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Kristi Barnett - screenwriter

Kristi is a NZ/British genre screenwriter who’s screenplays include the award winning optioned horror, They Hide In The Dark; and festival short comedy screenplay winner, Cuckoo.  She produced the first movie rolled out over Twitter with a pioneering transmedia project called Hurst (aka @KarenBarley).  She has also collaborated as a story consultant with producers on various genre projects.


•   2010: Won award at the LA Comedy Shorts Festival for her Cuckoo.  They Hide In The Dark, won an award at the British Horror Film Festival.
• 2011: First  ever movie rolled out over Twitter,  Hurst (@KarenBarley).  Received significant publicity and won the People’s Choice Award at the UK New Media Prize.  Short comedy produced for VM Shorts called Superheroes Anonymous.
• 2012: Commissioned by Ascension Productions in the U.K to rewrite horror feature, Son of Man.
• 2014: 39 Days optioned by Libertine Pictures under the title The Raft, with Neil Cross (Mama, Luther, Crossbones) as Executive Producer. 
• 2016: Commissioned by Libertine Pictures to co-write horror The Kill, with Neil Cross.
• 2017: Cuckoo gets a Fresh Shorts grant from the NZ Film Commission (NZFC), with Matt Holmes directing.
• 2018: Commissioned via NZFC Boost, to work with NZ producer Alex Clark from Picture Start Productions, on a NZ female-centric horror.

• 2020: 39 Days rights go to Libertine Pictures.

• 2021: They Hide In The Dark goes into development with renown NZ director David Stubbs.

• 2023: They Hide In The Dark & Elephant Kiss is optioned by two producers respectively. 

• 2023: Elephant Kiss receives Early Development from NZFC.

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