Are you the next Wellington Write Room resident?

Posted Tuesday 11 May 2021

This Wellington-based screenwriter residency programme is held in partnership with Toi Pōneke Art Centre and Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga -The New Zealand Film Commission.

Write Room recognises the challenges for New Zealand screenwriters to create space in their lives to write and find a place to do their work. This opportunity is for a Wellington-based screenwriter with a feature film project at a stage that will benefit from focused development towards completion of a draft of the script. The selected writer will undertake a 12-week residency at Toi Pōneke Art Centre to complete a draft of their screenplay, with the support of experienced film mentors.  At the end of the residency the writer’s work is presented to the industry via a read-through workshop.

The aim of this residency is to help a writer get their screenplay to the stage where it is ready to pitch to a producer. After the first three years of Write Room, two projects identified by the programme are now in development with NZ Film Commission support.

The screenwriter will be provided with a studio space at Toi Pōneke Art Centre, a stipend of $7500 for the 12 weeks, and experienced creative support from industry mentors.

The residency runs from 30 August – 21 November 2021 (12 weeks).

This year’s Write Room selectors and mentors are Director Rob Sarkies (Scarfies, Out of the Blue, Consent), Writer/Director Briar Grace Smith (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Wai - Cousins, Waru, The Strength of Water) and Producer and WIFT member Vicky Pope (Savage, Gardening with Soul, Two Little Boys).

The deadline to apply is 7 June, 2021.

Click here for more information and to apply 

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Access Radio hits 40 and launches a book

Access Radio hits 40 and launches a book

Posted Tuesday 11 May 2021

Access media throughout Aotearoa are celebrating a milestone - turning 40 and launching a book about their history.

The grassroots network of 12 NZ On Air-funded community access radio stations has evolved over four decades years into an alliance of broadcasters that transmit daily in more than 49 languages, and publish a massively diverse array of podcasts online accessible to all.

Known now as CAMA – Community Access Media Alliance – the network brings together communities, allowing volunteers to create their own radio shows and podcasts ‘by, for and about’ their diverse communities.

Celebrating the milestone warranted a book. Sharing the mic – the history of community access radio in Aotearoa New Zealand was researched and co-written by Brian Pauling and WIFT NZ member Bronwyn Beatty of the NZ Broadcasting School/Ara in Christchurch. The book chronicles the people and stories that have shaped community access media.

Image supplied. Dr Brian Pauling, Min. Faafoi and Dr Bronwyn Beatty

Click here for the Aotearoa Books website where you can buy a copy of Sharing The Mic