2018-03-17 09.45.26

Call for submissions – Aotearoa Short Film Lab 2019

We are now calling for submissions to attend the 2019 Aotearoa Short Film Lab. We are looking for new and emerging writers, with bold short film ideas, to submit one script and up to three concepts for consideration. The deadline for submissions is 12pm, Monday 3 December.

Aotearoa Short Film Lab is a prestigious hothouse mentoring scheme for screenwriters and aspiring screenwriters to workshop new ideas for short film. Established in 2010 as a partnership between Show Me Shorts and Script to Screen, the Lab offers six New Zealand and two international short film makers 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 mentors who will guide participants to develop their stories are experienced short film and feature film screenwriters. Past mentors have included Michael Bennett (Cow, Matariki), Shuchi Kothari (Coffee & Allah, Apron Strings), Kathryn Burnett (The Cul de Sac, Mike & Virginia), Jake Mahaffy (Free in Deed), Jackie van Beek (The Breaker-Upperers, Inland Road), Gerard Johnstone (Housebound, The Jaquie Brown Diaries), Diane Taylor (Beyond the Known World, Apron Strings) and Dustin Feneley (Stray).

Previous Short Film Lab participants have described the interactive workshop as “invaluable” and many projects have gone on to be funded and produced. Writers have travelled from as far away as Chile and the USA to take part in the Lab. Films developed with the assistance of the Lab have premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival (I’m Going to Mum’s), NZ International Film Festival (Tree) and Show Me Shorts Festival (Zinzan, Baby?). This year Charmer, also developed through the Lab, won the Creative New Zealand Emerging Talent award after it screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival, was official selection at Austin Film Festival and Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival and features in the Show Me Shorts 2018 programme.

The Aotearoa Short Film Lab is possible thanks to support from the New Zealand Film Commission, The Wallace Foundation, Pub Charity Ltd and the Media, Film and Television department of the University of Auckland.