Script to Screen are excited to announce the eight participants that have been selected to take part in FilmUp 2014.

Off the back of a successful inaugural year, the FilmUp Mentorship strand once again promises to be a great programme for six talented filmmakers and the esteemed industry professionals that they have chosen as mentors.

 

The 2014 recipients, and their mentors are:

Writer/director Gillian Ashurst with writer Keith Thompson (AUS)

Writer/actress Sophie Henderson with writer Alice Bell (AUS)

Producer Jeremy Macey with producer Helen Bowden (AUS)

Writer/director Michelle Savill with acting and directing coach Brita McVeigh

Filmmaking team Miriam Smith and Christopher Pryor with director Leanne Pooley

 

The selected participants will spend 20 hours of intensive mentorship with these industry professionals at the top of their game; esteemed documentary director Leanne Pooley (Beyond the Edge, The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls), ex-Matchbox producer Helen Bowden (The Slap, Devils Playground), feature and high-end television screenwriter Alice Bell (The Slap, Suburban Mayhem) and award-winning writer Keith Thompson (Clublands, The Sapphires).

Joining them are the two participants of the inaugural FilmUp Script Development strand: producer Tui Ruwhiu and editor Julie Alp. Tui and Julie will be working with their own writers under the guidance of Brita McVeigh. Brita has worked with writers, directors, and actors on some of the most successful kiwi films. This strand will see the participants involved with observed script development sessions and reflective one-on-one discussions on their current development practice and philosophies.

Script to Screen was amazed at the high calibre of applicants for both strands of the programme this year. Selectors were hard tasked to choose the finalists from a highly competitive shortlist.

The FilmUp Programme is made possible with financial assistance from the New Zealand Film Commission.


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