Tuesday
21
Mar
2023
In Conversation with Pietra Brettkelly

In Conversation with Pietra Brettkelly

Posted Tuesday 21 Mar 2023

Intrepid, tenacious and dedicated, Pietra Brettkelly is a three-times Oscar selected and Sundance award-winning NZ filmmaker and we're thrilled she's agreed to head south for this documentary-focused workshop in Christchurch.
Pietra's documentary features include Yellow Is Forbidden, A Flickering Truth, Māori Boy Genius, The Art Star And The Sudanese Twins and Beauty Will Save The World. In 2019 she received the inaugural New Zealand Arts Laureate in Documentary, and at the 2020 WIFT NZ Awards, Pietra won the South Pacific Pictures Award for Achievement in Film "for creating unique, intimate, beautiful cinematic works that open a window into another world".

Christchurch director Vanessa Wells will facilitate the discussion where Pietra will be shedding light on:

  • Why she chose documentary as the medium for her storytelling; 
  • What makes a great documentary idea;
  • How to craft a powerful narrative within documentary;
  • How to navigate the funding process for documentary projects;
  • How to nurture a sustainable career as a documentary maker.

Pietra and Oscar nominated producer Chelsea Winstanley are running a Boosted campaign for her latest project, Crocodile, a coming-of-age documentary film about a group of Nigerian kids and young adults who are making their own sci-fi feature film. 

Click here to support the Crocodile Boosted campaign 

WIFT NZ members free; non members $15 cash; includes wine and nibbles.

The main entrance is off St Asaph St, but you're welcome to use the back door, off Welles St.

A note on parking: it should be easy on the street at that time of night, but take care of restrictions if you use the Wilsons or High St parking, they can be ruthless with tickets! You could park at the Smiths City park, behind The Welder after hours - but at your own risk.

RSVP essential to office@wiftnz.org.nz

Please note the earlier start time 5:30pm networking for a 6:00pm workshop start.

Date: Tuesday 21 Mar 2023
Location: Attraction Studio, 204 St Asaph St, Christchurch
Time: 5:30pm networking for a 6:00pm start

Tuesday
21
Mar
2023

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Life on the Road: Producing Travel, Adventure and Food Shows with Jon Kroll

We are thrilled to announce this special intensive workshop with Emmy Award-winning TV producer Jon Kroll for our Auckland members! He will also be inviting guest speaker Alexander Ayling, a full-time award-winning filmmaker, content creator, Youtuber, and television host, to share his knowledge inside this seminar.

In this one-day seminar, producer Jon Kroll will take you on a deep dive into the world of international factual production. Jon has worked in more than 70 countries on shows like the Emmy-winning “Amazing Race,” “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted,” “Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins,” “Extraordinary Birder with Christian Cooper” and “Appetite for Adventure with Moe Cason.”

While making these shows can be both fun and rewarding, the execution of them involves unique challenges, including language barriers, currency fluctuations, permitting, equipment carnets, unpredictable weather, insurance, diseases, safety, casting, scouting and travel delays. He’ll take you on a journey from the first network country pitch to the final sound mix, and by the end you’ll be ready to take on the world.

Make the most of this opportunity – Jon has a wealth of knowledge to share and is a fabulous speaker!

Date: Sunday, 14 April

Time:  10am – 4pm

Venue: GridAKL, Level 4, 12 Madden Street, Wynyard Qtr

AUCKLAND

Cost: Members $20.  Non-members $40.  

Coffee, tea and biscuits provided.  Bring your own lunch.

 

Bookings essential to office@wiftnz.org.nz

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Saturday 27 Apr 2024

Producing Travel, Adventure and Food Shows with Jon Kroll

We are thrilled to announce this special intensive workshop with Emmy Award-winning TV producer Jon Kroll including two guest speakers, for our Wellington members!

In this one-day seminar, producer Jon Kroll will take you on a deep dive into the world of international factual production. Jon has worked in more than 70 countries on shows like the Emmy-winning “Amazing Race,” “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted,” “Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins,” “Extraordinary Birder with Christian Cooper” and “Appetite for Adventure with Moe Cason.”

While making these shows can be both fun and rewarding, the execution of them involves unique challenges, including language barriers, currency fluctuations, permitting, equipment carnets, unpredictable weather, insurance, diseases, safety, casting, scouting and travel delays. He’ll take you on a journey from the first network country pitch to the final sound mix, and by the end you’ll be ready to take on the world.

He will also be inviting guest speakers Tara Williams’, the Vice President of Production at Original Productions, and Alexander Ayling, a full-time award-winning filmmaker, content creator, Youtuber, and television host, to share their wealth of knowledge inside this seminar.

Make the most of this opportunity!

Date: Saturday, 27 April

Time:  10am – 4pm

Venue: Massey University, Wellington

Cost: Members $20.  Non-members $40. Massey Students $10.

 Coffee, tea and biscuits provided.  Bring your own lunch.

 

Bookings essential to office@wiftnz.org.nz

 

 

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