The New Zealand Writers Guild has announced the final three recipients of the NZWG Seed Grants under the first year of the initiative, which is set to return in 2015.
Max Currie, Warren Friend and Jeremy Wadzinski were the three winners from 51 submissions in the third round, joining the writers announced in the first two rounds. All up, the scheme received 144 submissions across its three 2014 rounds.
Currie is having a good year on the back of the success of Everything We Loved, which opened the year at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, kicking off a strong international festival run which next takes it to the Singapore International Film Festival, which opens later this week. EWL was nominated at this year’s SWANZ awards and is also up for a half dozen gongs at next week’s NZ Film Awards including Best Screenplay, Director and Film.
Wadzinski’s Shelby, featuring Chevy Chase and Tom Arnold, has just released in the US.
NZWG ED Steven Gannaway paid tribute to Seed Grant assessors Kathryn Burnett, Fiona Samuel and Nick Ward. Offering up pointers for those interested in submitting to future rounds, assessors said, “We can’t express strongly enough how important it is to really know what your premise is and be able to articulate it in the logline and synopsis … all of the short-listed projects had a compelling and clear logline followed by a solid, engaging synopsis.”
Gannaway said he was pleased with how the scheme had run in its first year, and that there wasn’t a lot of tweaking needed for the scheme’s second go around next year. A number of the writers submitting to the Seed Grant scheme also presented projects at the NZWG Showcase, which ran in between the SWAMZ bash and Big Screen Symposium in September.
The NZWG Seed Grants, which award 10 grants of up to $10,000 annually, are supported by the NZFC. Applications to the first round of 2015 close on 13 February 2015. Useful information is available on the NZWG site.