Mentor

Catherine Fitzgerald

Film Producer and Script Consultant

BLUESKIN FILMS LTD and CATHERINE FITZGERALD: Producer
Catherine’s extensive experience as a script consultant and dramaturge, film funding executive, film and broadcasting policy consultant, documentary producer/director, educational technologist, academic and Film Festival manager led her to establish Blueskin Films Ltd in mid 2002.

Filmography
Producer – TV  (Feature length commissioned  documentary)
He Kūaka Mārangaranga (in post production)
Director Nancy Brunning – celebrating the contribution of Don Selwyn to Māori drama

Co-producer (feature film) – in release
Rain of the Children (2008)
A documentary Directed by Vincent Ward, Forward Films Ltd, produced by Vincent Ward, Marg Slater and Tainui Stephens, Iwi Co-Producer Nancy Kēro Tait
World Premiere Sydney Film Festival In Competition 2008

Producer (Digital Feature Film)
Event 16 (premiered 2006 35th Telecom Wellington Film Festival distributed in NZ and Australia by Arkles Entertainment Ltd, in Japan by AMG Ltd)
Produced, Written and Directed by Derek Pearson a sci fi digital fx film

Producer: Short Films
Turangawaewae (premiered Official Selection Cannes 2003 over 25 Festivals, 5 prizes)
Director Peter Burger Writer Wiremu Grace
Two Cars, One Night (Premiered Official Selection Sundance 2004, Academy Award Nominee 2005 over 30 festivals, and over 12 prizes )
Director and writer Taika Waititi
The Little Things (premiered Official Selection Berlin 2005, Jury prize, over 15 Festivals)
Director and writer Reina Webster
Kerosene Creek (premiered Official Selection Berlin 2005 over 10 Festivals, 2 prizes)
Director and writer Michael Bennett
Turangawaewae: he korero a documentary, Maori TV
Directed by Ainsley Gardiner

Executive Producer Short Films
A VERY NICE HONEYMOON
Written and directed by Jeff and Phill Simmonds and produced by The Simmonds Brothers Ltd.
Premiered NZ Film Festivals 2006
DEAD LETTERS
Written and directed by Paolo Rotondo and produced by Gemma Gracewood and Fraser Brown of Quarter Acre Pictures Ltd
Premiered Telluride 2006, NZ Film Festivals 2006, Best Script NZ Screen Awards 2006
THE KING BOYS
written and directed by Chris Clark, and produced by Fraser Clark for Chameleon Films Ltd
NZ Film Festivals 2006,
THE LETHAL INNOCENTS
written and directed by Kirsty Cameron, and produced by Michelle Driscoll for MF Films Ltd
NZ Film Festivals 2007
THE WORD….:
Written and directed by Quentin Parr and produced by Simon Ranginui of Revolution Productions Ltd.
NZ Film Festivals 2007
JOURNEY TO IHIPA
written by Vicki-Anne Heikell, and directed by Nancy Brunning, and produced by Makerita Urale
NZ Film Festivals 2008

Post Production Consultant short films
BLUE WILLOW
Written and directed by Veialu Aila Unsworth – Berlin 2006
AS DREAMS ARE MADE ON
Written and directed by Gabriel Reid – Melbourne 2004
Director’s Assistant and Post Production Supervisor
In My Father’s Den written and directed by Brad McGann produced by Trevor Haysom and Dixie Linder

IN ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT – Feature films

O Le Tulafale (Orator)
Written and to be directed by Tusi T Tamasese
Almost a Million
Written and to be directed by Gillian Ashurst
Firebird
Written by Peter Wells and Christine Parker , to be directed by Christine Parker
Heart of an Angel
Written by Riwia Brown and Tama Poata

Corporate clients include: Creative NZ, Mental Health Commission, NZ Film Festival

RECENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MARKETS

2003    Cannes – Critics Week    – supported by Industry NZ
2005    Berlin International Film Festival    – supported by NZFC
Academy Awards    – supported by Investment NZ
SPAA Fringe – Brisbane    – supported by NZFC
Golden Horse International Film Festival – Taiwan    – supported by MFAT & NZ Cultural Diplomacy programme
2006    Berlin International Film Festival– International Jury Member (Generation section)    By invitation Berlinale
2007    Cannes International Film    – supported by NZFC
No Borders Co-production Market New York    – supported by IFP & NZFC
2008    37 South Melbourne International Film Festival    – supported by NZFC
2009    Cinemart Lab – Rotterdam International Film Festival    – supported by Cinemart  & NZFC

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SELECTIONS

2002    Joan Scheckel 10 day Directors Workshop with Maui 8 Eyes – Kirk Torrance & Vela Manusaute
2003    Arista 6 day residential workshop with Have Car Will Travel – Mitch Tawhi Thomas & Rachel House
2003    Cannes Film Festival Market
2005    Joan Scheckel 10 Day Directors Workshop with Paraffin Child – Simone Horrocks
2005    Arista Script Developers intensive training workshop – Stephen Cleary
2006    Ilann Girard International Masterclass
2007    Ilann Girard Workshop
2009     NZFC “Rewrite” Workshop

INDUSTRY AWARDS
2007    Nominee “EYEWORKS TOUCHDOWN Woman to Watch” WIFT awards”
2008    Nominee  “Great Southern Film and Television Woman to Watch” and “SOUTH PACIFIC PICTURES AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM WIFT Awards”

BLUESKIN FILMS also offers development and production services to other companies.  She is consultant development executive: projects include Patricia Grace’s Cousins, and Simone Horrock’s After the Waterfall (aka Paraffin Child).

She works regularly as a dramaturge (writers include Hone Kouka, Briar Grace Smith, Matt Saville, Whiti Hereaka, Vicki-Anne Heikell, Leilani Unasa, Georgina Titheridge, Kate Morris) with Playmarket, the pre-eminent agency and script advisory service for New Zealand playwrights, as well as production companies such as Taki Rua and Massive, and offers industry assessment and mentoring to degree and post graduate writing students at variously Victoria University of Wellington, Waikato and Otago Universities,  Whitireia and other Polytechnics.

Catherine Fitzgerald has a career long relationship with the NZ Film Festivals and NZ Federation of Film Societies as a national President and Executive member and has served, since 2001, as the Executive Chair of the NZ Film Festival Trust, which stages the Wellington, Auckland and 13 associated NZ regional festivals alongside the World Cinema Showcase in the main NZ centre and other cinema events.

Her other current contributions to the film industry include serving as a Board member of Playmarket, and a member of the WIFT Wellington Executive Committee She has also served as consultant to the NZ Film Commission, te Māngai Pāho, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, SPADA, NZ Qualifications Authority and ITP Quality, the Screen Council and a guest lecturer at a number of script writing and production oriented training programmes.

She served as a Jury Member Berlinale 2006 – (Kinderfest) in February 2006 in Berlin and was invited to represent NZ at the Golden Horse Film Festival’s New Zealand Talent Showcase in Taiwan in November 2005.

She has previously served as a Government appointed Member of the NZ Film Commission (1990-1994) and as Chair of the NZFC Short Film Fund Committee (1991-1995).  Her positions of NZ Film Commission Director of Creative and Industry Development and subsequently Policy and Planning (1995-2000), included directly overseeing the production of well over 60 short films and three micro budget feature films, and the development of NZFC funded feature films, alongside strategic planning, policy, and government compliance responsibilities.

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