WIFT NZ News (8)


Only five days to go until the Gender Pay Gap Survey closes!

Only five days to go until the Gender Pay Gap Survey closes!

Posted Tuesday 09 Aug 2022

Do your bit to decrease the gender pay gap! If you haven't already, please take our latest survey - you will be helping untold screen industry women who earn significantly less than men. 

All three surveys will close on Sunday 14 August. The relevant collated, non-identifiable, results will be shared with the industry, particularly the…

WIN: double passes to A Stitch In Time

WIN: double passes to A Stitch In Time

Posted Tuesday 09 Aug 2022

A Stitch In Time is a heart-warming story about former dressmaker Liebe (played by 88-year-old actor Maggie Blinco, The Nightingale, Crocodile Dundee), who reinvents herself after befriending young Chinese Australian fashion designer Hamish (Hoa Xuande: Top of The Lake, Hungry Ghosts).

When Liebe’s partner Duncan (founding frontman of Little River Band Glenn Shorrock) loses his…

WIFT NZ member profile: Renae Maihi

WIFT NZ member profile: Renae Maihi

Posted Tuesday 09 Aug 2022

Renae Maihi (Ngāpuhi and Te Arawa) is one of the writers and directors of the powerful New Zealand/Australian coproduction We Are Still Here.

Drawing together filmmakers from both countries, We Are Still Here is a unique Indigenous film that interweaves eight tales to tell a sweeping story of hope and survival. The film traverses 1000…

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Apply now! Screenwriter-only feature film script development grants

Apply now! Screenwriter-only feature film script development grants

Posted Monday 08 Aug 2022

Round 2 of the NZWG Seed grants is open! These grants allow writers to be innovative, brilliant, and to create something they own. The writer is the rights holder, and not working with a producer in early development.

The Seed Advanced pathway is aimed at reducing competition in the Seed pathway, by separating emerging writers…

Upcoming NZ On Air funding deadline

Upcoming NZ On Air funding deadline

Posted Tuesday 12 Jul 2022

The deadline is September, but don't leave it until the last minute for your application for NZ On Air funding. We're letting you know nice an early so you can be prepared.

Deadline: 4pm 29 September 2022 / Decisions: 30 November 2022

For Factual: General audiences

For Scripted: General audiences

Remember you'll need to register…

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Why are there so few women in animation?

Why are there so few women in animation?

Posted Tuesday 09 Aug 2022

It took until Frozen in 2013 for a woman to direct (even)a Disney princess movie. Jennifer Lee, who is now the chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios, helmed the hugely successful franchise and Frozen won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. 

Well, that's one woman. In this enlightening article on Slashfilm.com, Kayleigh…

Find out the 2022 Genres and Elements for this year's 48Hours

Find out the 2022 Genres and Elements for this year's 48Hours

Posted Tuesday 09 Aug 2022

All will be revealed between 6.30pm - 7pm on Friday 12 August on the 48Hours YouTube livestream

Good luck to all our members who are involved! 

And homai te paki paki to Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga / The New Zealand Film Commission which is helping celebrate the 48Hours 20th Anniversary by offering the Grand Final…

How do you REALLY feel about the screen industry?

How do you REALLY feel about the screen industry?

Posted Tuesday 09 Aug 2022

Showtools is doing its annual anonymous Screen Industry Health Check survey, so here's your chance to have your say! How do you feel about the screen guilds and other screen organisations? The funding agencies? The film schools? The industry in general? Your opinions and your voice matters. Do the industry and yourself a long-term favour…