Four writers scored three grants under the Writers Guild’s NZFC-supported Seed Grant initiative, four were supported for Brown Ink and two for Asian Ink.
The NZWG said 11 of the applications to Round 2 of this year’s Seed Grant stood out, with three winning support. Dean Hewison & Richard Falkner, Paul Simei-Barton, and Nathalie Boltt collect the $10,000 grants (including cash for a script consultant). Simei-Barton produced Nikki Si’ulepa & Justine Simei-Barton’s well-travelled short Snow in Paradise. Boltt wrote 2013 short The Silk and last year’s Vajazzle.
Hewison is behind VOD comedy On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as Her Young Lover. He and Falkner wrote Make My Movie winner How to Meet Girls from a Distance (pictured, top) and many a Traces of Nut 48Hours title including 2013 Grand Champion The Sleeping Plot.
Michael Beran, Fiona Samuel and Robin Scholes did the assessing for the NZWG.
Winners from the year’s first round of Seed Grants were Shoshana Sachidhanandam, Fiona Jackson & Daniel Fleming, and Stephen Kang.
The deadline for applications to the year’s final Seed Grant round, Round 3, close 28 October at noon. Up to four grants remain available for that round.
Playmarket and the NZWG also announced the plays and screenplays selected for development as part of the Brown Ink and Asian Ink programmes.
Four plays were supported in various ways: David Mamea’s Still Life With Chickens, Albert Mateni’s Hearts of Men and Turene Jones’ I Ain’t Mad At Cha for Brown Ink; and Chye-Ling Huang’s Orientation for Asian Ink.
Two screenplays were given support, one for each initiative.
Tongan- American Kenneth Chapman’s Sister, Please gets development clinic support for Brown Ink. For Asian Ink, Fijian-Indian Rajeev Mishra’s Ovisaalso gets development clinic support.