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.

 

 

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!”

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"

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 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."

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."

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."

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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