2013 Short Film Lab: Call for Applications

Posted Monday 02 Sep 2013


Are you developing ideas for short film? Don't miss out on the opportunity to take part in New Zealand's fourth Short Film Lab!

Show Me Shorts and Script to Screen are now calling for applications for the 2013 Short Film Lab. Successful applicants will be offered a place in a one-day workshop and an individual follow-up session. Participants in the 2013 Short Film Lab will be mentored by experienced industry practitioners who have excelled in short filmmaking, including Jackie Van Beek (In Safe Hands, Go the Dogs), Michael Bennett (Matariki, Kerosene Creek, Cow, Michelle's Third Novel) and Shuchi Kothari (Firaaq, Apron Strings, Coffee and Allah). A fourth mentor will be announced soon.

Six writers (or writer/directors) will be selected to workshop their short film ideas during the full-day lab hosted by the University of Auckland on Saturday 9th November 2013. Those selected can come on their own or bring up to two key creative collaborators with them. Thanks to the support of the New Zealand Film Commission and the Screen Production programme at the University of Auckland, participation in the Short Film Lab is free for all selected applicants (including lunch) and travel grants are available for successful applicants who reside out of Auckland.

Established by Script to Screen and Show Me Shorts in 2010, the Short Film Lab has been a resounding success. Previous Short Film Lab participants have described the interactive workshop as "fantastic" and "invaluable", and many have gone on to make the shortlist for NZFC Fresh Shorts funding. In 2013, the first film developed with the assistance of the Short Film Lab - Lauren Jackson's I'm Going to Mum's - premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival (more here!) and won Best Short Film Script at the SWANZ Awards.

Interested? Put together a written outline of two to three ideas for short films (at least one must be a brand new idea that you have not yet developed as a script), send them to us along with the completed application form, a sample of creative work, and pay the $15 application fee. Applications open: Wednesday 21st August. Application deadline: Tues 17th September 2013.

Successful applicants will be announced at Show Me Shorts Film Festival's programme launch on Wednesday 16th October 2013. Full application information is available at www.script-to-screen.co.nz .

Any other questions? If you'd like any more information about the Lab or the application process, then please contact Eloise: info@script-to-screen.co.nz or ring the Script to Screen office on 09 360 5400.