The purpose of WIFT NZ is to ensure women are welcomed, supported and thriving in an equitable screen industry.
WIFT NZ, Women in Film and Television Incorporated, is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to delivering education, professional development, networking and support services to women and others working in film, television and associated industries.
WIFT NZ is part of an established international network of over 50 WIFT and WIFT-partner chapters worldwide, representing more than 20,000 members. WIFT Wellington started in 1993, followed by WIFT Auckland in 1995 and WIFT Christchurch in 1996. In 2009 the regional chapters merged to become WIFT NZ. A full history of the early years of WIFT in New Zealand is available here.
WIFT NZ's aims are to provide information and career support; to offer an educational forum; to promote and safeguard the interests of women in film and television; to recognise women's achievements in the industry; and to build capacity and benefit the screen industry as a whole.
To achieve these aims, WIFT NZ runs a full and varied programme of workshops and events; a varied range of purchasing discounts; issues a regular newsletter; and provides networking, information and support services.
The organisation is overseen by a national board. Day-to-day operations and activities are managed and delivered by the WIFT NZ office, staffed by an executive director and part-time staff.
Distinguished screen woman Philippa Boyens serves as WIFT NZ Patron.