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Black List New Zealand Project

The Black List and the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) are excited to announce the joint creation of a new fund and script development workshop, the Black List New Zealand Project (BLNZP). This is a one-off fund, designed to foster the creative relationship between writers and producers and stimulate international opportunities for New Zealand feature films. Additionally, the NZFC hopes to cast a wide net for New Zealand screenwriting talent and connect with projects at various stages of development.

BLNZP will support the development of six quality, unique and exciting New Zealand feature film scripts, with the potential of attracting the US and global market. The six selected projects will take part in a professional development workshop and mentorship series with The Black List and receive up to NZ$25,000 in NZFC Development Financing to complete the next draft of their script.

New Zealand writers or writer producer teams will be able to opt into consideration via https://funding.nzfilm.co.nz, up until the submission deadline of 14 March (NZ time). The Black List will review all scripts submitted to the BLNZP and compile a shortlist of 20 scripts based on the assessment criteria outlined in the NZFC guidelines for the project. A panel consisting of NZFC staff and a Black List representative (the BLNZP Panel) will then select six successful projects from the shortlist. The final participants will be notified no later than 4 May, 2021 and the workshop program will commence on 31 May, 2021.

Additional information about the opportunity is available on the New Zealand Film Commission website https://www.nzfilm.co.nz.

If you have any questions about the opportunity, please direct them to [email protected]

Important Deadlines
* Please note that all deadlines are in New Zealand time

Submissions Open      January 19, 2021
Submission Close       March 14, 2021
Participants Notified   May 4, 2021
Program Begins          May 31, 2021

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Please note that you can only apply via the New Zealand Film Commission. There is no opt-in on the Black List website. You must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident to apply.