The WIFT NZ Awards is an event designed to celebrate the achievements of women in the industry, provide a special networking opportunity, and act as a source of fundraising for the ongoing work of the organisation. It has become renowned for quality, affordability and great celebration and fun.
The biennial Awards are attended by a mixed audience of leading industry practitioners, friends and supporters, and currently enjoy sponsorship support from South Pacific Pictures, Great Southern Film & Television, Images & Sound, Fulcrum Media Finance, Queenstown Camera Company, Professional Lighting Services, Te Māngai Pāho, Imagezone, the Tautai Pacific Arts Trust, the Weta Group and SAE Creative Media Institute.
There are now 11 awards presented by sponsors and/or special guests during the evening for success in film, television, screen business, and craft, alongside up-and-coming and senior industry champions. Previous winners include Niki Caro, Ngila Dickson, Robyn Malcolm, Rachel Lang, Rhonda Kite, Janine Morrell-Gunn, Chloe Smith, Robin Scholes, Robin Laing, Jane Wrightson and Kelly Martin.
The next awards will be held in 2024, with a call for entries going out mid-2023. The WIFT NZ AWARDS Categories for 2024 are:
This award recognises significant achievement with a short or feature film released in the last three years locally and/or internationally. This award can be won more than once. To be eligible, film(s) associated with the nominee must have been released between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2023 and had some measurable impact. Particular weighting will be given to positive critical reception, box office success and international profile and achievement.
This award recognises exceptional talent in a woman under 30 years old working in the New Zealand screen industry. As WIFT is a pan-industry organisation this talent may be in any field, whether behind or in front of the camera.
This award recognises a woman with an emerging body of work who shows the potential to have a significant career in the industry.
This award recognises exceptional business achievement and is given to a woman who has demonstrated business acumen and entrepreneurial vision in establishing a sustainable financial enterprise, contributing to the future health and viability of the New Zealand film and television industry.
Particular weighting will be given to evidence of a sound business approach, international presence and activity, and significant turnover with leveraged investment in product that delivers sustainability.
This award recognises a woman who has had a significant impact or achievement in any aspect of TV or Digital media between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2023. This award can be won more than once.
This award honours long-term contributions behind the scenes, which ensure successful projects and provide essential support to colleagues. This award can only be won once.
Particular weighting will be given to women who are generally ineligible for other Awards but whose work is critical to achievement, and to women who have demonstrated collegial support for other women in the industry.
This award honours a production company or individual whose work makes a significant contribution to the increased use and knowledge of Te Reo Māori me ngā tikanga.
Particular weighting will be given to creative approaches and/or to innovative programming which has a measurable impact on the profile of Māori on screen.
This award recognises an outstanding contribution by a Moana Pasifika woman in any field in the Aotearoa/New Zealand screen industry. It's a new award and we're proud to offer it with the support of the Tautai Pacific Arts Trust.
This award recognises outstanding achievement in craft in film, TV or digital media production, between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2023, especially those working in the more traditionally male-dominated sectors, e.g. camera, sound, lighting, grips, stunt work, set design.
NB This is not an award for post-production. There is a separate award for post.
This award recognises outstanding achievement in creativity in post-production in film, TV or digital media from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2023. Nominee job titles include: Editor, Colourist, Sound Editor, ADR Recordist, VFX Artist, VFX Supervisor, VFX Editor, Animator, Compositor.
This award honours long-term outstanding work, generous support for others, and commitment to the growth of the industry both professionally and personally. This award can only be won once.