WIFT NZ News (9)


Muru is New Zealand's Academy Awards contender!

Muru is New Zealand's Academy Awards contender!

Posted Wednesday 05 Oct 2022

A big congratulations to the team of the action drama Muru, which includes WIFT members producer Selina Joe and line producer Liz DiFiore. Written and directed by Tearepa Kahi, Muru has been selected as New Zealand’s contender for the 2023 Academy Awards Best International Feature Film category. 

Inspired by actual events, Muru tells the story…

WIFT NZ has moved!

WIFT NZ has moved!

Posted Tuesday 04 Oct 2022

That's right, we're now in Click Studios building 2, at 525 Rosebank Rd, Avondale, Auckland
The studios here have facilities for content creation including photo/video studio, audio recording rooms, AR/VR and emerging tech equipment, as well as meet-up spaces, offices, meeting rooms and hot desks. It's 10 minutes from the city centre, close to the…

International Emmy nomination for Rūrangi

International Emmy nomination for Rūrangi

Posted Tuesday 04 Oct 2022

Congratulations to the team of Rūrangi for its International Emmy Award Nominee for best shortform series! 

Rūrangi's producer is WIFT member Craig Gainsborough, Renee Sheridan and Ramon Te Wake are in the cast, Melissa Nickerson is a co-producer, Kate McGill is casting director, and Brough Johnson is an editor. 

The nomination is for the first…

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Māoriland Film Festival open for submissions

Māoriland Film Festival open for submissions

Posted Tuesday 04 Oct 2022

Showcase your film and interactive media work at what has become the largest presenter of Indigenous screen content in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in Otaki, the Māoriland Film Festival 2023 runs from March 15 - 19. 

To be eligible to submit your film, an Indigenous person must be credited in a key creative role. Māoriland…

Deadline looming for Kōpere Hou - Fresh Shorts applications

Deadline looming for Kōpere Hou - Fresh Shorts applications

Posted Monday 19 Sep 2022

You have until 1pm, Monday 10 October to get your funding applications in! Kōpere Hou - Fresh Shorts is open for applications that are live-action, animation or documentary projects between four and 25 minutes. The programme's aim is to nurture, challenge, and inspire short filmmaking talent through a development and industry mentoring process.

Six teams will…

Apply now for Kōpere Ake - Series Development Funding for Screenwriters

Apply now for Kōpere Ake - Series Development Funding for Screenwriters

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2022

NZWG developed Kōpere Ake in partnership with NZ On Air as a fund for writers only and to provide development funding for quality, premium series proposals and pilot script development. 

The deadline to apply is midday on 28 October 2022.

Grants will be announced 20 January.

Kōpere Ake Structure

In 2022, the Kōpere Ake pilot…

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Save the Date for the SPADA Summit

Save the Date for the SPADA Summit

Posted Tuesday 04 Oct 2022

Get ready to discuss the key industry issues, celebrate achievements, share experiences and enjoy yourself at the 2022 Screen Production and Development Association Summit on Friday 25 November. 

The one-day SPADA Summit will host industry panels addressing the major topics, along with longer breaks designed to allow space for conversation and connection.  

The date has…

Book now for Show Me Shorts opening nights

Book now for Show Me Shorts opening nights

Posted Tuesday 04 Oct 2022

Check out the new trailer for this year's Show Me Shorts Festival, lovingly crafted by Gina Dellabarca, Jack Nicol and the Department of Post

Then, once your appetite for short films has been whetted, grab your tickets to an opening night event! These are always popular (because they're so much fun!) which means they often…

Have a grand night out at the 48Hours Grand Finals Awards!

Have a grand night out at the 48Hours Grand Finals Awards!

Posted Tuesday 04 Oct 2022

Expect side-splitting fun and a memorable shared audience experience at this year's Vista Foundation 48Hours Grand Finals! The 15 Grand Finalist Films and the three Sir Peter Jackson Wildcards will be announced at this event which showcases the crème de la crème of films from the 2022 competition.

Other awards that will interest you are…