On the 6th and 7th of August, 45 aspiring filmmakers gathered at Toi Whakaari for a weekend packed full of ideas, advice, inspiration and knowledge.
On the Sunday afternoon, 30 of the participants pitched their short film ideas, which they had refined with the learning from the writing session, and practised in their own time. The level of pitches blew the panel away, and there was a bubbling vibe of warmth and generosity in the room. Participants came away with a renewed passion for the quest of filmmaking, a strengthened belief in their own work, and some formed 48 hours teams with people they met at the workshop.
The winner of the pitching competition was writer Judith Cowley, with her idea SHEARING, with special mentions going to Chris Howe, Teresa Bass, and co-writing team Sarita So and Natano Keni.
“I loved the enthusiasm and energy from the everyone that attended the workshop. The dynamic was great and everyone was very kind and supportive of each other. A perfect environment for the conception of magic!” – Pitching competition judge Nikki Si’ulepa.
“The workshop definitely impassioned my desire to start creating, and the speakers were honest and inspiring.” – Workshop participant.
Top image: Pitching competition winner Judith Cowley with judges Tainui Stephens and Nikki Si’ulepa.
Second image: Participants pitch their short film concepts to the group and to judges Tainui Stephens and Nikki Si’ulepa.
Third image: Attendees gather after a moving pitching session, coming away from the workshop with new friendships and potential future collaborations.
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