Calling all southern film makers and scriptwriters

Posted Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

Short Film Otago's new funding round is now open, so if you have a script, or a film idea/outline that needs development or funding, it's time to apply. Short Film Otago provides a "first step" initiative for southern writers and film makers, similar to the NZFC's Fresh Shorts scheme, offering fledgling writers and film makers up to $10,000 to produce films. Take note though, either the writer or the director should be normally resident in the province or have strong family connections with Otago. Writers of several selected scripts will be provided with a $500 grant for further development before final decisions are made on which scripts will be supported through production. Entries close 5pm, Sunday 1 October, 2017.
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WIFTer double successes with Waru

Posted Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

A double round of applause for the team of Waru, produced by WIFT-er Kerry Warkia, and Kiel McNaughton. Waru will open Toronto's imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, the world's largest presenter of indigenous screen content, and has been selected for the Discovery section in the Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by eight M?ori women, the film tells the story of Waru, a young boy who dies at the hands of his caregiver. Each director, including WIFT members Chelsea Cohen, Ainsley Gardiner and Katie Wolfe, tackles a ten-minute segment of the film to create one complete, remarkable story through the lens of multiple family and community members as they deal with the horrific loss.  
ImagineNATIVE 2017 runs from 18-22 October, 2017.
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