Story Camp Aotearoa 2016 is a rigorous five-day residential lab designed to develop New Zealand feature film projects. The lab, which takes place in Port Waikato, is tailored specifically to meet the development needs of the selected writers or writing teams and their project. This year’s mentors include Sundance Institute’s creative advisor Joan Tewkesbury, Sundance Institute’s artistic director Gyula Gazdag and sought-after NZ story consultant Brita McVeigh. More mentors to be announced soon.

We would like to give a warm thanks to everyone who applied this year. Submissions were read blind by four independent readers, who created a competitive shortlist of 13 feature film projects. From this shortlist, eight successful projects were chosen to attend the 2016 lab.

The eight projects and talented local writers/writing teams selected to workshop their feature film scripts this summer at Story Camp Aotearoa are:






LUCKY – Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu

MAGMA – Armagan Ballantyne & Jackie Van Beek

THE SURROGATE – Alyx Duncan & Lani-rain Feltham

UNDER A FULL MOON – Florian Habicht

ABBY GOES TO SPACE – Michelle Savill & Sophie Henderson



TALKS Series at the NZ International Film Festival in Auckland

July 23, 2017 - August 6, 2017, Wintergarden at The Civic Theatre and ASB Waterfront Theatre

Script to Screen is thrilled to partner with the NZ International Film Festival to present a series of TALKS with the filmmakers behind: MY YEAR WITH HELEN, MOUNTAIN, WARU and GOD'S OWN COUNTRY. ... Read more

FilmUp Script Development 2015: Call for Applications!

Following on from a successful inaugural year, we are delighted to call for applications for FilmUp Script Development, a dynamic multi-faceted programme that significantly up-skills producers and script editors who want to hone their skills in story development.... Read more


Making What We Do in the Shadows

June 26, 2014

'We made this film for fans of Boy and Flight of the Conchords - we think Kiwis appreciate our style of comedy more than anyone and it's our job to please them.' Taika Waititi... Read more


2017 Aotearoa Short Film Lab

March 1, 2017, University of Auckland

Show Me Shorts and Script to Screen are now calling for applications for the 2016 Aotearoa Short Film Lab. Six writers will be selected to workshop their short film ideas or scripts during the full-day lab.... Read more