City Manager 

Your Taranaki City Manager and judge is Tony Bennett.

Tony Bennett


Having lived in Taranaki for over 5 years, Tony loves the creative talent that continues to thrive in the region. 

Tony is worlds away from his two decades living in London, in which he ran short film night events and rushed around taking part in 48Hour competitions in the big smoke.

He was the Tropfest NZ 2017 Runner-Up at the beautiful Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth, which helped set him up to deliver the best experience for the Taranaki 48Hour film-makers.

48Hour films are the gift that keeps on giving; each year they never fail to surprise.

Email Tony

Call Tony - 020 4109 2488

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Launch venue

From 6pm - MAD Media, Level 1, Devon Centre, 44 Liardet Street, New Plymouth.


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.

Taranaki City Finals

Sat 10th April
Zeal at The Mayfair, 69 Devon Street West, New Plymouth 4310


Katie Wolfe


Katie Wolfe is an award winning actor, writer and director. Her most recent works include the critically acclaimed play The Haka Party Incident and film Waru.

She has recently returned to NZ screens in the box office hit Daffodils and as "Nanny Fanny" in Maori Television’s hit comedy The Ring Inz.

Katie is a Taranaki Arts Festival Trust board member.

Holly Shanahan


Holly Shanahan is a well known face in film and television. She has enjoyed an extensive television and film career, both in front of and behind the camera.

She is a Qantas NZ Film and TV Award winning actress, 2 time winning director of the Sydney Road Short Film Competition (2010, 2011) and a Grand Finalist for 48Hours 2019.

Holly has entered 48Hours many times since her first collaboration with the (then-infant) stalwart 48Hours team Traces of Nut in Wellington 2004! Back in her home region of Taranaki she is passionate about developing our next generation of actors, filmmakers and creatives.

Steph Matuku


Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Mutunga, Te Āti Awa.

Steph Matuku is an award-winning writer from Taranaki, New Zealand.

She spent fifteen years writing radio advertising before deciding to branch out and write pieces that were longer than thirty seconds.

Steph has a special love for writing stories for children and young adults and has written for the page, stage and screen.

Alastair Ross


Alastair Ross is the Cinema Programmer extraordinaire for the Len Lye Cinema in New Plymouth.

He's an avid cinema buff who is fulfilling his childhood dream to one day run a cinema.

Alastair trained as a filmmaker and is very keen to see what amazing films the local Taranaki teams come up with for 2021!