Story Camp Aotearoa 2017 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.

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 14 feature film projects. From this shortlist, eight successful projects were chosen to attend the 2017 lab.

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

Himiona Grace – HAKA

Rochelle Bright – PETROL HEAD

Alex Sutherland and Jake Mahaffy – JUMP


Chris Dudman – WE WILL NOT CEASE

Lisa Cherrington – ALL MIXED UP

Steven McGregor – CARNAGE
(Proudly supported by Screen Australia) 


We are also thrilled to announce the completed lineup of advisors for 2017: artistic director of the Sundance Filmmakers Lab Gyula Gazdag, writer, performer and musician Bret McKenzie, screenwriter and Sundance advisor Michael Goldenberg, Australian producer Kath Shelper, acting coach and script advisor Brita McVeigh, producer and filmmaker Ainsley Gardiner, writer and filmmaker Briar Grace-Smith and actor and filmmaker Loren Taylor


2015 Auckland Central Short Film Workshop‏

May 23, 2015 - May 24, 2015, Ponsonby, Auckland

Over one weekend, four experienced industry practitioners will guide you through each stage of the filmmaking process – from the initial concept, writing, directing, casting, producing and finally to pitch your idea to collaborators and funders. ... Read more


Debut Synergy – Housebound

July 29, 2014

With so many elements to juggle to get a film to shine, it's a feat when a low-budget first feature gels. Escalator funded horror-comedy Housebound has been hailed as a remarkable accomplishment by US reviewers after its SXSW festival debut earlier this year, where it was praised for freshness of voice, strong performances, carefully handled script, and the perfect dose of NZ's dry humour.... Read more