Script to Screen’s mandate is to develop the craft and culture of storytelling for the screen in Aotearoa, New Zealand. We have an extensive programme of events including storytelling workshops, to our evening TALKS.
Script to Screen’s Big Screen Symposium is an annual two-day conference for all those involved in bringing our stories to the screen. The stellar line-up of local and international speakers provokes, informs and inspires. This event is run in partnership with J&A productions and has become the premiere film event of the year and a highlight on the industry calendar.
$50M Premium Productions For International Audiences Fund
In the wake of Covid-19, the Government announced a screen sector recovery package. This package includes a Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund of $50m to support the production of high-quality feature films or series dramas that tell strong Aotearoa New Zealand stories with international appeal.
This session opens with an address from Hon. Carmel Sepuloni (Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage) who launched the Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund (Pūtea Kiriata Hiranga - Premium Fund) at the Big Screen Symposium. Then producer Emma Sladetalks to Annabelle Sheehan (NZ Film Commission), Cameron Harland (NZ On Air) and Larry Parr (Te Māngai Pāho) asking questions about the fund.
The Premium Fund is jointly administered between the NZFC and NZ On Air, and is developed in partnership with Te Māngai Pāho.
Essential information on the fund and the guidelines are available on the NZFC Website.
Script to Screen TALKS 2019: What are NZ Distributors looking for?
Got a script in development? Have you thought about your audience? Listen to this Script to Screen TALK and find out what local distributors consider before they take on a project for distribution. Having a strong script and a great filmmaking team is not enough. Most often, unlocking NZ Film Commission production funding depends on a commitment from a local distributor. Hear from Mark Chamberlain at Transmission, Andrew Cozens at Madman, Nigel Forsyth at Studio Canal and Kevin Gordon at Rialto Distribution. Entertainment lawyer, Sarah Cull talks to the panellists about what they look for and why, including genre and story elements, team, and at what stage of development they like to get on board. This talk took place on Wed 3 July 2019 at Te Auaha in Wellington, New Zealand. This TALK podcast was made possible thanks to the support of the New Zealand Film Commission and White Studios the New Zealand Film and Television School.
Script to Screen TALKS 2019: The Politics of Representation in Filmmaking
Many of us long to see ourselves and our communities represented on screen. Filmmakers are in the unique position of being able to bring to life the diverse characters and worlds we want to see. But with power comes responsibility. It can be a hard task navigating the balance between staying true to your story while satisfying the audience’s expectations for your character. Especially if those characters are the first of their kind on screen. In this TALK Shuchi Kothari (Coffee & Allah, Apron Strings, A Thousand Apologies), Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa (Three Wise Cousins, Hibiscus & Ruthless) and Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu (Waru, Ani) share their experiences finding the sweet spot between great stories and responsible representation moderated by Dr Suzanne Woodward. This talk took place on Tuesday 21 May 2019 at Galatos in Auckland, New Zealand.
Big Screen Symposium 2018: The Zeitgeist of Joy with Wanuri Kahiu - Keynote Address
In Kenyan filmmaker, Wanuri Kahiu’s Keynote address, she explores the AFROBUBBLEGUM movement. What if our art, our stories, our voices were more about celebrating joy than overcoming suffering? Would we think ourselves more worthy of happiness? Using examples of joy traditions and cultures expressed through African art, Wanuri presents an argument for the zeitgeist of joy and hope. This session is presented by NZ on Air. Anna's keynote address took place on Saturday 28 Oct at the Big Screen Symposium 2018 in Auckland, NZ. The Big Screen Symposium is New Zealand's annual premiere film event, proudly brought to you by Script to Screen and janda. This podcast is available on Podbean, Spotify and Apple
Big Screen Symposium 2018: Keynote Adress - Anna Serner
CEO of the Swedish Film Institute, Anna Serner, has garnered international attention for her radical work towards gender equality in the screen industry. In this electrifying talk, she provokes us to think differently about gender equality and lays out her step-by-step plan to achieve it. This session is presented by WIFT NZ. Anna's keynote address took place on Saturday 28 Oct at the Big Screen Symposium 2018 in Auckland, NZ. The Big Screen Symposium is New Zealand's annual premiere film event, proudly brought to you by Script to Screen and janda. This podcast is available on Podbean, Spotify and Apple
Big Screen Symposium 2018: Vai - Pasifika Perspectives
Premiering at Berlin in 2019, VAI is the second feature to come from the team behind groundbreaking 2017 film, WARU. A collaborative anthology, the film brings nine Pasifika female writer/directors together to realise a story that follows the life of a woman named Vai as she travels across the Pacific. A film about empowerment through culture, we hear how these nine trailblazing women brought their visions to life. This session took place on Friday 27 Oct at the Big Screen Symposium 2018 in Auckland, NZ. The Big Screen Symposium is New Zealand's annual premiere film event, proudly brought to you by Script to Screen and janda. This podcast is available on Podbean, Spotify and Apple.