Story Camp 2020: Applications Closed

Do you have a feature film story that needs to be told now?


Story Camp Aotearoa is a residential feature film workshop that cultivates exceptional film by fostering voice, honing craft, and clarifying vision and kaupapa. Talented storytellers workshop their film project with esteemed advisors from here and abroad.

Artful storytelling is more urgent than ever in these times of upheaval and change. Despite disruption, Story Camp will go forward in 2020. International advisors will participate via video chat.

Story Camp 2020 seeks feature film projects at any stage, from treatment to advanced development. Up to eight selected writers or teams will participate in a rigorous five-day experience designed specifically to meet the development needs of their project.

Story sessions between advisors and participants will form the backbone of the week. The process can also include project-based group workshops; workshopping with actors; packaging and casting strategy; strengthening and clarifying the director’s vision, and making good decisions together under pressure. Advisors will be secured to meet specific project requirements.

Story Camp can serve feature documentaries depending on the stage of the project and the teams’ requirements.  If you want to apply with a feature film documentary please contact programme director, Esther Cahill-Chiaroni, to discuss your application.

Past advisors have included Mexican screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel), director and writer Jane Campion (Top Of The Lake, The Piano), producer and director Ainsley Gardiner (Boy, The Breaker Upperers, Waru), poet and academic Anahera Gildea, renowned painter Star Gossage, filmmaker & Artistic Director of the Sundance Directors’ Lab Gyula Gazdag, Hollywood writer & longstanding Sundance mentor Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix), playwright, screenwriter and director Briar Grace-Smith (The Strength Of Water, Waru), EP and producer Andrew Mason (The Matrix trilogy, Tomorrow When The War Began), writer/actor Bret McKenzie (Flight Of The Conchords), dramaturg and story consultant Brita McVeigh, Australian producer Kath Shelper (Samson & Delilah, Tender), actor/writer/director Loren Taylor (Eagle Vs Shark), legendary US screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury (McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Thieves Like Us, Nashville), emerging technologies artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth (Awavena, Collisions) and veteran NZ film producer and EP Tim White (The Luminaires, I Am Mother, The Dark Horse).

Don’t miss this opportunity to propel your film closer to production with expert support.

MIDNIGHT, 9 August 2020
STORY CAMP AOTEAROA DATES: 17 – 22 November 2020




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