Wave Communications principal Tui Ruwhiu first trained as a script reader on the UK’s Script Factory course, run by The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC).
He went on to mentor with Australian writer and script editor Keith Thompson (The Sapphires) on the Script to Screen/NZFC First Feature Film Lab, working with emerging New Zealand screenwriters.
In 2014 Tui secured one of only two script editor positions on the 9-month Script to Screen FilmUp Mentorship programme, working with acting coach and script editor Brita McVeigh.
As a script editor and producer, Tui is currently working with a number of New Zealand writers developing feature film screenplays.
Tui is currently writing the feature film VAKA with colleagues Brad Haami and Maile Daugherty with development funding from the Motion Picture Association/Asia Pacific Screen Awards Academy Film Fund. They received one of only four awards made out of over 60 applications from the Asia Pacific region.
Tui has an extensive background in short film as an Executive Producer for the NZFC short Film Fund for 2010 – 2012. He has been a short film lab mentor, reader, as well as writer, director and producer. Tui’s latest short film Pumanawa: The Gift, which he produced with NZFC funding via the Nga Aho Whakaari Aho Shorts Initiative, has achieved festival success in every major indigenous film festival or programme domestically and internationally.
Tui most enjoys working with writers starting from the genesis of an idea and developing it through to a screenplay. He is equally comfortable though at coming in at any stage, from idea, synopsis or treatment to existing draft.
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