Wednesday
29
Sep
2021

POSTPONED: Understanding Film Festivals

Posted Monday 27 Sep 2021

Dues to Covid-19 restrictions, this event has been postponed.

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 - Māoriland
  • 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: Wednesday 29 Sep 2021
Location: TBC
Time: 6pm networking for a 6.30pm sharp start

Wednesday
29
Sep
2021

Upcoming events...

Saturday 30 Oct 2021

POSTPONED: Speed Dating for Writers, Directors & Producers

This event has been postponed again until we have more clarity on Covid-19 Level restrictions.

Here's your opportunity to pitch your ideas and skills to each other! Producers, even if your slate is full, it's always a good idea to meet new talent and 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

Wednesday 24 Nov 2021

Thriving in the South Island

It's a long time since WIFT NZ has enticed Janine Morell-Gunn out of her office to be on a panel so we're delighted she will be sharing her experiences on building a screen industry business in the South Island at our upcoming workshop!
Facilitated by Bree Loverich, Manager of Screen CanterburyNZ, Janine will be joined by three other successful South Island-based women: Amanda Jenkins of AJ Films, Kim Georgine of Cathouse Films, and Anna Canton of Annakey Productions.

WIFT NZ members free; non-members $15 cash at the door (sorry eftpos isn't available).

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

  • What does a sustainable career in the screen sector mean?
  • What type of roles are available to screen contractors in Christchurch?
  • What type of pathways are available into the screen sector?
  • What does development look like?
  • How does diversity and inclusion fit into this sustainability model?
  • What is Christchurch doing to nurture growth in the our local screen industry? What do we need to nurture more?
  • How has COVID changed the industry in Christchurch? How can we manage these changes? 
  • What is coming up for Screen Canterbury?

Delivered in partnership with Screen CanterburyNZ and University of Canterbury

  

About the panellists:

Amanda Jenkins, Line Producer, Producer - AJ Films
For the past 20 years Amanda has been a producer in the international advertising sector working abroad and in New Zealand. Beginning her career as a videographer on Heavenly Creatures and The Frighteners, she trained at TVNZ, and has produced three NZFC short films, one of which - Closer - was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2004 Cannes festival. She has been location manager for When Strangers Appear and location coordinator for Netflix feature The Royal Treatment. Now pivoting back into feature film and documentary, she is in postproduction for 2021 Loading Docs, whilst line producing new feature films in development slated to shoot in the South Island. 

Anna Canton, Creative Producer – Annakey Productions
Anna's short films Gravel 3000 and the award-winning Model 15 have played at local and international festivals, and she is currently co-producing a feature, The Pissy Tits Street Gang, with Nadia Maxwell. Another short, Homecoming, has received Fresh Shorts funding from Script-to-Screen. Anna was also the line producer on the short film The Meek directed by Gillian Ashurst, and she works as a marketing manager, specialising in brand and strategy.

Janine Morell Gunn, Producer - Whitebait Media
Janine Morrell-Gunn is one of New Zealand's leading children's television producers. She began her TV career in 1985 as a trainee director and producer at TVNZ, and went on to become executive producer of TVNZ's Children's Unit. In the late 1990s she formed Whitebait Productions (now Whitebait Media) with her husband Jason Gunn, and by 2009 the company employed 140 staff, and had opened a $7 million studio facility. Whitebait Media revamped New Zealand's longest-running children's programme, What Now?, and has dominated Kiwi children's TV with weekday shows like The Erin Simpson Show and The 4.30 Show.

Kim Georgine, Director – Cat House Films
Kim has worked professionally in film, TV and video production for over 20 years. She is experienced in script reading and coverage, and pitch and proposal writing. Kim is a co-founder of Cathouse Films, which specialises in creating content for business websites, and product/service promotional videos.

Date: Wednesday 24 November 2021
Time: 6pm drinks for a 6.30pm start
Location: John Britten Building - Ground Floor Foyer 69 Creyke Road · University of Canterbury.

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