We’re Looking forward to seeing you at the next Big Screen Symposium on Sat 9 and Sun 10 July 2022 at the ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland! Tickets are now on sale. Each ticket gives you access to two days of sessions with local and international speakers, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and our much-loved networking drinks on the Friday night. Industry concessions apply to members of participating organisations.

The WIFT Awards will again be held at the same venue the night before on Fri 8 July to complement the event.

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Script to Screen is excited to be offering scholarships for six screen practitioners to take part in UCLA’s 10-week online training course Writing Screenplay Coverage.

Script to Screen will provide wrap-around support for the six participants before, during and after the course which runs from 30 September to 8 December 2021 (NZST). The UCLA course content is delivered through an online learning platform where you can engage with the instructor and classmates. There are no required live meetings, but assignments are due regularly. This course upskills aspiring story analysts, script editors, script assessors and development producers.

UCLA Extension: Writing Screenplay Coverage – Course Description:
“You learn how to do an in-depth analysis of the three-act structure, as well as dramatic and comic scene construction. You also learn the precise terminology used in story sessions, the foundations for great dialogue, and how to find original approaches to established genres. These and other principles become synthesised into coverage written to the highest professional standards in preparation for a job as either a story analyst or screenwriter who needs to critique his or her own scripts effectively.”

Script to Screen has identified a need to increase the diversity of script readers, assessors and selectors in Aotearoa and will therefore prioritise EOI from people with diverse identities and backgrounds.

The six selected participants will attend two Script to Screen workshops, one before the course starts and one after it finishes. The workshops will give context to the US-based course, demonstrating how the learning can be applied to a New Zealand context. Participants will also form a study group for the duration of the course.

To be eligible for this opportunity you need to:

UCLA course costs are paid for by Script to Screen thanks to support from the US Consulate. The workshops will take place in Auckland and all travel costs for participants based outside of Auckland will be covered by Script to Screen.


Those interested in participating please submit an expression of interest. It will include:

Expressions of Interest close: 20 June 2021, 11:59pm

 

Script to Screen Alumni Florian Habicht‘s new film James & Isey is currently screening in cinemas all over Aotearoa. How can a film, shot without a film crew, become a hit at the NZ box office?

Florian would love to have coffee or lunch with you at Bestie Cafe in Auckland, and share some of his filmmaking secrets with you.

To enter, simply email us a publicity stunt idea for James & Isey and Florian will choose his favourite and try and make it happen!

James & Isey in cinemas now! Find a screening near you.

Entries close: Sun 30 May 2021


Florian Habicht was born in Berlin, and immigrated with his family to New Zealand in the eighties. He studied at the Elam School of Fine Arts Auckland and Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam.

He is one of our most prolific filmmakers being responsible for some of NZ’s most innovative films, from experimental Woodenhead (2003), cult documentaries Kaikohe Demolition (2004) & Rubbings of a Live Man (2008), to his participatory Love Story (2011) and cinematic homage to British band Pulp – Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014). Florian released his seventh feature film Spookers in 2017. James & Isey (2021) is his eighth feature, currently showing in cinemas. His films have been distributed in over 18 countries.

www.florianhabicht.com

Script to Screen has partnered with US-based Catalyst Story Institute to give New Zealanders the opportunity to participate in the Storieroad International program. This program is focused on discovering content creators and advancing creative careers within the global episodic marketplace.

Catalyst’s team of industry professionals will select up to 5 finalists and 10 semi-finalists from each participating country including New Zealand. Script to Screen will then present the 5 New Zealand finalists at a local showcase in Auckland in July 2021.  The 5 finalists are also automatically selected to screen at the 2021 Catalyst Content Festival in Duluth, Minnesota. All finalists and semi-finalists will receive at least one meeting with a US-based industry professional/mentor. Applicants must be developing a series, it can be any genre, length or format and they can be at any stage of development.

Catalyst Story Institute runs the Catalyst Content Festival early October each year in Duluth, Minnesota. New Zealand 5 finalists receive 4 VIP passes to the festival but because of COVID-19 it is unlikely the finalists will be able to attend this year. However there will be a virtual festival. COVID-19 also means the meeting with a US based industry professional/mentor will be virtual. Semi-finalists meetings are always virtual.

The 5 finalists living outside of Auckland will have travel costs covered by Script to Screen to attend the local showcase. In the unlikely event it is possible to fly to Duluth, Minnesota for the Catalyst Content Festival in October, finalists will need to pay for their own travel and accommodation. Script to Screen has not sought funding for this because of the global pandemic.


Registrations Open Now: Registration is Free
Registrations Close: 15 April 2021 EST which is 16 April 2021 NZDT
Notification of Finalist: early June 2021

Who Can Register

Types of Content Accepted


About Storieroad International
Storieroad includes an international showcase aimed at advancing new voices & storytellers from 10 countries on 6 continents. Thanks to our partnership with Catalyst Story Institute this opportunity now extends to New Zealanders who will be represented in the showcase. Participants have gained jobs, signed with agents, sold projects, and made career partnerships through the Storieroad program.

About Catalyst Story Institute
The Catalyst Story Institute is an arts organisation and an annual festival gathering of artists and executives from around the world to celebrate outstanding independent narrative production. It is a step-by-step pathway of meetings, workshops, seminars, festivals, and social events designed to showcase your stories to the industry, advance your career opportunities, and grow your trusted professional network.


This is a Catalyst Story Institute initiative run in partnership with Script to Screen and in collaboration with “The Innovation Station” at the U.S. Department of State and Careers in Entertainment founded by the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation.

Thanks for being with us on the ride that was 2020! There have been setbacks and wins for the industry as a whole and it’s been heart-warming to see all the mahi you have collectively achieved.

In 2020, we adapted our programmes to run online during lockdowns and (finally) managed to run the Big Screen Symposium 2020! We launched a new programme and devised another (more news on that coming!); have had more than 60 filmmakers go through our development programmes and were lucky enough to see more than 1300 of you at our TALKS,  Workshops (online and in-person) throughout the year and at the Big Screen Symposium!

Thank you to all of our funders, supporters, mentors, speakers, advisors, collaborators, industry partners, contractors, friends and to all of you who’ve made this year special! We hope you and your whānau enjoy a warm, safe, well-deserved summer break!

The Script to Screen office will be closed from 19 Dec 2020 – 11 Jan 2021. Come January, look out for more information on our new programme, Paerangi and for information on FilmUp 2021.

To keep up to date, make sure you’re on our mailing list!

The Big Screen Symposium presents an annual snapshot of our screen culture framed by the guiding principles that filmmaking is both a creative and practical endeavour. Delegates are immersed in two-days of conversations, masterclasses, workshops, panel discussions and case studies with a stellar line-up of local and international filmmaker speakers.

After being postponed TWICE due to COVID-19, Script to Screen and janda productions are thrilled that the Big Screen Symposium is going ahead in Auckland on 4 – 5 December at the ASB Waterfront Theatre.  With support from BSS’s fantastic sponsors, we have kept tickets at early bird prices as we know the pandemic has negatively impacted many filmmakers finances.

Now in its 8th year, the Big Screen Symposium will once again present inspiring and accomplished speakers to the New Zealand film and television community.

Hear from Academy Award-winning Chilean director Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman, Gloria, Disobedience), Cowboy Bebop showrunner André Nemec, renowned producer Finola Dwyer (Brooklyn, An Education), Australian writer/actor Scott Ryan (Mr Inbetween), two-time Emmy winning filmmaker Arielle Kilker (Cheer, Last Chance U), writer/actor Sophie Henderson (Fantail, Baby Done, Justice of Bunny King) and the makers of box office hit Savage director Sam Kelly and producer Vicky Pope. Sneak previews from five up-and-coming New Zealand films will be shown on Friday before everybody closes the day with Networking Drinks. Sebastián Lelio, Arielle Kilker and Scott Ryan will be live-streamed.

You heard it here first – Hon. Carmel Sepuloni, Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage will join the $50M Premium Production For International Audiences Fund session. Pre-recorded interviews from Jonathan Frank, Senior Vice President Current Programming, FX Networks and Nathaniel Grouille, Director Nonfiction Series, Netflix were recorded especially for the event and will not be seen outside of Big Screen Symposium 2020.

This year’s programme is crafted around the theme of Transforming Culture and explores the transformative power of story and the transformation of the film industry through technological and sociological advances. Six mini keynote addresses will speak to this theme.

You really do need to be there.

Join the conversation: bigscreensymposium.com/stay-connected/

The full 2020 programme is available now on bigscreensymposium.com/2020-programme/

We’ve been busy zooming, emailing and texting as a team every day, creating a future for Script to Screen that can respond to and embrace change; and exploring new ways to connect our community and support our alumni’s wellbeing during these extraordinary times and we’re pleased to be launching our initiative, Awhi: Peer to Peer Conversations.

Script to Screen is establishing Awhi for alumni to draw on each other when a situation calls for an impartial phone conversation. It can give them a sounding board for an issue to be talked through, an idea tested, a problem solved or to simply have someone to call on that might have been in the same position as you.

Awhi is a safe space available to our whānau of filmmakers where they can be open and honest, get guidance in their careers, suggestions to progress their work and encouragement from someone who understands what it’s like in our film industry. Everyone who signs up to Awhi can be the maker and/or receiver of a call. This is the beginning of a community that supports each other through conversation – even if they have never met.

If you are an Alumni of one of our programmes we invite you to register here.

REGISTER FOR AWHI 


If you feel like your mental health is in crisis or are worried about the mental health of someone you know, please visit the Mental Health Foundation website for a list of some of the services available in New Zealand that offer support, information and help. All services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week unless otherwise specified.

National helplines

Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor

Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)

Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Healthline – 0800 611 116

Samaritans – 0800 726 666

In April 2020, Script to Screen established Awhi for alumni to draw on each other when a situation calls for an impartial phone conversation. It can give them a sounding board for an issue to be talked through, an idea tested, a problem solved or to simply have someone to call on that might have been in the same position as you.

Awhi is a safe space available to our whānau of filmmakers where they can be open and honest, get guidance in their careers, suggestions to progress their work and encouragement from someone who understands what it’s like in our film industry. Everyone who signs up to Awhi can be the maker and/or receiver of a call. This is the beginning of a community that supports each other through conversation – even if they have never met.

If you are an Alumni of one of our programmes we invite you to register.

REGISTER FOR AWHI 


How Awhi works:

Script to Screen will connect alumni for one-on-one video or phone conversations. Each person can use Awhi to be connected to a peer up to twice a year, and we suggest keeping the conversation to no longer than 60 mins.

When you want to make an Awhi call, fill out our Awhi Conversation Request Form so we can match you with the best person from the Awhi community.  

Once we receive your submitted form, we will work to find a match and then connect you both via email. If you requested the call, then it is up to you to email the filmmaker we have connected you with to schedule a time for your conversation.

We will process all requests as they come in, however we will need to wait on a response from the peer we want to connect you with before we can come back to you, so allow for that in your planning.

 


If you feel like your mental health is in crisis or are worried about the mental health of someone you know, please visit the Mental Health Foundation website for a list of some of the services available in New Zealand that offer support, information and help. All services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week unless otherwise specified.

National helplines

Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor

Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)

Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Healthline – 0800 611 116

Samaritans – 0800 726 666

Last Updated 14/05/2020

The New Zealand Government has announced the country is now at COVID-19 Alert level 2. These are unprecedented times and now, more than ever, our industry needs to work cohesively for the benefit of the screen sector at large. For all the latest COVID-19 news head to covid19.govt.nz/

We at Script to Screen will return to our office from Mon 18 May after working from our homes during level 3 & 4. We are continuing to run our existing programme hubs online and are still available by email. There are great resources available to you while working in a reduced capacity, they’re detailed below.

Wishing you and your bubble safety in this time 👋❤️


If you feel like your mental health is in crisis or are worried about the mental health of someone you know, please visit the Mental Health Foundation website for a list of some of the services available in New Zealand that offer support, information and help. All services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week unless otherwise specified.

National helplines

Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor

Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)

Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Healthline – 0800 611 116

Samaritans – 0800 726 666


Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group

In response to the immediate impact of COVID-19 on the New Zealand screen industry, the sector has announced the formation of the Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group and a screen-specific online information hub to address the immediate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry. This pan-sector team comprises many key screen industry guilds and organisations, as well as major stakeholders.

The www.screenindustrynz.co.nz website will act as a one-stop hub to assist screen producers and industry workers find screen-specific health and safety resources, wage and earning subsidy assistance and information, key updates on COVID-19 as well as relevant news and updates from screen guilds and industry organisations.

These unprecedented times call for calm and proactive decision-making in order to protect the local screen sector and to ensure that when recovery happens – and it will – the industry is ready to operate at maximum capacity again for our domestic productions and so that international line productions can return as soon as it is viable.

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The New Zealand Film Commission

The NZFC has released a number of advisories on COVID-19. You can find the full releases on their website.

Their second advisory provides updated and clear information to producers and the wider production sector about what the NZFC is putting in place to support productions until the pandemic situation is resolved. All their funding opportunities remain open and available, other than the International Travel Grants programme which has been suspended.

In the immediate term, they are dealing with two distinct types of production that are being affected now.

1. Productions that have commenced principal photography or are in post-production
In response to the New Zealand Government’s COVID-19 alert level directive and advisory, all productions (as non-essential businesses) are now in hiatus. This is obviously distressing for everyone involved. We are committed to working alongside producers to underst…read more

2. Productions that have not yet formally closed finance or are yet to apply for funding but have a viable finance plan.

The NZFC continues to encourage and accept applications from producers for production financing if they have a viable finance plan, and continues to work on film closing documentation to ensure production can commence as soon as production dates and other relevant production details, are confirmed.. read more

 

Wish you’d made it to one of our 2019 TALKS?

 

Head to our Script to Screen podcast channel where you will find newly released Script to Screen Podcasts. Find out what local distributors consider before they take on a project for distribution and learn about the hard task of navigating the balance between staying true to your story while satisfying the audience’s expectations for your character. Especially if those characters are the first of their kind on screen.

Plus, delve into 14 newly released 2018 Big Screen Symposium Sessions. Revisit Wanuri Kahui’s uplifting keynote address on the Zeitgeist of Joy; get practical tips on engaging your audience with Anna Dean; or take a deep dive into David Lowery’s filmmaking process with The Old Man & the Gun.

Available on PodbeanApple and Spotify.

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