Last month saw the kick-off of our first South Shorts Mentorship Programme, where the talented up-and-coming writers came together to workshop their short film ideas under the guidance of Michael Bennett (MATARIKI), Oscar Kightley (SIONE’S WEDDING), Zia Mandviwalla (NIGHT SHIFT) and Jake Mahaffy (FREE IN DEED).
We are now able to announce the exciting mentorship pairings that will nourish the creativity of these writers for the next six months and hopefully see some great short films get made!

Lene Aiono with writer/director Michael Bennett (MATARIKI)

Vela Manusaute with writer/director Zia Mandviwalla (NIGHT SHIFT)

Levi Matautia-Morgan with writer/director Oscar Kightley (SIONE’S WEDDING)

Louise Tu’u with producer Ainsley Gardiner (BOY)

Writing team Mary Campbell and Maria Walker with writer/director Zia Mandviwalla (NIGHT SHIFT)

Isaac Weeks with writer/director Jake Mahaffy (FREE IN DEED)

This exciting new programme is made possible with the continued support of the ASB Community Trust.

A similar mentorship will be made available to Northland filmmakers this year, where up to 6 filmmaking teams will have guidance on progressing a film project. To be considered for this mentorship, filmmakers should attend our May workshop in the Hokianga, Storytelling for the Screen.


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