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FAQs


Where is the Script to Screen office?

We are based in Auckland, New Zealand

When will applications open for [Programme Name]?

Applications for our contestable programmes vary from programme to programme. Generally, applications for FilmUp open at the beginning of the year (around February) and applications for Story Camp open mid-year (around June). Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to be kept up to date on all our programmes!

Will you be holding a workshop in my region anytime soon?

While we love to get out into the regions, our regional workshops are contingent on funding from local council boards. We would need to first apply for funding to your local board and be successful in our application before we could confirm a workshop in any city. Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to be kept up to date on all our upcoming events!

Can I send you my script to read/assess/pass on to a filmmaker?

Unfortunately, Script to Screen does not accept unsolicited scripts and are not in the position to offer feedback notes unless you are a participant in one of our contestable programmes. The New Zealand Writer’s Guild offer script assessing/reading services if you are a member and the New Zealand Film Commission website has a great resource on Scriptwriting Pathways and common story problems you might be facing which you can view here.

I’m looking for a screenwriter to collaborate with on my story idea/novel adaptation. Can you help connect me with someone?

Unfortunately, this is not something Script to Screen is able to facilitate. We suggest coming along to our TALKSWorkshops and The Big Screen Symposium to meet filmmakers and forge your own connections. Alternatively, the NZ Writer’s Guild offers a Find A Writer service and also gives you some fantastic advice on realistic reasonable rates to pay writers.

I’m a writer and/or director looking for a producer. Can you connect me with someone?

Unfortunately, this is not something Script to Screen is able to facilitate. We suggest coming along to our TALKSWorkshops and The Big Screen Symposium to meet your fellow filmmakers and forge your own connections. Otherwise, various guilds and industry organisations that you might already belong to (e.g. Nga Aho Whakaari, Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand, New Zealand Writers Guild, Pan Asian Screen Collective, Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA), Women in Film and Television NZ (WIFT), Pacific Islanders in Film and Television (PIFT) are likely to be better set up to introduce you to a potential collaborator.

 

 

Sophie Henderson, Writer/Actor - FilmUp Participant

"Thank you for connecting me with the industry both here and in Australia. I have a greater understanding of the business of writing having met with Alice (Bell) every week and the importance of having 'product' as a writer. "

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"

Armagan Ballantyne, Director - FilmUp Participant

"Being a part of FilmUp was incredibly inspiring, connecting with fellow filmmakers on a deep level and having the opportunity to work one on one with a mentor, provided great filmmaking stimulation."

Jeremiah Tauamiti, Writer/Director - FilmUp and South Shorts Participant

"Script to Screen has been really, really helpful for me. They really gave me the confidence to be able to first of all do basic things like describe an idea, pitch an idea. It was there that everything started rolling for me as a filmmaker and it presented a safe environment for me"

Quianna Titore, Writer/Director - Hokianga Film Project Participant

"Script to Screen can connect to the outer regions, to these little regions such as Whirinaki and Kaikohe, where opportunities like these can still be given to kids that don't quite have these opportunities. I am really thankful for what Script to Screen has done for me and who I've been working with."

Tim van Dammen, Producer/Writer/Director - FilmUp Participant

"Oftentimes we feel like satellites, not really sure what else or who else is out there and what's going on. Script to Screen has these programs that sort of bring you together and put you in touch with people more experienced than you and on the similar level to you in terms of what they're up to and you can sort of form relationships with them, and just feel like there are people you can talk to out there, which is nice."

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.”

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

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."

Gaby Solomona, Actor/Writer/Producer - South Shorts Participant

"This programme [South Shorts] not only opened the door for me to discover my skills as a writer but also gave me the confidence to know that I can actually do this, anyone can. I'm so grateful to have had this opportunity"

Julia Parnell, Producer - FilmUp and Strength in Numbers Participant

"The insights and inspiration I have received have been exponentially more beneficial than I ever imagined."

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