FilmUp 2022: Applications Open

“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.

Chris Parker,
FilmUp 2021/22 participant (mentor Jackie Van Beek)

The FilmUp Mentorship programme returns for its tenth year to support and empower eight tenacious and talented filmmakers to reach the next stage in their creative careers. If you are developing a feature film or documentary this programme could be just what you need to progress your work to the next stage.

A mentor for each filmmaker forms the cornerstone of the programme, along with six FilmUp Hub days when the participants come together for group work.

Applicants must have a feature project in development, and be able to demonstrate that their project and career are at the right stage for mentorship.

Successful applicants will take part in 20 hours of mentorship with an experienced film practitioner over an six-month period and six FilmUp hubs spread between September 2022 and March 2023. These hubs are tailored to meet the needs of the selected filmmakers and include workshops, peer discussions and round tables with industry leaders.

Participants are the driving force of a successful mentorship as they take hold of their own learning and development. This autonomy is fostered from the start of the programme when participants are actively involved in the selection of their mentor. Throughout the programme there is wrap-around support from Script to Screen.

Since its inception in 2013, FilmUp has gone from strength to strength, with a growing alumni of talented local filmmakers who have benefitted from the programme including Briar March (Mothers of the Revolution, The Coffin Club, There Once Was An Island: Te Henua A Nnoho)Chelsea Winstanley ( Jojo Rabbit, MERATA: How Mum Decolonised the Screen, Reo Lion King, What We Do in the Shadows)Desray Armstrong (Coming Home in the Dark, Juniper, Millie Lies Low, Stray), Florian Habicht (James & Isey, Spookers, Love Story)Gaysorn Thavat (The Justice of Bunny King)Jake Mahaffy (Free in Deed)Nic Gorman (Human Traces)Sophie Henderson (Baby Done, Fantail) and Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa (Mama’s Music BoxTake Home Pay, Three Wise Cousins). You can read about other participants and an impressive list of mentors who have helped these filmmakers take a step up in their careers here.

To apply you need to be working on a feature film or documentary. Here’s what’s required for the application:

  • A one-paragraph industry-related biography;
  • Information on the feature project you will work on during the mentorship (including logline, a one-page synopsis of 500 – 1000 words, stage of project, your role on the project and any key collaborators you might have attached);
  • A brief description of where you are at in the process, and what the next steps/hurdles are.
  • A list of other projects (feature film or documentary only) you have in development (if applicable);
  • A paragraph about why mentorship would be beneficial to you at this stage of your career, and what you would like to get out of the programme;
  • Up to three links to selected previous work (It is not necessary to include everything. Put your best foot forward).

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Mon 27 June, 11:59pm

Make sure you read our Top Tips to make your FilmUp application shine while crafting your application.

FilmUp is made possible thanks to financial support from the New Zealand Film Commission.




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