Rinaldi is an award-winning actor, voice artist and film-maker. She has many short films under her belt, including being involved in several 48Hour films over the years and taking out 5 awards in the Hamilton City finals in 2017 for her debut solo-directed film.

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Call Sash - 021 309 733

Hamilton Facebook group.

Launch venue

From 6pm - Meteor Theatre (rehearsal room upstairs), 1 Victoria Street, Hamilton


This year heats will be running online rather than in cinemas due to the risk of Covid-19. The heats schedule will be published on the Heats page. We will be streaming them on Youtube and Facebook.

Hamilton City Finals

7pm at Event Cinemas, Level 2 Chartwell Shopping Center, Cnr Hukanui & Comries Rd, Hamilton.


Arezou Zalipour


Arezou is a film critic, researcher and practitioner and is currently an Associate Professor in Screen Production and Cultural Studies at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). For the past decade, her passion has been to bring diversity into New Zealand film and filmmaking. 

She was the director, curator and concept developer of the (In)Visible New Zealand Film Festival in 2017, whih was the first of its kind to showcase New Zealand's multi-cultural films on the big screen. She launched Onscreen New Zealand Diversity website in the same year to promote and encourage future generations of filmmakers and storytellers. 

Fiona Jackson


Fiona Jackson began her film career as a Stunt Performer and Director's Assistant in California. She has a doctorate in film and is currently a film tutor at WINTEC. Her last big project was the feature film Penny Black and the accompanying short film Lapwing.

Fiona’s currently trying to master 3D modelling and animation and would love to see some groups tackle animation for the 48Hours competition.

Ben Woollen 

Cinematographer and Editor


Wellington-based Ben Woollen has produced special feature content for local and international film and TV productions (We Need to Talk About A.I., The Dead Lands, Dawn Raid, The Luminaries, Reunion). He loves doing previs work in the Stunt Department (Mortal Engines, Mr. Corman).

Over the years, Ben has been a part of two 48Hours teams and both teams made the national finals. He’s looking forward to being a part of the 2021 competition and watching some excellent films this year.