The NZFC has announced the ten screen storytellers who will take part in their 2021 online mentorship programme. Congrats to board member Renae Maihi and members Pennie Hunt and Matasila Freshwater!
Renae Maihi will be mentored by writer-director Dame Gaylene Preston to further develop a feature film thriller.
Pennie Hunt will further develop a feature film drama, mentored by fellow DEGNZ member Rob Sarkies.
Matasila Freshwater will be mentored by Briar Grace-Smith to further develop a feature film crime/comedy.
Renae and Pennie are alumni of the DEGNZ Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator, along with Catherine Bisley and Hiona Henare who have also been awarded mentorships. Matasila is a participant in the Incubator this year.
The online mentorship programme is titled Hunga Taunaki ā Rorohiko, which refers to working with others and recognising that it takes more than one person to help achieve your aspirations.