To give this industry its best chance of success we need strong and new ideas, stories that resonate.
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 THREE OPEN for entries: 23 September 2016 Deadline: 28 October 2016, 12 noon
And what does SWANZ and USC stand for? Script Writer Awards NZ & Unproduced Script Competition and our very own WIFT members Leanne Pooley and the gorgeous Shoshana McCallum feature. When Shoshana isn't emailing the members she is being fabulous at her other job - writing award-winning scripts! We celebrate with you!
NZWG awarded writers in nine categories at the 2016 SWANZ Awards ceremony at The Classic, with hosts WIFT member Jackie van Beek and Jesse Griffin going at a fun and furious pace entertaining a lively audience.??Thank you to our incredible sponsors NZ on Air, New Zealand Film Commission, South Pacific Pictures and Filthy Productions for making the SWANZ a platform to celebrate and recognise New Zealand Writers.
South Pacific Pictures - Best Feature Film Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Taika Waititi
Best Short Film Every Moment, Gabriel Reid
Best Play The Quiet Room, Renee Liang
Best Episode TV Series - Comedy Step Dave Series 2, Episode 3, WIFT member Shoshana McCallum??Best Episode TV Series - Drama Westside Series 2, Episode 1, James Griffin? ?Best Factual Script - Film or TV Documentary 25 April, WIFT member Leanne Pooley and Tim Woodhouse
Unproduced Script Competition (USC)
USC - TV Pilot Firebug, David Mamea??USC - TV Pilot - Highly Commended Best Friend Ever, Allan George?Wanted Men, Fiona Samuel
USC - Feature Film The Floating World, Jacqueline Owens