Screenwriters’ Residency Returns to Focus on Local Film Industry

Great Southern Television and the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) Film Office are proud to announce the return of the Tāhuna Screenwriters Residency for 2023.

QLDC Film Office Coordinator Kahli Scott said that after a hugely successful 2022 programme, the hunt is back on for an exciting new range of voices who want to tell brave, ambitious and daring stories with international appeal.

“We are thrilled to support Tāhuna for another year. The project aims to boost local television production work which plays a key role in our economic diversification efforts. Last year’s program attracted a large number of applicants from across the country. We can’t wait to see what talent brings this year,” she said.

This month-long retreat will give successful applicants the tools, knowledge, connections and inspiration to write a bible for a drama series set in the diverse and cinematic landscapes of Queenstown’s Greater Lakes District.

During the retreat, writers will participate in a familiarization tour of the district, work with guest speakers covering topics such as global marketing and gender, and receive dedicated writing pads – complemented by sessions with mentors – to develop treatment projects. arrange.

While writers will not be paid to attend Tāhuna, travel and accommodation costs will be covered along with a small living allowance.

At the end of the residency, the writers will pitch a concept for an original television drama – with international appeal – to be filmed in the Queenstown Lakes District. Great Southern will have the first right of option on the chosen concepts and to commission a pilot script. All intellectual property will remain with the author.

Applications are open now and close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11.

Further information on the program and a link to the application form can be found here:

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