Last Minute Reminder - Tonight 14 December: Join WIFT and Our Interns for a Party and Drinks

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Don't forget that tonight is the WIFT Auckland Christmas Party and Interns Screening at the Classic Comedy Club. We've had the most awesome interns this year, and this is our way to celebrate their achievements and end the year with a festive get together. Th…


Rachel Gardner interview on Screentalk

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

WIFT board member Rachel Gardner has worked in the media since 1991, and at the forefront of NZ television production for the past decade. She produces for Great Southern, and runs a significant drama development slate as well as producing and executive producing both film,…


Tauranga Collective Aim to Kick-Start Local Film Industry

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Look out Auckland and Wellington! Fed up with seeing film dollars fly off to the main centres, Joanne Rye-McGregor has made it her mission to boost Tauranga's film industry. With a degree in film-making and directing, she's got the expertise; but this is one job…


Kaitangata Twitch finalist at Kidscreen

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

The New Zealand family mystery-thriller Kaitangata Twitch, which screened on Māori Television earlier this year, has been selected as a finalist at the Kidscreen Awards in the Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series Family Category. The winners will be announced at a high-profile presentation in New…


Trigger Films Giveaway

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Thanks to Trigger Films, we have five double passes to give away to the film Desert Flower, based on Waris Dirie's worldwide bestseller!

Born into a family of goat-herding nomads, Waris Dirie's fascinating path would take her from the Northeast African deserts to the world's…


David Carson-Parker Embassy Scriptwriting Prize Awarded to Maya Hammarsal

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

We were pleased to learn that WIFT member Maya Hammarsal picked up the David-Carson Parker Embassy Scriptwriting Prize last week. The prize is given out annually to the writer of the best folio project in the Scriptwriting major of the MA in Creative Writing at…


Two NZ Short Films Selected For Sundance

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Late last week, it was announced that two New Zealand short films, Ebony Society and Redemption, had been selected for Sundance, one of the top festivals in the US. This year the festival's short film programme comprises 81 short films from the USA and international…


Animal Kingdom's Jacki Weaver Talks Roles and Accolades

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

We all know older actresses have it tougher than their male counterparts when it comes to finding juicy roles later in their career. And then when the plum roles do some along, there's always the danger of being typecast.

Veteran Australian actress Jacki Weaver just…


Asian Film Awards Appoints New Woman Director

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

The Asian Film Awards (AFA), hosted in Hong Kong each March to coincide with Filmart and the HK Film Festival, has appointed Ms HO Yuet-fung as director. Ms Ho is already in post. She's probably not a familiar name, but comes to the job w…


Femmes Rule The Roost at Gotham Awards

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

The 20th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards held recently were a triumph for women filmmakers. Debra Granik's Winter's Bone received this year's Gotham award for Best Feature, while Laura Poitras' The Oath won best documentary. (The Oath was actually funded by the Gucci Tribeca Docume…


Guardian Interview With Sofia Coppola

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Sofia Coppola's new film Somewhere is about a man who's lost in the movie business - until he rediscovers his daughter. The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw asks "Is it at all autobiographical?"

Coppola's fourth film, and her first for four years, it tells the story of…


The Controversy Over Angelina Jolie's Directorial Debut

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Melissa Silverstein at Women and Hollywood writes in a recent article of the furore that's been kicked up over Angelina Jolie's latest project - which happens to be her debut as a director. Jolie has been in Europe over the last couple of months filmin…


Toronto WIFT Announces Departure of Executive Director Sadia Zaman

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

From our sister organisations overseas - Women in Film & Television Toronto (WIFT-T) have announced that Executive Director Sadia Zaman is leaving the organization to join the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in the newly-created role of Director, CBC Centres.

"It has been very fulfill…


Helen Mirren Blasts Industry Sexism

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Helen Mirren has been using her now substantial clout to lambast the sexist Hollywood industry. At a recent ceremony honouring the 100 most powerful women in entertainment - an annual league table drawn up by industry daily the Hollywood Reporter - Mirren had a …


Accolades keep Coming For Boy

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Last week's Visa Entertainment Awards were another triumph for the team behind Boy, with the film picking up the Best Film award to add to its award collection. You can watch the team's  acceptance speech h…


Few Cite Movie Locations as Reason to Travel

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

A recent NZ Herald article suggests that the Lord of the Rings effect might not have been as significant as we think. According to former Screen Council head Tim Thorpe, "Film tourism (ie tourism influenced by film production and exhibition) is an established fact,…


A Quick Look At Broadcasting Standards Authority Stats

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

If you've ever wondered how many decisions the Broadcasting Standards Authority make in a year, their latest bulletin has the figures. A quick survey of these reveals that it's the news that drives most people to make complaints.

Apparently the BSA issued 193 decisio…


Documentary Edge Festival 2011 Dates/Venues confirmed

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Out this week was confirmation that the 6th edition of Documentary Edge Festival will be held in 2011 at the following centres and venues.

Auckland: 16 Feb-6 Mar at Event Cinemas (Newmarket), Academy Cinemas (CBD) and Victoria Picture Palace (Devonport).

Wellington: 10-27 Mar at Angelika…


Documentary Edge Campus Work In Progress

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Documentary Edge Campus is New Zealand's first resource centre / library for documentary films and other documentary materials. The Campus is currently in development and it will be open to the public next year in March.

In its first stage, the Campus will offer 4…


China's Aftershock takes Big Prizes At APSA Awards

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

China's biggest ever box office success, Tangshan dadizheng/Aftershock, left the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) the big winner the other night, clutching the goings for Best Film and Best Actor. Unfortunately Boy and Home By Christmas left without winning their 'Best' categories, although Tony …


$100k of Film Grants Given Out at APSA

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Four script development grants totalling $US100,000 to filmmakers from the Asia Pacific region were recently announced at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The grants are the first to be offered by the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, a new initiative of the Asia Pacific Sc…


Fresh Shorts Green Lights 16 Low Budget Short Films

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

The NZ Film Commission has announced 16 low budget short films selected in the inaugural Fresh Shorts scheme.

The NZFC has offered eight grants of $10,000 and eight grants of $30,000 to shoot and complete low budget short films with durations between 4-25 minutes. …


Women's Representation at Sundance

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

The Women in Hollywood blog has broken down the proportion of women's films in next year's Sundance Film Fest, reporting that women directed 25% of the films in dramatic and 43% of the films in the documentary competitions respectively.

In the Dramatic Competition category, 16…


A Frank Role Talk By Hilary Swank

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Hilary Swank is another woman who's not afraid to speak her mind in Hollywood. In this video interview conducted by Melissa Silverstein, she holds forth on the topic of strong female rol…


The Ageing Film Audience

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

In another article by Melissa Silverstein, she puts ageing film audiences under the microscope and asks 'what does this mean for women in film?' After all, it's getting harder and harder to attract the younger demographic away from all their other entertainment options. Whereas older…


Julie Taymor Directs Most Expensive Musicial in Broadway History

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Well here's a nice piece of news. The other week was the preview of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the US$60 million musical, with songs written by Bono and the Edge (of U2), directed by Julie Taymor. Taymor It's the most expensive Broadway musical ever,…


And Another Award For Boy

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Boy has bagged another award overseas, or at least a half-share in one, sharing the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) special jury award with Kaushik Ganguly's Just Another Love Story.

According to some Indian commentators, IFFI's organisation lived up to its acronym, prompting calls…


Bret McKenzie and Hamish Blake to star in Two Little Boys

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Trigger Films has announced that comedians Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Concords) and Hamish Blake (Hamish and Andy) are confirmed to star in the comedy Two Little Boys, which will begin filming in Southland in January 2011. The film will be directed by Robert Sarkies…


Becoming An Artist

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Yes, okay, so it might be primarily aimed at visual artists, but a recent article by The Learning Connexion's Jonathan Milne has some points that will be equally relevant to those who are starting out working in film and television.

And who knows, there might…


Escalator 2011 Call For Applications

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

The NZFC has announced a call for low budget feature film applications for Escalator 2011.  For those unfamiliar with the Escalator process, twelve successful teams will be selected to take part in a low-budget boot camp, with four of these teams green-lit and offered funding…


Hot Docs Forum Calling For Submissions

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Online project submissions are now being accepted for the 12th Annual Hot Docs Forum in Toronto, 4-5 May, 2011.

Regarded as the most effective international documentary market in North America, the Hot Docs Forum is a dynamic pitching event that stimulates international co-production financi…


Seattle International Film Festival Last Call For Entries

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

The 2011 Seattle International Film Festival is seeking features, documentaries, short films and animation for the 37th annual festival. With over 550 screenings of 250 features and 125 shorts in 25 days, SIFF is the largest film festival in the United States, attracting audiences over…


DOC Pitch and DOC Lab Open For Submissions

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Documentary Edge is now accepting applications for both DOC Pitch and DOC Lab. The deadline for both submissions is 9 January 2011.

DOC Lab - Now in its 2nd year, DOC Lab will run for 3 days (19-21 Feb) and will be facilitated by Wendy…


Professional Development Awards Call

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

The NZFC is pleased to announce the 2011 summer call for our Professional Development Awards.  This NZFC initiative intends to offer up to 10 Professional Development Awards per year to filmmakers and film professionals across the industry. Applicants who have feature film credits i…


Manukau Harbour to Host New Festival

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

The Puhinui Peninsula will become a melodious playground as the first ever GrassRoots Festival kicks off for two days on 23rd & 24th April 2011 at the stunning Puhinui Reserve. The two-day festival will bring together some of the world's most renowned artists as …


Documentary Edge Forum 2011 Registration Open

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

The 5th edition of Documentary Edge Forum, a 3-day industry conference, will be held at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), 25-27 February 2011. The Forum will include seminars, masterclasses, panel discussions, debates, and the highly popular DOC Pitch (Pitching Forum). Visit the website for the…


FD4W Site Rolls Out New Directing Course For Women

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

We recently got the last newsletter for the year from the UK's Film Directing 4 Women and their main news is that they've decided to run a 'mother of all courses' in March, making the most of their status as the only provider of women-only…


Special Wellington presentation of The Muppet Christmas Carol

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Thanks to the generous support of The Walt Disney Company, The Jim Henson Legacy and the Embassy Theatre, Square Eyes is thrilled to announce a very special one time only presentation of The Muppet Christmas. Proceeds from this special Christmas presentation will assist Square …


Senior Communications Advisor

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

Here's a unique opportunity for one communications specialist - or two - in the world of film and broadcast funding. The New Zealand Film Commission and NZ On Air are separate Crown entities that invest in New Zealand films and broadcasting. In a spirit of cooperat…


Media Business Analyst

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

SKY, New Zealand's pre-eminent pay TV network, is looking for two Media Business Analysts to work on a number of projects within the Broadcast Media space. This Auckland-based role, reporting to the Technology Delivery Manager, Media and Customer, will see you working closely with…


Production Manager

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

A New Zealand youth TV series is looking for an experienced production manager who will bring energy and confidence to the role. They're looking for a team player who has great communication skills and a willingness to learn and develop their career.

You wi…


Feature Film Producer, Sydney

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

The feature film Slag: Best Enemies began as a micro-budget film but has now been given a second life due to renewed finance tied to US-based distribution. Therefore the executives now seek a producer to lead the new production (currently financed), and ensure the crea…


International Symposium of Māori and Indigenous Screen Production

Posted Tuesday 14 Dec 2010

WIFT's Executive Director Susi Newborn attended the recent Symposium in memory of Merata Mita. Here she re-caps for those WIFT members who couldn't make it.

"A hui, like an army, moves on its stomach, so we will be keeping a strict eye on the time."…


Fresh Shorts Investment Stats

Posted Wednesday 15 Dec 2010

Marian Evans recently sent us a breakdown of the Fresh Shorts investment details, which will be eye-opening for women in all areas of filmmaking.

Marian wrote:

Sixteen films were greenlit, eight with $30,000 budgets and eight with $10,000. There were 229 applications, and Juliett…


Sign Up Free for The WIFT Atlantic Newsletter

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

We get Women in Film and Television Atlantic's newsletter here in the office, which happens to be FREE. We thought some of you might like the insight too, so here's where you can sign up for your editi…


Female Golden Globe Nominees

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

Always to be relied upon to break down the facts, Melissa Silverstein has blogged her take on the recent Golden Globe nominees. Here are a few of the lowlights:

  • Winter's Bone only got one nomination for Jennifer Lawrence.
  • No women nominated in best original score…

Sexism Watch - A Black List for Directors

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

In another blog from Silverstein, she reveals that following the release of the 'Black List for the best unproduced scripts', now comes a list of aspiring directors who want to graduate to the big time. (She notes that this list, like the first Black List,…


Sian Jacquet Generates a Stir

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

Earlier in the year we held a hugely worthwhile workshop with professional life designer, Sian Jacquet, called 'Designing the Life You Want'. Now we've spotted a Generator article on the Big  Idea which features more of Sian's perspective and some of her professional insight …


Nicole Kidman Back in Limelight With Rabbit Hole

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

Nicole Kidman has had her workaholic approach on hold for a time, while she took time out to raise her young daughter, Sunday. Now she's back in top form with her other baby, Rabbit Hole, a small, stark drama that has earned Kidman some…


Joan Collins Talks Hollywood and Ageing

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

Joan Collins is probably not the first person you'd expect to speak out over the expectations of Hollywood actresses, but here's proof that it affects her too. In this short Q&A on she talks work pressures, being a 'jobbing actor' and, er, moisturiser…


No Signs of Cut To Disney's White, Male Roots

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

In this guest post on Women and Hollywood, Natalie Wilson reveals that Disney's latest family film, Tangled, once again once again re-hashes the same old story: "That as a woman you can either be a princess awaiting her prince or an evil stepmother/witch, that i…


Kiwi Stories Get Own Series

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

Stratos Television is offering New Zealand documentary makers the opportunity to participate in the "Stratos - Documentary Edge Festival" next year. The independent free-to-air broadcaster will screen entries in addition to its sponsorship of the main film festival.

Stratos producer and director Deb Faith believes the …


Another Kiwi Short Off to Utah

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

Three Kiwi shorts have so far been announced for early 2011 international festivals - with the latest being former Robber's Dog DA and camera op Rowan Wernham, who has had his short X.O. Genesis selected for Slamdan…


New Cultural Philanthrophy Taskforce Report Recommends Increased Giving to Cultural Sector

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

Last Friday, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson today welcomed a new report of the Cultural Philanthropy Taskforce, which makes six key recommendations to increase charitable giving to the cultural sector.

"The taskforce, chaired by Peter Biggs, spent fifteen months investigating best pract…


Glading Reappointed to NZ On Air Board

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman today announced the reappointment of Michael Glading to the board of NZ On Air. Mr Glading has served one term on NZ On Air and was reappointed for two years from 1 January 2011.

"Michael has a 30 year care…


Screen Australia Welcomes New Development Manager

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

Screen Australia last week announched the appointment of Ranald Allan as their Development Manager. Ranald has been working as a writer, script editor and story consultant for film and television since 1981. He has taught screenwriting at the Perth Film and Television Institute, Murdoch…


Aung San Suu Kyi's life comes to the big screen

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

A recent Guardian article reveals the latest stills from Luc Besson's The Lady, the film about the tragic love and incredible life of the Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi.

Filming in Oxford is almost complete on the Anglo-French version, with Michelle Yeoh a…


Call For Entries: Aesthetica Short Film Competition

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

The Aesthetica Short Film Competition 2011 is now open for entries. It's a great opportunity to get your work broadcast to a wider audience and Aesthetica are keen to see entries from both new and established filmmakers who are driving short film forward. The winning…


Call For Papers: Revisiting Documentary

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

ANZCA 2011: Communication on the Edge: Shifting Boundaries and Identities, Hamilton, New Zealand, 6-8 July, 2011

The ANZCA 2011 is calling for papers which 'revisit' documentary within the contemporary mediascape, exploring existing and new forms and practices for the mediation of reality across film, tele…


A Few Documentary Deadlines

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

Here's a quick heads-up of upcoming deadlines if you're a doc-maker with a film to flog. (Like you needed something else to add to your To-Do list for Christmasbut then, do filmmakers ever really switch off?)


Local News Reporter/Editor, Dunedin

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

Channel 9 - Dunedin Television is seeking a committed Reporter/Editor to join its small but productive team. They produce a half-hour local news bulletin every weeknight from studios in Dunedin.

The successful applicant should have a background in broadcast journalism, and be capable of pro…


After-Effects Expert, Hamilton

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

An After Effects Expert is sought to join a multi-media team creating video tutorials, ideally to start 11 January 2011. Must be proficient in AE, PS & AI. Must have experience working in video production. Not just out of Uni; at least 5 years indus…


Screen/Media Industry Journalist

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

Onfilm have listed a 'dream' job for a capable journalist interested in the screen and media industries. Must be able to work independently, with regular liaison with magazine teams.  Photographic and live interview skills a bonus. Online and social media skills an asset.

If that …


Lecturer in Television Production

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

Christchurch Polytechnic is looking for a television production lecturer.

If you are:

  • Energetic, innovative and a good communicator
  • Experienced in television production, especially in the studio
  • Inspired to help students to reach their potential.

then the New Zealand Broadcasting School may have the job for…


Publicist (1)

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

Maori Television is looking for a publicist. Here you can showcase your high quality abilities to develop, pitch and deliver programming information about New Zealand's only indigenous broadcaster, Maori Television, to the media. You will work with the Communications Manager to develop and implement…


Producer, Daily Programmes

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

TVNZ are looking for a person to assist in the successful production of all daily news programmes across TV1 and TVNZ7. You'll perform the role of Senior Producer One News or Line Up producer for all daily news programmes or Foreign Editor and Sports Ed…


AVID Editors, Sydney

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

Fremantle Media are looking for experienced editors to join their 2011 slate of productions in Sydney. To be considered you must be a confident AVID editor with proven industry experience. Experience working on reality / lifestyle programs preferred but not essential.
First positions will com…


Grab Yourself Some Free Film Tickets!

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

We still have some double passes to give away to Trigger Film's latest release, Desert Flower. The film is based on the worldwide bestselling story of Waris Dirie, a Somalian nomad circumcised at 3, sold in marriage at 13 and fled from Africa - fin…


Last WIFT e-News for Christmas

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

It's our last newsletter for the year. So we wish you all a fantastic Christmas and New Year holiday, and look forward to catching up with you again in 2011.

Our newsletter will be back on 11 January next year, with news, event listings…


WIFT Christmas Party - Auckland

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

The WIFT end of year Christmas BBQ under the vines in the courtyard of 1 Beresford Square was a joyous sun-filled affair. A surprise appearance by a Santa-hobbit, who handed out gifts to guests from varying walks of the screen industries, added a touch of…


Screening of WIFT interns' work at The Classic

Posted Tuesday 21 Dec 2010

A great crowd turned up for the screening of our interns' end of year film projects.  Family, cast and crew of the films came to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of each intern and everyone there was blown away by the high standard and…