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International opportunity for Wellington filmmakers

10 Apr 2019

Creative teams with a budding screen project are urged to apply for the next round of an international development program that could see their bright ideas turned into reality.

The Seoul Screenplay Development Support Program, an initiative of the Seoul Film Commission, are now accepting applications for the 2019 program aimed at encouraging the development of projects set in the Korean capital.

The successful applicant, or applicants, receive round trip flight tickets to Seoul and use of a work space for 30 days.

Following an MOU signed by the cities of Wellington and Seoul last year, Screen Wellington negotiated spots on the program for a local team for the first three years. Applications for Wellington teams close on 30 April 2019.

For any greenlit projects, the aim is a co-production approach with filming to take place in Seoul and post production undertaken in Wellington.

Last year Wellington filmmakers Michelle Turner and Nick Ward were selected as one of six projects from around the world by the commission for the inaugural round of grants.

Their project, a sci-fi drama series called Alone, is centred around a businessman on a trip to Korea who wakes up one morning to find previously-busting Seoul a ghost town.

Based on the Kapiti Coast, Michelle and Nick have worked in the New Zealand film industry for years starting with their first feature film Stickmen.

Their time in Seoul as part of the programme kickstarted Alone, with work progressing fast on the project.

“Having been accepted we were delighted to go to Seoul last September and had a wonderfully productive time,” Michelle says.

“We met with local producers, scouted locations and generally immersed ourselves in Seoul life for two weeks. The Seoul Film Commission were very helpful and we came back from our time away with new creative inspiration and new production contacts.”

How to apply

More information regarding the program can be found here:

The application form can be downloaded here:

Completed applications along with other necessary documents can be submitted by email to [email protected]