An exciting collaboration between WIFT, NZWG and NZ Film Commission! These workshops are a writing roadshow, taking place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

This is a must for anyone looking to venture into screenwriting, develop their already established skills and craft a successful funding application. 

  • Do you want to have a go at writing for film and television but don’t know where to start?
  • Maybe you apply for funding and don’t succeed?
  • Maybe you’re an accomplished writer in another medium but find the formatting and storytelling rules of screenwriting to be obtuse? 

Steve Barr, Writer, Producer and Actor, will discuss screenplay format, and the common story structures of film and TV. Steve’s many credits include Born to Dance (writer), Chronesthesia (producer) and Pete’s Dragon (actor). A member of the Writers Guild of America, Steve set up a development deal at Walt Disney Pictures for his family adventure screenplay Plant Life, where he developed and wrote the screenplay with the writers of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Steve has worked as a creative executive at indie financier / production company SMASHfilms, an assignment screenwriter, and an independent producer. In New Zealand he has taught for the NZ Writers Guild, the Reel Earth Film Festival, the Emerging Artists Trust, School of Audio Engineering, Unitec, Whitireia, the NZ Film Academy, Massey University, Festival for the Future, and has privately coached and consulted with dozens of New Zealand filmmakers. Steve co-wrote the Escalator feature film Timeslow and is a former Artist in Residence of Massey University, Palmerston North
Alice ShearmanExecutive Director of the Writers Guild, will discuss the Seed Grants and how to create an application that can rise to the top. Round 2 of Seed Grants opens 25th of August and closes 20th October, so needless to say, this workshop is very well timed!
Christina Andreef + Karin WilliamsDevelopment Executives at NZFC, will discuss eligibility, applications and the assessment process of the Early Development Fund at the Film Commission