Applications are now open for the Aotearoa Short Film Lab, a prestigious hothouse mentoring scheme for screenwriters and filmmakers to workshop new ideas for short films.

Established in 2010 as a partnership between Show Me Shorts and Script to Screen, the Lab offers six local, and up to two international, short filmmakers the opportunity to develop their short film concepts and scripts with the guidance and advice of experienced industry mentors.

The Lab includes a full-day workshop in Auckland in March 2018. The mentors in previous years have included: Ainsley Gardiner (Boy, Two Cars One Night), Jackie van Beek (UphillGo the Dogs), Jake Mahaffy (Free in DeedWellnessA.D. 1363 The End of Chivalry), Zia Mandviwalla (Night Shift)Roseanne Liang (Do No Harm, Friday Night Bites)Michael Bennett (The Confessions of Prisoner T, Matariki)Dianne Taylor (Beyond the Known World, Apron Strings) and Shuchi Kothari (FiraaqApron StringsCoffee and Allah).

To apply, complete the online application form.

Applications close on Thursday 14 December 2017, 5pm.

The Lab is generously supported by the New Zealand Film Commission, Wallace Foundation, The Trusts Community Foundation and The University of Auckland.

Image: TREEDir. Lauren Jackson, Photo: Still from shoot (DOP: Simon Raby)