APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday 6th March 2017, 5pm 

“Thank you for connecting me with the industry both here and in Australia. I have a greater understanding of the business of writing having met with Alice (Bell) every week and the importance of having ‘product’ as a writer. I’m delighted to have made new long-term creative relationships. What you have made is so important, this year has been transformative.” – Sophie Henderson, 2014 FilmUp participant

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 story workshops, facilitated group work and round table discussions with esteemed film 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.

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 (Friday April 7, 2017)
  • 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?

Filmmakers who are have feature films in development as writer, director or producer, and can demonstrate tenacity, originality, and competence in their field. You will need to demonstrate you have proven talent in short film, television, documentary or feature film. Your track record could be in a different role, for example editing, cinematography, or acting.

Senior Mentorship: established feature film writers, directors and producers. 

Key Dates

Applications open Thursday 9th February 2017 and close on Monday 6th March 2017 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 Friday 7th April, 2017 and for 4 full-day hubs throughout the year – Thursday 4th May, Thursday 20th July, Monday 2nd October and the closing hub day on Friday 8th December.

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
  • A one-page synopsis of your current feature film project(s)
  • 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).
  • Links to selected previous work (It is not necessary to include everything. Put your best foot forward).



Please email your application in a single .pdf file to  (Learn how to combine .pdfs here)

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 6th March, 2017.

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.


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