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 early!


Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Director Anthony Powell has spent nine winters in Antarctica. A self-taught photographer, Anthony has built his own equipment to survive the harsh conditions and capture stunning time-lapse imagery. A Year on Ice shows us a part of the world most will never discover, in breath-taking hi-definition.

Read more about Antarctica: A Year on Ice


The Deadly Ponies Gang

Clint and Dwayne, awesome lady-killer pony-riding gang of two, raise the funds to get Dwayne a new set of teeth. The funniest movie valentine to stoned mateship and recreational innovation in backblocks NZ since Kaikohe Demolition.

Read more about The Deadly Ponies Gang

Gardening with Soul

Director Jess Feast (Cowboys and Communists) joins Sister Loyola at the Home of Compassion in Island Bay, Wellington. Sister Loyola, a NZ Gardener of the Year, continues to tend to the community garden she established, now in her 90s, whilst providing refreshingly candid reflections on life and religion.

Read more about Gardening with Soul

Soul in the Sea

Director Amy Taylor travelled to Whakatane after seeing media reports of a friendly lone dolphin named Moko. She spent the next six months documenting Moko's time with the community, getting to know his friends and detractors.

Read more about Soul in the Sea on our website.

Dirty Wars

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill has produced this explosive documentary with director Rick Rowley about the secret 'wars' of the US's Joint Special Operations unit. Scahill's book of the same title is being released this week. This Saturday morning, tune in to RNZ's Kim Hill interviewing Scahill about both his film and his book.

Read more about Dirty Wars

Next Up...

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 document.  Happy reading.



We're pleased to release our new Statement of Intent setting out NZ On Air's priorities and vision for the three years beginning 1 July 2013.

As always NZ On Air will be seeking a balance between mainstream and special interest content and services, looking for innovation, diversity and value for money.

"It's going to be another busy year" says Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.  "Alongside our normal work, we'll be evaluating channel funding, online access, and television documentary policies and will continue to consider how to better serve Pacific audiences."

In the year ahead NZ On Air will also introduce a separate television budget line for M?ori programmes (mainly in English), and will maintain the very successful Platinum, Digital Media and Making Tracks schemes.

"We know that budgets in our sector are tight, but we'll always be on the lookout for great ideas that will help deliver valued content to New Zealand audiences" Jane Wrightson says.

NZ On Air is pleased to have retained funding at the previous year's level, given the wider economic environment and the pressures on Government expenditure.

NZ On Air looks forward to another year ensuring a great range of local content on TV, on radio and online for audiences to enjoy.

You can read our Statement of Intent here.