Following the annual South Auckland Short Film Workshop, Script to Screen has announced the six storytellers awarded places on the new South Shorts mentoring programme.
Small worlds abounded with one of the winners being Vela Manusaute, a creator of the theatre show behind 2013 webseries The Factory Story – which was scripted by one of the Workshop’s mentors and judges, Michael Bennett (Cow, Kerosene Creek, Matariki).
Another creator of the theatre show, Anapela Polatiavao, was the lead in Night Shift, the award-winning short by Workshop mentor Zia Mandviwalla, while a second winner of a place on the mentoring programme was playwright Louise Tu’u, 2nd AD on that film.
Joining Bennett and Mandviwalla as mentors for the workshop at MIT School of Visual Arts in Otara were actor/writer/director Rene Naufahu (Shortland Street, The Last Saint), casting director Yvette Reid and actor/director Rachel House (Whale Rider, Boy, Hope and Wire). 26 projects were pitched at the end of the Workshop. MIT Performing Arts Tutor Chris Molloy joined Bennett to form the judging panel.
The six winners receive a place on Script to Screen’s new six-month mentorship programme, which offers 30 hours of support to get each short film off the ground in whatever way best suits that project. This programme was made possible through financial assistance from the ASB Community Trust.
The winners, and their pitched ideas, were:
Vela Manusaute, The Messiah
Levi Matautia-Morgan, Whakarongo
Mary Campbell and Maria Walker (actor, Rage, Mt Zion), Matakite
Louise Tu’u, Déjeuner
Lene Aiono, The Cut Doctor and the Boxer
Isaac Weeks, Lost