Film biz course offered to Kiwis

Program switches from Spain to Southern Hemisphere

AUCKLAND — Kiwi producers will pick the brains of four European producers in a five-day Film Business School this month focusing on financing and the law.

The course, backed by the European Union and organized by Europe’s Media Business School with support from the EU’s Media Plus program, has run in Spain since 1993. This school is the first to be held in the Southern Hemisphere.

The 21 participants include production newcomers and veterans such as Robin Scholes (“Once Were Warriors”) and Philippa Campbell (“Rain”).

Backed by the New Zealand Film Commission, the local Screen Producers and Development Assn. and new industry thinktank the Screen Council, the course offers producers the chance to develop “script-to-screen strategies” guided by professionals working in seminars, workshops and tutorials.

Tutor producers include Austrian-born Karl Baumgartner, whose German production company co-produced Kiwi hit “Whale Rider”; Spanish-born Brit producer Rosa Bosch (“Buena Vista Social Club”); Judy Counihan (“Antonia’s Line”; “No Man’s Land”); and Bertrand Faivre (“Ratcatcher”).

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