Participants Announced for Aotearoa Short Film Lab

Script to Screen and Show Me Shorts Film Festival have announced the names of eight screenwriters who have been selected from 72 applicants, to participate in the 2018 Aotearoa Short Film Lab.

Congratulations to

  • Callum Fordyce (Wellington)
  • Diane Young (Wellington)
  • Hannah Marshall (Auckland)
  • Judith Cowley (Kapiti)
  • Maiya Thompson (Auckland)
  • Pachali Brewster (Wellington)
  • Ragini Bhasin (USA)
  • Sofia Rodriguez (Chile)

Aotearoa Short Film Lab is a prestigious hothouse mentoring scheme for screenwriters and aspiring screenwriters to workshop new ideas for short film.  Established in 2010 as a partnership between Show Me Shorts and Script to Screen, the Lab offers eight New Zealand short filmmakers the opportunity to develop their short film concepts and scripts with the guidance and advice of experienced industry mentors during a full-day workshop.

Two international short film makers will also participate in the workshop. Sofia Rodriguez from Chile and Ragini Bhasin from USA will fly to Auckland to develop their scripts with the expertise of local mentors.

Festival Director of Show Me Shorts, Gina Dellabarca, who was among the selection panel commented: “After reading this year’s Lab applications, there is no doubt that our short film screenwriters are leading the way in putting forward an increasingly diverse range of types of story. Hollywood could learn a lot from these bold and talented filmmakers. It is heartening for the industry that screenwriters and aspiring screenwriters are working on such a variety of stories. I only wish we could include more of them in our Lab.”

The mentors guiding participants to develop their stories are experienced short film and feature film screenwriters: Michael Bennett (CowMatariki), Shuchi Kothari (Coffee & Allah, Apron Strings), Jake Mahaffy (Wellness, Free in Deed), Gerard Johnstone (HouseboundThe Jaquie Brown Diaries), Kathryn Burnett (ShelvedThe CultThe Strip) and Dianne Taylor (Apron Strings, Beyond the Known World).

Previous Short Film Lab participants have described the interactive workshop as “invaluable” and many projects have gone on to be funded and produced. Films developed with the assistance of the Lab have premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival (I’m Going to Mum’s), NZ International Film Festival (Tree) and Show Me Shorts Festival (ZinzanBaby?).

The Aotearoa Short Film Lab is possible thanks to support from The Wallace Foundation and the Media, Film and Television department of the University of Auckland.



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