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Wellington Screen Writer in Residence - call for applications

Job details

Toi Pōneke Arts Centre
20 Apr 2020
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies
Work classification
Screen & Sound


deadline 20 april 2020

residency runs from 20 july – 11 oct 2020 (12 weeks)

"Receiving the Toi Poneke Write Room Writer’s Residency was a dream come true for me. I was finally able to write full time, in a dedicated space and creative environment, with amazing mentors that supported the project and my process. I now have a first draft of a feature film script that is on a development pathway - thanks to Toi Poneke and the Wellington City Council. Kia ora and fa’afetai lava for that!”

Abi King - Jones - Screen Writer in Residence 2019

WRITE ROOM is a Toi Pōneke initiative in partnership with Director Rob Sarkies, (Scarfies, Out of the Blue, Consent ) Producer Vicky Pope (Savage, Gardening with Soul, Two Little Boys) and Producer Desray Armstrong(Stray, Ellen Is Leaving, Meathead); who are also the selectors and mentors for the 2020 programme.

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. The 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 aim of this residency is to help the chosen writer to get their screenplay to the stage where it is ready to pitch to a producer.

With support from Toi Pōneke, the successful candidate will undertake a 12-week residency. The screenwriter will be provided with a studio space, $6,450.00 stipend, and experienced creative support from Producers Desray Armstrong, Vicky Pope and Director Rob Sarkies.

We expect the chosen writer will spend a minimum of 25 hours a week committed to writing during the residency, these hours should fit in around other work commitments.

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


-          Undergraduate students are ineligible to apply.

Applicants must be:

-          Over the age of 18 years.

-          Emerging screenwriters, established screenwriters, or writers transitioning from other writing disciplines into screenwriting, who are looking for a Producer for their screenplay.

-          Wellington City - based New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. You must provide evidence that you have lived in Wellington City on a semi permanent basis over the past 3 years. And you must have a current Wellington City address at the time of application. If you are shortlisted you will be required to verify this address and your NZ residency status. 

What’s on offer

-       A 12-week full time screenwriting residency from 20 July - 11 Oct 2020.

-       A free, sole-use studio space to write in at Toi Pōneke, with 24-hour access.

-       A stipend of $6,450.00 (gross) for the 12 week period.

-       A feedback and planning session with members of the panel at the commencement of the residency.

-       A work-in-progress discussion with members of the panel at the 6-8 week mark. 

-      An assessment of the draft at the conclusion of the residency, with advice on next steps to take.

-      A read-through with actors (up to 4 x paid actors) at the end of the residency.


-      Submissions due by 20 April 2020 at 5pm.

-      Successful writer announced 20 May 2020.

-      Residency dates: 20 July - 11 Oct 2020


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How to apply

How to apply

Please send all of the following in one PDF to:


by  Monday 20 April 2020 at 5pm

-      First 15 pages of your feature film script.

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

-      Self-Introduction (max 1 page.)

-      Completed application form

PLEASE NOTE: One application per writer will be accepted. Submit the project you most want to work on. If available, shortlisted writers may be asked to supply a full draft of their screenplay and/or meet to discuss their work prior to selection.


Written by

Wellington City Council - City Arts

4 Feb 2020

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.