Join us for a discussion delving into the creative process of low budget feature films as experienced by recipients of funding from the NZ Film Commission’s Escalator scheme. This is an opportunity to feed into the NZ Film Commission’s discussion around different options for low budget funding moving forward.

Writer/director Max Currie (Everything We Loved), writer/director Paolo Rotondo (Orphans & Kingdoms), writer/director Gerard Johnstone (Housebound) and writer/director Guy Pigden (I Survived a Zombie Holocaust) talk to producer Tui Ruwhiu about how being part of the scheme shaped and changed their filmmaking process.

The Escalator low budget funding scheme was an initiative of the New Zealand Film Commission which ran from 2010 – 2012. Over three years, eight teams were given production funding of $250,000 to make their first feature film.

Join us afterwards for a slice of pizza on us and a drink.

Tues 2nd September, The Classic, 321 Queen Street, 7pm drinks, 7:30-8:30pm talk, $5 koha appreciated.

Gerard Johnstone is the writer/director of Housebound, which premiered at SXSW earlier in 2014. It went on to win the audience award at Dead by Dawn in Edinburgh and the Narcisse award for best feature at Neuchâtel Film Festival. It also screened in the NZ International Film Festival and will be released in NZ cinemas on September 4.

Max Currie is the writer/director of Everything We Loved, which premiered at Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2014 and has been nominated three times for best picture by an emerging director. The film also screened in this year’s NZ International Film Festival.

Paolo Rotondo is the writer/director of Orphans & Kingdoms, which premiered at the NZ International Film Festival this year, and will be released in NZ early 2015.

Guy Pigden is the writer/director of I Survived a Zombie Holocaust, which premiered in Dunedin this month at the Dundead Festival.


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