Dunedin Shanghai Screenwriters' Exchange 2019
Shanghai screenwriter Ms Lili Li spent six weeks in Dunedin and Otago from 27 August to 7 October. The purpose of the exchange is to provide writers with the opportunity to research and develop scripts for film and television content. Lili returned to Shanghai with new friendships, understanding of the New Zealand film industry, a head full of ideas and notebooks full of research to develop scripts for potential co-productions between China and New Zealand.
Read a pictorial diary of Ms Lili Li's adventurous time exploring and experiencing the city and region, it's people and places.
Chinese film connection
Hand made stop animation short film nominated for best animation at NZ International Film Festival. Accepted for Festivals in Europe and North America.
Behind the scenes
NZ Film Week – Shanghai
Enterprise Dunedin and Shanghai Film Distribution & Screening Association presented a 5-day showcase of film from New Zealand and in particular Otago. The festival was part of the 25th anniversary of Shanghai becoming a sister city to Dunedin.
Media Coverage in Shanghai
Random Act of Kindness
Silent Film by Taieri College students wins Bronze Medal in International Youth Silent Film Festival.
Rod Morris receive New Zealand Order of Merit
Blumhouse Productions (USA) spent 18 weeks filming in Dunedin, North Otago and Canterbury for a remake of the cult 1970’s Horror film, Black Xmas.
Short film to be shot in Dunedin twice surpasses targets for crowd sourced funding. Showcases crew and talent from Dunedin.
The Chills – NZ Premiere in Dunedin May 1st
An almost full Regent Theatre rolled out the red carpet for locals, Chills fans, screen and music industry people from around the country, for the premiere of The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps.
Media Coverage of Premiere
Dunedin made short film ‘Milk’ has a private screening
Filmed over four days in 2018 at Whareakeake (Murdering Beach) with a largely Dunedin crew, Milk tells a story of Garman sailors in 1945 sneaking ashore for some fresh Milk. Milk was supported by Short Film Otago, Queenstown Camera Company and Enterprise Dunedin. Milk will have their North American premiere at the San Jose International Short Film Festival in October 2019.
Background to Milk and interviews with cast and crew.
Interview with Pennie Hunt and Stefan Roesch.
Dunedin Screenwriter David Hay returns from Shanghai Exchange
Recipient of the inaugural Dunedin Shanghai Screenwriters Exchange David Hay talks about his six weeks living, writing and networking in Shanghai. Dunedin will host a screenwriter from Shanghai in first half of 2019. The project is supported by the New Zealand Film Commission, New Zealand Screenwriters Guild and Dunedin City Council.
From RNZ, Arts on Sunday, Sunday 27th January
From Otago Daily Times, Friday 11th January
Two New Zealand Films Head to SXSW
The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillips will have its world premiere at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas this March. 2351 films were submitted for the festival, The Chills will be one of around 320 screened during the 9 day festival. The Chills are also confirmed to play at SXSW.
A documentary is being made all about Dunedin band Six60
‘Film Dunedin is looking forward to working with Notable Pictures on their Six60 documentary. Notable have a great track record with Dunedin projects having Produced and Directed ‘Wilbur King in the Ring’ in 2017 and ‘Martin Phillipps and the Chills’ to be released in 2019.’
Dunedin Shanghai Screen Writers Exchange launched
‘Wanted 2’ finalist in eight categories at NZTV Awards and winners in Best Editing, Best Contribution to Soundtrack and Best Post Production.
Film Dunedin are collating a database of crew to enable visiting Producers to locate and use local businesses as much as possible. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to provide contact details, brief description of skills and your industry track record.