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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).


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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