Tessa is a filmmaker and drama director from New Zealand. Tessa attended the New York Film Academy in 1994 making her first short film Barbara Ann and Travis. On her return to New Zealand she set up her own production company at aged 22, where she wrote and directed another two short films, The Collector and Group Therapy. Both films screened in competition internationally including Clermont Ferrand and the British Short Film Festival.
Tessa directed award winning advertising campaigns as well as writing for television whilst continuing to fund her short films.
Tessa was the youngest director to helm the iconic New Zealand serial drama Shortland Street, Directing over 30 episodes of the multi camera serial drama.
A move to the UK brought opportunities to direct serial drama and children's drama. BAFTA nominated for Series two of Rockets Island and Nominated for Scene of the Year 2018 British Soap Awards . Self funded short documentary Siete Dias, filmed in Cuba has had numerous international screenings and short film Spinosaurus has been picked up for World wide sales and theatrical distribution in Europe with KurzFilmAgentur. Spinosaurus has been bought by HBO and was screened on British Airways in flight programme.
Spinosaurus has won BEST DRAMA at The Smalls International Film Festival, BEST DRAMA at Canada Shorts, BEST DRAMA and BEST PERFORMANCE at The Brooklyn Women's Film Festival in New York, BEST BRITISH DRAMA at Discover Film Awards in London and overall winner of BEST FILM at Blue Cat Short Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Tessa Hoffe also won BEST WOMEN IN FILM at the Bolton International Film Festival 2018. Tessa is currently developing several projects and her latest short film 'Majority' will have it's World Premiere at Krakow SFF. One of only 13 films selected for the Oscar, Bafta and European Film Award affiliated festival.
Early development funding was awarded to Tessa for her feature project SALVAGE.
Tessa's television work includes the Emmy nominated Youth and Consequences and the critically acclaimed Wayne, produced by the writers of Deadpool. Most recently Tessa was block 2 director on the Season One Netflix series, Zero Chill.