Courage in Journalism Awards (1)

Posted Monday 06 May 2013

Here are some inspirational (and brave) women who have been recognised for their film achievements in the face of extreme hardship and danger....


The International Women's Media Foundation announces its 2013 Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Award winners

Women from Afghanistan, Syria, Cambodi…


New Zealand documentary finally off to flying start

Posted Monday 06 May 2013

WIFT member Sumner Burstyn and fellow documentary filmmaker Tom Burstyn cleaned up at the Hot Docs Pitch Forum in Toronto recently with their new film Some Kind of Love.

The Hot Docs Forum is the most effective international documentary market in North America for international co-produ…


Imagination Series film competition

Posted Monday 06 May 2013

For the second straight year, the Tribeca Film Festival is host to the Imagination Series film competition, which asks entrants to interpret a script penned by an Oscar winning screenwriter. This unique talent quest perfectly suited for a festival renowned for its suppo…


Show Me Shorts - Update

Posted Wednesday 08 May 2013

All the latest news from the Show me Shorts people...

Screening Room shorts selected by Pip Hall

The May edition of our Screening Room online short films to watch is now live. This month award-winning writer, WIFT member (and Wet Hot Beauties water ballerina) Pip Hall shar…


Melissa Wikaire loses battle with cancer

Posted Friday 10 May 2013

WIFT is saddened to hear that Melissa Wikaire died last week in Auckland. Of Ngati Hine, Melissa began working in the film industry under the guidance of greats such as Don Selwyn in the 1980s and 90s.

She worked on numerous films over the …


Short Film Ping Pong: Germany - New Zealand

Posted Friday 10 May 2013

Short Film Ping Pong - Germany - New Zealand is happening in Auckland on Thursday 16 May.

It showcases award-winning shorts from Germany and New Zealand, in response to each other. A New Zealand short replies to a German one and vice versa. In dial…


Outlook for Someday - Free One Day Workshops

Posted Friday 10 May 2013

The Outlook for Someday presents its third annual series of free one-day sustainability film-making workshops, with the largest number of workshops ever scheduled to give more young people across New Zealand the chance to participate.

Open to students from school years 7 to …


16 year old filmmaker nominated for prestigious festival

Posted Friday 10 May 2013

Sixteen year old New Zealand student and WIFT member Natasha Bishop has become the youngest filmmaker to have a film nominated for the prestigious Japan Wildlife Film Festival (JWFF), with her award-winning short film  Arboraceous screening In Competition at the festival this August.


WIFT member scores Oz opportunity

Posted Friday 10 May 2013

WIFT member Tess Novak (A Kiwi Legend) has scored an internship in Sydney as a result of her entry into Tropfest NZ 2013. With the support of NZFC she is working as Producer's Assistant to Producer Helen Bowden (The Slap, Underground) on Devil's Playgr…


The Someday Awards: Upcoming Screenings

Posted Monday 13 May 2013

A series of five half-hour programmes is starting this week on Face TV called 'Face Television Presents The Someday Awards 2012'.

The programmes feature the 20 Winning Films from 2012 and The Someday Awards red-carpet ceremony where you presented your awards.

They are on W…


New Appointment at NZFC

Posted Monday 13 May 2013

Congratulations to Chantelle Burgoyne on her appointment to the position of Fresh Shorts Assistant role at the NZ Film Commission. Chantelle is a New Zealand/ Samoan filmmaker born and raised in Auckland. In 2010 she was an intern with WIFT while studying at the Universit…


Interfilm Short film festival calls for submissions

Posted Tuesday 14 May 2013

The interfilm short film festival in Berlin has a special focus on films from Australia and New Zealand this year and students are encouraged to send their films for consideration.

This section is not a competition, but the submitted films will also be considere…


The Exponents Doco to AIr

Posted Tuesday 14 May 2013

Set your mysky or stay home for the airing of this highly anticipated docoumentary which has been made by WIFT member Julie Parnell of Notable Pictures.

22nd May at 9:30pm

on Prime

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Auckland Workshop May 22

Posted Tuesday 14 May 2013

Employment Law with Karen Soich

Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design

6:15pm for a 6:30pm start

Karen Soich is a long-time WIFT member and a lawyer specialising in intellectual propery, entertainment and employment law both nationally and internationally.

With an extensive list of film, …


WIFT Wellington Wednesday 29 May

Posted Tuesday 14 May 2013

Preparing for a shoot with your DOP

NZFC Boardroom, 3rd Floor, 119 Ghuznee St


Speaker TBC - but keep the date…


Next WIFT Wednesday (It's on Thursday)

Posted Tuesday 14 May 2013

Yes - the next WIFT Wednesday in Wellington is on this THURSDAY 16 MAY

How to work with a film distributor

NZFC Boardroom, 3rd Floor 119 Ghuznee St

12.30 pm - 1.30 pm

Thursday May 16

Today's speaker is Elizabeth Trotman, General Manager; Sales &a…


FEMALE directors dominate the major categories at the 2013 Australian Directors Guild Awards.

Posted Tuesday 14 May 2013

At a ceremony in Sydney this month, Cate Shortland won the best direction in a feature film prize for her period drama Lore, and Rachel Perkins won for direction of a TV drama series for Redfern Now.

Jessica Hobbs' won for direction i…


Script to Screen May Writer's Room

Posted Tuesday 21 May 2013

For Script to Screen's May Writer's Room will be joined by innovative US filmmaker  Jake Mahaffy, whose shorts and microbudget features have screened in A-list festivals all over the world.

His project War, which he wrote, directed and produced, screened at Sundance in 2…



Posted Tuesday 21 May 2013

Distinguish yourself as a writer! Meet filmmakers! Get connected! 

Back by popular demand, the New Zealand Writers Guild are pleased to announce entries are now open for the Unproduced Feature Film Script Competition. This is run as part of the Scriptwriter Awards NZ (SW…


Like us - please!

Posted Tuesday 21 May 2013

As most of you know WIFT has a facebook page and we regularly cover member news, events, and opening discussion points on it. But it doesn't work without traffic so please be sure to LIKE our WIFT NZ page so we can tag you. T…


Statement of Intent: 2013 - 2016 - NZ On Air

Posted Tuesday 21 May 2013

Ok, it's not everyone's idea of bedtime reading, but this IS an important document for our industry and deserves your attention. See the press release below from NZ On Air and there is a link at the bottom that takes you direct to the docume…


WIFT members get NZIFF discount

Posted Tuesday 21 May 2013

The NZIFF is almost here so remember to use your WIFT discount when you book tickets...

There are some exciting NZ films rolling out this year including new work from Jess Feast and Amy Taylor - see a selection below and remember to book e…


Blast from the past...

Posted Sunday 26 May 2013

Many WIFT members will remember that before The X Factor there was New Faces, before Masterchef there was Graham Kerr, beforeCountry Calendar there was ... er, Country Calendar. This collection - the first of NZ On Screen's decade showcases - picks the top 10 screen hits from the …


NZIFF - more highlights

Posted Sunday 26 May 2013

WIFT members get a substantial discount on tickets for NZIFF so book early and make the most of your membership. Here are some more highlights....

Becoming Traviata

Soprano Natalie Dessay, acclaimed for her dramatic brilliance, rehearses La Traviata in intense creative collaboration with director Jean-Fran�ois…


Reel Earth Launches in Palmerston North

Posted Sunday 26 May 2013

Reel Earth Big Night Out Opening Night


Your chance to be the first to see the best film of the 2013 festival at Palmerston North's very own 'green carpet' event. This is a new format event developed on the back of la…


Brisbane Film Festival 2013

Posted Sunday 26 May 2013

Launching on November 13 and running for 12 days through to November 24, BIFF is a world class festival designed to showcase the best films from around the globe.

Click on the link for details about the competition events and deadlines



Language of Living Dance Project

Posted Sunday 26 May 2013

WIFT member Shona McCullagh is both Artistic Director and Chief Executive of The New Zealand Dance Company and she has choreographed a work in the upcoming Language of Living dance festival, called Trees, Birds then People. Her interactive Digital Art Live exhibition Hello My Bod…


WIFT Wednesday TODAY! 29 May

Posted Tuesday 28 May 2013

Working with a Lawyer - James Thompson
NZFC Boardroom, 3rd Floor, 119 Ghuznee St

James Thompson returns to the NZFC at lunchtime on 29 May to talk to you as a solicitor about:

Funding? Rights? Warranties? Privacy? Defamation? When…


Coming up on WIFT Wellington Wednesdays 26 June

Posted Tuesday 28 May 2013

Employment Law: The Obligations of Contractors and Producers
NZFC Boardroom, 3rd Floor, 119 Ghuznee St

Presented by lawyer Susan Robson, a specialist in employment and public law.

All welcome! Bring your own lunch, tea and coffee provided.

Members: No charge



Jeff Gomez to visit NZ

Posted Tuesday 28 May 2013

WIFT is offering members a wider programme on the impact of digital technology on the screen industry, so we are delighted to bring the world's leading expert on transmedia to Auckland - JEFF GOMEZ.  He has sold-out on two national tours of Australia …


WIFT Wellington Event Monday 10 June

Posted Wednesday 29 May 2013

In Wellington - Monday 10 June

Gina Dellabarca from "Show Me Shorts", New Zealand's national short film festival, talks about what they are looking for, entry criteria, programming, prizes, and Academy Awards accreditation.  An informal session with plenty of time for Q & A.


Film Archive Screening In Wellington

Posted Wednesday 29 May 2013



NZ Fim Archive, Taranaki Street, Wellington.

Mediatheatre 7pm


NZ, 1984, PG, 90 minutes, Vincent Ward director, John Maynard producer

Vigil is film making at its finest and most satisfying. There are…



Posted Wednesday 29 May 2013

Representatives from Women in Film & Television (WIFT) NZ and the Wairoa Maori Film Festival Inc. are proud to announce that the WIFT Mana Wahine Award will be presented to Keri Kaa at this weekend's Gala Festival Awards.

Keri Kaa personifies the concept of…