2013 South Auckland Short Film Workshop

Is there a story from your community that you would like to tell through film but don’t know where to start?

Script to Screen and Ngā Aho Whakaari present the 2013 South Auckland Short Film Workshop. This two-day event will give you everything you need to know to make a short film, guiding you through each stage – from the initial concept, writing, directing, the crucial element of casting and finally to pitch your idea for funding.

Come and listen to five experienced industry professionals who have all worked on successful short films, including Matthew Horrocks, who has produced or executive produced 7 local short films including Brave Donkeyand ZeroHamish Bennett, whose short film The Dump played at festivals here and across the globe and was the winner of the 2012 NZ Writers Guild Award for Best Short Film Script, Christina Asher, the casting director responsible for many of New Zealand’s shorts, features and television series including Sione’s Wedding and MatarikiZia Mandviwalla, whose debut short film Night Shift premiered at Cannes in 2012, and has since gone on to win awards at numerous international film festivals, and Michael Bennett, writer/director of Matariki whose short film Michelle’s Third Novel was chosen to screen prior to the gala premier of Pulp Fiction at the 1994 New York Film Festival. Hear also from last year’s pitching competition winner, Aroha Awarau.

Date: Sat 16 / Sun 17 November, 2013

Time: Saturday 9am-4:30pm, Sunday: 10am – 4:30pm

VenueManukau School of Visual Arts, 50 Lovegrove Crescent, Otara 2023

Cost: The workshop is free. Please bring a $15 koha to cover lunch for the weekend. Refreshments will be provided.

Registration: Spaces are limited so you must register your interest. Please rsvp to Eloise on eloise @ script-to-screen.co.nz or ring the office on 09 360 5400.


Day One – Saturday 16 November

9am – 10am: Tea/Coffee and Introduction

10am – 12pm: Big Picture with Matthew Horrocks

An overview of what it takes to get a short film off the ground, driving a project from conception to completion and managing the team

12pm – 1pm: Lunch

1pm – 3pm: Writing with Hamish Bennett

Learn about the key points of storytelling and forming a structure that will grab the audience

3pm – 3:30pm: Break

3:30 – 4:30pm: Casting with Christina Asher

Learn about the important role that casting plays in bringing your story to life

Day Two – Sunday 17 November

10am – 12pm:  Directing with Zia Mandviwalla

Learn about the directing process, forming a strong vision for your story and bringing it to life

12pm – 1pm: Lunch

1pm – 4:30pm: Pitching Session with Michael Bennett and an appearance from last year’s winner Aroha Awarau

Participants pitch their short film ideas to the class and mentors for some practice and feedback. One participant will be chosen to receive ongoing mentoring through Script to Screen.

If you have any questions please contact Eloise Veber on 09 360 5400 or at eloise @ script-to-screen.co.nz.



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