This document outlines the proposal and timeline to merge WIFT Auckland and WIFT Wellington, resulting in the creation of WIFT NZ.
This timeline, researched and written by Helen Martin, traces the history of Women in Film and Television, from the establishment of WIF in Los Angeles in 1973, through the founding of WIFT Wellington in 1994, to the tenth anniversary of WIFT Auckland in 2005.
This recent Film Industry Study by Dr. Martha Lauzen, a professor at San Diego State University, details the small - and in some fields declining - proportion of women directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on American films.
Following on from the WIFT Documentary Hui in 2007, Creative NZ and NZFC commissioned a report researching New Zealand’s independent documentary sector. The report identifies current barriers and opportunities and presents the views of documentary makers on ways to support the career paths of those in the sector and enhance documentary making opportunities in New Zealand.
In 2009, the NZ Government announced a review of the New Zealand Film Commission to be led by New Zealand film-maker Peter Jackson and David Court, Head of Screen Business at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School. WIFT NZ was one of 57 submitters whose submissions to the review team cam be read in this document.
WIFT NZ collaborated with SPADA, SDGNZ, NZWG and NAW in a working group, which worked together to created an industry response to the review of the NZ Film Commission.
This article by Marian Evans examines the issues affecting women in film in New Zealand.
Marian Evans completed her PhD, Development: Opening space for New Zealand women's participation in scriptwriting for feature films? in 2009. Having found that New Zealand women writers' and directors' participation in feature filmmaking is very low, Marian is using her thesis screenplay – Development – to test an alternative feature film production pathway. She hopes that this project, when completed, will provide a useful model for other women storytellers.
This article by Marian Evans examines the statistics underlying women's participation in the Fresh Shorts scheme.