Christchurch Short Film Workshop

calendar EVENT: 23 FEBRUARY 2013


Are you planning to make a short film about a story in your community?

Script to Screen and Nga Aho Whakaari present the Christchurch Short Film Workshop. This full day event will give you everything you need to know to bring your short film idea to life – guiding you through each stage, from the initial concept, writing, directing and finally to pitching your idea for funding.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience.

Come and hear from three experienced industry professionals who have all worked on a number successful short films including executive producer Christina Milligan, EP for Aphrodite’s Farm, which won the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at Berlinale 2009, writer/director Michael Bennett, whose short film Michelle’s Third Novel was selected to screen in front of Pulp Fiction at its US premiere at the 1994 New York Film Fesitval, and writer/director Katie Wolfe, whose latest short film Redemption(2010) screened at the prestigious Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals.

Date: Saturday 23rd February, 2013

Time: 8:30am – 5pm

Venue: CPIT Broadcasting School, 150 Madras Street, Christchurch Central

Cost: The workshop is free. Please bring a packed lunch or there is a cafe nearby.

Registration: Spaces are limited so you must register your interest. Please rsvp to Eloise on or ring the office on 09 360 5400.



8:30am – Tea/coffee – provided

8.45am – Introduction

9.00am - Big Picture

Executive producer Christina Milligan (Aphrodite’s Farm, This is Her, Roof Rattling, Undergrowth) gives an overview of what it takes to get a short film off the ground, driving a project from conception to completion and managing the team

10:15am – Morning Tea – provided

10:30am - Directing - brought to you in association with the Screen Director’s Guild of New Zealand

Writer/director Katie Wolfe (Redemption, This is Her) takes us through the most important aspects of directing and making your story visually alive

12:00pm – Lunch – Please bring a packed lunch or there is a cafe nearby.

1:00pm - Writing

Writer/director Michael Bennett (Matariki, Kerosene Creek, Cow, Michelle’s Third Novel) talks about the key points of storytelling and forming a structure that will grab the audience

2:30pm – Tea/coffee – provided

3:00pm - Pitching

Participants pitch their short film ideas to the class and mentors for some practice and feedback.

5pm – Finish


If you have any questions please contact Eloise Veber on 09 360 5400 or at

This workshop was made possible with the help of the Creative Communities Scheme and the CPIT NZ Broadcasting School.