Family Co-video Challenge

We’ve created a family challenge for this new way of working and to help us all get through! The idea is to create opportunities for families to be creative together – with simple, fun, easily accessible creative film tasks.

Challenge 1: Entries open Mon 30 March – 3 April 5pm. (Now closed).

Create a 30 second commercial about a new product or method that will stop the Big Bad Wolf from  blowing down the house or a product or method that will stop him from eating Grandma! Must include the line – ‘He waka eke noa’.

Challenge 1 now closed. See the winners here.

Challenge 2: Entries open 9am Friday April 10 – 5pm Friday April 17

Using the theme ‘Lockdown Disasters’ choose a genre such as Horror, Melodrama, Musical Theatre, Comedy etc and create a film up to 60 seconds long that tells the story of a possible lockdown disaster.


Your film must be 30 – 60 seconds long.

All music to be copyright free.

Do not leave your own property or include anyone from outside your Bubble.

Children must be involved in the making of this video!

Hints:  Use every resource available to you – including Grandma if need be! Try to include the whole family and get creative for costumes and props!

Stick to the time restriction -any film that goes over the limit will be disqualified.

How to enter:  Email your file to: ​​ or if the file is too big, email via ​wetransfer

You must also fill out ​this form​.    By entering you agree to The Drama Workshop sharing your film on web and social media channels.

Criteria:  There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize presented. You will be judged on:

Strength of idea


Costumes/Art direction

Technical skills

Overall execution

Special categories will also be decided on at the Judges discretion. Eg Hairiest Dad, best use of a Grandma etc. The Judge’s  word is final and no correspondence will be entered into following the judges decision.

Prizes: ​Where possible, special essential goodies  will be delivered via supermarket  non-contact delivery method to the winning families. If this cannot be achieved during lockdown then arrangements will be made for when we can make it happen.


Our Judges

Paolo Rotondo

Paolo is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist, working in Film, TV and Theatre as Director, Writer, and Actor. Paolo won acclaim for his multi-award-winning, debut feature film ‘Orphans & Kingdoms’. His short films have screened around the world and are studied in NZ high schools. Paolo’s published Plays have toured nationally and internationally to great acclaim. Italian born, Paolo’s creative life began as an actor, starring in numerous NZ films and TV series. In 2020 Paolo can be seen in in the BBC Production of Elenor Catton’s ‘The Luminaries’. Paolo continues to write for both film and Theatre with various long-form projects in development. Dividing his time between his home in the Hawkes Bay and Auckland Paolo Directs TV Commercials for Flying Fish. In 2015 Paolo with his wife Renee established the ‘Cinema Italiano Festival’ now in its 5th year and an important nationwide cultural event. Paolo and Renee are proud parents of Sofia and Dario.

Debra Mulholland

Debra Mulholland is an actress, teacher, director and producer and theatre-maker, and has been working in film and theatre for more than thirty years. She created and establish the Mulholland Academy in Amsterdam, which is regarded as one of the oldest and most well respected schools in Europe. Deb is often invited as coach on film sets for voice and acting, and is sort after as an acting coach for private lessons, and by agents and industry professionals for differing projects. She has been a teacher for more than 25 years, and creates her own work (Shadow play, projection, and object theatre) for festivals and corporate events.  Having studied with some of the best teachers in Europe and beyond, she has covered a wide spectrum of theatre disciplines, which she draws upon in her teaching and theatre-making.