Introducing the Waitaha Canterbury Screen Story Incubator Participants

Script to Screen, in partnership with Te Puna Matarau, is thrilled to reveal the teams participating in the Waitaha Canterbury Screen Story Incubator. Independent selectors chose five teams consisting of three series, a feature film, and a narrative-driven video game. Each team will engage in three workshops from July to September 2023. Throughout the programme, participants will hear invaluable insights from industry professionals and benefit from personalised guidance to refine their projects. The ultimate aim is to increase the number of screen stories created and produced in the region.

“The SCNZ Screen Production Grant has been the real catalyst to put Waitaha Canterbury front and centre with producers.  Supporting this incubator is one way we are looking to develop more stories from and about the region. We are grateful for the support the initiative has received from NZFC and NZOA.” Petrina D’Rozario, Manager Screen CanterburyNZ

Jackie Dennis, Executive Director of Script to Screen and also from Otautahi, says, “The selected projects are exciting. They include a love letter to rock music culture and the trans community, an animated family adventure, a recluse living in the Southern Alps, and two comedies – a feature set in 1975 and a series that unfolds on a road trip. We have advisors travelling from Sydney and all over New Zealand to give each team exactly what they need to craft outstanding stories”.

Congratulations to the following teams:
(pictured left to right)

  • Awa and the Whenua (TV Series)
    Amber Marie Naveira (W/P)
    Victor Naveira (W/D)
  • Caroline  (Feature Film)
    Amanda Jenkins (P)
    Fiona McKenzie  (W/D)
  • Echo Peak (Narrative Video Game)
    Nate Tamblyn (W/D/De)
    Thomas Barrer (W/D/De)
    Sean Lewis (P)
    Armouros Cadear (De)
  • This is CHK (TV Series)
    Hannah Herchenbach (W)
    Jadwiga Green (W)
  • We don’t know how lucky we are (TV Series)
    Kate Prior (W/P)
    Byron Coll (W)

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Te Puna Matarau

Te Puna Matarau is an incorporated society created by Canterbury-based screen professionals to build, support, and advocate for the growth of the screen industry in Waitaha Canterbury. They have partnered with Script to Screen to deliver the Waitaha Canterbury Screen Story Incubator for the purpose of developing and producing projects that will ultimately be made in the region. For more information contact

Waitaha Canterbury Screen Story Incubator is made possible thanks to funding from
Screen CanterburyNZNew Zealand Film Commission and NZ on Air.




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