Three opportunities I have come across recently for my scripwriting/filmmaking friends out there...
Fresh Shorts is a new low budget short film scheme run in-house by the NZ Film Commission. It aims to identify the next generation of New Zealand feature filmmakers by nurturing and inspiring up-and-coming talent. Each year Fresh Shorts will support up to eight narrative short films at $10,000 per film, and up to eight narrative short films at $30,000 per film. The level of funding will be based on the director’s experience. Applications close on Friday 8 October 2010. See the website for more details about the scheme, including the Fresh Shorts criteria and application information. http://nzfilm.co.nz/DevelopmentAndFinancing/ShortFilm/Fresh_Shorts.aspx
2010 Short Film Lab
Script to Screen and Show Me Shorts are calling for applications for the 2010 Short Film Lab. If you are a budding film writer or writer/director and are developing ideas for short film, then you won’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to take part in our inaugural Short Film Lab. Participants in the workshop will be mentored by experienced industry practitioners who have excelled in short filmmaking, including producer Ainsley Gardiner (Boy, Eagle vs Shark, Two Cars One Night, Tama Tu), writer/director Mark Albiston (Run, The Six Dollar Fifty Man), and screenwriter, producer and academic Shuchi Kothari (Firaaq, Apron Strings, Coffee and Allah).
Up to six writers (or writer/directors) will be selected to workshop their short film ideas during the full-day lab on Saturday 6 November in Auckland. Those selected can come on their own or can bring up to two key creative collaborators along with them. Thanks to the support of the New Zealand Film Commission, participation in the Short Film Lab is free for all selected applicants. Application Deadline: September 10
The Beginners Guide to Screen Writing
Joanne Rye McGregor (Tauranga Film Collective) and Nyree Sherlock (Continuing Education Adviser) have teamed up to bring you this weekend workshop at the University of Waikato in Tauranga. The tutor is well-known scriptwriter Kathryn Burnett. Dates: 21st - 22nd August. Cost: $60 for a weekend of intensive learning. Workshop participants don't need to have previous writing experience. Find out more and enrol online: