We are honoured to announce that legendary US writer, director, producer and choreographer Joan Tewkesbury will be joining acclaimed and iconoclastic Hungarian writer/director Gyula Gazdag in the line up of mentors at Script to Screen’s Story Camp this summer.

After script supervising on Robert Altman’s iconic MCCABE & MRS. MILLER, Joan Tewkesbury went on to write the screenplays for Altmans’ THIEVES LIKE US and NASHVILLE. As a director, her first feature OLD BOYFRIENDS was presented at Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Her work has been honoured by the Writers Guild, Humanitas, Golden Globes, the British Academy Awards, Cable Ace and the Academy Awards. Tewkesbury is a creative advisor at the Sundance Institute Native Lab and the Sundance Directors’ and Screenwriters’ Labs.

Gyula Gazdag is longstanding Artistic Director of the Sundance Filmmakers’ Lab, as well as an Emeritus Professor at UCLA. He has also served as an advisor at  the Script Station of the Berlinale Talent and at the Binger labs. As a filmmaker, Gyula’s work is as celebrated and lauded as it is controversial, with a majority of his features and documentaries being banned in his home country for a number of years for advocating as a strong voice against the system. A HUNGARIAN FAIRY TALE won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival and also showed in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes.

See past mentors and bios here.


What is Story Camp?

Story Camp evolves from our 2014 and 2015 writing labs, which have seen talented local writers workshop their feature film scripts with exceptional international and local mentors.

This year each selected writer or writing team will have a rigorous five-day residential experience tailored specifically to meet the development needs of their feature film project. At the heart of the programme remains exceptional and experienced practitioners working with NZ’s exciting writers and filmmakers to foster voice and vision.

The process for each participant will be made up of some or all of the following development techniques: one-on-one script sessions, project-based group workshops, read-throughs, and workshopping with actors. The writers’ key collaborators will be invited in to parts of the process in instances where that will be of additional benefit to the process and project.

Applications Close: 5pm, Monday 29 August 2016

Story Camp Dates: November 28 – December 3 2016



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