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Call for The Write Room - Wellington Screenwriter Residency

Job details

Toi Pōneke Arts Centre
7 Jun 2021
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies
Work classification
Screen & Sound


WRITE ROOM Wellington Screenwriter’s Residency
Dates: 30 August – 21 November 2021 (12 weeks) 

Write Room is a Wellington-based screenwriter residency programme held in partnership with Toi Pōneke Art Centre and Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga -The New Zealand Film Commission. 

Write Room recognises the challenges for New Zealand screenwriters to create space in their lives to write and find a place to do their work. This opportunity is for a Wellington-based screenwriter with a feature film project at a stage that will benefit from focused development towards completion of a draft of the script. The selected writer will undertake a 12-week residency at Toi Pōneke Art Centre to complete a draft of their screenplay, with the support of experienced film mentors.  At the end of the residency the writer’s work is presented to the industry via a read-through workshop.

The aim of this residency is to help a writer get their screenplay to the stage where it is ready to pitch to a producer. After the first 3 years of Write Room, two projects identified by the programme are now in development with NZ Film Commission support.

The screenwriter will be provided with a studio space at Toi Pōneke Art Centre, a stipend of $7500 for the 12 weeks, and experienced creative support from industry mentors.

This year’s Write Room selectors and mentors are Director Rob Sarkies (Scarfies, Out of the Blue, Consent), Writer/Director Briar Grace Smith (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Wai-Cousins, Waru, The Strength of Water ) and Producer Vicky Pope (Savage, Gardening with Soul, Two Little Boys).

We expect the chosen writer will spend a minimum of 25 hours a week committed to writing during the residency.  Hours for this opportunity are flexible and can be worked in and around other work commitments.

At the completion of the residency the candidate will be required to provide a report and feedback on their residency.


Deadline: 7 June 2021


To apply and find more information visit: toipō

How to apply

see www.toipō - for application form and further T&C's

Please upload all of the following in one PDF by  Monday 7 June 2021 by 5pm.

-      First 15 pages of your feature film script.

-      Synopsis/summary of project (max. 3 pages).

-      Self-Introduction (max 1 page.)

-      Completed application form

Written by

Wellington City Council - City Arts

12 May 2021

Interests Wellington City Council aims to make it easy for all Wellingtonians to access and participate in the arts. It does this by supporting the arts through funding, arts programmes and advice and by providing venues and facilities such as Toi Pōneke, Wellington Arts Centre.