Introducing the filmmakers selected for Story Camp Aotearoa 2021 

Script to Screen is delighted to announce the projects and filmmakers awarded places at Story Camp Aotearoa 2021, a residential feature film lab that fosters craft, voice and vision. The lab, which takes place in Port Waikato, is tailored to meet the specific development needs of each project. Nine selected projects with 12 writers and their collaborators will workshop their feature films over the week with exceptional local advisors, and international advisors who are attending virtually.

This year Script to Screen received 76 applications. Three experienced independent practitioners from here and offshore went through a rigorous process compiling a shortlist of 19 and ultimately selecting nine projects to be developed at Story Camp. We would like to thank all the filmmakers who applied.

“Throughout the process, the selectors were intrigued and inspired by the multitude of incredible worlds and stories. The final decisions were tough to make.  Script to Screen is delighted with the breadth of exceptional projects selected, and to see some wonderful new voices making it to Story Camp.” says Story Camp Programme Director Esther Cahill-Chiaroni

Congratulations to the filmmakers whose feature film projects will be developed at Story Camp Aotearoa 2021:
(Writers pictured from left to right)

  • Blood and Gold
    Writer: Jodie Hillock
    Producer: Morgan Leigh Stewart
  • Golden Years
    Writer/Directors: Jordan Windsor, Sean Wallace
    Producers: Alix Whittaker, Ilai Amar, Morgan Leigh Stewart
  • Koha
    Writer/Director: Paula Whetu Jones
    Cinematographer: Bevan Crothers
  • Maria, Take a Bow 
    Writer/Director: Martin Sagadin
    Writer: Alayne Dick
    Producer: Alex Reed, Emma Mortimer
  • Shopping for Bullets
    Writer/Directors: Moe Laga, Tanu Gago
  • Refuge
    Writer: Arlo Green
    Director: Max Currie
  • Siouxsie with an X
    Director: Gwen Isaac
    Producers: Phillida Perry, Alex Reed
    Editor: John Silvester
  • Tears for the Strong
    Writer/Director: Vela Manusaute
  • Shanti
    Writer/Director: Bala Murali Shingade

Story Camp Aotearoa is a nationwide programme. This year participants will attend from Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch. If delivery of the workshop is not possible due to Covid-19 restrictions, a part of the workshop will be delivered online in November with the residential component moving to February 2022.

Story Camp is made possible thanks to funding from the New Zealand Film Commission and additional support from the US Embassy.





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