Development Essentials, with Nicole Dade

This STS TALK will cover the essentials of a rigorous development process, and how to create a standout application for further advice or funds. Having a strong idea and a great filmmaking team is just the beginning.

Nicole Dade, visiting from Sydney, will demystify the development process, from your story idea onwards. She will delve into what makes a great application, including all the essential documents you’ll need and how to know if you and your story are ready to apply. She will also talk about working with producers and script consultants during that development phase. There will be an opportunity for questions. You will leave knowing how to take your application and your project to the next level.


Nicole Dade is a screenwriter, story developer and story/script producer with 15 years’ international experience in TV, film and online scripted content. She is a screenwriter of original and commissioned work and also contributes to writers’ rooms as writer, script editor or script producer. A skilled story and script consultant, Nicole is highly regarded for her creative and strategic insight and for her expertise in screen story and genre craft. She has extensive development experience working with writers, production companies, screen agencies and broadcasters at all stages of a project’s life cycle, from the kernel of an idea through development and production. As a senior creative executive, Nicole’s roles include development executive at Screen Australia, where she worked with many of Australia’s finest filmmakers. She is an industry consultant and assessor for international funding agencies.

Nicole is passionate about the power of storytelling and in fostering and championing diverse stories and voices. She designs and leads talent programmes internationally, and presents workshops using her Elements of Story programme, which she created to demystify the principles of screen storytelling.


Friday 30 June 2023
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm  TALK

Screen CanterburyNZ Office
ChristchurchNZ – BNZ Centre, Level 3, 101 Cashel Street

Access to the venue is down Five Lanes between Michael Hill & Spark.
Wheelchair access is available.

$5.75 (incl. GST) for sales via EventBrite to secure your seat

Script to Screen TALKS are made possible thanks to generous support from:
New Zealand Film Commission,  Te Puna Matarau, and Screen CanterburyNZ .




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