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.