WIFT UK - Their Take on Cannes 2014

Posted Sunday 27 Apr 2014

What Cannes You Expect?

Last week the Cannes Film Festival announced the features vying for this year's Palme d'Or, arguably international cinema's most acclaimed mantlepiece accessory. Amongst the 18 films in main competition there are two works directed by women - Still the Water (Naomi Kawase) and Le Meraviglie (Alice Rohrwacher).

Jane Campion, the only female director ever to have won the Palme d'Or, currently presides over the main jury.

.Despite declaring at the official press announcement in Paris last Thursday that "usually I don't mention the number (of films directed by women)," festival director Thierry Fremaux went out of his way to highlight that 15 of the 49 films selected across the various festival strands are directed by women (most in Un Certain Regard). Not bad when compared with last year's six but still some way off nearing gender parity. Still, it seems the understandable furore over recent years' lack of women has finally registered with the festival hierarchy.

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Story Generator workshop with Paolo Rotondo

Posted Sunday 27 Apr 2014

Paolo Rotundo


Presented by TAPAC this is a series of workshops designed to help you get the story you want to write out and into the world. For  film, tv and theatre.
There are millions of great stories out there and more and more are born every day. However only very few make it to our stages and to our screens.
They say 'Genuis is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration'. Paolo fully believes that. In these workshops he wants the perspiration to come from a fun and stimulating process.


Sat June 21 9am-5pm

Sat June 28 9am-5pm

Sat July 5 9am-5pm

Sun July 6 9am-5pm

1 hr lunch


$450 for 4 days


� Email your a pplication form to venue@tapac.org.nzby May 23
� Chosen applicants will be notified by May 30
� Chosen applicants will enrol and pay online by June 6


If you have a story, a theme, a great yarn, an image or even a vague idea that you would like to see transformed and made into something, these workshops are for you.
It is an ideal environment for people with no experience of writing, people who work in the creative industries that have an idea worth developing, or you know you have a gem of a story inside you but just don't know what it is yet.


This workshop is designed to be intimate and challenging. Using techniques from Theatre devising and marrying them to traditional 'script development' techniques we want to finish with something tangible. Paolo will use Theatre games and improvisation to unlock and free up your creative juices.  He will try to discover why things appeal to you and help you find your voice. Later in the workshops, script analysis and development techniques help to hone the work.
It is rewarding and challenging work in a both a personal and formal way. You will be required to be open and honest with a group of strangers, you will be required to get up and physically participate in other people's development, you will be challenged and questioned by the group. These workshops are designed to be a safe fun and encouraging enviornment. The objective is to inspire you to better tell your story.