Posted Tuesday 31 Aug 2021
Writers, have you got your application for this amazing opportunity in yet?!
Tāhuna is a Writers Residency that will take place in Queenstown in February 2022, and aims to enable screenwriters to develop uniquely New Zealand television dramas that can be taken to the world.
Great Southern Television and Queenstown Lakes District Council will select a minimum of five writers to be brought to Queenstown for a month-long residency. Travel, accommodation and a small living allowance will be covered. During this four week period, writers will be taken on a familiarisation tour of the region, hear presentations from leading screen practitioners, writers, directors, producers, domestic and international broadcasters, and work closely with mentors. This is with the intention of developing an original treatment for a television drama with international appeal, to be filmed in Queenstown Lakes.
At the end of the month-long period, writers will pitch their treatments to a selection panel. Great Southern Television will have the first right to option chosen concepts and commission a pilot script. All intellectual property will remain with the writer.
Applications are open to all writers of any level and a track record is not essential. Rather, the selection panel are interested in creatives who have a strong and unique voice, a readiness to be inspired by the local Queenstown Lakes landscape and its people, and a commitment to challenging themselves and creating something spectacular.
The closing date for applications is Monday, 4 October at 5:00pm. For any queries email firstname.lastname@example.org