Kickstart to Screenwriting Christchurch
Sawtooth Studios, 31 Southwark St, Christchurch
5pm for 530pm start


Do you want to write for film and television but don't know where to start? Maybe you apply for funding and don't succeed? Maybe you're an accomplished writer in another medium but find the formatting and storytelling rules of screenwriting to be obtuse? WIFT, NZWG and the NZFC are doing a road show to talk about the foundational elements of writing for screen drama.

Steve Barr, Writer, Producer and Actor, will discuss screenplay format, and the common story structures of film and TV. Steve's many credits include Born to Dance (writer,) Chronesthesia (producer,) and Pete's Dragon (actor)

A member of the Writers Guild of America, Steve set up a development deal at Walt Disney Pictures for his family adventure screenplay Plant Life, where he developed and wrote the screenplay with the writers of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Steve has worked as a creative executive at indie financier / production company SMASHfilms, an assignment screenwriter, and an independent producer. In New Zealand he has taught for the NZ Writers Guild, the Reel Earth Film Festival, the Emerging Artists Trust, School of Audio Engineering, Unitec, Whitireia, the NZ Film Academy, Massey University, Festival for the Future, and has privately coached and consulted with dozens of New Zealand filmmakers. Steve co-wrote the Escalator feature film Timeslow and is a former Artist in Residence of Massey University, Palmerston North

Alice Shearman, Executive Director of the Writers Guild, will discuss the Seed Grants and how to create an application that can rise to the top. Round 2 of Seed Grants opens 25th of August and closes 20th October, so needless to say, this workshop is very well timed!

Christina Andreef, Development Executive, from the NZFC, will discuss eligibility, applications and the assessment process of the Early Development Fund at the Film Commission

This workshop has a three hour running time, longer than normal, because there is a lot of information to get through. Make sure you have a substantial lunch or early dinner. There will be nibbles provided to sustain you throughout the workshop

Bring your notepad!

Christchurch - 31 August - Sawtooth Studios - 31 Southwark Street, Christchurch 5pm for 5.30pm start


Wine + Nibbles are included

WIFT Members: FREE

NZWG Members: $10

Non-Members: $15

Programme is brought to you with generous support from the NZ Film Commission and Foundation North.