Welcome to new members

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

We're delighted to welcome a group of new members to WIFT NZ.


Alexandra McKellar, Elena Stejko, Wes Printz, Tania Hill, Tes Novak, Manon Laffitte, Manfred Frieling, Claire Flynn, Natasha Bishop, Brenda Griffiths, Annabel Lomas, Nancy Lan, Polly Green, Vivienne Plumb, Sharon Lark.



Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

Congratulations to Nikki Si'ulepa won best short film at 30th International Environmental Film Festival (FIFE) in Paris in February with Justine Simei-Barton for Snow in Paradise, chosen by the high school students and apprentices jury.


Check out this link for more information ab…


Best on the Box

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

Here are a few more names to add to the list below for Best on the Box - remember voting closes tomorrow FRIDAY 8 MARCH so get voting at: http://www.bestonthebox.co.nz

Veronica McCarthy and Deborah Sim (Paua Productions) for their documentary "A Shocking Reminder"

Tash Christie (


Professional programmes for 2013

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

Mark your diaries now as the WIFT general professional interest programme takes off for the year!

WIFT Workshops in Auckland, WIFT Wednesdays in Wellington, and EPIC lunches in Christchurch; these are informal gatherings, with a guest speaker, focused on matters of current interest t…


First Combined Industry Drinks for 2013 (1)

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

Don't forget we are 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 one pla…


Only two days to go until our big events!

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

Wellington event on Wednesday March 6 and Auckland and Christchurch on Thursday 7!

Wellington Wednesday March 6: Screening of The Lost Garden

Venue: The New Zealand Film Archive, 84 Taranaki St, Wellington


Auckland & Christchurch Thursday March 7: The WIFTI Short…


Reel Life in Rural New Zealand

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

Agriculture, history and incredible inventions from the Hawke's Bay, Tararua and Wairarapa regions will be showcased in all their cinematic glory next month, when the New Zealand Film Archive and New Zealand Historic Places Trust partner to present a programme of films that spans…


Free screening # 3

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

The Way We Dressed

The Film Archive presents an engaging compilation of archival footage that may make you laugh and cringe at the same time as we look at New Zealand`s changing attitudes to fashion.

When: March 9, 1 pm and 2.30 pm

Where: …


Free screening # 2

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

The September Issue

Needs no introduction really but if you don't know, The September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine weighed over two kilos and was the single largest issue of a magazine ever published. With unprecedented access, this film tells the story of legendary …


Open Graphics Course in Palmy North

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

A basic course for beginners and advanced users in open graphics and animation.

When: April 21 2013

Where: Fx2 theatre at Square Edge, Palmerston North

For more information email nzign.film@gm…


CoLab presents Animation Revelations

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

Auckland's first industry and education animation festival

launches this year with a bang! Bringing together enthusiastic creators, producers and educators to celebrate and discuss animation. The event is aimed at industry and education bringing together Auckland-based production companies, industry organisations, tertiary educators, students, independen…


Jane Campion to head Cannes Cinefondation and short film jury

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

Highly acclaimed filmmaker Jane Campion will head up the prestigious Cin�fondation and Short Film Jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, a position previously held by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Michel Gondry, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Martin Scorsese and John Boorman. The Cin�fondation and Short Film Jur…


Meg Torwl Retrospective

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

Re-Tern: Hokinga Mahara - March 5 -10 2013

Curated by Elizabeth Kerekere and Treason Seditio in association with the Fringe Festival 2013, a retrospective exhibition that spans Meg's career, from photos taken in support of Maori Sovereignty in 1990, to documentaries made with refuge…


NZ Writer's Guild - AGM & News

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

Coming up at the Guild this year�

  • Contracts and Agreements Trouble Shooting - How to avoid total nightmares
    • Pitching
    • Script development
    • Script Factory - Run in conjunction with the NZFC, the express aim of this workshop programme is to bring about a healthy approach to…

Inspired acting

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

Back by popular demand the Actors Studio Elena Stejko Presents�

"Inspired acting: Introduction to M. Chekhov Acting Technique"

When: Thursday March 14,  3pm - 7pm

Where: Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre

How much? Price: $65.00

"Every true artist and especially talented…


Your short film could win an Academy' Award!

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

Entries for the eighth annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival opened last week. Winners of the prestigious Best Film award now qualify for consideration in the short film categories at The Oscars�!

Show Me Shorts is New Zealand's major short film festival, with films selected…


The Red House coming to a cinema near you!

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

It won the Best Self Funded Film, NZ Film Awards 2012 and had a successful run at the 2012 NZ International Film Festival. Now director Alyx Duncan's The Red House opens in theatres across New Zealand in March. See her profile on our homepage and c…


Comedy webseries launched

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

Roseanne Liang writer and director of My Wedding and Other Secrets has launched a comedy webseries that's getting some great buzz and feedback so far. She co-wrote and directed the series and you can see the first two episodes here:





Berlinale Shorts go Exterior - Free screening # 1

Posted Tuesday 05 Mar 2013

In mid-February 2013 thousands of film lovers and journalists descended upon Berlin for one of the most important dates on the international film calendar: the Berlinale. Less than a month later, a selection of films from the glamorous, cutting-edge festival will be shown …


FilmUp Mentorship Programme

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

Applications close Thursday March 28 for the new mentorship programme for eight experienced filmmakers.

Ever wished you had access to a more experienced filmmaker to help you take a step up?

If you are a writer, director, or producer with proven talent and featu…


Shout out from PBS

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

Do you have a TV series or film you would like to air nationally on PBS or American Public Television?

Here's your opportunity to make a quick pitch.

Denene Crabbs, project development executive at WETA television in the US is Ilooking for TV seri…


From conception to Sundance - making Shopping

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

Script to Screen's March Auckland Writer's Room is with Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland on their debut feature Shopping.

When: Tuesday March 26, 7 pm drinks for a 7.30 pm start

Where: The Classic, 321 Queen Street, Auckland,

$5 koha appreciated

"An extremely comp…


Pasifika in film and television gathering 21 March - Auckland

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

Talofa - some of you may be interested in this gathering for the Maori and Pacific screen industry.

Pasifika Film & Television Gathering

When: Thursday March 21, 5 pm

Where: Whare Kai, Nga Wai o Horotiu Marae

Entry on St Paul Street (near t…


Films or programmes about women and violence and/or prevention

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

On behalf of the NCWO Media Technology Task Force, Melissa Houghton has been asked to compile a list of media resources that address issues of violence directed against women; programs that address violence prevention; and gender representation in media.  She would love to kno…


Websites we like

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

If you have a moment check out www.filmink.com.au. Our Australian cousins have put together a great summary of film news from across the ditch and international snippets as well. Recommend…


Documentary Edge Festival 2013 - website now live and tickets on sale

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

Documentary Edge Festival is returning to Auckland CBD, and will be the first international film festival to be held at Auckland's very own, spectacular Q Theatre from 10 -21 April. In Wellington, the Festival continues its run from 8-19 May at Reading Cinemas Courtenay P…


Uni Shorts student film festival announces 2013 finalists

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival have announced 30 finalists to screen in competition next month.

Uni Shorts 2013 will be held on 13-14 April at Auckland's Unitec Institute of Technology (Mt Albert campus). Uni Shorts is the only student film festival of its…


The 2013 Killer Films Internship Scholarship.

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

Script to Screen have announced a new sponsor, visual content company  Thick As Thieves, who are funding this internship which supports emerging New Zealand talent.

The Scholarship will fly the winning applicant to New York and pay their living costs for three months while the…



Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

Kia ora

This week's edition of Te Purapura is now available on http://www.tmp.govt.nz/television.html

It has information on:

  • Language Planning Workshop - Auckland 27 March 2013
  • Board Funding Decisions March 2013
  • New dates for 2013/2014 Financial year.
  • Highlights - M?ori Televi…

Women and Girls Lead

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

Women and Girls Lead would like to connect WIFTI chapters with free online film content available until March 31, about inspiring women around the world in celebration of Intenational Women's Day (March 8) Women's History Month.

This Friday, Women & Girls Lead will launch #Sh…


First Features Lab Call for Applications

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

The First Feature Lab is designed for writers and writer/directors working towards developing their first feature film screenplay.  The lab will comprise a series of instructive lectures on the craft of screenwriting and one-on-one story and script sessions with experienced and celebrated script adviso…


Documentary Edge Screen Edge Forum Pitch

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

Registrations are now open for the 7th annual Screen Edge Forum and Doc Pitch being held 18-19 April.

The forum will focus on practical skills for filmmakers through master-classes as well as business and networking opportunities including DOC Pitch and the popular "Date …


Sponsor profile

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

This week we take a look at the industry suppliers who support WIFT. Please use them as much as you can and remember to take along your WIFT membership card so you can make the most of the discounts they offer exclusively to WIFT memb…


NZ On Air and the New Zealand Film Commission announce new $2.5 million Documentary Fund

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

This new collaboration between the two organisations will invest in at least five quality documentary projects to screen in cinemas, on television and online.

It will focus on funding one-off documentaries from experienced New Zealand documentary filmmakers.  There are no restrictions on treatment or …


WIFTI Funding a big bonus for NZ Film maker

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013


Producer Melissa Dodds read about Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) funding support on the WIFT website, but she assumed she had to be an American citizen or be making a certain type of film to make an application.

Thank goodness…

WIFT and SDGNZ social networking this week!

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

Later on this month we are having our yearly networking drinks with the Directors and Editors Guild. This is only for DEGNZ and WIFT members, and has been considered the one of the best networking events in past years.  A great chance to talk sh…


WIFT Workshops for 2013 about to kick off

Posted Monday 18 Mar 2013

See the events calendar on the homepage for more details - but here is a quick summary to whet your appetite! They are free for members so mark these dates in your diary now�.RSVP for all sessions to office@wiftnz.org.nz

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