Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington

City Manager

Your Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington City Manager and judge is Thomas Coppell.

Thomas Coppell


Producer and storyteller Thomas Coppell has been making content in the Wellington scene for over a decade.

Thomas' most recent projects include TVNZ New Blood pilot Into The Pickle Jar and web series/webcomic hybrid Tragicomic by The Candle Wasters for RNZ. He's currently in pre-production on their first animated series, Endling, for TVNZ HEIHEI.

He's passionate about 48Hours as a melting pot of talent development. Their first short film Shmeat, where they teamed with The Lovely Bongo Drums (Director/Writer Matasila Freshwater and animator Chris Callus), was funded by the NZFC on the strength of the team's award-winning 48Hour showreel. 

Thomas is hyped to have the opportunity to support and celebrate Wellington's growing film community as the city's Regional Manager. 

Email Thomas

Call Thomas on 027 741 1967

Regional Guidelines

Screen Wellington have provided general conditions and guidelines to cover Wellington, Hutt City, Upper Hutt, Porirua, Kapiti and the Wairarapa. Please read before the weekend starts. 

Launch venue

From 6pm - Massey University
Use Entrance C to get into Building 12, which is off of Wallace St, Mount Cook


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.

Wellington City Finals

8pm, Thursday 22nd April
Embassy theatre, 10 Kent Terrace, Mount Victoria, Wellington


Belindalee Hope


Belindalee Hope has produced a documentary feature Royd Tolkien’s: There’s Hole in my Bucket (2018) and several short films. She was a Co-Producer on 'Shadow in the Cloud' (2021) directed by Roseanne Liang, starring Chlõe Grace Moretz and which premiered at TIFF 2020.

Through the NZFC’s Catalyst He Kauahi fund, Belindalee produced Impossible (2021) an epic-scale, juke box musical, short film with Writer / Director Gabriel Reid and they are currently developing the feature. Her short film with Writer / Director Jessica-Grace Smith Everybody Else is Taken (2017), played at several major festivals and won the Jury Award at Palm Springs ShortsFest 2017. 

Belindalee has line produced  such notable indies as Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s What We Do in the Shadows (2014), the re-boot of a kiwi classic Pork Pie (2017) and the totally twisted Guns Akimbo (2019) starring Daniel Radcliffe and Samara Weaving.

Her film roots go deep into middle earth, as a Production Manager on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogies. She went back to middle earth again on The Hobbit’ sequels as the production manager of the 2nd unit with Director Andy Serkis. She was also a production manger on The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Peter Jackson’s remake of King King (2005), in which you can even find her cameo on the streets of New York as Cherrie Rype. 

Jamie McCaskill 


Ngati Tamaterā, Ngā Puhi, Te Ati Haunui-a-pāpārangi.

Jamie is a writer, director, musician, actor, and producer based in Wellington.

Jamie is a writer for the TV series Colonial Combat (2019), Takes a Village, Whatta Beauty with William Waiirua and Hari with the Māori Sidesteps. He’s a founding member and director of Maori Showband, The Māori Sidesteps. 

Richard Falkner


Richard Falkner is a Wellington-based filmmaker, writer, actor and archivist.

He has made a bunch of 48Hour films, several of which have won Wellington, and was part of the 2013 Traces of Nut team which won the National Final with The Sleeping Plot.

Richard also co-wrote and starred in micro-budget feature How to Meet Girls From a Distance, winner of them inaugural Make My Movie contest.

He has just finished writing another feature film, and is currently helping wind through every nitrate film in New Zealand with Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision.

His recent acting credits include Savage, Cousins, and Wellington Paranormal.

Richard has watched nearly every New Zealand feature film ever made (frame by frame). Richard loves 48Hours and is looking forward to watching your films!

Phil Burton 


Phil Burton founded Undergroundsound in Wellington, which provides post-production audio services for New Zealand and international film, television, and TVC productions.

Prior to starting his company, he had 15 years experience in location audio.

At Undergroundsound, Phil has been responsible for creating soundtracks for comedy, drama, and documentary productions both for theatrical and television release as well as promos, trailers and commercials. His recent work includes feature films Dead and Camino Skies.

Undergroundsound's recording studio is also used to record ADR for local and international productions such as Deadpool 2 or Netflix's Virgin River. They use SourceConnect to link with studios around the world.

Phil is looking forward to seeing the storytelling skills in this year’s 48Hours films.

Luke Buda 


Luke Buda works as a film composer scoring a Netflix TV show and several of New Zealand’s best-loved movies from recent years.

His credits include Boy, Hunt for Wilderpeople, Wellington Paranormal, Separation City, Eagle vs Shark.

Alongside his career in indie pop/prog band, The Phoenix Foundation, Luke produces his own music.

Matasila Freshwater


Matasila Freshwater is a participation award winner and filmmaker, with a breadth of unsolicited opinions just waiting for an outlet like 48Hours.