Olympian Receives Honorable Mention in Creative Screenwriting's Expo Contest

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

Congratulations to WIFT NZ member Tamsyn Harker and Esther Venning whose screenplay Olympian received an Honourable Mention in Creative Screenwriting's Expo Contest. Now the pair await further announcements on the progress of This Dark Light in the Final Draft contest.


Sites We Like

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

Listening to Peter Gabriel on Al Jazeera this morning I was reminded of the wonderful work he does in terms of exposing human rights' abuses through the use of video and other media with his organisation Witness.  Check it out here

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WIFT NZ Library (1)

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

WIFT NZ has a small library of books it is happy to loan to members.  At the moment we have six books available:

  1. The Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook by Chris Jones, Andew Zinnes & Genevierve Jolliffe
  2. Save the Cat!  The Last Book On Screenwriti…

TAKES Double Pass Giveaway

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

WIFT NZ has a double pass to giveaway to the next TAKES on Wednesday 21 September. TAKES is a monthly boutique short film festival which screens films from around the world. To be in to win, send an email to the WIFT NZ office mention…


Wellington WIFT NZ Member Survey

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

While we are on the subject of surveys, big ups to the Welly WIFT NZ peeps for stepping up to the plate and answering our brief survey

Over 28% of you have responded giving us some vital information about event planning for Wellington. …


5x Double Pass Giveaways to The Orator

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

WIFT NZ has five double passes to give away to The Orator.  The catch is that you have to fill in our e-news survey in order to be in for the draw!  This survey can be found here

Synopsis: The Orator is a family dram…


WIFT E-News for 5 September

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

Hello Wiftians! This week we are excited to give away some double passes to The Orator and the TAKES short film festival, so don't forget to email us for your chance to win. However, there's a catch.  Read on! Also, we would like to re…


NZOA MakingTracks Grants

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

New Zealand on Air has announced the recipients of the August round of the MakingTracks funding scheme. Eleven artists will recieve up to $10,000 to record a song and make a music video and 23 artists will receive $6,000 to make a video. The l…


Decline in Number of Women Working in TV in the US

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

A recent report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University showed that the number of women writers and directors for prime-time broadcasts in the US has substantially declined since the last report. The number…


Islands of the Gulf episode on NZ on Screen

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

Islands of the Gulf was the first ever local documentary series made for New Zealand television. It was also made by New Zealand's first woman television producer, Shirley Maddock who passed away on 10 October 2001. View the episode here


Upcoming Film Brave Stars Pixar's First Female Lead

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

2012 film Brave will feature Pixar's first female lead since the film company began making features 16 years ago. This article in the Sydney Morning Herald introduces the character of Scottish princess Merida, and addresses gender inequality issues in films…


Reel Brazil Film Festival

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

The Reel Brazil Film Festival is here again to bring a selection of Brazilian films to New Zealand screens. View the programme here


ScreenTalk Interview with Tony Holden

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

Tony Holden has produced and directed several New Zealand television shows including A Week Of It, Radio with Pictures and Gliding On to Shortland Street, City Life and Dancing with the Stars. His roles during his 40 year screen career include Head of Productio…


International Women's Media Foundation Honours Four Women Journalists

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

Four women journalists who have risked their lives to cover the news will be honoured by the International Women's Media Foundation with Courage in Journalism Awards and a Lifetime Achievement award. The Courage in Journalism Award winners faced danger in order to report on violence…


Fresh Shorts Shortlist Announced

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

A list of the shortlisted applicants to the NZFC Fresh Shorts scheme is available here. This year there were 292 applications. The successful applicants for Fresh Shorts 2011 will be announced on the NZFC website and Fresh Shorts Facebook page Wednesday 21 Septem…


Simone Horrocks to Direct Chinese Film in China

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

Simone Horrocks (writer/director After the Waterfall) has been invited to direct feature film Unforgettable Love in China. It will be made by a Chinese crew and be in the Chinese language. She is likely the first non-Chinese director from New Zealand to achieve this. …


Gaylene Preston Retrospective

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

The Gaylene Preston Retrospective, sponsored by the Cinema Studies programme at the University of Canterbury, will be held at Te Papa in Wellington on 22 and 23 October. This is an important film event featuring a selection of the director's films including Home by Christ…


NZ Film Commission's New Guidelines

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

The New Zealand Film Commission has recently revised its guidelines. You can find the new guidelines and cover sheets at the NZFC website


The Insatiable Moon Wins Atlantis Award at Moondance Festival

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

Kiwi film The Insatiable Moon won the Atlantis Award for feature films made outside the USA at the Moondance International Film Festival. As the film was passed over for funding by the New Zealand Film Commission, it was produced on a very low budget, so…


Vancouver Women in Film Festival Deadline Reminder (1)

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

Remember to get your submissions in for the 2012 Vancouver Women in Film Festival. The regular deadline is 2 October 2011 and the extended deadline is 1 November 2011. Eligible films will meet the following criteria:

  • VWIFF 2012 is accepting Feature Films (minimum 45 mi…

The Outlook for Someday Call for Submissions

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

The entry deadline for the 5th The Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge is 30 September 2011. This is a competition for young people in New Zealand 24 years old and under. To be eligible you must make a sustainability related film up to …


CineMart Deadline Extended

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

The deadline for Cinemart has been extended until Monday 19 September. The 29th edition of the international co-production market CineMart will be held from 29 January to 1 February during the International Film Festival Rotterdam. If you are intending to apply, please contact NZFC Professi…


Documentary Edge Deadline Reminder

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

The final deadline for the 2012 Documentary Edge Festival is 15 September 2011, so get your submissions in. For more information including submission guidelines and the online entry form click he…


Script Writers Awards NZ 2011 Nominations Reminder

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

The deadline for nominations for the New Zealand Writers Guild 2011 Script Writers Awards has been extended to 16 September. This year the NZWG Script Writers Awards will be held on 24 November. The categories are:

  • Best feature film script
  • Best short film scri…

2011 Short Film Lab Deadline Reminder

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

Applications for this year's Short Film Lab close on 9 September. If you have an idea for a short film that you want to develop then this is a great opportunity for you. Up to six writers or writers/directors will be selected to participate…


APN Pitching Forum Deadline

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

Submissions for project pitching at the Asia Pacific Producers' Network (APN) Symposium 2011 close on 5 September. Ten projects will be selected and allocated five minutes to pitch. Successful projects will be relevant to Asian markets and identify opportunities available in areas such as co-produc…


Migrating Kitchen Exhibition

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

WIFT NZ members Jennifer Bush-Daumec and Anna Cottrell have opened their third popular Migrating Kitchen exhibition at Pataka, Museum of Arts and Culture in Porirua. The exhibition is dedicated to the flavours of the world, each week featuring the food and culture of a different et…


Springsouth Actors Agency

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

Springsouth is an agency committed to providing quality actors to casting directors and production companies throughout Australasia. Recently Springsouth actors have appeared in several NZ and overseas commercials, theatre productions with The Court Theatre, Jesse Peach and Silo, What Now and the Erin Simpson Sh…


FetchTV Video on Demand Content Administrator, Sydney

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

FetchTV is looking for a new VOD Content Administrator who will be responsible for assuring quality control and integrity of all assets.

You will work alongside and be mentored by our highly efficient and motivated content team, being responsible for the quality of vi…


FOXTEL Senior Promo Producer, Sydney

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

ARENA's award-winning creative team is looking for a talented and experienced Senior Promo Producer to join their close knit Promos team at FOXTEL Television Centre in North Ryde.

Reporting to the Creative Director, this is a challenging and exciting position that requires a wide …


TVNZ Vault/Technical Co-ordinator, Avalon

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

TVNZ is looking for an enthusiastic person who is passionate about Television! You will have some Video Tape Editing experience to ensure that the TVNZ Archive collection is well managed and that customer requests are met. The job spans the full process from tape acquisi…


MediaWorks Graphic Artist/Operator , Auckland

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

MediaWorks is looking for a Graphic Artist/Operator with a passion for design from concept through to creation to join our creative team working across numerous advertising projects on TV3 and FOUR.

This job will suit someone who doesn't like to work alone in a…


MediaWorks Broadcast Scheduling Administrator, Auckland

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

An opening exists for the position of Broadcast Scheduling Administrator, at the MediaWorks Auckland office.

The primary functions of the position are:

  • The proficient operation of IBMS Content
  • Regular contact with Sales and Programming
  • Liaising with Promos, Appraisers, Sport, News, Sponsorship
  • Building and ma…

Producer Presenter for TVNZ 7, Auckland

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

TVNZ is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic journalist, with initiative, to produce and present bulletins on TVNZ7 throughout the day.

You will be writing, compiling and presenting bulletins as required, including sport and weather, as well as monitoring and approving content of stories.



Video Editors for Maori Television, Auckland

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

Maori Television Service, New Zealand's national indigenous broadcaster has vacancies to fill in its video editing team.

1.     Video Editor - Intermediate/Senior Level

Maori Television is seeking an Intermediate / Senior level Video Editor with at least four years' broadcast editing experience and str…


MediaWorks Account Director, Auckland

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

An exciting opening exists for the position of Account Director, based in Auckland and reporting to a Group Sales Manager.

The primary functions of the role are:

  • Achieving monthly sales targets for TV3 and FOUR
  • Maintaining the existing client base and developing new potential ad…

MediaWorks Research Analyst, Auckland

Posted Monday 05 Sep 2011

This is a very business focussed role within the TV Sales team, tasked with growing revenue and increasing market share through the provision of media and business research analysis.

A balance of analytical and creative ability is required as the scope of the role c…


68th Venice Film Festival - Orrizonti Awards Ceremony

Posted Tuesday 13 Sep 2011

Click here to see Catherine Fitzgerald, Producer of The Orator/O Le Tulafare, accepting the special mention announced around 5.17minutes into the ceremony!



Uni Shorts International Film Festival

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

The Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival, established by the Department of Performing and Screen Arts has just been launched to showcase and celebrate emerging student talent from New Zealand and around the world and is now calling for entries.
The student film festival…


Aotearoa Film and Television Awards 2011

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Formerly known as the Qantas Film and Television Awards, the Awards are back in 2011 but with a fresh look and a new name that better reflects the nature of the Awards - the Aotearoa Film & Television Awards (AFTAs). Read more he…


Create and Celebrate at This Year's SPADA Conference

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

SPADA's 19th annual conference kicks off with the head of one of the world's top factual television production houses, NHNZ Managing Director Michael Stedman, delivering the NZ On Air John O'Shea Memorial Address. In addition to producing over 1500 hours of television; Stedman has held…


Help Us Improve Our Enews

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

For those of you who missed out on answering this very, very short survey about our e-news here is the link again. All respondents will also go in the draw to win a double pass to a screening of The Orator/O Le Tulafale, just …


Intern News

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Our fabulous intake of 2011 WIFT NZ interns are all busy preparing for their final show reels/film projects. We are acutely aware of how costly some of these projects can be, representing a financial burden to both the interns and their families. This is…


Tax Attack Workshop

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

If you're feeling a bit stressed about end of year tax returns and have decided that it's finally time to get your finances truly sorted or are still convincing yourself that ignoring the IRD will make it go away, then make sure you come a…


Where Do We Go Now Wins at Toronto Film Festival

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Where Do We Go Now? written and directed by Nadine Labaki has won the Audience Choice award at the Toronto Film Festival. Melissa Silverstein at Women and Hollywood has said about the film: "It was the first film I saw in Toronto...it's a strong sy…


Leaders Vow to Improve Gender Equality

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Pacific leaders have made a commitment to increasing the numbers of female parliamentarians, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said earlier this month.
Many Pacific countries do not have any female MPs, let alone women in positions of leadership, and are with Middle East countri…


Can't Pay! Won't Pay! Opening Night Giveaway

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

The Unitec Year 2 acting class presents a double-bill feature from 30 September - 8 October at the Unitec Theatre, Mt Albert, and we have a double pass to give away to opening night to the first WIFT member to email us about it.



WIFT Member's New Project Has Us Extra Excited

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Last Thursday, WIFT NZ member Emily McDowell, part of Wellington film production team Major Arc, set off on an intrepid journey to the wildest part of Alaska in search of the man who inspired the legendary Greenpeace boat, the Rainbow Warrior. Why? Well, one …


Enews for 20 September

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

First up this week, a big thank you to our intern Sara who's done such a fantastic job with the enews while Susan's been off on maternity leave. Awesome work Sara!

A few headlines stand out this week, including The Orator win at Venic…


Reel Brazil Wellington Kicks Off Thursday

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Oi amigos...
The clock is ticking! it's only a couple of days until Reel Brazil Film Festival 201 opens in Wellington (sorry, Aucklanders, you need to wait another month), and this year, Reel Brazil is showing a full gamut of films. The small but mi…


Screen Talk Interview With Leon Narbey

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Acclaimed Director of Photography Leon Narbey has had a hand in many of New Zealand's best known films. He directed the feature film, Illustrious Energy, in 1987, and has been the DOP on other major film projects such as Footstep Man; Desperate Remedie…


Selling your Film Without Selling Your Soul

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Popular blog Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul has now got a book out, which they are very excited about - and so should you be, as they're providing a free .mobi edition for Kindles on their site, and there's also a version…


Award-Winning Local Film Joins Show Me Shorts Line-up

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Pacific Dreams was a recent winner at the 2011 Rhode Island International Film Festival, with Dame Kate Harcourt taking home first prize for Best Female Actress for her role. Show Me Shorts has now announced that Pacific Dreams will be part of their 2011 progra…


New Creative NZ Funding

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Some news from the latest Creative NZ newsletter: Creative New Zealand has committed funding through two new complementary programmes in a major overhaul of its multi-year funding for the arts.

The funding was made by the Arts Board and Te Waka Toi as t…


NZ On Screen Rugby Collection

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

It's hard to escape everything rugby right now, and even NZ On Screen's gotten in on the action. With selections from legendary commentator Keith Quinn, this collection celebrates rugby in New Zealand as it's been seen onscreen: from classic bios and tour doco…


Make My Movie

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

If you haven't already heard of it...MAKE MY MOVIE (MMM) is an innovative multi-platform project that utilizes graphic design, social networking, a webseries and the public to decide which idea should receive $100,000 to be used to create a low budget feature film.


Zonta Club of Wellington 2011 Political Debate

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

On Thursday 29 September, the Zonta Club will be hosting a political debate highlighting current women's issues and policies. Hear Katrina Shanks (National), Carol Beaumont (Labour), Catherine Delahunty (Green) and Robyn Stent (ACT) give their Party's perspectives on significant current issues and their policie…


Midday in the Garden of Good and Evil

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

The Zonta Club of Auckland is hosting a buffet lunch this Sunday, with proceeds going to Zonta local and international projects. See the flyer for more info.zonta flyer


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Dance Couples Wanted for New Maori TV Series

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

If you LOVE to dance.... 'Kanikani Mai' is the show for you!
Brave Star Films are looking for DANCE COUPLES of ALL AGES and EXPERIENCE... and any dance style goes!
This exciting new Entertainment Series for M?ori Television is all about having lots of…


Extra Dosh For Hosting Travellers

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

We're the first to admit that if you're a woman in the NZ film industry you might not exactly be flush with cash. So if you have a spare room and you're a friendly, welcoming type, you might be interested in this new traveller hos…


Celebrate World Vegetarian Day 1 October at Heritage Auckland

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

WIFT sponsor Heritage Auckland is celebrating World Vegetarian Day with a sumptuous meal on Saturday evening the 1st of October. Prepared by the hotel's executive chef, Jinu Abraham, the delicious celebration menu will be available all evening in the hotel's Hectors restaurant, lobby lev…


Film/TV Publicist, Auckland

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Here's a unique opportunity to join the publicity team at MediaWorks, New Zealand's leading private sector broadcast and online media company, and work on some of the most exciting programmes on New Zealand television. Based in Auckland, and reporting to Publicity Manager this role inv…


Production Manager, Adelaide

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Rising Sun Pictures in Adelaide are seeking a talented and experienced Production Manager to join the team.

- In conjunction with the Producer, manage shot cost tracking.
- In conjunction with the VFX Supervisor and VFX Producer, establish a good working relations…


Cadet Broadcast Engineer

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

The NZ Racing Board has a vacancy in their Dunedin regional operation for a Cadet Broadcast Engineer. This is an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic, fast paced, deadline driven broadcasting environment where attention to detail and the ability to work under pressure are requ…


Presentation and Playout Supervisor, Auckland

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Eyeworks NZ operates the Playout of Food TV, The Living Channel and Country 99TV.

They are seeking somebody with minimum 5 years Pres experience at a major Network, preferably in a supervisory role. This position will cover the 3pm-11pm shift, Monday to Friday primar…


Online Senior Producer

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

TVNZ requires an energetic and experienced news editor/producer to help run tvnz.co.nz's news and sport website.
Reporting to the Online Editor - News, you will drive daily content on the site. You will demonstrate a passion for online news and sport and have an understa…


Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Screen Production

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

The Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at The University of Auckland seeks to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the field of Screen Production (a fractional appointment may be negotiable). They are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in the field of dire…


Executive Director, Film School

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Film School are looking for an Executive Director, who will report to the Board of Trustees and be responsible for the growth and development of the school as well as its financial and operational management. This is an opportunity to have a very real im…


Congratulations to the Team Behind The Orator

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Everyone at WIFT NZ would like to congratulate our own Catherine Fitzgerald, director Tusi Tamasese and the rest of the team behind the film for their Special Mention at the Venice Film Festival. (Catherine receiving the award is around 0.50 into the clip).



Enews errata - The Orator

Posted Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Whoops - some of you may have noticed that the enews went out with an errata for The Orator congratulations - saying that The Orator won at Cannes not Venice. Oh dear - our huge apologies - this was a classic case of baby br…


WIFT NZ Board member nominated for Next Magazine's Woman of the Year

Posted Wednesday 21 Sep 2011

Great news for several women we love. WIFT's own board member Janine Morrell-Gunn (Community category), Ainsley Gardner and Eileen Moran (Arts and Culture category) have been recognised with nominations in Next Magazine's Woman of the Year Awards.

Janine and her production company Whitebait Productio…


Congratulations to the team behind The Orator/O Le Tulafale!

Posted Wednesday 21 Sep 2011

Everyone at WIFT NZ would like to congratulate our own Catherine Fitzgerald, director Tusi Tamasese and the rest of the team behind the film for their Special Mention at the Venice Film Festival. (Catherine receiving the award is around 0.50 into the clip).