The 2013 Killer Films Internship Scholarship.

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

Script to Screen have announced a new sponsor, visual content company  Thick As Thieves, who are funding this internship which supports emerging New Zealand talent.

The Scholarship will fly the winning applicant to New York and pay their living costs for three months while they work as an intern in Killer Films' development department.

Killer Films, led by producers  Christine Vachon and  Pam Koffler, is at the forefront of independent American cinema and is responsible for a long list of successful films including Kids, Happiness and I'm Not There. Over the past two years, Killer has managed to produce 12 features despite a tough economic environment, including the recent Sundance hit Kill Your Darlings.

"Working at Killer Films and being in NYC taught me a great deal about the independent film industry in America, my time there really motivated me in my own work, it reminded me that to make indie films one must be extremely adaptable, be able to do pretty much everything, and persevere. And it taught me that to have any chance of creating an original film you must stay focused on your own point of view while also keeping an eye on what's being made and has been made already."

- previous recipient Michelle Savill.

Applications close Friday April 5.

Visit our website for more details.

This scholarship is made possible with assistance from the  New Zealand Film Commission and  Thick As Thieves.

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Uni Shorts student film festival announces 2013 finalists

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival have announced 30 finalists to screen in competition next month.

Uni Shorts 2013 will be held on 13-14 April at Auckland's Unitec Institute of Technology (Mt Albert campus). Uni Shorts is the only student film festival of its type in Australasia.?This year's finalists were chosen from nearly 200 short film entries that were submitted from film schools and universities around the world, including entries for the new category for New Zealand Secondary Schools. All films selected will vye for cash prizes in fiction, animation, documentary, and experimental genres, including an overall award decided by judges and an audience vote.

POSTGRADUATE CATEGORY: THE CAREER COMEDIAN - London Film School, UK ?FIRST CONTACT - Victorian College of Arts, Australia ?MILK AND HONEY - University of Auckland, NZ ?I LOVE YOU FISH - WA Screen Academy, Australia ?TRUNK / HARD VIND - University of Southern Denmark

UNDERGRADUATE CATEGORY: IN THE NICK OF TIME - Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Germany ?DINNER AND A MOVIE - London Film School, UK ?TWO PRINCES - Unitec Department of Performing & Screen Arts, NZ ?RESTING IN PLAY - Victoria University Wellington, NZ ?SUCH EYES - The Sam Spiegel Film and TV School, Israel

DOCUMENTARY CATEGORY: ROLLER DERBY SAVED MY SOUL - South Seas Film & Television School, NZ ?THE HARDCORE OBSESSION - Queensland University of Technology, Australia ?A GOOD NOTE - Massey University, NZ ?SCARRED - WA Screen Academy, Australia ?WILL HIGGINS: THE REAL KENNY - Queensland University of Technology, Australia

ANIMATION CATEGORY: BEAN CAUGHT - Rochester Institute of Technology, USA ?PYGMALION - University of Canterbury, NZ ?STEAM RIVALS - AUT, NZ ?FUNERAL HOME PINATAS - Media Design School, NZ ?LUNA PARK - Media Design School, NZ

EXPERIMENTAL/NON-NARRATIVE CATEGORY: FUTURE SKIES - Staffordshire University, UK ?OCCULUS - Staffordshire University, UK ?IT'S A DREAM - Radio and Film College of Chengdu, China ?TRISTE - University of Waikato, NZ ?HERE INSIDE YOU - Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

NEW ZEALAND SECONDARY SCHOOLS CATEGORY: THE NIGHT OF THEIR LIVES - St Kentigern, Auckland ?THE SLEEPER - Christ's College, Christchurch ?GONE BY APRIL - Cashmere High School, Christchurch ?LIGHTS CAMERA FAIL - Wellington Girls College, Wellington ?GENERATION TEST TUBE - Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland

Napoleon Dynamite producer confirmed as guest speaker

American Indie filmmaker/producer Chris 'Doc' Wyatt has been confirmed as this year's international guest speaker for Unishorts. Wyatt is the producer of 2004 cult hit Napoleon Dynamite.  The film is one of the most successful independent films of all time grossing a massive US$46,140,956 at the box office from just a US$400,000 budget. "I'm looking forward to coming to New Zealand and sharing my experiences with New Zealand filmmakers, and have them share theirs with me, so that we can grow together as a global indie film community," he says.

Contact Peter Rees at unishorts@unitec.ac.nz or call (09) 815 4321 ext. 7284. ?Follow us on FACEBOOK/Unishorts or Twitter @Unishorts