New documentary initiative Loading Docs takes short films a long way

Posted Monday 04 Nov 2013

Ground-breaking documentary film initiative Loading Docs, is calling out to filmmakers to submit proposals for documentaries that capture the theme of 'home' in just three short minutes. Conceived and managed by Notable Pictures and supported by The New Zealand Film Commission and NZ On Air, Loading Docs


Honk if You're Horny - A Winner!

Posted Monday 11 Nov 2013

Congratulations to WIFT member Anna Geddes who along with her fellow filmmakers, Matt Heath, Cass Donaldson and Joe Lonie picked up the 2013 Rush Munro's Best Film award from Show Me Shorts Film Festival for Honk If You're Horny. This film is now el…


Guest UK scriptwriter to teach at International Institute of Modern Letters

Posted Monday 11 Nov 2013

Applications are open until November 18 for the IIML Masters of Arts in Scriptwriting course. It is a fantastic opportunity to spend a year solely devoted to scriptwriting, with teaching and guidance from guest lecturer Kelly Marshall, and the support of your fellow classmates. An…


Mou Piri to screen in Auckland

Posted Monday 11 Nov 2013

Congratulations to Christchurch WIFT member Huia Lambie. She is the Associate Producer with Producer/Director Karin Williams of Multinesia Productions, of Karin's short film doco "Mou Piri". It was entered as part of the Film Rarotonga Challenge in Rarotonga this year.

Huia says this "lovel…


Gardening With Soul - A Big Success

Posted Monday 11 Nov 2013

Well done to WIFT member Vicky Pope for the breakout success of Gardening with Soul - a Wellington documentary centered on the life story of 90-year-old gardening nun Sister Loyola Galvin - that is setting a new benchmark for locally made low-budget documentaries, topping $400,000 at…


Documentary Edge Director to Lead the School of Performing and Screen Arts at Unitec

Posted Monday 11 Nov 2013

The Documentary New Zealand Trust is proud to announce the appointment of its founding Director Alex Lee to Head of Performing and Screen Arts (PASA) at UNITEC.

UNITEC is the largest institute of technology in Auckland and offers degree programmes in arts, business, and technical subje…


StarNow and NZFC present- A Special Screening and Q&A with Oscar Accredited Filmmakers

Posted Tuesday 12 Nov 2013

There's an exciting film event coming up on Wednesday 20 November in Wellington at the Film Archive that will interest WIFT members.

StarNow are hosting, along with the New Zealand Film Commission, a special screening and Q&A with two very talented Oscar accredited filmmakers, Mitsuyo…


Film Archive Screenings in Wellington (1)

Posted Tuesday 12 Nov 2013

Next week we screen some classic boxing moments from the Film Archive vaults - from Timaru's own Bob Fitzsimmons to Cassius Clay







Are Web Series the Future?

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NZ Film 'Crackheads' announces NZ Theatrical Premiere

Posted Tuesday 12 Nov 2013

WIFT member Nicola Peeperkoorn is behind Crackheads - a kiwi Breaking Bad meets The Hangover - which premieres at the The Maidment Theatre on November 16.

Deemed too controversial for conventional cinemas Crackheads will be debuting in New Zealand at the prestigious Maidment theatre after…


The Production Book - free listing!

Posted Tuesday 12 Nov 2013

The Production Book (the bible for film & television production in Australia) is building on its iPad version and is adding a dedicated New Zealand section. The iPad version was launched in late 2013 with over 15% of the downloads coming from overseas.  Great news…


WIFT Event in Christchurch

Posted Tuesday 12 Nov 2013

Christmas Networking Drink

Friday November 29

Venue: TBC


Come along to the final networking evening of the year!

A chance for you to mingle amongst yourselves and spend some time celebrating the year's work with your WIFT National Manager, Patricia…


WIFT Event Wellington

Posted Tuesday 12 Nov 2013

DIY Distribution and Marketing
Wednesday 20 November
NZFC Boardroom, Level 3, 119 Ghuznee Street

The arena of film distribution and exhibition is littered with DIY distributors reinventing the wheel.  Who are you up against? Are you even in the rig…


Newport Beach Film Festival 2014

Posted Tuesday 12 Nov 2013

The Newport Beach Film Festival 2014 festival is planning a film series called Women Direct! to highlight the work of female directors.  They are in submissions phase right now, and we're offering a discount for women-directed features and shorts.

The info can also be…


Beyond the Edge Breaks Box Office Record

Posted Tuesday 12 Nov 2013

BEYOND THE EDGE has achieved the highest grossing opening weekend of all time in New Zealand for a Documentary film, taking $320,170 at the New Zealand box office in its opening weekend.

BEYOND THE EDGE opened in cinemas across the country on Thursday October 24.



John Barnett: Film Industry Needs More Top Producers

Posted Thursday 14 Nov 2013

Please see link below to WIFT member John Barnett's thoughtful opinion piece about the current state of the film and television industry in New Zealand.…


Please support our discount providers this Xmas!

Posted Monday 25 Nov 2013

Daryl Taylor-Edwards of the Framing Studio is a long-time discount provider to WIFT members. If you are thinking of giving a Xmas gift that needs a frame - then don't delay - give Daryl a call.

"I want to thank you for your suppor…


Prizes announced for Tropfest NZ 2014!

Posted Monday 25 Nov 2013

There is a cracker line up of prizes for this year's Tropfest which takes place on Sunday 16 February 2014 in New Plymouth....


BEST DIRECTOR ?(Thanks to MPA & NZ Screen Association)

Filmmakers prize package to Los Angeles including:

Return flight from …


WIFT International Summit 2014 Announced

Posted Monday 25 Nov 2013

Women In Film and Media Pittsburgh will be hosting the Women In Film and Television International Summit on May 16, 17 and 18, 2014 at the Westin Convention Center.

The Summit expects to attract over 250 filmmakers from the 40 International chapters around the g…


NZWG Seed Funding Introduction and Workshop

Posted Monday 25 Nov 2013

Seed Funding Introduction and Workshop

Auckland - December 30th - Classic, Queen Street - 9am to 4pm.

The first call for applications for the NZWG Seed Grants, (worth $10k each) will go out this Friday the 29th of November.

The goal of this init…


Who's Counting? + Q&A with Marilyn Waring at the Film Archive

Posted Tuesday 26 Nov 2013


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84 Taranaki Street


Film, 1995, Exempt, director Terre Nash, 94 min + Q&A approx 30 min

On 28 November 1893 New Zealand women voted in the general election for the first ti…


Xmas Parties Galore!

Posted Tuesday 26 Nov 2013

Yes it really is that time of the year again... and it's great that Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch members are all having Xmas drinks this year - see below for a party nearest you! (and please don't forget to RSVP)


Christchurch: Christmas Networking…


WIFT Awards - 26 February- Save the Date!

Posted Tuesday 26 Nov 2013

The 2014 WIFT NZ Awards will be presented on 26 February in the evening so save the date in your new diaries!  More information will be coming soon and the call for nominations will be out this week (hopefully!).

Meanwhile we are delighted to …


WIFT Awards - Nomination Form

Posted Thursday 28 Nov 2013

The WIFT Awards are back and the call for nominations has just gone out!

Anyone can nominate a woman for one of these awards, and the nominee does not have to be a WIFT member.

Nominations close at 12 noon on Friday 20 …