International News

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

And the award goes to�

They can be hard to find, but we've tracked down some women who have been nominated in this year's Academy Awards (outside actors) So thanks to the Women Make Movies (WMM) website we can offer downunder congratulations to filmmaker


Gender bias in film getting you down?

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

This piece by David Germain about the recent Sundance Festival might cheer you up!

PARK CITY, Utah January 18, 2013 (AP)For the first time, the Sundance Film Festival could do a boy-girl, boy-girl seating arrangement of directors in its U.S. dramatic competition - an…


Tongan Ark selected for Film Festival

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

WIFT member Echo Janman has produced Tongan Ark and we're delighted to announce it has been selected to screen 'In Competition' at the FIFO Pacific International Documentary Film Festival, February 11 to 17 2013. Tongan Ark watch trailer here!


Tongan Ark is a…


Show me Shorts Goes International

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

Show me Shorts is now an Academy Award� qualifying film festival, and to top off that achievement  Gina Dellabarca, WIFT member and festival director, has been granted a scholarship from the German Foreign Office to represent Show Me Shorts in Europe. Gina's spending Februar…


WIFT makes mark at Tropfest

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

A Kiwi Legend, produced by new comer and new WIFT  member Tess Novak has won the  Tropfest NZ 2013 Viewer's Choice Award.  The inaugural festival was held in New Plymouth on January 26th .

See it here on YouTube:

Novak says the…


Robin Laing's report from Tropfest

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

"WIFT was also well represented behind the scenes with Catherine Fitzgerald working as a pre-selection judge and Katie Wolfe and ex-pat WIFT member Sara Wiseman, sitting on the final judging panel. Congratulations to New Plymouth on having secured this prestigious short film competition and festival…


Feel the Love

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

WIFT member Sumner  Burstyn and Tom Burstyn's new documentary Some Kind of Love has just received funding from both Telefilm Canada under their Theatrical Documentary Program and from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Completion Fund. The film also has a broadcast pre-sale with others pending…


WIFTI short film showcase and The Lost Garden March 7

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

You are invited to a screening of the best short films from some of the WIFT international member countries, plus the documentary The Lost Garden - a film tribute to Alice Guy-Blache, one of cinema's fearless pioneers, a remarkable woman whose films influenced an en…

Combined Industry Drinks, March 21

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

The Screen Directors Guild and WIFT invite you to Combined Industry Drinks.

Date: THursday 21 March

Time: 6.30 pm

Venue: The Longroom, 114 Ponsonby Road, Auckland

Come along and catch up with friends from the SDGNZ and WIFT



New Forum on Facebook

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

WIFT now has a social media intern - and we are thrilled to introduce you to Alexandra McKellar. Alex is a freelance performer and producer with great experience using facebook to build audiences.

Members can now click on the 'Forum' tab at the t…


Need to sound like a Yank?

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

Help is at hand with Jade Valour's Introductory courses in American Accent for teenagers and adults.

With a considerable amount of work now coming to New Zealand from the States, American accents have become a necessity for actors seeking to develop a broader bas…


Mad Men themed Quiz Night

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

Fancy yourself as Betty, Joan or even the delicious Don? Then this fundraiser is for you!

You are warmly invite dyou to attend the SDGNZ quiz night and auction fundraiser on the February 28 2013. The money raised helps support the Screen Directors Gui…


Show Me Shorts

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

Show Me Shorts is proud to be New Zealand's first and only Academy Awards accredited festival, with our best film winner now eligible for an Oscar.

SMS are also an IMDb qualifying festival, granting all eligible film submissions a fast-tracked title page in


Shorts at Silo

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

Friday Silo Cinema night in Auckland just got even better with a mini-festival from Show Me Shorts on Friday February 8 , featuring Show Me Shorts best film award winners from the past seven years, including 'Night Shift', winner of the 2012 award.  Zia Mandviwa…


WIFT E-News February 19 2013

Posted Tuesday 19 Feb 2013

Kia ora and welcome to another E-News� jam-packed with information and opportunities and lots of jobs, which is great. We are getting low on profiles, so if you would like to have a short bio and some news about your latest project, up on …


The Silk Accepted for Vancouver

Posted Tuesday 19 Feb 2013

Congratulations to Nathalie Boltt and Clare Burgess whose  short film adaptation of Joy Cowley's story The Silk has just been accepted into the Vancouver WIFT film festival. The film is Nathalie's directorial debut and has already been accepted in nine film festivals around the wo…


WIFT Events March 6 and 7 in Wellington and Auckland

Posted Tuesday 19 Feb 2013

Have you rsvped to our events on March 6 and 7? It really helps us if you do - and using the new Eventbrite system is the best. It's a wonderful solution to managing events and if you are concerned about opening the emai…


First Combined Industry Drinks for 2013

Posted Tuesday 19 Feb 2013

We are delighted to be teaming up with The Screen Directors Guild for their first combined networking event of the year. This event is open exclusively to WIFT and Guild members only, so you get the opportunity to meet all the key people in …


Spend and save with our WIFT partners

Posted Tuesday 19 Feb 2013

Last week we sent out the 2013 discount providers list. This support is incredibly important to us and we really encourage you to use the various providers listed.  If you had problems with Yahoo mail service last week, and did not receive it, please email office@wiftnz.or…


Following the Lead - Script to Screen presents first Writers Room for the year.

Posted Tuesday 19 Feb 2013

When:  Tuesday 26 February, drinks 7pm, for 7.30pm start

Where:  The Classic, 321 Queen Street, Auckland

$5 koha appreciated.


2013 brings us three new TV series - all of which have developed their story and script around their lead actors. We will explore developing stories…


Screen Director's Guild NZ - Events

Posted Tuesday 19 Feb 2013

1)VFX Masterclass

Auckland and Wellington, Saturday March 9 2013

Learn conceptual elements of VFX, how to have a clear directors vision when planning and working with VFX, basic VFX rules and techinical requirements, and how to work with your VFX team. All experience levels welcome



Posted Tuesday 19 Feb 2013

Do you have a documentary project currently in production? Are you interested in how you could develop it further?

DOC2DOC is an exciting opportunity for filmmakers to present works in progress, and to get valuable feedback from industry peers to help you move your pr…


New events intern for WIFT

Posted Tuesday 19 Feb 2013

Romy Hooper

We are delighted to welcome Romy Hooper to the WIFT team as our events intern. While Romy has an acting background (she plays recurring blonde bombshell 'Courtney' in TV1's Nothing Trivial) she is keen to expand her skills in production and events. Romy gra…