2020 Winners


In 2020, due to Covid-19, organisers had to make the tough decision to postpone the competition. While filmmakers across Aotearoa understood the reasoning - their disappointment was palpable.

Feeling the creative longing of a nation in distress, the 48HOURS team jumped into action - applying and receiving NZ on Air funding to host the most extreme filmmaking competition the country had ever seen.

Under Level 4 lockdown, the competition’s rules were stricter than ever before. With the number one rule for all; stay in your bubble and make a short film in just 48 hours. The best of the bunch would then compete in a primetime television special.

With 10K prize money up for grabs, the floodgates opened and the nation responded with 2118 creative teams entering, a record-breaking number.

Numerous acclaimed creative industry heavyweights helped Judge this year's competition including Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright, Ellen Wong, Cliff Curtis, Jennifer Ward Leyland, Adam Wingard, Karyn Kusama and more.

VF48HOURS: LOCKDOWN was made with the support of New Zealand on Air, The Vista Foundation and The New Zealand Film Commission, with broadcast partners TVNZ and The Spinoff.



  • TECHNICAL: An Arc Shot
  • SOUND: An Echo
  • OBJECT: A Photograph 


  • Genre #1 Adventure
  • Genre #2 Horror
  • Genre #3 Whodunnit 
  • Genre #4 Science Fiction 
  • Genre #5 Urban Fantasy 
  • Genre #6 The Unwanted Guest

Watch the full TV final

2020 VF48Hours LOCKDOWN Grand Champ

For Generations by Squint Eastwood.
Genre - Sci Fi. Cash Prize: $5000


The Visible Man by The Fubbs.
Genre - Horror. Cash Prize: $2000

Second Runner-up

Pupper Paleolithic by Too Much Spare Time.
Genre - The Unwanted Guest. Cash Prize: $1000

The Ant Timpson Incredibly Strange Award

The Taste of Friendship by LundPicturesInc.
Genre - Sci Fi. Cash Prize: $300

Best Family Team

Home School by Bidwills Cutting.
Genre - Adventure. Cash Prize: $300

Best Solo/Duo entry

The Wifi Project by Tasteful Sideboob.
Genre -  Horror. Cash Prize: $300

Best Use of Genre

Lizard Wizards by Cyan Sea.
Genre - Urban Fantasy. Cash Prize: $300

Best Use of an Element

Duck 3D: 2D Busta's by Flat Earth Globalists.
Genre - Urban Fantasy. Cash Prize: $300

Other Finalists

Containment by Corner Shop.
Genre - Horror. Cash prize: $200

Hands Down by Dan Watson.
Genre - Adventure. Cash prize: $200

Murder in Filmmaking Express by Pina.
Genre - Whodunnit. Cash prize: $200

Fairyland by Everybody Dies.
Genre - Adventure. Cash prize: $200