Script To Screen

What is Script to Screen?

Script to Screen is an independent, industry wide initiative, established to develop the culture of screenwriting in Aotearoa / New Zealand.

Script to Screen:

  • Organises seminars, workshops and events for emerging and established screenwriters
  • Runs international scholarships for screenwriters.
  • Helps to create a writing environment that encourages innovation and creativity.
  • Builds relationships with relevant international organisations.
  • Works in partnership with other sectors of the film and television industries.
  • Promotes the cultural diversity of our nation and honours the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Script to Screen, formerly The New Zealand Writers Foundation, was the brainchild of the New Zealand Writers Guild and the NZ Film Commission. Since its inception in 2001, Script to Screen has run numerous events, scholarships, and workshops to develop the culture of screenwriting in Aotearoa / New Zealand.

Script to Screen is a charitable trust that is core funded by the New Zealand Film Commission and governed by a board of trustees.  Its trustees are appointed by the New Zealand Writers Guild, Nga Aho Whakaari, and the New Zealand Film Commission.

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What Does It Do?

The Writer’s Room
A lively monthly series where a changing panel of New Zealand writers will debate hot topics in screenwriting. The Writer’s Room is an opportunity for experienced and emerging screenwriters, directors and producers, to meet, share information and network with others in the film and television industry.

International Scholarships
In partnership with the British Council New Zealand, Script to Screen organises an international scholarship programme for New Zealand screenwriters. Scholarship winners include Vanessa Alexander (Magik and Rose, Being Eve) Kathryn Burnett (The Strip, Street Legal) and Michael Bennett (Jubilee, Mataku, Kerosene Creek).  These top New Zealand screenwriters spent several months doing script development at Working Title, Box TV and FilmFour respectively.

Script Read-Through Workshops
Script to Screen has run Script Read-Through Workshops for over 10 feature film scripts. These energetic workshop sessions give the writer a chance to see their script brought alive by actors, and are a valuable creative tool during the script development process. Scripts previously workshopped by Script to Screen: In My Father’s Den, by Brad McGann, Eagle Versus Shark by Taika Waititi, and Black Sheep by Jonathan King.

Writing Workshops
Script to Screen has worked in partnership with the NZ Film Commission to bring internationally recognised screenwriting tutors to New Zealand. Previous international visitors include UK development expert Stephen Cleary and screenwriter/teacher Linda Aronson.  Stephen Cleary delivered the highly praised Arista Series for screenwriters in 2002 and 2003. Arista provides serious script development workshops for development executives, producers and writers in 25 countries around the world.

New Zealand Screenwriting Labs
With support from the New Zealand Writers Guild, Script to Screen ran two screenwriting labs in 2002 and 2003.  Modelled on the Sundance and Moonstone labs, these script hothouses were a rare opportunity for New Zealand screenwriters to receive expert feedback from leading practitioners such as Susan Shilliday (Legends of the Fall, thirtysomething) Trevor Griffiths (Reds, Fatherland), and Graeme Tetley (Vigil, Bread and Roses, Mr Wrong).

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