FilmUp 2018: Call for Applications!

FilmUp LITERALLY changed my life. It gave me some real perspective on storytelling and helped me figure out what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it.
Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu, writer and FilmUp participant 2016

The insights and inspiration I have received have been exponentially more beneficial than I ever imagined.
Julia Parnell, producer and FilmUp participant 2015


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday 5th March 2018, 10pm

If you are a writer, director, or producer with proven talent and feature film projects in development, you could be one of the eight filmmakers to participate in this year’s FilmUp Mentorship Programme.

A tailored mentorship for each filmmaker forms the cornerstone of the programme, which also includes story workshops, facilitated group work and round table discussions with esteemed film industry practitioners.

The driving force of successful mentorship is that participants actively take hold of their own learning and development. This autonomy will be fostered from the start of the programme, as we once again invite you to play a part in choosing your mentor.

Although the mentorship is for the filmmaker rather than for individual projects, applicants need to have a project in development. Preference will be given to those filmmakers highly likely to get a feature film off the ground in the near future.

Applicants will need to demonstrate how mentoring at this stage in their career will be valuable, and be in a position to reflect on and advance their work during the programme which runs from April to December.

The programme will offer the following to successful applicants:

  • A two-day opening intensive (Friday April 13 & Saturday April 14, 2018)
  • One-on-one mentee/mentor contact (20 hours over 8 months)
  • 4 x Full-day hub sessions including group work and round table discussions with industry leaders (travel costs are covered by the programme)
  • A Script to Screen facilitator will work with you throughout the programme to ensure your mentorship is on track

Who can apply?

Filmmakers who have feature films *in development as writer, director or producer, and can demonstrate tenacity, originality, and competence in their field. You will need to demonstrate you have proven talent in short film, television, documentary or feature film. Your track record could be in a different role, for example editing, cinematography, or acting.

*In development means a project that has moved beyond initial concept, that is in active development, with or without NZFC funding.

Senior Mentorship: established feature film writers, directors and producers. 

Key Dates

Applications open Thursday 8th February 2018
Applications close Monday 6th March 2018 at 10pm.
A industry panel will select a shortlist and an interview process will decide the successful applicants mid to late March.
All applicants will be advised of the results late March.
Successful applicants attend a two-day intensive 13 & 14 April and 4 full-day hubs throughout the year on 15 Jun, 17 Aug, Oct date to be set, and 7 Dec.

Application Requirements

Applicants will need to submit:

  • A one-paragraph industry-related biography.
  • 200-400 words detailing why mentorship would be beneficial to you at this stage in your career and what you would like to achieve out of the programme.
  • A one-page synopsis of your current feature film project(s).
  • Links to selected previous work (It is not necessary to include everything. Put your best foot forward).
  • The names of up to three preferred mentors.  (We cannot guarantee the availability of these mentors, but Script to Screen will work with you to find someone suitable).



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