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Abigail Greenwood & Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu

Abigail is an Auckland based filmmaker. ELEVEN, Abigail’s first short film premiered at Berlinale in 2014, and went on to show in festivals worldwide, before winning best short film at the Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards 2014. Abigail was also awarded for Distinctive Creative Achievement as a Director in the NZIFFs ‘NZ’s Best’ competition. Abigail recently completed her second short film THEODORA. Abigail was selected for the MIFF accelerator program in 2015 and completed Script to Screens FilmUp programme in 2017. Abigail is currently directing commercials alongside developing her first feature film, which is currently in development with the NZFC.

Josephine (Ngapuhi/Te Rarawa) is an Auckland based writer, actor, and filmmaker. In 2016 Josephine was one of 9 Maori women filmmakers on WARU, writing Titty and Bash, one of the eight shorts that make up the film. In 2017 WARU had its NZ premiere at the NZIFF, and its international premiere at TIFF. WARU was awarded Best Screenplay at the SWANZ 2017. In 2017 Josephine was shortlisted for the Sundance Institutes Merata Mita Fellowship for her feature script LUCKY – which has been developed through Script to Screen’s 2016 FilmUp programme, StoryCamp, and is currently in development with the NZFC.

Abigail and Josephine are attending the Episodic Lab Aotearoa with their project, APRIL/JUNE.

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Cian Elyse White, Mike Jonathan, Piripi Curtis, Richard Curtis, Tihini Grant & Tim Worrall

Cian Elyse White (Te Arawa, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti kahungunu ki Wairoa, Ngāi Tūhoe) is a theatre, film and television artist. A graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, in 2016 Cian started her own production company WAITĪ productions. WAITĪ is the first star in Pleiades (Matariki) which represents all fresh water sources- so too does the companies works, with a focus on representing fresh new works from young  Māori artists. Most recently, Cian has been working on 800 WORDS, BROKENWOOD, and is currently working on storyline tables with Greenstone TV under the direction of Harriet Crampton. Cian’s short film, ‘DADDYS GIRL’, has just been awarded 30K funding through Fresh Shorts.

Mike Jonathan (Waikato ,Te Arawa, Mataatua) is a DOP, Writer, Director and Producer. He has been a camera man, DOP and director for over 26 years working in television and film. He has DOP’ed a number of documentaries including: MAKING GOOD MEN which went on to win Best Documentary at the 2017 NZTV awards, TARGET ZERO  following Mike King’s crusade to bring suicide numbers to zero; FREEZING WORKS, which follows Kiwis travelling to Iceland to work in their meat processing plants and ROAD TO THE GLOBE about Māori actors performing Shakespeare’s play, Troulus and Cressida in Te Reo Māori at the Globe Theatre, London.  Mike has also made an array of  short films that have won international acclaim.



Piripi Curtis (Te Arawa, Ngati Rongomai, Ngati Pikiao) was a school teacher for 23 years before shifting into the television industry as a producer in 2003 and in then into film in the last six years.  As a member of the Steambox Films Collective based in Rotorua, Piripi has been a part of numerous short films with credits in just about every facet of production. Primarily as Producer of a number of reality tv shows, as well as the tele-feature THE UMBRELLA MAN. Piripi has now completed writing his first short film which he will direct later in 2018.



Richard Curtis (Te Arawa) is a film maker with over 30 years experience in the screen industry primarily as a camera op and cinematographer.  He has worked in all genres of television during this time preferring documentary, drama and factual based productions.  AHI KAA written and directed by Richard won the Best Short Film award at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2015.  He holds Bachelor of Communication Studies from Auckland University of Technology 1999 and is the creator and director of the popular series HUNTING AOTEAROA, now in its fifteenth season.  Richard is currently writing his first feature.


Tihini Grant (Te Arawa) has a history as a documentary director.  He began his career with the TVNZ archival show WAKA HUIA in 2005.  In 2012 he directed two series for Māori Television – TAMAKI PAENGA HIRA and WHARE TAONGA – that both received nominations for Best Maori Language Series at the NZ TELEVISION AWARDS.  Tihini has collaborated on many film projects including directing his first short film ELEVATION which screened at the NZIFF in 2015.



Tim Worrall (Ngai Tūhoe, Pākeha) is a screen-writer, director and artist based in Rotorua where he is a member of the Steambox Films collective. His own short films include MĀORI TIME (still in post), MEKE and TITS ON A BULL; as well as the short documentaries KOTUKU RERENGA RUA and THE ROAD TO WHAKARAE. Currently, he is a TV comedy writer and director for FRESH and ONLY IN AOTEAROA and a storyliner and writer for South Pacific Picture’s new drama HEAD HIGH. Tim holds Bachelors of Fine Arts from Elam and a Master of Arts from the International Institute of Modern Letters. He is married to Taria Tahana with whom he has two sons – Tiki and Tanu.

Cian, Mike, Piripi, Richard, Tihini and Tim are attending the Episodic Lab Aotearoa with their project, ARMED OFFENDERS.

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Dianne Taylor & Robyn Malcolm

Screenwriter, Dianne Taylor, has been active in the New Zealand film industry over the past decade. Her first film, APRON STRINGSco-written by Shuchi Kothari opened the 2008 NZ International Film Festival and went on to screen in numerous film festivals around the world, including Toronto and Cannes.  Her second feature film, BEYOND THE KNOWN WORLD set in India was released in New Zealand in April 2017.  Dianne currently has films in development including TENDER AGE, which was selected for the Equinox Europe Script Development Programme (2015) and Eave Producer’s Lab, Europe (2016).

Robyn is one of NZ’s most respected and iconic actors. She has worked across film, television and theatre for over two decades and made a lasting impression as lead Cheryl West in the series OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE. Robyn’s most recent work has included her role in the feature film HOSTILES starring Christian Bale, and as the star of the 2017 short film GOODNESS GROWS HERE. She has been kept busy with her roles in various new television series including Season 1 and 2 of WANTED , WAKE IN FRIGHT  and HARROW.

Dianne and Robyn are attending the Episodic Lab Aotearoa with their project, PLANKTON.

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Emily Anderton & Rochelle Bright

Emily Anderton is the Head of Development at Libertine Pictures, which is currently in post production on feature film, DAFFODILS.  Emily also worked as a script consultant on BELIEF: THE POSSESSION OF JANET MOSES and BERLIN SYNDROME. She was previously an executive at UK Film Council, responsible for a range of films including BAFTA nominated SUBMARINE and THE ARBOR. At the UKFC, Emily was involved with low budget film studio Warp X, whose films included A COMPLETE HISTORY OF MY SEXUAL FAILURE, DONKEY PUNCH, and BUNNY AND THE BULL. Emily has previously worked at MTV Networks and at Creative New Zealand.


Rochelle Bright is a writer and alumni of Tisch, New York University. She has been a Michael King writer in residence, as well a resident artist with the American Lyric Theatre. Her gig-theatre work DAFFODILS received a Scotsman Fringe First Award while playing at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. In 2017, Rochelle with director David Stubbs (KHF Media) and songwriter Stephanie Brown (LIPS) are adapting DAFFODILS into a feature film script, in development with Libertine Pictures, Transmission Films and NZFC. She is co-director of theatre company Bullet Heart Club with Kitan Petkovski and has two feature scripts in development.

Emily and Rochelle are attending the Episodic Lab Aotearoa with their project, BELLONA.


Roseanne Liang, Kerry Warkia & Kiel McNaughton

Roseanne enjoys the cut and thrust of genre, gender and culture. Her feature film MY WEDDING AND OTHER SECRETS is the most successful NZ-Asian feature film to date, based on her festival hit documentary BANANA IN A NUTSHELL. Roseanne has also made award-winning work across TV comedy and short film including Berlin-winning TAKE 3, cult-favourite web series FLAT3/FRIDAY NIGHT BITES, and Sundance-SXSW breakout action short DO NO HARM. Tipped in the Hollywood Reporter by The Alice Initiative as one to watch, she is currently pursuing feature opportunities in the USA.


Kerry Warkia is a producer who has been at the forefront of some of New Zealand’s most innovative content for both television and web, including FLAT3 and FRIDAY NIGHT BITES with Roseanne Liang. Passionate about telling Māori and Pasifika stories she is now about to produce her second feature film VAI set in 7 Pacific Island countries. Most recently Kerry has produced a groundbreaking feature film WARU made up of 8 vignettes – each a 10 minute single shot – made in collaboration with 9 wāhine Māori film-makers. In 2014 Kerry was acknowledged as that year’s “Woman to Watch” at the NZ WIFT Awards, a testament to Kerry’s determination to tell a diverse range of stories that ignite her passion.


Kiel McNaughton is a director/producer most experienced in television comedy and drama. After spending four and a half years in front of the camera as a core cast member on New Zealand’s most watched soap SHORTLAND STREET, Kiel moved behind the camera to direct and executive produce the award-winning comedy series AUCKLAND DAZE. Commissioned first for TVNZ Ondemand and then for broadcast television AUCKLAND DAZE seasons 1 & 2 were both critical successes. Kiel has also co-produced, co-wrote and directed  12 part web series NIA’S EXTRAORDINARY LIFE – NZ’s first children’s web series. Kiel directed 2 seasons of the critically-acclaimed and much loved comedy FIND ME A MĀORI BRIDE for Maori Television and was show runner and director on NZ’s first Maori television drama series is THIS IS PIKI. Kiel is the co-producer of groundbreaking feature film WARU. Kiel will make his debut as a film director with THE EDUCATOR, a fast-paced action/comedy set in a cul-de-sac in New Zealand

Roseanne, Kerry & Kiel are attending the Episodic Lab Aotearoa with their project, STUNTIES.

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Shoshana McCallum & Dan Musgrove

Shoshana McCallum comes from an acting background having studied at acclaimed ‘The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre’ in New York. On her return home, she moved into writing and works for both indie and network productions. In 2015, her television pilot, ANIMALS was released online to critical acclaim and in 2016 she won the SWANZ award for Best Comedy Television Script for STEP DAVE and 2017, she followed it up with a SWANZ award win for Best Un-produced Screenplay Feature for DAISY CHAIN (with writing partner, Natalie Medlock). Her theatre credits include, LEOPARD and the much celebrated, LOOKING AT STUFF IN CLOUDS.

Dan Musgrove is an award-winning NZ screenwriter and playwright based in Auckland, NZ. His recent screenwriting credits include story lining and scriptwriting for season 3 & 4 of WESTSIDE. He is the co-writer of SHEARING THE LOVE, a comedy feature script in development with Four Knights Films. Dan’s other screenwriting credits include additional writing for SUPERCITY and feature film PORK PIE, and scriptwriting for SHORTLAND STREET. His theatre-writing credits include CHRIST ALMIGHTY, TOYS and the acclaimed Michael Hurst solo show NO HOLD’S BARD. His latest play THE DEFENDANT is in development with Auckland’s Silo Theatre Company.

Shoshana and Dan are attending the Episodic Lab Aotearoa with their project, ALL OF ME.


Chelsie Preston Crayford, Michelle Savill & Sophie Henderson

Chelsie Preston Crayford is an acclaimed NZ actor who has won numerous international awards including a TV Week Logie for UNDERBELLY: RAZOR (Tilly Devine), and a prestigious AACTA Award for THE CODE (ABC). She has worked with many celebrated directors incl. Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Jackie Van Beek, Robert Sarkies, and Gaylene Preston. She made her filmmaking debut in 2013 with HERE NOW, selected for competition in NZIFF. Her second short FALLING UP – an intimate and raw portrayal of motherhood starring herself and her two year old daughter is in competition at NZIFF this year.  She is currently in post-production with her third short IMPOSTER while also writing her first feature film. Chelsie is currently a participant of Script to Screen’s FilmUp Mentorship programme.

Michelle’s short film ELLEN IS LEAVING won the Best Narrative Short Film Award at SXSW Film Festival and the Golden Gate Award for Best Narrative Short Film at San Francisco International Film Festival. Her other short films, BETTY BANNED SWEETS and ELAINE RIDES AGAIN have screened at numerous international festivals including Aspen, Rotterdam, Sydney, Melbourne, NZ, Edinburgh and Clermont-Ferrand. Her work has also featured on Short of the Week and Staff Pick Premiere. Michelle was awarded a Script-to-Screen scholarship to work in script development at Killer Films in New York, headed by producer Christine Vachon. Michelle currently works as a commercial director and has directed content for Vice, Catalogue Magazine and Nike including the short documentary THE LAST MAN OF MAHANA which received over two million views in its first days of release online.

Sophie is a screenwriter, theatre-maker and actor. Her first screenplay, FANTAIL, was nominated for 8 NZ Film Awards including best film, actress and screenplay. It had it’s international premiere at Rotterdam in 2014, and won a People’s Choice Award at Melbourne International Film Festival. A co-general manager of Auckland’s Basement Theatre, Sophie programmed the theatre for four years, developing emerging artist and new work. In 2015 Sophie worked in the script department for Australian miniseries THE BEAUTIFUL LIE and was mentored by show runner and screenwriter Alice Bell through Film Up. Returning to NZ in 2016, she was nominated for the WIFT Woman to Watch Award and is currently developing her film projects MAN MADE and BUNNY. Her second feature BABY, DONE with Piki Films shoots this summer.

Chelsie, Michelle and Sophie are attending the Episodic Lab Aotearoa with their project, WALL.

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Suli Moa

Suli Moa is a New Zealand born Tongan, with connections to Fahefa, Tonga Tapu & Fangale’ounga, Ha’apai, he trained as an actor at Toi Whakaari, New Zealand Drama School and furthered his studies at The University of Auckland with a graduate diploma teaching drama and dance. Suli is an award-winning (2013 Creative NZ Pasifika Emerging Artist, 2016 & 2018 Adams Award recipient Best Pasifika Play) playwright. He has written five stage plays KINGDOM OF LOTE, A HEART’S PATH, NO MAN’S LAND, 12TH ROUND, TALES OF A PRINCESS.

Currently he is working on TALES OF A PRINCESS, a stage play based on the tragic event of the sunken Princess Ashika, and his debut short film FKA’AMU, while lecturing at the Manukau Institute of Technology within the Faculty of Creative Arts.

Suli is attending the Episodic Lab Aotearoa with his project, BIG WEDNESDAY.