2016 Wellington Short Film Workshop

August 6, 2016 - August 7, 2016, Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre, WELLINGTON

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

Script to Screen presents the 2016 Wellington Short Film Workshop – a two-day workshop that will give you everything you need to know to make a short film. Over one weekend, four experienced industry practitioners will guide you through each stage of the filmmaking process – from writing, directing, producing to pitching your idea to collaborators or funders. If you have a passion for storytelling, and in interest in learning how to make a short film, then this workshop is for you.

This workshop is aimed at ages 17+, and no prior filmmaking knowledge is necessary.

Date: Sat 6 & Sun 7 August

Time: 9am – 5pm both days

Venue: Drama 1, Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown

Cost: The workshop cost is $20 for the weekend – please bring cash on the day. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Please bring lunch with you or there are many cafes in the area.

Registration: Spaces are limited so you must register your interest. Please rsvp to Sjionel on sjionel@script-to-screen.co.nz or ring the office on 09 360 5400.



Day One – Saturday 6 August

9am-9:30am – Coffee/tea/intro

9:30am-11am – Why I Make Films with Nikki Si’ulepa

11am-12:30pm Producing with Ruth Korver

Learn about the role of the producer in driving the project from conception to completion

12:30-1:30pm – Lunch

1:30 – 4:30pm – Screenwriting with Brita McVeigh

Learn about the key points of storytelling and forming a structure that will grab the audience


Day Two – Sunday 7 August

9am – 12pm –  Directing with Rob Sarkies

Learn about the director’s role in the film and forming a strong vision for your story

12pm – 1pm – Lunch

1pm – 5pm: Pitching Session

Participants are invited to pitch their short film idea to the group and a panel of industry mentors. The pitch is to be kept to 5 minutes.


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Photo credit: A still from Wellington-made short film QUEENIE.

This workshop is made possible with the support of the Creative Communities Scheme.


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