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Low Budget Feature Film Makers Lace Up For Bootcamp

The New Zealand Film Commission's new low budget feature film initiative, Escalator, inaugural Bootcamp will kick off tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday, 1st June, in Wellington.

Launched earlier this year, Escalator required film makers to form creative teams of two or more individuals and present first stage applications to the NZFC for Bootcamp consideration. Twelve teams were selected from the 251 applications received and these twelve will attend the four day Bootcamp workshop. The teams then have three months to make a full production financing application to an industry panel. Four films will be offered production funding of up to NZ$250,000.

Internationally acclaimed Australian film director, Rolf de Heer (Bad Boy Bubby, The Tracker, Dance Me to My Song, Ten Canoes), will be the opening speaker of the Bootcamp, which will also pair teams for individual sessions and presentations with highly regarded and experienced filmmakers including David Lightfoot (Producer Wolf Creek, Rogue, Coffin Rock), Rupert Glasson (Writer/Director Coffin Rock); Philippa Campbell (Producer Rain, No. 2, Black Sheep), Rob Sarkies (Writer/Director Scarfies, Out of the Blue); Gillian Ashurst (Writer/Producer/Director Snakeskin); Ainsley Gardiner (Producer Eagle vs Shark, Boy); Leon Narbey (DOP Whale Rider, No. 2, Dean Spanley ); Dave Whitehead (Sound Editor/Designer, District 9, Lovely Bones, King Kong, Out of the Blue ) and Mike Horton (Film Editor, Goodbye Pork Pie, Smash Palace, Utu, Once Were Warriors).

The twelve filmmaker teams attending the Bootcamp are:

Juliet Bergh, Jessica Charlton, Melissa Dodds Jonathan Brough, Donna Pearman, David Brechin-Smith Gary Davies, Mike Hohaia, Rohan Satyanand Zoe Hobson, Guy Pigden Gerard Johnstone, Luke Sharpe Carthew Neal, Max Currie Tom Reilly, Wayne Gordon, Tom Hern Tui Ruwhiu, Bradford Haami, Regan Hall Bonnie Slater, David Coyle, Paul Wedel Ant Timpson, Victor Rodger, Leanne Saunders Sally Tran, Omar Crawford, Jackie Dennis Steve Whelan-Turnbull, Desray Armstrong

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