The NZWG has announced the five writers taking the four seed grants that complete the 2016 crop.
49 applications were received for the final round, with Harriet Crampton, Claire Dobbin and Matthew Horrocks assessing the submissions.
Will Agnew, Steven Baker, Ciarin Smith & David Butler, and Tim Van Dammen took the awards in this round. Nathalie Boltt, Dean Hewison & Richard Falkner, Fiona Jackson & Daniel Fleming, Stephen Kang, Shoshana Sachidhanandam, and Paul Simei-Barton were awarded grants in previous rounds.
Agnew is a regular 48Hour competitor and member of Wellington-based Oneshot Collective. Baker’s short A Love Story took the Jury Choice Award at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) last year. He returned to Korea this year with Black Rock selected in PiFan’s accompanying project market, NAFF’s It Project.
Van Dammen’s feature Romeo & Juliet: A Love Song premiered in the NZIFF in 2013. Recently, he’s made short Mega Time Squad.
The Seed Grant scheme awards 10 grants during the year and is supported by the NZFC.