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Mentorship programme well under way

Our South Shorts Mentorship Pilot programme is well under way after its kick-off day in February where the talented up-and-coming writers came together to workshop their ideas under the guidance of Michael Bennett (MATARIKI), Oscar Kightley (SIONE’S WEDDING), Zia Mandviwalla (NIGHT SHIFT) and Jake Mahaffy (FREE IN DEED).

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Each writer has now been paired with an established filmmaker that will act as a mentor to help them develop their craft over the next six months:

  • Lene Aiono with writer/director Michael Bennett (MATARIKI)
  • Vela Manusaute with writer/director Zia Mandviwalla (NIGHT SHIFT)
  • Levi Matautia-Morgan with¬†writer/director Oscar Kightley (SIONE’S WEDDING)
  • Louise Tu’u with producer Ainsley Gardiner (BOY)
  • Writing team Mary Campbell and Maria Walker with writer/director Zia Mandviwalla (NIGHT SHIFT)
  • Isaac Weeks with writer/director Jake Mahaffy (FREE IN DEED)

This exciting pilot programme is made possible with the continued support of the ASB Community Trust.

A similar mentorship will be made available to Northland filmmakers this year, where up to 6 filmmaking teams will have guidance on progressing a film project. To be considered for this mentorship, filmmakers should attend our May workshop in the Hokianga, Storytelling for the Screen.

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