South Shorts 2023 is open for applications!

“South Shorts has given me the opportunity to connect not only with industry experts but also with other South Auckland storytellers, whose feedback and knowledge have been invaluable in the development of my writing. It has given me the confidence (and the audacity) to develop my first short film, in a time when we need and deserve more South Auckland, Māori and Pasifika stories.”
– Ava Williams South Shorts 2022 participant

The South Shorts Mentorship programme supports new and emerging screenwriters from the South Auckland community to develop their short film scripts. Participants are led through focused script development over a six-month period under the guidance of experienced screenwriting mentor Briar Grace-Smith (RūrangiCousins, Waru), and leave the programme with a completed short film script and practical tools to develop their own work.

During this six-month programme, the participants attend a series of one-day hubs, held on a Saturday. The hub days involve script read-throughs, writing exercises and hearing from guest speakers about their experiences making films.

This initiative is intended for people who either live in South Auckland or are connected to the South Auckland community – maybe you grew up there, have whānau there, have worked there for years or feel connected to the community in some way.

No experience in scriptwriting is necessary. Applicants should have a passion for storytelling and have at least one short film concept that they want to develop.

Applications for the 2023 South Shorts Mentorship Programme are open now.

Opening: Wednesday 26th October
Closing: 5 December, 1pm
Notification of outcome: mid January 2023

To apply you will need to submit:

  • Short Biography (300-word limit)
  • Why would this programme be valuable to you (300-word limit)
  • Synopsis of your short film idea (600-word limit)
  • Script or written document for your short film idea (optional)

The South Shorts Mentorship Programme is made possible thanks to generous support from Foundation North.




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