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AMP Scholarships helps NZ film-maker go global

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Wednesday 8 August, 2012

AMP Scholarships helps NZ film-maker go global

Joe Hitchcock, a passionate NZ film-maker, was recognised by AMP in 2006 for his determination to succeed on an international level. With the financial support of an AMP Scholarship, Joe was able to devote himself to his professional development within the film industry and begin to make his dreams a reality.

Since receiving his scholarship, Joe has been invited to work on global scale films such as Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Avatar, which would not have been possible otherwise.

“With the scholarship I was able to afford resources for my film which allowed it to compete with professional productions and travel to festivals around the world. When my short film screened at the New Zealand short film festival "Show Me Shorts" I was nominated for "best director" along with some of the best directors in the country. This catapulted my abilities onto a global scale, opening countless doors.” Joe is directing and working on a new feature length film Penny Black, this New Zealand independent film is currently being shot throughout the North Island.

Kiwis wanting to share their enthusiasm and passion for their chosen ‘thing’ are being called to apply today for an AMP Scholarship with over $200,000 in funding available.

Joe encourages others to enter this year, stating “AMP Scholarships is unique because you can apply for funding for anything you are passionate about. You don't have to tick boxes for a funding agency, or modify your project to work for someone else. It's about pursuing passions and achieving things you might not otherwise be able to.”

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AMP is dedicated to granting Kiwis the ability to do their thing, and have helped the dreams and desires of over 130 New Zealanders come to life with more $1.5 million in funding being distributed over the past 14 years.

AMP is preparing for another round of inspiring applicants this year as talent from around the country raise their hands for recognition for doing great things.

Applications are open until August 31, 2012. Visit or for more information and to apply.

In 2012 there are four scholarship categories, including:

AMP National Scholarships – Open to any NZ citizens or permanent residents who are committed to achieving their dream

Adviser Business Scholarships – 12 AMP aligned adviser businesses across the country are also offering more than $100,000 in scholarships

AMP Study Start Scholarship – $15,000 for one Year 12 or 13 student towards their tertiary studies

People’s Choice Scholarship– All applicants are eligible for a further $10,000 as voted by New Zealanders on from September 1, 2012.


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