Announcing FilmUp Participants for 2016!

Posted Tuesday 12 Apr 2016

Congratulations to three WIFT members Georgina Conder, Nadia Maxwell and Yamin Tun, and to Script to Screen for gender equality as there were a total of FIVE women in FilmUp.

STS awarded eight filmmakers places on

the FilmUp Programme for 2016.

FilmUp is the high-end development programme for writers,

directors and producers who have already shown considerable


The inaugural senior mentorship has gone to to writer/director

Jake Mahaffy (FREE IN DEED). Mahaffy is a critically

acclaimed feature film maker and will be paired with an

international mentor in the coming weeks.


Participants of the 2016 FilmUp Mentorship

Programme are:

Director                   Gaysorn Thavat

Producer                  Georgina Conder

Writer/ Director       Joe Lonie

Writer                      Josephine Stewart-Tewhiu

Writer/ Director       Max Currie

Producer                  Nadia Maxwell

Writer/ Director       Tim Van Dammen

Writer/ Director        Yamin Tun


See a full list of their biographies here.

Each participant will be matched with a filmmaker mentor from NZ or Australia over the coming weeks, and will attend a series of hub days that include round tables, workshops, and group work as part of the eight-month programme that is tailored to participants individual needs.


STS would like to thank all the filmmakers who applied.

FilmUp is made possible with support from the New Zealand Film Commission.

Next Up...


Posted Tuesday 12 Apr 2016

Be Here Now - the Andy Whitfield Story opens the 11th Documentary Edge International Film Festival (Doc Edge), on Wednesday 4th May in Wellington and Wednesday 18th May in Auckland. A powerful and intimate love story, the documentary follows the fight of Spartacus star Andy Whitfield and his charismatic wife Vashti against his cancer diagnosis.

Doc Edge brings 37 feature length films and 15 shorts to Wellington (4th-15th May) and Auckland (18th - 29th May).??Be Here Now marks the international premiere by Academy Award� Nominee, filmmaker Lilibet Foster. The film has received critical and popular praise, winning the Audience Award for the Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2015. Both Lilibet Foster and Vashti Whitfield will be at screenings in Wellington and Auckland. Watch the trailer.

Major highlights of the Festival include the World Premiere of A Billion Lives, the expos� of corruption behind the rise of vaporisers - the alternative to cigarettes; Among The Believers, an intimate and frightening look into the microcosm of terrorism in Pakistan and a first-class collection of Short Documentaries featuring the 2016 Best Documentary Academy Award� winner; A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, alongside the other Academy Award� finalists.? ?New Zealand filmmakers are represented in several documentaries including The Sound of Her Guitar, which features country singer Donna Dean as she tours through the southern States of the U.S., andMonterey, which takes audiences behind the scenes of an Auckland Caf� to discover the highs and lows of a small NZ hospitality business.

For the full programme and the latest news regarding the 2016 season, visit the brand new website

KEY DATES: 4-15 May 2016 - Doc Edge Festival: Wellington - The Roxy, Miramar

18-29 May 2016 - Doc Edge Festival: Auckland - Q Theatre, Auckland CBD

3 May 2016 Screen Edge Forum: Wellington - Park Road Post, Miramar

18 May 2016 Screen Edge Forum: Auckland - AUT, Auckland CBD