2013 Premiere Shorts New Open

Posted Monday 05 Aug 2013

Applications for the 2013 round of Premiere Shorts are now open.

Each year the NZFC supports established short form filmmakers to produce top level creative work that will enable them to attract international industry attention. Funding is available for up to six Premier…


Berlin 2014 - Get your skates on!

Posted Monday 05 Aug 2013

Call For Submissions - Berlin 2014

Maryanne Redpath, the Berlin International Film Festival programmer responsible for New Zealand, will be here in mid-September to preview films for the 2014 festival.

If you would like to put your film forward for consideration, please send your su…


Top of Lake gets 8 Emmy Nominations

Posted Monday 05 Aug 2013

Jane Campion's New Zealand-filmed mini-series  Top of the Lake has received an impressive eight nominations in the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards, including the major categories of Miniseries or Movie, Actress, Writing and Directing.

Top of the Lake was shot in Central Otago and …


Magic Playgrounds: Historical Images of New Zealand Childhoods

Posted Monday 05 Aug 2013

The Natural Environment - Ko te Taiao explores the relationship between children and the natural environment. Featuring documentaries, television footage, home movies, feature films and rarely seen films from the early 1900s. Magical Playgrounds is a series of moving image exhibitions curated by Tina Makereti fo…


Congratulations to ART Award Winners

Posted Monday 05 Aug 2013

We are thrilled that WIFT members Gina Dellabarca and Esther Cahill-Chiaroni received awards last week at the annual ART Venture Awards in Auckland. This is an event where the Arts Regional Trust acknowledges creative Aucklanders, and celebrates the vitality of Auckland's creative sector.

The talent, …


REALITY - Free tickets!

Posted Tuesday 06 Aug 2013

We have three double passes to giveaway to Reality which opens on August 15. Read about the film below and answer the simple question and email us with your answer to office@wiftnz.org.nz


Luciano is a Neopolitan fishmonger who tries out for Big …


Kim Dalton Lunchtime Event - This Thursday

Posted Tuesday 06 Aug 2013

Kim Dalton was the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Director of Television from 2006 until December 2012 and he is currently in New Zealand courtesy of NZ On Air and the NZ Film Commission.

Before joining the ABC, Kim had been chief executive of the Australian Film Commission since 1999. I…


Call to Action! Please Read and Respond!

Posted Tuesday 06 Aug 2013

A call to action - please read and respond!!

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding a workshop for all those actively involved in feature film development, in September.

"The Producer's Role in Development" will be run by Claire Dobbin.


SWANZ Awards - This Thursday!

Posted Tuesday 06 Aug 2013

Thursday 8th August at The Comedy Classic Bar, Queen Street, Auckland

The trophies have arrived, the talent are warming up - we're tantalisingly close to Thursday! This event did sell out last year, and the room was filled with writers, producers, and film and television compan…


The Transmedia Toolbox Wrap-up!

Posted Tuesday 06 Aug 2013

This time last week 125 people were attending The Transmedia Toolbox and it proved to be a huge success for WIFT and ASDCS.  Inspiring has been the word most commonly used in the feedback.  And our guests loved being here too (Jeff Gomez and fa…


The Big Screen Symposium Is On - This Weekend

Posted Tuesday 06 Aug 2013

The Film Festival is over in Auckland, but the inspiration continues!

Tickets are selling fast for the Big Screen Symposium - back this weekend for its second year, with an amazing line up of local and international talent in town to talk, teach, deba…


The International Film Festival is coming to your place...

Posted Tuesday 06 Aug 2013

The Festival is currently in action in Wellington and Christchurch and is on its way to our regional members. Remember to book a ticket to Maureen Gosling's great music documentary, "This ain't no mouse music!" which will be screening.  Here is the link http://www.nziff.co.nz/ for inform…


NZ Premiere of "Breakfast with Curtis"

Posted Monday 19 Aug 2013

You are invited to US filmmaker Laura Colella's New Zealand premiere of her no-budget feature Breakfast with Curtis in Auckland at the Academy Cinema and in Wellington at Park Road Post in September.

Described as a "fun, indie film" it was shot in Colella?s backyar…


Closing dates approaching for the International Circuit!

Posted Monday 19 Aug 2013

Festivals, symposiums, submissions - closing dates for 2013 are fast approaching....

1) Applications for the Berlinale Talent Campus #12 close on September 18. Click on the link for more information:


2) The deadline for CineMart (taking place during the Rotterdam International Film Fes…


Friday Tigers scoops awards

Posted Monday 19 Aug 2013

When Friday Tigers won both major prizes at the New Zealand's Best Short Film Competition recently, it capped an outstanding 12 months for Auckland production company Notable Pictures.

Friday Tigers won both the Madman Entertainment jury prize and the audience award, beating out the five…


X Factor job for WIFT member

Posted Monday 19 Aug 2013

Congratulations to one of our newest members, director Anna Duckworth, who along with producer Alix Whittaker of Candlellight Pictures was approached by Sony Music to concept, shoot, and edit a music video for the new winner of X Factor -Jackie Thomas.  It w…


Symposium for Moving Image Artists

Posted Monday 19 Aug 2013

Looking Back into the Future
- a symposium on
artist moving image practice in August

29 ? 31 August 2013, Auckland
Venues: Academy Cinema, Elam School of Fine Arts, The Audio Foundation

With over 40 years of artist moving image production in N…


Salome launch in Wellington

Posted Monday 19 Aug 2013

WIFT member Jade Valor is launching her Fantasy/Sci-fi novel Salome with fellow author S. Pryce

this Thursday August 22 at the Paramount Cinema in Wellington, 6.30 pm.

Celebrate with wine and nibbles and a chance to hear Jade speak about the work.

RSVP to www.project-s…


9th Annual San Fran International Women's Film Festival

Posted Monday 19 Aug 2013

Women's Film Institute proudly presents its 9th annual San Francisco
International Women's Film Festival (SFIWFF)! The festival will
showcase a special programme of shorts directed by women, to help
commemorate Women's History Month (approximate date: March 29, 2014).
SFIWFF accepts films of all g…


Why chicks make better directors...

Posted Monday 19 Aug 2013

Take a break from filling out those funding applications and trying to wrangle a crew together who will work for nothing - and find flexible backs, birth experience, wombs, vaginas, & 12 other reasons you need a FEMALE Director taken from the Hope for …


White Lies to screen at TIFF

Posted Monday 19 Aug 2013

Congratulations to WIFT member John Barnett and the team at SPP. Their film White Lies/Tuakiri Huna has been invited to participate at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Written and directed by acclaimed Mexican filmmaker Dana Rotberg (Otilia Rauda, Angel de Fuego, In…


WIFT member wins at Japanese Fim Festival

Posted Monday 19 Aug 2013


Seventeen year old WIFT member Natasha Bishop, the youngest film-maker ever to have a film selected at the Japan Wildlife Film Festival (JWFF), is celebrating after winning two awards at the festival.

Her short film Arboraceous won the Best Newcomer and Best Anima…


WIFT NZ Board Nominations

Posted Monday 19 Aug 2013

Nominations for positions on the WIFT NZ Board for the 2013/2014 year are now open, with a closing date of 12 September for nomination forms to be received in the WIFT office.  As a membership organisation, governance should be of interest to all our members.  We would encourage you ther…


Gloria Steinem gets Presidential Medal of Freedom

Posted Monday 19 Aug 2013

The Women's Media Center proudly congratulates co-founder Gloria Steinem on being named recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the nation's highest civilian honor.

In its announcement, the White House noted that Steinem is "a leader in the women's liberation movement, co-founded Ms. m…


Script to Screen- August Writers Room

Posted Tuesday 20 Aug 2013

Tuesday 27 August, drinks 7pm, talk 7:30-8:30pm, Classic Comedy Club, 321 Queen Street, $5 koha appreciated. Stay afterwards for a slice of pizza on STS and a drink.

Web series have been around since 1995, so the idea is not new. But is now…


NZ Dance Company presents Rotunda

Posted Tuesday 20 Aug 2013

Created by WIFT member and NZ Dance Company artistic director, Shona McCullagh in collaboration with the NZDC dancers, Rotunda is the company's first full-length work. Featuring the powerful collision of a live brass band with the raw beauty of contemporary dance, Rotunda brings to lif…


NZ Viewfinder Magazine - on sale now

Posted Tuesday 20 Aug 2013

NZ Viewfinder magazine is edited and published by WIFT member Fiona Powell - and the August issue is out now.

Viewfinder is the indie magazine and network for NZ indie and emerging filmmakers and video creators; be inspired and informed by insights into the …


NZ Film Archive - Wellington Event

Posted Tuesday 20 Aug 2013

Join us for pizza and a discussion with film makers Keith Thompson and Brita McVeigh this Wednesday. Next week we screen "Song of the Kauri," a poetic, political and timely documentary.

Wednesday 21 August

In conversation with screenwriter and script editor Keith Thompson



Screentime Scores NZ on Air funding

Posted Tuesday 20 Aug 2013

Congratulations to Screentime for picking up $650,000 in the latest NZ on Air funding round for their show The Innocent.

New Zealanders' interest in how the justice system works will be fed by the series, a six parter screening on TV One.

It fea…


Auckland WIFT Event - 28 August

Posted Tuesday 20 Aug 2013

Preparing for great audio post while in production, with guest speaker Ande Schurr
Book your place for 28 August at Envy Studios, Level 2, 55 Anzac Avenue, Auckland City
6.15 pm for 6.30pm

On-set sound recording guru Ande Schurr has achieved almost ce…


EPIC Evenings for South Island WIFT members

Posted Tuesday 20 Aug 2013

Networking Drinks, with guest speaker, James Thompson

For all of you who were disappointed when the weather prevented us bringing you the Epic Lunch with James Thompson on 21 June, we're trying again!  James will be the first of our new after-work speaker…


WIFT Wellington Report

Posted Tuesday 20 Aug 2013

WIFT concluded its lunchtime programme in Wellington in July with a particularly well attended "hands-on" look at the Alexa camera presented by Waka Attewell. Big thanks to Waka and all who have generously given their time to make this series a success; Rose Dority, J…


Heritage Chrischurch Open for Business Again

Posted Friday 23 Aug 2013

Two years of extensive refurbishment following the Canterbury Earthquake has seen Heritage Christchurch open its doors this month. Heritage are one of WIFT's discount providers and we encourage all members visiting Christchurch to make the most of having this iconic building open again for busin…


Field Director/Writer - Top Shelf

Posted Wednesday 28 Aug 2013

Job Description

Field Director/Writer required for Documentary projects through next 18 months.

  • ? Minimum of five years production experience required, with at least two years work in New Zealand

  • ? Overseas experience with foreign crews is highly desirable. Experience with and knowl…