Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa, ngā kaimahi, ngā ringawera o te ao pāpāho, kiriata Māori hoki.

Tenei te karanga kia koutou e hiahia ana ki te whai matauranga mō tenei mahi o te Kaihautu, te Kaiwhakaputa rānei o te papa whakaata.

One of our key commitments as an organisation is to develop the next wave of industry heavyweights who will bring about projects that empower our communities and contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Aotearoa. 

Ngā Aho Whakaari, PASC (Pan-Asian Screen Collective) and members of the Pasifika screen community have come together to address the need for more culturally diverse producers in our film industry. This Māori, Asian and Pasifika partnership has resulted in The MAP Screen Development: Producer Training course. 

This course seeks to take producers from our communities to the next level. By taking part, you will be provided with an intensive programme that builds capacity through the guidance of international and local industry experts. 

Are you ready to shape your future as a producer? 

  • Do you want to create ambitious screen content with high quality production values? 
  • Are you keen to develop and produce feature films and drama series? 
  • Do you have the drive and tenacity to lead a project from inception through completion?
  • Are you a Māori, Pasifika or Pan-Asian producer who wants to create a sustainable career as a producer?
  • Can you commit to at least three hours of workshops and mentoring sessions a month?

If you are a producer who identifies as Māori, Pasifika or Pan-Asian, with credible producing experience and a slate of projects in development, then this bespoke training programme may be right for you. The programme is led by Sue Maslin and David Court from Australia’s prestigious Compton School, along with leading producers from our screen communities. Spaces are limited to 12 people so a commitment to attend every workshop is essential. MAP is supported by the New Zealand Film CommissionNew Zealand On Air and Te Māngai Pāho.

MAP Producer Training
MAP Producer Training is a collaboration between Ngā Aho Whakaari (NAW), the Pan-Asian Screen Collective (PASC) and the Pasifika Screen Community. This series of intensive online workshops runs from May through November 2020. The programme is designed to provide you with tools and knowledge tailored to your individual needs. The sessions will cover the A-Z of producing from concept and development through distribution and marketing.  

The classes are taught by world class industry experts, senior producers and subject specialists, with real-world advice, case studies and information. You’ll learn alongside a group of selected peers from the Māori, Pasifika and Pan-Asian communities, supported by culturally-specific kaupapa. 

You’ll learn how to:

  • create a sustainable production business 

  • develop a successful slate of projects 

  • own your intellectual property (IP)

  • generate income from fees and sales

  • understand your potential as a producer by identifying your purpose, goals, strengths and weaknesses

  • manage the script development process, build creative teams and manage personnel

  • develop skills and knowledge about casting, production, marketing, legal and insurance issues

  • finance and fund projects

  • identify financing avenues, funding bodies and other fiscal mechanisms within the industry

  • be eligible for a minimum development grant of $1,000 on completion of the programme. 


Course Structure 

The course will include:

  • interactive workshop sessions every week, delivered online starting Wednesday 20 May 2020

  • fortnightly 90 minute webinars

  • monthly small group mentor sessions

  • guest speakers from our screen communities.

  • pitching your slate of projects to funders, financiers, platforms and commissioners. 


    Weekly workshops and small group mentor sessions culminating in a two-day marketing and pitching workshop.

    An online workshop, small group mentor session or online MAP Zui (Zoom Hui) seminar is scheduled every week starting Wednesday 20 May 2020, ending Wednesday 4 November 2020. A post-production workshop is scheduled for Wednesday 18 November at an Auckland post-production facility.

    The course culminates in an intensive two-day workshop  on Sunday 22 – Monday 23 November focusing on marketing and pitching to funders, commissioners and platforms. An individualised plan of next steps completes the wrap.

    Out-of-Aucklanders will be eligible for a travel subsidy. 

    Workshops: All Zoom sessions are 90 minutes in duration scheduled fortnightly for 7pm-8.30pm on a Wednesday

    Small Group Mentor sessions: All Zoom sessions are 60 minutes in duration scheduled once a month for 6pm-7pm or 7.30pm-8.30pm on a Wednesday or Thursday (once accepted we’ll discuss your preferred time).

    MAP Zuis (Zoom Hui) featuring a special guest – 60 minutes in duration scheduled for 7pm-8.00pm on a Wednesday.

    Attendance at the Online Workshops and Small Group Mentor sessions is essential. 


DATES (online to 12 November/ in-person 18 Nov, 21-22 Nov): 

Workshop #1: Mihimihi Introduction – Wed 20 May 7pm (90 mins)

Workshop #2: Pitch – Thur 21 May 7pm (90 mins)

Small group mentor session #1 – Wed 27 or Thur 28 May /6pm or 7.30pm (60 mins)

Workshop #3: The Big Picture – Thur 4 Jun 7pm (90 mins)

Small group mentor session #2 – Wed 10 or Thur 10 June /6pm or 7.30pm (60 mins)

Workshop #4: Creative Producing – Wed 17 Jun 7pm (90 mins)

Workshop #5: Personal Branding – Wed 1 Jul 7pm (90 mins)

Workshop #6: Strategic Choice – Wed 15 Jul 7pm (90 mins)

Small group mentor session #3 – Wed 22 or Thur 23 July /6pm or 7.30pm (60 mins)

Workshop #7: Script Development – Wed 29 Jul 7pm (90 mins)

Small group mentor session #4 – Wed 5 or Thur 6 Aug /6pm or 7.30pm (60 mins)

Workshop #8: Project + Business – Wed 12 Aug 7pm (90 mins)

Workshop #9: Case Study – Wed 26 Aug 7pm (90 mins)

Workshop #10: Finance Plans – Wed 9 Sep 7pm (90 mins)

Small group mentor session #5 – Wed 16 or Thur 17 Sep /6pm or 7.30pm (60 mins)

Workshop #11: Audiences – Wed 23 Sep 7pm (90 mins)

Workshop #12: Scheduling & Budgeting – Wed 7 Oct 7pm (90 mins)

Small group mentor session #6 – Wed 14 or Thur 15 October /6pm or 7.30pm (60 mins)

Workshop #13: Casting – Wed 21 Oct 7pm (90 mins)

Workshop #14: Production – Wed 4 Nov 7pm (90 mins)

Small group mentor session #7 – Wed 14 or Thur 15 October /6pm or 7.30pm (60 mins)

Workshop #15: Post-Production – Wed 18 Nov 7pm (90 mins) – at an Auckland post-production house (in-person)

Workshop #16A: Marketing & Distribution/ Pitching & Persuasion – Sunday 22 Nov 9am-4pm (Auckland in person)

Workshop #16B: Pitch to Funders & Commissioners/ Next Steps – Monday 9am – 4pm (Auckland in person)


Produced by Ngā Aho Whakaari, PASC and the Pasifika Screen Community.