Sowing the Seed

Posted Tuesday 16 Aug 2016

NZWG Seed Grants

To give this industry its best chance of success strong voices and new ideas and stories that resonate are needed. NZWG believe in different pathways for developing these stories and the ability to allow writers space to find their voices.

The goal of these New Zealand Film Commission funded grants is to create an opportunity for writers to create feature film scripts.  Seed provides unencumbered development funding specifically for writers only.

NZWG Seed Grants are offered over three rounds this year with a total of ten grants of $10,000 (+GST) made available for the development of feature film scripts. Three grants were awarded in the first round, with seven grants available across Rounds Two and Three for 2016. Included in each grant $2,500 to put toward script consultation per feature film script.

These grants represent an opportunity for writers to be innovative, to be brilliant, and to be excited about the chance to create something they own.

Seed Round TWO
Deadline: 3 September 2016, 12 noon

Seed Round THREE 
OPEN for entries: 23 September 2016
Deadline: 28 October 2016, 12 noon

For all queries please contact the NZWG:
Information on how to enter here:  NZWG Seed Grants


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Panui: Maoriland FF Submissions Are Open!

Posted Tuesday 16 Aug 2016

M?oriland Film Festival is an international festival organised by WIFT member Libby Hakaraia that celebrates Indigenous voices and storytelling in film. Each March, M?oriland presents a selection of the most distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe.

M?oriland Film Festival is on 15-19th March 2017 and considers film, video and digital media.

?taki has a strong M?ori identity with extensive M?ori education facilities. The works presented at M?oriland are a showcase of the immense wealth of Indigenous creative talents, demonstrating the unique and diverse perspectives of Indigenous people the world over.

To be eligible, an Indigenous person (ie. self-identified as Indigenous, Aboriginal, Native or First Peoples and their descendents) must have held a key creative role on the project as a writer, director, or producer. The content of the film/video can be universal.

M?oriland welcomes Indigenous filmmakers from around the globe to submit their film and digital media works via our online form:

Submissions close November 16 2016.

For more information, please contact Madeleine de Young: