This $7500 commission will support a Moana Pasifika artist based in Aotearoa New Zealand to create a new single channel moving image work that will premiere at the 18th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in September 2022. The selected artist will be supported to travel to the festival.

Funding dependent, the artist will also be supported to undertake a 2 week residency in the UK at Hospitalfield, Arbroath, designed to open up networks and professional development opportunities.

The premiere of the work in Aotearoa will take place at TAUTAI in 2022.

The CIRCUIT 2022 Tagata Moana Moving Image Award is presented in partnership with TAUTAI and Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, with the support of Creative New Zealand.

Who can apply?

The CIRCUIT 2022 Tagata Moana Moving Image Award is for Moana Pasifika artists with an established practice in the field of artist moving image, who are motivated to meet an international network of peer artists and film-makers, connected by the global Moana.

The open call seeks proposals that will enable the artist to produce a new work which represents a significant development in their practice.

What form is expected of the new work?

The final form of the work should be imagined as a single channel screening for a cinematic context, either in a physical space or online. As the work is developed, the partners are happy to consider other potentials for presentation of the work (eg: installation, performance). However, in the first instance your proposal should be for a single channel video work that can be watched from beginning to end.

Please note that BFMAF will support the presentation of the work in the festival including, where necessary, technical support and equipment costs.

How do I apply?

Please send the following materials to Mark Williams (CIRCUIT) via by 20 January 2022:

  • bio, outlining your practice, and any significant achievements (1 page max)

  • a headshot suitable for promo and publicity

  • at least 2 online links to recent moving image works

  • a proposal (2 pages max) detailing the work you propose to make, how and why this work represents a milestone in your practice

  • a Production Budget detailing the costs towards producing the commission (please see fees below for budget details)

Applicants should make clear in their application their production process for making the single channel video, and how it will be supported by the available budget.

Project budget and details

Paid to the artist

  • $3000 Artist fee

  • $4500 Production costs

  • $2000 Home fund

Related costs to be covered by project partners

  • Airfare NZ-UK return accommodation at BFMAF (5 days)

  • Presentation/ installation costs

  • Transport (UK)

  • Accommodation in Hospitalfield, Arbroath  (10 days) / Glasgow (1 day) / Edinburgh (1 day) (Funding dependent)

Pastoral care and support

CIRCUIT, TAUTAI and the BFMAF acknowledge the challenges of travelling and working far from home. We will work with the selected artist to ensure the artist has supportive networks in the UK, and ahead of the award, introduce the artist via Zoom to the festival organisers. TAUTAI will also support this award with a $2000 Home Fund Award, to offset the costs incurred at home in the absence of the artist.

The successful applicant must be double vaccinated against Covid 19. In the event of Covid 19 making the journey or festival unsustainable, the work will be shown as part of the festival’s online programme.


  • 20 January 2022 – Applications due

  • 25-30 January 2022 – Interviews

  • 5 February 2022  – Announcement of the Award recipient

  • 1 September 2022 – flight to UK

  • Mid September 2022 – return flight to Aotearoa

Who do I contact with questions?

Get in touch with Mark Williams Please note that the CIRCUIT office is closed 20 Dec 2021-10 January 2022 and email responses in this time will be infrequent.

About Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival

Based on the borders of England and Scotland, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) is one of the UK’s leading festivals for artists’ moving image and new cinema. Now in its 18th year, BFMAF is recognised for its 4 day festival of screening, installations, performances, workshops, and seminars alongside its work year round that focuses on supporting artists and filmmakers production, working with local young people and creating professional development opportunities locally and nationally. With over 12,000 visitors attending in person in 2019 and online in 2020, the Festival has become a keystone in the cultural calendar of the UK.


CIRCUIT is an arts agency based in Wellington, New Zealand. Our activities include curation, distribution and commissioning of works; as well as the commissioning of new writing and professional development opportunities for artists. We are the leading voice for representing artist moving image practice from Aotearoa New Zealand.

About Tautai

Located in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa New Zealand, Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust is Aotearoa’s leading Pacific arts organisation with a multidisciplinary focus. Tautai draws on the Samoan word for navigator and illustrates the organisation’s commitment to guiding Moana arts both locally and globally.

About Hospitalfield

Hospitalfield is an arts organisation based in the coastal town of Arbroath in the North East of Scotland founded in 1901. Hospitalfield has an international reputation in the visual arts for our artist development programmes through residencies and commissioning.

CIRCUIT is the
leading voice
for artist moving image
in Aotearoa New Zealand,
distributing works,
critical review and
which reflect our unique, contemporary
South Pacific context.