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Film and Storytelling Incubator – Expressions of Interest

Film and Moving Image, Playwrighting

The Toi Ōtautahi Film and Storytelling incubator aims to enable local storytellers, directors, and producers develop and enhance their stories for screen.

You might need help shaping your idea, refining your story, progressing to production, or bringing your project to life with a local cast and crew. Ideally, you will have some experience in writing or screen production, and have a strong idea or draft script that would benefit from mentoring support to develop or produce. Let us know about your film or storytelling project and how mentoring would help you achieve your goals.

Groups / teams are welcome to apply. Priority is given to local stories for local production by local storytellers. Māori creatives living in and around Ōtautahi and Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū are encouraged to apply.

How does it work?

By participating in this incubator programme, you can expect:

  • 5-6 months of mentoring that includes 4-5 one-on-one sessions, and small group sessions with your mentor. Mentoring sessions can be delivered on-line or in person. Some group sessions will be shared sessions with parallel incubators and development workshops.
  • help with story/script development, and funding and production advice for a range of outputs including a web series, short film, feature film, or documentary.
  • opportunities for whakawhānaungatanga and to develop a network and connections between writers and filmmakers
  • support from an Arts Advisor where possible


To apply for the Film and Storytelling Incubator programme, you must:

  • have previous experience in writing (any genre) or in the screen industry or screen production, for screen large and small, for the stage or printed page.
  • be currently based in Ōtautahi Christchurch
  • be able to commit to meeting with mentors, attend workshops and develop your script or project, which may take place after work hours.

How to Apply:

There will be two opportunities to apply for a mentorship in 2023.

Round 1: Applications are open now and close on Sunday 27 August.

Round 2: Applications open on Monday 16 October and close on Friday 01 December (for mentorships starting in 2024).

You will be advised of the outcome of your application within 2-weeks of the closing date.

Please check the eligibility criteria before applying.

Send your application to Olivia Webb, Community Arts Advisor: olivia.webb@ccc.govt.nz

Please include:

  • What Incubator programme you are applying for
  • Your Creative C.V.
  • A one-page summary of your project – i.e. what you want to work on, and what you hope to achieve.
  • Examples of / links to previous work

If you have any questions, please contact Olivia via email olivia.webb@ccc.govt.nz or on 0273395078.

 More Information:


Several potential mentors have been identified to support each programme. The final group of mentors will depend on the skills, experience, subject and focus of the participants (mentees), and the mentor’s overall availability. If you know the mentor you would like to work with, please indicate this in your application.

Please note:

  • This is not an accredited course and there is no cost to participate.
  • Time commitment could be one to a few hours a week-do not give up your day job just yet!
  • You will not be paid a stipend to attend.
  • This is a pilot programme. We will seek your feedback as we progress through to understand what tweaks can be made to improve your experience and future incubators. Think of yourself as a co-creator.
  • We will do our best to match you with a mentor who has experience related to your interests.
  • Each Incubator is a contestable programme and there is limited mentoring available.
  • There are no age restrictions.
  • Your contact information may be shared with mentors and Arts Advisors.

Development Awards

Two projects from each Incubator will be identified for further development support of $2,500.

Mentors, partners, tutors and administrators will select projects.


Please fill up the form and submit.