Filmmakers, scriptwriters: you need to get on the Black List!

Posted Wednesday 17 Feb 2021

Filmmakers, scriptwriters: you need to get on the Black List!

The Black List is partnering with the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) for the Black List New Zealand Project (BLNZP), an initiative that will fund:

- Assessment of your feature film script by the Black List's assessors;

- Attendance at a virtual Workshop and Mentorship series designed and hosted by the Black List;

- NZFC Development Financing of up to NZ$25,000.

All submitted projects will receive two written assessments from the Black List.

The BLNZP has two stages.

  1. Assessment - the Black List will assess each submitted script against the assessment criteria in the guidelines.  A shortlist of 20 projects will then be assessed by the BLNZP Panel with six projects selected to move to the next stage.
  2. Workshop and Mentorship Series - the Black List will host the filmmakers from each of the six selected projects for a virtual workshop and mentorship series over the course of a month.

Click here for further information including criteria, guidelines and application cover sheet.

The deadline for submissions is 1pm on 19 March, 2021.

Selected final participants will be notified by 4 May, 2021 and the program will begin 31 May, 2021.

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Grab your tickets to opening night screening of Cousins - with directors' Q&A!

Grab your tickets to opening night screening of Cousins - with directors' Q&A!

Posted Wednesday 17 Feb 2021

Don't miss this special event presented by Ngā Aho Whakaari and Women In Film & Television NZ. Briar Grace Smith and WIFT member Ainsley Gardiner co-direct Cousins, the eagerly anticipated film adapted from the 1992 Patricia Grace novel. The stellar cast includes Ana Scotney, Rachel House, Tanea Heke and Briar Grace Smith.

Click here to watch the trailer.

A Q&A with Briar and Ainsley will follow the screening.

Click here to get your tickets!

When: screening starts at 7:45pm, Thursday 4 March

Where: Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, 167-169 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland

Cost: $17 NAW and WIFT members, $23.50 non-members.

Set over six decades, this powerful drama tells the stories of three cousins separated by circumstances, who spend a lifetime in search of each other.

Orphaned Mata (Heke) believes she has no whānau and lives out her lonely childhood in fear and bewilderment. Back home on the land, educated Makareta (Grace Smith) flees an arranged marriage to study law and begin the search for her missing cousin. She leaves behind cheeky yet dutiful Missy (House) who takes on her role of kaitiaki (guardian) of the land. As the years pass, loss of the family land seems imminent and the women's promise to bring their stolen cousin home seems more unlikely than ever, until a chance encounter changes everything

Cousins is produced by WIFT member Libby Hakaraia (director of the Māoriland Film Festival), Georgina Conder (The Breaker Upperers) and Ainsley Gardiner (The Breaker Upperers, Boy), and written by Briar Grace Smith, a writer and a director of the portmanteau film Waru, and the writer of The Strength Of Water.