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SPADA announces ITISP

SPADA has opened its call for applications for its new professional development initiative, the International Training Initiative for Screen Practitioners (ITISP).

Angus Finney

Angus Finney

At the end of last year SPADA ran a three-day Film Masterclass in association with Libertine Pictures, Business Skills and Concepts for Independent Film, presented by Angus Finney.

The new programme is developed from that masterclass, with Finney confirmed to lead the initiative.

ITISP will be delivered in partnership with the NZFC. Alongside the NZFC-Vista Foundation initiative announced last week, there are now some serious upskilling options on offer on the business side of the business.

The ITISP programme will address objectives from developing and building creative team skills, marketing expertise, business modelling skills, to improving international market knowledge.

It is a two-year revolving programme which comprises three x 3-day modules in late April, July and November, timed to run ahead of the SPADA Summit, with mentoring between sessions by the Course Director.

Applicants must commit to attending all three modules. Each module will comprise two days for writers, directors and producers; with the third day dedicated to producers/teams only.

Mentorship is a key component of the programme, as it will enable creative teams/producers to maintain a project’s momentum. It also offers the opportunity to brain-storm any issues/hurdles as they need dealing with rather than only during the modules.

The programme is aimed at New Zealand producers, writers and directors of creative content, working at a range of levels across feature films (including documentaries) and television drama. Specific project focus is encouraged in the application process, as projects will form part of the professional development and mentoring focus of the programmes.

All producers, writers and directors applying for this programme must have a completed feature film script or TV programme/series that has the potential to gain either local distribution interest and/or international appeal. Teams applying together will be given priority.

For further information, or to register your interest (places are limited) please contact Sandy Gildea at the SPADA office.

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