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2020 Screenwriting Lab Participants Announced


Congratulations to the seven screenwriters or writing duos who have been selected to participate in the 2020 Show Me Shorts Screenwriting Lab. We are thrilled to be welcoming them to a hothouse mentoring workshop that will allow them to accelerate the development of their short film story ideas.

Congratulations to:

  1. Diana (De) Baynton & Nicholas Riini (Whakatane)
  2. Hweiling Ow (Auckland)
  3. Jamie Lawrence (Auckland)
  4. Samantha Crews & Connor Slattery (Auckland)
  5. Stella Reid (Wellington)
  6. Stuart Foreman (Australia)
  7. Timote Mapuhola (Waikato)

The mentors guiding participants to develop their stories are experienced short film and feature film screenwriters. They will include Hamish Bennett (Bellbird, The Tip, Ross & Beth), Shuchi Kothari (Coffee & AllahApron Strings, Elder Birdsong), Grant Lahood (Sybil’s Psychic Hotline, Kombi Nation, Lemming Aid), James Cunningham (Accidents, Blunders & Calamities, Poppy), Zia Mandviwalla (Amadi, Night Shift) and Kerry Warkia (Waru, Vai).

This Lab is an extension of the previous version we have been running since 2010. It offers six New Zealand short film makers and one international filmmaker the opportunity to develop their short film concepts and scripts with the guidance and advice of experienced industry mentors during a full-day workshop.

The international filmmaker is Stuart Foreman from Australia, who will fly to Auckland to develop his scripts with the expertise of local mentors. Stuart was previously a guest at Show Me Shorts with his comedy film Roger in 2017.

Festival Director of Show Me Shorts, Gina Dellabarca, who was among the selection panel commented: “It was refreshing to read the new story ideas submitted for the Lab this year. The screenplays offered a range of bold ideas from a wide variety of genres. We’re pleased to be able to offer this valuable development initiative to some talented writers and hope to see the projects realised into completed short films in the future.”

The Show Me Shorts Screenwriting Film Lab is made possible thanks to support from Pub Charity Ltd, One Foundation and the Media, Film and Television department of the University of Auckland.