2017 South Auckland Short Film Workshop

Script to Screen, Ngā Aho Whakaari and PIFT present the 2017 South Auckland Short Film Workshop – a free two-day workshop that will give you everything you need to know to make a short film.

Over one weekend, four experienced filmmakers will guide you through each stage of the filmmaking process – from the initial concept, writing, directing, working with actors and finally to pitch your idea to collaborators and funders.

We are looking for new talent from South Auckland with a passion for storytelling, and an interest in learning how to make a short film. Up to six attendees/teams will also have the opportunity to participate in the 2018 South Shorts Mentoring Programme. This is a tailored programme that pairs writers and producers with experienced industry mentors.

When? Sat 18 and Sun 19 November, 9am-5pm both days

Where? Faculty of Creative Arts, Manukau Institute of Technology, 50 Lovegrove Cresent, Otara

How much? The workshop is free. We provide a picnic style lunch and suggest $15 cash to cover lunch on both days – if you are able to contribute please bring this cash along with you to the workshop.

Register: Places are limited. Please email sjionel@script-to-screen.co.nz or cal 09) 3605400 to register.

What do I need to bring to the workshop?

You are encouraged to come with a short film idea, and any team members you might wish to work with. It is not compulsory to have a short film idea ready, but will mean that you get the most out of the workshop.

You could write a synopsis which should be half a page, describing what your film is about, what happens in the film, and what you want people to feel when they are watching it. You could also include why this story is important to you or why this story needs to be told. Remember to include details like, how long you expect the film to be (usually 5 – 15 mins long), the genre of your film (comedy or drama etc), and the characters’ names.

On Day 2 of the workshop, participants will be invited to pitch their short film idea to the group and a panel of industry mentors. The pitch is to be kept to 3 minutes.

Image from short film WAITING.  Written by Samuel Kamu and directed by Amberley Jo Aumua.

This workshop was made possible with the support of the Creative Communities Scheme.


Saturday 18 November

9am-9:15am – Tea/coffee/introduction

9:15am-10:45am – Kaupapa of Story with Renae Maihi (WARU, MANAHATTA)

10:45am-12:15pm – Producing with Orlando Stewart (FIRE IN CARDBOARD CITY, THE DUMP)

Learn about the role of the producer in driving the project from conception to completion

12:15-1:15pm – Lunch break

1:15pm – 5pm – Screenwriting with Shuchi Kothari (COFFEE & ALLAH, APRON STRINGS)

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

Sunday 19 November

9.15am-10:45am – Directing with Sima Urale  (APRON STRINGS, O TAMAITI)

Learn about the director’s role in the film and forming a strong vision for your story.

10:45am – 11am – Morning Tea

11am – Work on Pitch

11:30am – 5pm – Pitching Session

Participants are invited to pitch their short film idea to the group and a panel of industry mentors. The pitch is to be kept to 3 minutes.



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