FanFiction producer scores grant!
On the 1st May 2012
A troupe of kiwi comedians, a DIY wizard and the steepest street in
the world are just some of the unique New Zealand stories to be brought
to the screen for the 2012 New Zealand Young Producer Shorts on BBC
Five talented producers will receive grants to produce their short films as part of the joint
film-making initiative between BBC Knowledge and New Zealand's Screen
Production and Development Association (SPADA). The five films will
premiere on BBC Knowledge on SKY TV later this year.
Now in its second year, the New Zealand Young Producer Shorts invites
local producers under 30 to submit film concepts telling NZ stories
that reflect the spirit of the BBC Knowledge channel - intelligent,
informative, innovative and sometimes irreverent.
The judging panel, consisting of representatives from the NZ
production sector, SPADA, SKY TV and BBC Worldwide, said the entries
were of a remarkably high calibre this year covering an ambitious and
diverse range of subjects.
Deirdre Brennan, General Manager and Director of Channels and Branded Services, Australasia comments:
"We are thrilled to be partnering with SPADA and the New Zealand
production community once again to bring fresh local stories to BBC
Knowledge audiences. There was a significant increase in the volume of
entries this year and it will be a great pleasure to see the final five
evolve. I look forward to seeing them on the channel later this year."
SPADA Chief Executive Penelope Borland added: "We are delighted that
this partnership nurturing young talent has been such a success in its
first year and there has been even more interest this year in this
wonderful opportunity for short-form documentaries by young New Zealand
filmmakers to be screened on BBC Knowledge both in New Zealand and
Heidi O'Loughlin will produce 'Mum I'm off to Melbourne for a laugh'
Synopsis: Four young kiwi comedians travel to the Melbourne International
Comedy Festival in an attempt to find success at Australia's biggest
cultural event of the year, all whilst trying to keep their heads above
water and their friendship in tact.
Catch Heidi in FanFiction Comedy in the 2012 NZ Comedy Festival alongside Rose Matefeo, Tom Furniss, Joesph Moore & Steven Boyce.