Thank you for your support

October 4, 2010

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Script to Screen team, I’d like to thank you for your overwhelming and heartfelt response to our recent call for testimonials in support of our funding application for the 2011 Auckland/Northland Writer’s Room series.

We received responses from all over the country, many that were written in support of Script to Screen in general and the overall programme we present.

It is essential that Script to Screen continues to present events which are relevant to the needs of our creative screen community and I invite you send us feed-back anytime letting us know what we are doing right, where we could improve, and what you would like to see in the future.  I’d also like to remind you that we have an online forum on our site where you can post your comments for open discussion, as well as notifying the community of events, websites, blogs, etc of interest.

For those of you who don’t know, Script to Screen is a charitable trust with the aim of developing the craft and culture of storytelling for the screen in Aotearoa, New Zealand.  S2S is predominantly core-funded by the New Zealand Film Commission which also additionally supports many of our individual projects.  The ASB Community Trust has funded the Auckland/Northland Writer’s Room series for the past 3 years, and the Film Investment Corporation Foundation is a major sponsor of the US Screenwriting Internship Scholarship.  S2S also works closely with a number of film organisations including guilds.

Script to Screen runs on a very modest budget, employing a permanent staff of 1.5.

The Writer’s Room is a free (entry by koha) panel discussion event run in many parts of the country, and on a regular monthly basis in Auckland.  This year we are running a number of Writer’s Room events as part of a regular monthly discussion series at the Film Archive in Wellington which also includes events run by Nga Aho Whakaari and the New Zealand Writer’s Guild.  S2S coordinates the Wellington series in association with the New Zealand Film Archive.

The Writer’s Room also encompasses Regional Workshops – entry level screenwriting workshops which we have run in association with Nga Aho Whakaari in centres such as Dunedin, Rotorua, Hamilton, and the Hokianga.

Summaries and podcasts of selected Writer’s Room discussions are available on the site. Click here

Script to Screen’s other major events stand is Te Ao Marama (TAM), our creative development programme which encompasses lectures and masterclasses by experienced practitioners and teachers, the Digital Media Workshop, the Short Film Lab, and the Script Focus Programme.

This year we have been able to offer you lectures, intensives, masterclasses, and one-on-one mentoring by several highly sought after practitioners.   We are grateful to have been in a position to offer you these events at a fraction of the normal ticket price thanks to the ongoing support of the New Zealand Film Commission.  I would like to remind you also that all our ticketed events include a significant concession price for students, beneficiaries, and members of film and television guilds including the New Zealand Writers Guild, Nga Aho Whakaari, the Screen Directors Guild New Zealand, the Screen Production and Development Association, Women in Film and Television, and Actors Equity.

Thank you once again for your emails, and I look forward to catching up with you at future Script to Screen events.

Nga mihi,

Simon Marler
Executive Director
Script to Screen
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