Script to Screen presents a one-day filmmaking workshop for the Far North region, Storytelling for the Screen with experienced writer/director Michael Bennett.

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

Come and join us for a free one-day workshop that will give you the tools you need to take stories from your community and tell them on screen.

This workshop covers short film, short documentary and web series formats, and focuses on making a project on a low budget. The aim of the workshop is to foster local talent and encourage aspiring filmmakers to make their own projects with local content.

The workshop is aimed at all levels, from those with screenwriting and filmmaking experience, to passionate storytellers looking for an introduction on how to develop stories that are cinematic. The workshop is suitable for ages 15+. We also welcome those who work with rangatahi in the Far North region, who would like to learn more about how to inspire their youth to write and make a film project with local content.

When: Sunday 1 February, 9am-5pm

Where: Northtec Rawene Campus, Nimmo St, Hokianga

Cost: The workshop is free. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Please bring a plate to share for lunch.

Registration: If you would like to attend please rsvp to Eloise on eloise @ or ring the office on 09 360 5400. This workshop is aimed at ages 15+. (The Script to Screen office reopens on 15th January so if you call or email prior to this day and we will reply on our return to confirm your place at the workshop.)

Michael Bennett is a writer/director of Te Arawa descent (Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Wakaue), working extensively within short and feature film, web series, and documentary forms. Michael’s first short film Michelle’s Third Novel accompanied the US gala premiere of Pulp Fiction at the 1994 New York Film Festival. He has since gone on to write and direct internationally award winning shorts Cow and Kerosene Creek. In 2010 he co-wrote and directed the award-winning feature film Matariki which debuted at TIFF. He recently devised and wrote all 20 episodes of popular web series The Factory, and wrote and directed The Confessions of Prisoner T – an in-depth look at the Teina Pora case, of which he is now writing a book, and developing a feature film. As well as working on his own projects, Michael is an experienced script editor.

Day Schedule:

9am – Intro, morning tea

9:30am – 12pm – Morning session: The craft of storytelling in drama, documentary and web series

12 – 1pm – Lunch – please bring a plate

1 – 4pm – Afternoon session : A chance to share your project ideas for discussion and feedback

4-5pm – Ngā Aho Whakaari presents Waka Kiriata – a screening of Māori short films – snacks provided


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