Finnius Teppett

Finnius Teppett



Finnius Teppett is a writer/director based in Auckland. He has an MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) from Victoria University's IIML, and is an award-winning playwright.  His play 'My Dad’s Boy' was workshopped at New York’s Against the Grain Festival, and opened Fortune Theatre’s 2017 season. 

Finnius is a creator, writer, and director of RNZ webseries 'The Citizen’s Handbook', and his NZFC-funded short film 'Democracy' premiered at NZIFF 2020. In 2023 he was selected for the Great Southern Television Tāhuna Residency in Queenstown. In 2021 his feature screenplay 'I.O.U.' was selected for the inaugural Black List NZ Project.

His plays can be read at Playmarket


Year Production Role Company / Director
ACCEPTED: 2023 Short Film Democracy at the AKFF Prague Festival
NOMINATED: 2020 Show Me Shorts Best Screenplay for the short film Democracy
WINNER: 2020 NZIFF Whānau Mārama Best Director & Writer for the shortfilm Democracy
ACCEPTED: 2022 Short Film Democracy into ShortCom London & Edinburgh Film Festival
2024 Taskmaster NZ S5 Writer Kevin & Co.
2022-present 7 Days Staff Writer The Down Low Concept & Three
2023 Taskmaster Australia S2 Writer Kevin & Co.
2023 Taskmaster NZ S4 Writer Kevin & Co.
2022 The Citizen's Handbook S2 Writer/Director Kevin & Co.
2020 The Citizen's Handbook S1 Writer Kevin & Co.
2020 The Citizen's Handbook : Election Specials Writer & Director Kevin & Co.
2020 Democracy (Short Film) Writer & Director Good Times Company
2023 Tāhuna Residency Queenstown Artist-in-residence Great Southern TV
2021 The Black List NZ Recipient The Black List
2020 FilmUp Mentorship programme Script to Screen
2015 MA (Creative Writing: Scriptwriting) TRAINING Victoria University