Application Deadline: 5pm, Monday 9th March 2015

Applicants may also apply for FilmUp Script Development – please let us know when you apply which is your preference.

Participating in the FilmUp mentorship programme has deepened my understanding of the creative process and how to better work with actors. It has enabled me to develop effective methods for establishing creative, collaborative relationships with actors, and holding rehearsals. Everything I have learned through the practical, hands on approach of this mentorship will directly feed into my directing process as I continue to develop as a filmmaker.
-Writer/director Michelle Savill (ELLEN IS LEAVING)

If you are a writer, director, or producer with proven talent and feature film projects in development, you could be one of the four filmmakers to participate in this year’s FilmUp Mentorship Strand.

Mentorship forms the cornerstone of the programme, which also includes facilitated group work and round table discussions with esteemed industry practitioners.

The driving force of successful mentorship is that participants actively take hold of their own learning and development. This autonomy will be fostered from the start of the programme, as we once again invite you to play a part in choosing your mentor – providing they are based in New Zealand or Australia.

Although the mentorship is for the filmmaker rather than for individual projects, applicants need to have projects in development. Preference will be given to those filmmakers highly likely to get a feature film off the ground in the near future.

Applicants will need to demonstrate how mentoring at this stage in their career will be valuable and be in a position to reflect on and advance their work during the programme which runs from April to December.

This year, the programme will offer the following to successful applicants:

– A one-day opening intensive
– One-on-one mentee/mentor contact (20 hours over 8 months)
– 3 x Hub sessions including group work and round table discussions with industry leaders
– A Script to Screen facilitator will work with you throughout the programme to ensure your mentorship is on track.

Who can apply?

Writers, directors or producers who can demonstrate tenacity, originality, and competence in their field are encouraged to apply. You will need to demonstrate you have proven talent in short film, television, documentary or feature film.

Key Dates

Applications open 9th February 2015 and close on Monday 9th March 2015 at 5pm.
A selection panel will choose the successful applicants mid-March and all applicants will be advised of the results.
Successful applicants must be available for a one-day intensive on Thursday 16th April 2015.

Application Requirements

Applicants will need to submit:

– A one-paragraph industry related biography
– Up to a page detailing why mentorship would be beneficial to you at this stage in your career and what you would like to achieve out of the programme.
– The names of up to three preferred mentors  (NB: these mentors can be from NZ or Australia, but you can only list one Australian mentor)

Applicants will also need to supply a short (up to two pages) synopsis for each of their feature projects in development.

Download the application form here.

Please email or post your application to:

Email: All documents in a single .pdf file to

Post: Script to Screen, PO Box 147263, Ponsonby, Auckland, 1144
Courier: 195 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland, 1011

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 9th March, 2015.

Any questions can be directed to, or you can call the office on 09 360 5400.

FilmUp 2015 is made possible with financial assistance from the NZ Film Commission



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