APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday 14th March 2016, 5pm

“I’ve made what I hope will be life-long connections with other filmmakers, I now have a producer for my film, I have a second feature script that I’m really proud of… This year has been transformative.”
– Screenwriter Sophie Henderson (FilmUp 2014)

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

A tailored mentorship for each filmmaker 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.

The programme will offer the following to successful applicants:

  • A one-day opening intensive (Thursday 14th April, 2016)
  • One-on-one mentee/mentor contact (20 hours over 8 months)
  • 4 x Full-day 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 Wed 17th February 2016 and close on Monday 14th March 2016 at 5pm.
A selection panel will choose the successful applicants and all applicants will be advised of the results in late March.
Successful applicants must be available for a one-day intensive on Thursday 14th April, 2016, and for 4 full-day hubs throughout the year – dates yet to be determined.

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.  (We cannot guarantee the availability of these mentors, but Script to Screen will work with you to find someone suitable).
  • A CV/full bio and links to any previous work (It is not necessary to include everything. Put your best foot forward)

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


Please email or post your application to:

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 14th March, 2016.

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

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