About Paerangi Project

Paerangi Project was a development programme designed to reach fresh, distinctive and authentic voices across Aotearoa. The programme was for those interested in developing a short film or web series who live outside the main centres, in remote regions, or those who are isolated from opportunities to learn about filmmaking. Paerangi Project offered accessible learning with Stage One and Stage Two delivered online. Participants are given the knowledge and tools needed to develop exceptional short film or web series projects.  

The programme was completed in February 2022

STAGE ONE – VIDEO TUTORIALS – Open to all eligible registrants 

Registering for Stage One gave access to a series of video tutorials delivered by experienced filmmakers. The tutorials lead viewers through the process of developing their own concept including writing, directing, producing and pitching, and gave homework exercises. Doing the homework created the materials you needed to submit for Stage Two, therefore Stage Two applicants must have completed Stage One. To know if you were eligible for Paerangi, you could check out this information sheet. Registrants were welcome to only participate in Stage One with no intention of applying to Stage Two and Three.

STAGE TWO – MENTORSHIPUp to 12 teams selected

Participants who registered for Stage One were invited to apply for a six-week online mentorship with an experienced filmmaker who guided them as they refined their short film or web series project. Applicants had to apply as a team of at least two, to fulfil the roles of writer, director, and producer. Stage One guided participants on how to go about finding team members.

STAGE THREE – DEVELOPMENT LABUp to 4 teams selected

The teams who took part in Stage Two were invited to apply for a three-day residential development lab. Up to four teams were selected to travel to Auckland to develop their project even further and receive tailored script feedback, directing mentoring, and producing advice from industry mentors. The development lab was designed to get the team ready to apply for funding or crowdfund so they can go on to make their project. However, because of Covid-19 restrictions, the development lab was presented online.

Cian Elyse White, Writer/Director - FilmUp Participant

“Nōku te whiwhi ki te mahi i runga i tēnei kaupapa whakamīharo. FilmUp was a game-changer for me and my career - the intensives allowed me to work with incredible mentors, peers and form relationships which lead to me directing on a prime-time drama and developing my feature film. I highly recommend this amazing opportunity!”

Dennis Zhang - South Shorts participant

South Shorts has been instrumental in my development as a creative. I was constantly inspired and supported by like-minded individuals who are on the same path with a similar mission to share unique, important and beautiful stories. Seeing everyone else's, as well as my own progression in our craft as well as confidence in writing is a testament of the quality of the programme, its organizers and our mentors. I believe that we will see every single participant of South Shorts go on to create amazing projects and have long and fruitful careers in filmmaking, having had this programme as a catalyst and launching pad for that success. I cannot recommend South Shorts enough and would do it a million times over if given the opportunity.

Orlando Stewart, Producer - Strength in Numbers Participant

Strength in Numbers is an exceptional course that dramatically altered the way I look at my business. The programme not only provides great business tools, but also shifts mindsets when it comes to growth. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Workshop Participant

"Hearing from a relatively young filmmaker added a great sense of accessibility. One left the workshop with renewed faith that with perseverance, one could achieve one's own creative aspirations."

Michael Bennett, Writer/Director/Author - Hokianga Film Project Mentor

"The projects that Script to Screen does and the reason I'm so gung-ho enthusiastic about them is; it's about accessing people whose stories just don't make it on screen. It's giving people skills to tell stories for the screen. Giving new voices and new stories the potential to become films"

Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu, Writer/Director - FilmUp Participant

"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."

Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa, Producer/Writer/Director - Strength in Numbers and FilmUp Participant

"It really gave me a really good grounding for the future in terms of how to consolidate both my business, in terms of the production company, and future projects and how to go about doing it and being much more clinical about how to run a business without compromising the artistic side of it."

2020 Auckland Workshop Participant

"This workshop is important because of the potential it encourages in creatives around Auckland. It also promotes community and a healthy form of learning to people of all ages and walks of life."

Tui Matelau-Doherty - South Shorts Participant

The peer support and collegiality achieved through delivering the programme as group read throughs following feedback, superseded my expectations and taught me something new. It reflects ako, the Māori word for learning which also means teaching, and this is exactly what was achieved through the programme. We were both learners and teachers which was empowering and effective. The diversity in the room is extremely important to the filmmaking industry and to my own development.

Paolo Rotondo, Writer/Director - FilmUp Participant

“Connecting with other filmmakers and sharing our experiences, skills and approaches is valuable on many practical and cultural levels. FilmUp is the sort of programme that could re-vitalise, change and challenge careers.“

Chelsie Preston Crayford, Actor/Writer/Director - FilmUp Participant

“For an artist, this level of empowerment and support is rare and utterly invaluable. The programme carefully facilitates the most magical sense of community, inspiration and support. The hub days are a taonga. Do yourself a solid and apply.”



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