The Black List screenwriting development opportunity

Posted Wednesday 03 Feb 2021

Screenwriters, a reminder to apply for this development opportunity with Franklin Leornard from The Black List aggregator of unproduced screenplays and script development organisation

It does not require the writer to have a producer to be attached but teams with a producer can apply. A draft of the screen play is part of the application along with other materials.

There is no level of experience prerequisite, Franklin and his team are looking for original voices and ideas.

The deadline is 1pm 19 March 2021. Applications need to go through the NZFC portal. Any filmmaker enquires about BLNZP should be sent to

The new initiative is a one-off fund script development workshop designed to foster the creative relationship between writers and producers and stimulate international opportunities for New Zealand feature films. In addition, the NZFC hopes to cast a wide net for New Zealand screenwriting talent and connect with projects at various stages of development. This further strengthens The Black List's push for more inclusive storytelling in film.

Click here for more info and The Black List guidelines


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Development lab for Pan-Asian creatives

Posted Wednesday 03 Feb 2021

Applications are now open for the Pan-Asian Screen Collective's short film development lab Short Cuts. Designed specifically for Pan-Asian filmmakers and delivered with the support from The New Zealand Film Commission, the lab is set to empower up to nine new and emerging key creatives with the skills to develop their scripted short projects and to significantly advance applications for production grants from initiatives such as NZFC/Script to Screen' Fresh Shorts and Someday Stories.

The fully-funded lab is scheduled to take place in Auckland from 21-23 May and expects participants from around the country. Short Cuts will draw on the expertise of screenwriter Dr Shuchi Kothari alongside other notable industry practitioners who will cover a range of topics including storytelling, directing, production budgets, representation, meaningful collaboration, festival distribution and marketing, and writing proposals. A mentoring period following the lab is set to provide participants further development support.

Click here for more information including key dates, eligibility, travel subsidies and application requirements