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Moana Pasifika Producers Development Initiative

  • Are you an emerging Moana Pasifika screen producer based in New Zealand?

  • Are you looking to advance your screen production practice?

  • Do funding bodies make your knees weak?

  • Are you trying to make sense of the Producorial process? 

Pacific Islands Screen Artists (PISA) has an exciting opportunity just for you!

Programme Overview:

The Moana Pasifika Producers Development Initiative is an initiative funded by the New Zealand Film Commission that aims to provide emerging Moana Pasifika screen producers with the skills, knowledge, and networks to develop and produce compelling content for New Zealand's screen industry. Our vision is to implement impactful change to New Zealand’s screen sector by increasing and developing the number of competent Pacific Islands creative practitioners. Through a series of consecutive fono, coupled with a 4-month mentorship, participants will cover the producer-specific knowledge to upskill and springboard their careers, enabling them to better understand, safely navigate and feel confident to contribute to New Zealand’s screen sector. 

Programme Highlights:

Using a Pacific approach to content creation, you’ll learn:

  • How to champion Pacific story and screen business 

  • An introduction to Producing 

  • The value of your brand

  • The bones of your project, from development to delivery 

  • Screen products, with a particular focus on short form

  • Key pathways in the screen sector

  • Proposals and how to effectively communicate your project

Programme Dates:

Fono dates: 28th, 29th, 30th June 2024

Mentorship: August - November 2024 (x4 online sessions)


Fee: There are zero application or programme fees associated with the Moana Pasifika Producers Development Initiative. This programme is fully funded by the NZ Film Commission. Note: Travel assistance will be available for participants based outside of Auckland, if needed.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to emerging Moana Pasifika Screen producers

  • Must be based in New Zealand

  • Must be able to commit to the programmes full dates


Given the initiative is producer-specific, we encourage applications from individuals with a screen producing focussed practice or background and  in the emerging space. 



With regards to this initiative, by definition ‘emerging’ encompasses all individuals who have produced short form content for screen, online or social media platforms. This includes both formally funded settings, like Kōpere Hau - Fresh Shorts, and equally, informal spaces not limited to 48 Hours, University short film projects, and/or passion projects. If you’re unsure please send us an email or attend our Q&A (Details below). 


How to Apply:

To apply for the programme, please fill out and complete this form to submit your application. The required application information includes:

  • A brief biography outlining your experience and background in screen production.

  • A project proposal (max 2 pages) for a short form screen project you are currently developing or planning to develop.

  • A 2 min video statement explaining why you should be selected for this programme).

  • Limited to one application per person.


Application Deadline:

Sunday 26th May, 2024, 5pm (NZT)

Selection Process:

Applicants will be selected based on their experience (2 points), statement of intent (2 points) and proposal (1 point). Successful applicants will be notified from Monday 10th June, 2024.


Programme Location:

Fono: Auckland

Mentorship: Online

*For successful applicants outside of Auckland, travel and accommodation will be provided.


Contact Information:

For more information or inquiries, please contact PISA at 



Join our Q&A:

Have more questions? Join our Moana Pasifika Producers Development Initiative Q&A - an online Q&A about the programme, the application process and requirements will be held Wednesday 8th May, 6:30pm, with our programme team. Register early via to secure your spot!

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