Applications for the 2020 Show Me Shorts Screenwriting Lab will open in October 2019. We seek new and emerging writers, with bold short film ideas, to submit one script and up to three concepts for consideration.
About the Lab
Show Me Shorts Screenwriting Lab is a hothouse mentoring scheme for screenwriters and aspiring screenwriters to workshop new ideas for short film. This Lab is an extension of the previous version we have been running since 2010. It includes a full-day workshop with intensive feedback sessions and mentoring, plus follow-up sessions with a mentor who will guide each participant through the development of their script for up to one year.
Applications close Fri 29 Nov. The Lab is free to attend, but applications cost $20. It will take place in Auckland on a weekend in March 2020. We offers places for six local and two international short film makers to develop their short film concepts and scripts with the guidance and advice of experienced industry mentors. Travel costs are the responsibility of the selected participants, but accommodation is available for those coming from outside of Auckland.
“The Short Film Lab was fantastic and very well run. All three mentors were really very warm and encouraging. Writing is a lonely business and having new insights from industry practitioners on how to tackle problems is pure, precious gold. I am heading home with more confidence and determination about both projects.” – Michael Kam, writer, Short Film Lab participant 2019
Past mentors include: 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-Uperers, Inland Road), Gerard Johnstone (Housebound, The Jaquie Brown Diaries), Diane Taylor (Beyond the Known World, Apron Strings) and Dustin Feneley (Stray).
Previous participants have described the interactive workshop as “inspiring” and “invaluable”, and many projects have gone on to be funded and produced. 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 (Memory Foam, Tree) and Show Me Shorts (Charmer, Zinzan, Baby?).
If you have questions about the Lab please contact us.