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.

 

 

Chelsea Winstanley - Story Camp participant

“Overall I think the entire Story Camp was a huge success, for me personally and for us as a team. I think the varied sessions provide a great mix of the creative and professional development for the advancement of any script.”

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"

Gwen Isaac - Story Camp participant

“Story Camp was invigorating and provided me with what I knew in my heart but was too scared to explore. It is an incredible bunch of talented, big-hearted and brave people helping you find that in yourself.”

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."

Amber Marie Naveira, Co-Founder & Co-CEO The Granary  - Strength in Numbers Participant

"I am a creative at heart and David's strength was ensuring that I knew that this was a major part of my power. I wholeheartedly recommend that if you are leading a Creative Business then the Strength in Numbers programme will support, encourage and empower your creative business acumen, knowledge and confidence! If I were given the opportunity to repeat the programme, I wouldn't hesitate one bit, and this time, I would ensure that I brought my Co-Founder"

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.

Chris Parker - FilmUp participant

“FilmUp is the kick up the pants you need to fall in love with that project you know you’ve been sitting with for far too long.”

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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