2021 Auckland Feature Film Workshop

Update 19 Feb 2021 – Covid-19 Alert Level Update

Auckland has now moved into Alert Level 2. This workshop is going ahead under Alert Level 2 restrictions.

There are some important things to note:

  • Record-keeping for contact tracing is required for all attendees so please scan St Columba Centre’s QR code clearly placed at the entrance of the venue on the COVID-19 tracer app. If you arrive late please, ensure you check in with the Script to Screen staff member.
  • The room will be set up to ensure participants are socially distanced during the workshop, and we encourage you to keep a 1-metre distance from people you don’t know at other times, where practical. We also encourage you to wear a mask.
  • We will no longer be providing food at this workshop. Tea and coffee will be available for self-service, however, please observe social distancing at the tea and coffee stations. We recommend you bring your own water bottles and keep cups. You are welcome to bring snacks with you.
  • As always, practice good hygiene – frequently wash your hands with soap and water and cough and sneeze into your elbow. Use the hand sanitiser provided.

Do not attend the workshop if you are feeling unwell, are a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, are waiting for a COVID-19 test result or are self-isolating.

Script to Screen is excited to bring you our first workshop for 2021! Join us this February to jumpstart your feature film idea or revitalise an old one. This interactive and practical two-day workshop will give you the tools you need to propel your feature film project forward.

On day one, writer/director Hamish Bennett (Bellbird) will teach you how to build your screen story around interesting, original and compelling characters. Then producer Emma Slade (The Justice of Bunny King, Come To Daddy, The Changeover) will give you invaluable insight into what’s needed to produce a feature film.

On day two, Hamish Bennett will return to talk about his directing process, then producer Karin Williams will help you devise a dynamic logline that gets your project noticed.

No matter what your experience is, come along. The passion that drives you to create will be invigorated and you’ll come away with new knowledge and ideas to further develop your stories.

Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st February 2021
9:15am – 5:00pm each day
St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland
(Free off-street parking available)

Who it is for: Emerging to established filmmakers. However, if you are at the beginning stages of writing a feature film or are interested in writing a film this workshop will be very beneficial.

Cost: General Admission $23 (incl. GST) via EventBrite

What to Bring: Pen and paper. Snacks, tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch or there are plenty of cafes in the area if you wish to buy lunch.

Workshop Schedule

Saturday 20th Feb 2021

  • 9:15am Doors open, Welcome
  • 9:30am Writing Craft with Hamish Bennett
  • 10:30am Break
  • 11am Writing Craft with Hamish Bennett continues
  • 12pm Lunch
  • 1pm Writing Craft with Hamish Bennett continues
  • 2:30pm Break
  • 3pm Producing with Emma Slade
  • 5pm End

Sunday 21st Feb 2021

  • 9:15am Doors open
  • 9:30am Directing Craft with Hamish Bennett
  • 10:30am Break
  • 11am Directing Craft with Hamish Bennett
  • 12pm Lunch
  • 1pm Directing Craft with Hamish Bennett continues
  • 2:30pm Break
  • 3pm Writing a great logline with Karin Williams – Interactive session
  • 5pm Finish

This Script to Screen workshop is made possible thanks to generous support from Auckland Council Creative Communities and the New Zealand Film Commission.




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