Understanding Film Festivals

Posted Tuesday 27 Jul 2021

Film festivals have been a vital platform for filmmakers to showcase their stories to international audiences and nurture career connections. How can we make them work for us at all levels of our filmmaking career? Come along to this WIFT NZ workshop and hear the views of our experienced panel.

Facilitator: Robin Laing, Producer
 

Panellists:

  • Anna KalbhennDirector - Goethe-Institut New Zealand, former NATIVe co-curator Berlinale
  • Libby HakaraiaFestival Director - Maoriland
  • Jasmin McSweeneyHead of Marketing, NZ Film Commission
  • Desray ArmstrongProducer, Sandy Lane Productions

Some of the topics and questions the panel will explore are:

  • What is the right festival pathway for my film?
  • How do film festivals choose their film content each year?
  • With the extraordinary growth of subscription-based streaming services such as Netflix, Disney + and Amazon Prime are film festivals still relevant?
  • How are we globally reimagining film festivals in this COVID environment?
  • How does diversity and inclusion fit into film festivals? 

This panel will be followed by a Q&A session. 

Date: 27th May 2020
Location: TBC
Time: 6pm networking for a 6.30pm sharp start

Wednesday
29
Sep
2021
Speed Dating for Writers, Directors & Producers: NOW on 30 October

Speed Dating for Writers, Directors & Producers: NOW on 30 October

Posted Wednesday 01 Sep 2021

This event has been postponed due to Covid 19 restrictions. The new date is 30 October, 2021.

Here is your opportunity to pitch your ideas and skills to each other! Producers, even if your slate is full, it isn’t a waste of time to meet new talent, or hear fresh ideas.

Writers/directors you may attend as a team.

Producers will be split into four groups:

  • Producers, short form
  • Producers, factual / documentary
  • Producers, features / series drama
  • Producers interested in everything

Meetings will be 20 minutes long. At the bell you move on. There will be networking drinks to cap off the day!

Cost: WIFT and NZWG members $5; non-members $10 (tea and coffee included. There will be a lunch break so you can skip up to Ponsonby Road to buy your lunch, or bring your own.)

Click here to book your tickets

Enquiries to office@wiftnz.org.nz

Date: 27th May 2020
Location: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby
Time: 10am-3:30pm

Saturday
30
Oct
2021

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Programme is brought to you with generous support from the NZ Film Commission and Foundation North.