2014 South Auckland Short Film Workshop

November 29, 2014 - November 30, 2014

Is there a story from your community that you would like to tell through film but don’t know where to start?

Do you want the chance to have 6 months one-on-one mentoring with an experienced filmmaker?

Script to Screen presents the 2014 South Auckland Short Film Workshop – a free two-day workshop that will give you everything you need to know to make a short film. Over one weekend, four experienced filmmakers will guide you through each stage of the filmmaking process – from the initial concept, writing, directing, casting and finally to pitch your idea to collaborators and funders. We are looking for new talent from South Auckland with a passion for storytelling, and in interest in learning how to make a short film. Six attendees/teams will also have the opportunity to participate in the South Shorts Mentoring Programme.

Hear from five experienced industry professionals who have all worked on some of New Zealand’s most successful short and feature films; actor/writer/director Rene Naufahu, who released his debut independent feature film The Last Saint this year, Michael Bennett, writer/director of Matariki whose short film Michelle’s Third Novel was chosen to screen prior to the gala premier of Pulp Fiction at the 1994 New York Film Festival, Zia Mandviwalla, whose debut short film Night Shift premiered at Cannes in 2012, and has since gone on to win awards at numerous international film festivals, Yvette Reid who cast the leading roles in acclaimed short film Lambs and famously discovered Wayne Hapi for his role Ariki in The Dark Horse, and actor/director Rachel House, known for her roles in White LiesBoy and Whale Rider, Rachel has also worked behind the scenes as an acting coach on films including Boy and The Dark Horse, and is an award-winning theatre director known most recently for directing the Te Reo Maori version of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida.

What do I need to bring to the workshop?

You are encouraged to come with a short film idea, and any team members you might wish to work with. It is not compulsory to have a short film idea ready, but will mean that you get the most out of the workshop.

The synopsis should be half a page, describing what your film is about, what happens in the film, and what you want people to feel when they are watching it. You could also include why this story is important to you or why this story needs to be told. Remember to include details like, how long you expect the film to be (short films are usually 5 – 15 mins long), whether it is a comedy or drama etc, and the characters’ names.

On Day 2 of the workshop, participants will be invited to pitch their short film idea to the group in a pitching competition, to a panel of industry mentors. Up to six winners will be chosen to participate in our South Shorts Mentoring Programme. You are welcome to pitch the short film idea you submitted, or another idea. The pitch is to be kept to 5 minutes.


Date: Sat 29 / Sun 30 November, 2014

Time: Saturday 9am-4:00pm, Sunday: 10am – 4:30pm

VenueManukau School of Visual Arts, 50 Lovegrove Crescent, Otara 2023

Cost: The workshop is free. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Please bring a $15 koha to cover lunch for the weekend.

Registration: Spaces are limited so you must register your interest. Please rsvp to Eloise on eloise @ script-to-screen.co.nz or ring the office on 09 360 5400. This workshop is aimed at ages 17+. Participants should be from the South Auckland community or have strong connections there.



Day One – Saturday 29 November

9am – 9:45am: Tea/Coffee and Introduction

9:45am – 10:30am: Find your voice and tell your story with writer/director Rene Naufahu (The Last Saint)

10:30am – 12:30pm: Screenwriting with writer/director Michael Bennett (Matariki, The Factory)

Learn about the key points of storytelling and forming a structure that will grab the audience

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm – 3:30pm: Directing with Zia Mandviwalla (Nightshift)

Learn about the director’s role in the film and forming a strong vision for your story

3:30-4pm: Short Film screenings

Watch a selection of New Zealand short films


Day Two – Sunday 30 November

10am – 11am:  Casting with casting agent Yvette Reid (Lambs, The Dark Horse)

Learn about the importance casting plays in bringing your film to life

11am-12pm: Working with Actors with writer/director/actor Rachel House (White Lies, Boy)

Learn about the relationship between the actor, the director, and the character, and what leads to great performances

12pm – 1pm: Lunch

1pm – 4:30pm: Pitching Session

Participants are invited to pitch their short film idea to the group and a panel of industry mentors. Up to six winners will be chosen to participate in our South Shorts Mentoring Programme. You are welcome to pitch the short film idea you submitted before the workshop, or another idea. The pitch is to be kept to 5 minutes.

If you have any questions please contact Eloise Veber on 09 360 5400 or at eloise @ script-to-screen.co.nz.


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