“Story Camp was invigorating and provided me with what I knew in my heart but was too scared to explore. It is an incredible bunch of talented, big-hearted and brave people helping you find that in yourself.”
– Gwen Isaac (2021 participant)
Story Camp Aotearoa is a residential feature film workshop that cultivates exceptional filmmaking by fostering voice, honing craft, and clarifying vision and kaupapa. Selected storytellers workshop their film project with esteemed advisors from here and abroad.
Story Camp 2022 seeks feature film projects from a well-developed treatment through to a script in 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 form the backbone of the week. As the programme is tailored to each project, the process can also include project-based group workshops; workshopping with actors; strengthening and clarifying the director’s vision, and making good decisions together under pressure.
Don’t miss this opportunity to propel your film closer to production with expert support.
” The personal care and support, the encouragement of having specific feedback and deep dives into your own work. Feeling seen and heard and supported. That really does more than any specific problem solving. For me it gave me the energy and motivation to keep digging deeper into the story as I was so moved that people cared and not just in a box ticking way but a real human and creative way.”
– Arlo Green (2021 participant)
Past advisors have included screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, producer Philippa Campbell, director Jane Campion, editor and script consultant Cushla Dillon, producer and director Ainsley Gardiner, filmmaker and Artistic Director of the Sundance Directors’ Lab Gyula Gazdag, poet and academic Anahera Gildea, screenwriter Michael Goldenberg, painter Star Gossage, screenwriter and director Briar Grace-Smith, NZ-based Korean installation artist Yona Lee, US Dreamworks teacher Amanda Lovejoy Street, EP Andrew Mason, writer/actor Bret McKenzie, dramaturg and story consultant Brita McVeigh, choreographer Moss Te Ururangi Patterson, novelist, playwright and screenwriter Emily Perkins, festival and lab director Marten Rabarts, Australian producer Kath Shelper, actor/writer/director Loren Taylor, legendary screenwriter and Sundance advisor Joan Tewkesbury, director Sima Urale, filmmaker Lynette Wallworth and producer and EP Tim White.