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FilmUp ups winners

Script to Screen is delighted to announce that eight talented filmmakers have been awarded places in FilmUp 2014.

Off the back of a successful inaugural year, FilmUp once again promises to be an enriching programme for talented NZ filmmakers and the esteemed NZ and Australian industry practitioners who will act as their mentors.

The 2014 FilmUp Mentorship strand recipients and their mentors are:

  • Writer/director Gillian Ashurst with screenwriter Keith Thompson (AUS)
  • Screenwriter Sophie Henderson with screenwriter Alice Bell (AUS)
  • Producer Jeremy Macey with producer Helen Bowden (AUS)
  • Writer/director Michelle Savill with story consultant and acting & directing coach Brita McVeigh
  • Filmmaking team Miriam Smith and Christopher Pryor with director Leanne Pooley

The selected participants will each receive 20 hours of intensive one-on-one time with their mentors who include esteemed documentary director Leanne Pooley (Beyond the Edge, The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls), ex-Matchbox producer Helen Bowden (The Slap, Devils Playground), feature and high-end television screenwriter Alice Bell (The Slap, Suburban Mayhem) and award-winning writer Keith Thompson (Clublands, The Sapphires).

Joining them are the two participants of the inaugural FilmUp Script Development strand: producer Tui Ruwhiu and editor Julie Alp. This practice-based programme supports participants to hone their individual development practice and philosophy. Tui and Julie will work with writers that they have brought with them into the programme, and will be coached by Brita McVeigh. Since 2005, Brita has coached some of New Zealand’s finest writers, actors and directors towards reaching their creative goals.

Script to Screen received 74 applications for FilmUp 2014 and we were amazed at the calibre of the applicants. Thank you to selectors Philippa Campbell, Caroline Grose and Tearepa Kahi who were hard tasked to choose the finalists from a highly competitive shortlist.

The FilmUp Programme is made possible with financial assistance from the New Zealand Film Commission.

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