For Filmmakers

We’re always looking for ways to help filmmakers develop their talents. Our Short Film Lab connects select filmmakers and their ideas with mentors to help them turn them into realised shorts. The Short Film Talks provide a forum for audiences and aspiring filmmakers to interact with great Kiwi short film makers. We also provide a knowledge base of resources for anyone interested in developing a film.

 

Short Film Lab

The Aotearoa Short Film Lab is a prestigious hothouse mentoring scheme for screenwriters and aspiring screenwriters to workshop new ideas for short film. Each year, we connect a small group of promising screenwriters with industry veteran mentors to develop their short film ideas. Click through to find out more about the programme and how to apply.


Filmmaker Resources

Running a short film festival over a decade and working closely with filmmakers has given us experience with some of the more common hurdles that are part of the short film making process. We are providing resources in the form of a series of articles in an effort to share some of this knowledge with developing filmmakers. Whether you are just starting out or looking to hone a particular part of your craft, click through and see if we can give you some useful ideas or tools.


Short Film Talks

Interested in learning more about making short films? Our Short Film Talks provide a way to engage with the filmmakers and find out more about the craft. These two-hour sessions bring top short film makers together to each screen one of their works and discuss the joys and challenges of making that short film. Click through to find out more.


 

Latest


Filmmaking competitions forge teams

How do you forge a filmmaking dream team? Short film making competitions are a great place to test out your crew under pressure. This month we look at the work of some teams who have successfully used filmmaking competitions and made great short films in the process.


The A-Z of short film making

Getting into the short film industry can be extremely challenging, and so can learning and remembering all of the jargon that filmmakers, film crews and cast use regularly. In this handy guide we have collated a list of important filmmaking terms and definitions to help get you started.


5 tips for casting on a budget

There’s an art to casting well, and on a budget. If you’re not quite at the stage where you can afford to pay a Casting Director to work their magic for you, the following casting tips will point you in the right direction towards creating the film you imagined.




Explaining film-festival limbo

Feel like you’re in film-festival limbo? There are many reasons why it might take a while to hear back from a festival once you’ve submitted your short film. Festival organiser Gina Dellabarca explains.