McKenzie Chosen for Canterbury Screen Story Incubator 2023

DEGANZ member Fiona McKenzie (Incubator 2022) has been selected for this year’s Waitaha Canterbury Screen Story Incubator with her new feature film Caroline.

The Waitaha Canterbury Screen Story Incubator is a programme organised by Script to Screen and Te Puna Matarau. It aims to support filmmakers from the Canterbury region, helping them develop projects and advance their careers. 

Five teams were selected, consisting of three series, a feature film, and a narrative-driven video game. Fiona’s project is the only feature-length film selected. Participants will attend three workshops from July to September and receive advice from filmmaking practitioners regarding their project’s specific needs.

Jackie Dennis, Executive Director of Script to Screen, warmly welcomed projects for this year. She commented:

The selected projects are exciting. They include a love letter to rock music culture and the trans community, an animated family adventure, a recluse living in the Southern Alps, and two comedies – a feature set in 1975 and a series that unfolds on a road trip.

Based in Christchurch now, Fiona started as a writer and field director for TVNZ in Dunedin. Later, she moved to Auckland and trained as a Drama Director with South Pacific Pictures before going freelance. She’s directed a variety of genres and forms, including documentary, sketch comedy, drama, and multicam. Her latest short film Peninsula premiered at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in 2021 and won the “Let’s Include” section at the Academy Award-qualifying Bengaluru International Short Film Festival, India.

We are wishing all the best for Fiona’s project!

Last updated on 28 June 2023