Ōtepoti / Dunedin

City Manager

Your Ōtepoti / Dunedin City Manager and judge is Miguel Nitis.

Miguel Nitis


Miguel has been film-making for 15 years and is well-known in Dunedin for his circus antics, theatre work, event management, and balloon-twisting.

He's made many short films, music videos, and promotional videos, while squeezing in a little acting as well.

Notable credits include: I Survived a Zombie HolocaustGhost TVAvenue Q, and Clowns vs Zombies.

Email Miguel

Call Miguel - 027 694 2401

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Launch venue

From 6pm - Harbourside Grill, 18 Fryatt Street, Dunedin Central


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.

Dunedin City Finals

7pm, Saturday 3rd April
Teacher's College Auditorium, 145 Union Street East, Dunedin Central


Emma Schranz 

Writer and Director


Emma has several short films selected for the International Film Awards in Berlin, Tropfest, NZIFF, Busan and many other festivals around the world.

She has written several feature films to date, including her high-end drama TV series which is currently in development.

In 2017, she won the South Pacific "Big Pitch" competition at the SPADA Conference, which was judged by Dame Jane Campion.

Emma also completed her sixth short film Eyrie, funded by Short Film Otago and shot by Dominic Fryer (Tickled).

Kelly Hocking 


As a California native, one of Kelly's most memorable projects in Los Angeles was acting in Channeling Alphonse, a 48 hour film which went on to be presented at the Sundance Film Festival. 

In New Zealand, she has performed in productions for The Fortune Theatre in Dunedin, The Court Theatre in Christchurch, Musical Theatre Dunedin, Taieri Musical Society, North Shore Musical Society in Auckland and in national touring productions for THETA.

Credits include “Kate/Lucy” in Avenue Q, “Ellen” in Miss Saigon, “Roxie Hart” in Chicago, "Winifred Banks” in Mary Poppins, and “Glinda/Galinda” in Wicked. 

Her anticipated one woman show, Thief!, opens at The Dunedin Fringe Festival in March 2021.

Kahli Scott


Kahli Scott works as the Film Office Coordinator for Film Otago Southland, the regional film office covering the lower half of the South Island.

Prior to this, she lived in London and worked in live content production, programming and curating talks, panels and workshops for the International Broadcasting Convention and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

She's currently working on an Australian young-adult novel.

Craig Storey 


Craig Storey is a long time media slave and creative savant.

Serving for more than three decades in the meat-grinder of local radio, film, tv and theatre Craig has been there-done that and has the scars to prove it.

Bespite his crazy azimuth decision-making filters and overlong thoughtful silences he enjoys free cheese rolls and damn good stories.