Film Making

Jason Stutter has directed over 20 short films, 5 feature length films and telefeatures. He has directed television commercials and edited hundreds of hours of content. His award winning films play and sell worldwide.

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When a terrified family flees a desolate southern New Zealand farmhouse, two cynical scientists and a young psychic are sent to investigate their claims of a haunting. There they encounter a powerful spirit that will protect the house's secrets at all costs.

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He comes from the mighty Kingdom of Tonga (pop: 105,600, principal export: baby squash). He is trained in the ancient art of ninjitsu. He is, unsurprisingly, TONGAN NINJA, and now his story can be told.

Ever since his father was eaten by a fish, Sione was brought up to follow the way of the ninja. Now he must journey toward his greatest challenge and defend the beautiful Miss Lee and her restaurant from Mr Big and the Syndicate. These men will stop at nothing to get their hands on an ethnic hospitality establishment servicing the central business district.

Only his fists and his long years of training in Tonga will help him face Gun Man (he’s good with guns), Knife Man (good with knives), Henchman (good with henches), Chef Guy (you get the idea) and Asian Sidekick. Finally, he must confront his ultimate nemesis - Action Fighter. Will love, and a great deal of physical violence, triumph in the end? You work it out.

Shot in stunning yet convenient locations, Tongan Ninja features exciting new sound and special effects techniques designed to fool the extremely gullible into thinking it was done for real.

Tongan Ninja is something special, something different, something that gives the phrase “this film is yet to be classified” a disturbing new meaning. People who love musicals, people who like sophisticated comedy, devotees of the best Hong Kong action films, foley artists, all will want to corner the makers of Tongan Ninja in a darkened alley and ask “Why?” Tongan Ninja – the film you didn’t know you wanted, until you wanted it.

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  • Awards

    WINNER - Best Short Film
    Golden Spike - 53rd Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain

    Special Jury Recognition- Aspen Shortsfest, USA

    Special Mention - 24th Interfilm Short Film Festival Berlin, Germany

  • Official Selection - click to open -

    11th Brussels Short Film Festival, Belgium

    10th MO & FRIESE Children's ShortFilmFestival Hamburg, Germany

    62nd Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK

    16th IFF Artfilm Trenčianske Teplice /Trenčín, Slovakia

    Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia

    Just for Laughs Film Festival, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Rhode Island International Film Festival, USA

    Expresion en Corto Film Festival, Mexico

    19TH Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Brazil

    28th Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival, Hawaii, USA

    St Tropez Antipodes Film Festival, France
    AFI Fest, USA

    24th Interfilm Short Film Festival Berlin, Germany

    FIPA International Festival of Audiovisual Programs, France

    Rio de Janeiro International Shorts Film Festival, Brazil

    Regensburg Short Film Week, Germany

    Short Cuts Cologne, Germany

    New York International Children’s Film Festival, USA

    Flickerfest, Australia

    Leeds Young People’s Film Festival, UK

    Magma Short Film Festival, NZ

    Shorts Attack!, Berlin

    Mountainfilm in Telluride, USA

    Newport International Film Festival, USA

    Short Shorts Asia, Japan

    Palm Springs Shortsfest, USA

    Filmets Barcelona, Spain

    Odense Internationale Film Festival, Denmark

    Best of Short Films Ciotat, France

    Rencontres Cinématographiques de Vence, France

    Istanbul International Short Film Festival, Turkey

    Cleveland International Film Festival, USA

    Aspen Shortsfest, USA

    Images That Matter- International Short Film Festival, Ethiopia

    CFC Worldwide, Trilogy Series, Canada

    Seattle International Film Festival, USA

    CFC- Worldwide Shorts Film Festival, Canada

    25th International Film Festival Hamburg, Germany

    New Zealand International Film Festival, New Zealand

    Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia

    Brisbane International Film Festival, Australia

    Expresion en Corto, Mexico

    Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Brazil

    Just For Laughs International Comedy
    Festival, Canada

    Filmfest Weiterstadt, Germany

    Vladivostok International Film Festival, Russia

    Middle East International Film Festival, United Arab Emirates

    Children’s Film Festival Seattle, USA

    REDCAT Children’s Film Festival, USA

    Leeds Young People’s Film Festival, U.K.

    Festival International Tres Courts, France

    Aspen Shortsfest, USA

    Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA

    Cannes Cinephiles- Cinema des Antipodes, France

    Cinema Jove, Spain

    Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada

    Seoul International Extreme Film Festival, Korea

    Rehoboth International Film Festival, USA

    Istanbul Short Film Festival, Turkey

    FIFO, Tahiti

    Flickerfest, Australia

    Boulder International Film Festival, USA

    CFC Worldwide, Trilogy Series, Canada


Nominated for 11 AFTA awards and winner of 6 - including best cinematography, best design, best original music, best make up, best visual effects and best art direction.
Nominated as best film in the Brussels International Film Festival 2011.

Opening night film at the New Zealand International Film Festival 2010.

Invited by the DGA (Director's Guild of America) as part of their talent search program 2010.

Naïve teenager Cedric Williamson (Hayden Frost), finds a friend in the larger-than-life blowhard, Mervyn Toebeck (Heath Franklin). Bullied at school and isolated at home, Cedric is ripe for adventure and Mervyn leads him into a bizarre conspiracy with oddball stranger, the “Spook” (Jemaine Clement)

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Two people meet as guinea pigs in a weekend drug trial. Andre (an unethical high school teacher) and Juliet (a bookish teenager) soon discover their lives are in more danger than they imagined. The staff are peculiar. The drugs cause hallucinations. Or is the clinic really haunted? Struggling with their senses, they must team up to unravel a spooky mystery.

RAYBON KAN   JESSICA GRACE SMITH    SUZE TYE  
BRET McKENZIE    RHYS DARBY    JEMAINE CLEMENT

Lund International Film Festival 2009 Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival 2009


WINNER - BEST ACTOR - LA COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL

Edwin Rouper is a man born with a serious neurological condition called Koontz-syndrome, an illness which makes its victims irritating. Follow as Edwin attempts to stage an enormous comedy extravaganza, hosted by International heart throb Mel Gibson, to bring awareness to this condition.

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