EXCLUSIVE: The Black List is in partnership with the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) for the Black List New Zealand (BLNZP) project. The new initiative is a unique fund script development workshop designed to foster the creative relationship between writers and producers and stimulate international opportunities for New Zealand feature films. In addition, the NZFC hopes to build a broad network for New Zealand screenwriting talents and connect with projects at different stages of development. This further increases the Blacklist’s pressure for more inclusive storytelling in the film.
“The New Zealand Film Commission aims to build good on-screen relationships between New Zealand writers and producers, amplify the voices of the under-represented and find an audience for those voices,” said Annabelle Sheehan, CEO of the NZFC. “We are proud to be able to leverage the global expertise of Blacklist displays and the widely recognized excellence that drives their platform.”
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Sheehan adds, “The shared values of the two organizations in promoting inclusion make this a natural partnership. I would also like to thank Franklin [Leonard] and his team for recognizing the exceptional pool of cinematic talent we have here in New Zealand, and working with us to put our filmmakers at the forefront through this opportunity.
“New Zealand has been the envy of the world over the past year for many reasons and even longer as the birthplace and home of many of the world’s most beloved film storytellers: Merata Mita, Sir Peter Jackson, Dame Jane Campion and friend of the Black List, Taika Waititi, ”said Franklin Leonard, founder of Black List. “We are excited to be working with the New Zealand Film Commission to find and support the names that will be added to this list in the near future and even more excited to read and watch the stories that result from this collaboration.”
The Black List New Zealand project will support the development of six unique and exciting New Zealand feature film scripts of quality, likely to attract the US and global market. The six selected projects will participate in a professional development workshop and mentorship series with the Blacklist and will receive up to NZ $ 25,000 in NZFC development funding to complete the next draft of their script.
From today, New Zealand writers or writer-producer teams will be able to choose here. The submission fidgetcube is March 19 at 1:00 p.m. New Zealand time. The blacklist will review all scripts submitted to BLNZP and compile a shortlist of 20 scripts based on the evaluation criteria outlined in the NZFC guidelines. A panel made up of NZFC staff and a representative of the blacklist (the BLNZP panel) will then select six shortlisted projects. Selected final participants will be notified by May 4 and the program is scheduled to start May 31.