New Zealand Screen Production Grant comes into effect

Posted Tuesday 01 Apr 2014

The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) and Film New Zealand (FNZ) welcome the New Zealand Screen Production Grant is now up and running.

The Government announced changes to the structure and level of support for screen incentives in December last year.

The new …


New International Award

Posted Monday 07 Apr 2014


Deadline: Application Now Open

The Bertha BRITDOC Documentary Journalism Fund is a new global fund awarding �10,000-50,000 to documentary filmmakers from any country as a mixture of grants and investments. The fund supports projects at the intersection…


More reasons so watch the small screen...

Posted Monday 07 Apr 2014

Visit Our shiny new YouTube account

The Film Archive will be posting short clips from their film and audio collections, videos from their events, and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the Film Archive. New videos will be added regularly so check back often. Jus…


URGENT! Office space available!

Posted Monday 07 Apr 2014

Looking for an office space on Ponsonby Rd, K'Rd end? Producer  (and WIFT member) Marg Slater has one that she would like to get a couple more collaborators to share with.  Low weekly rent, good creative space - working alone but not alone( sort-of-thing.)


Random Films prepares to boost creative industries

Posted Monday 07 Apr 2014

Random Films announced plans recently for a new film investment initiative dedicated to boosting local Industry by extending much-needed financial investment and production support to New Zealand filmmakers.

The company also announced its recent purchase of Wellington icon, Westside Studios, and its plans to r…


Auckland Writer's Festival Event

Posted Monday 07 Apr 2014


98. SATURDAY MAY 17 - 11.00-12.30PM


Flat3 writer/director and WIFT member Roseanne Liang sees webisodes as where short film meets television. In this workshop on scriptwriting for the web she examines t…


Let's Support Lisa!

Posted Monday 07 Apr 2014

Lisa Chappell's one woman show FRED opens this week and she would like to invite all WIFT members to Industry Night on Thursday April 10.

Book online at and use the promo word - cannibal - to get tickets for $15.




Posted Monday 07 Apr 2014

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) New Zealand's Best short film competition will now have a combined prize pool of over $14,500 with the addition of a cinematography prize in 2014.

The inaugural Allen Guildford Cinematography Award has been initiated in honour of the…



Posted Monday 07 Apr 2014

1) Thanks to Vendetta Films, we have 3 x copies of Free Ride starring Anna Paquin which is released on April 9. Email with Paquin in the subject line by 12 noon Thursday.


2) Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the …


WIFTI Summit May 2014 - Pittsburgh

Posted Monday 07 Apr 2014

Ok so we know most of your will be flat out making movies and TV,but always nice to know what the sisters are up to over in the USA....

Coming to the Summit?

Please remember to book your hotel room soon !   You hav…


Helen Bowden talks to Philippa Campbell

Posted Monday 07 Apr 2014

Summary of Auckland Writer's Room 'In Conversation with Helen Bowden', 25 February, The Classic courtesy of Script to Screen.

'We wanted writers who would put the project ahead of themselves and not think solely of their own episodes' Helen Bowden discusses the process of devel…


Reel Brazil Opens Soon!

Posted Monday 07 Apr 2014

Ol� amigos,

Auckland is now only 2 weeks away from our grand opening, with Wellington and Nelson following straight after.

Auckland | Rialto Cinemas | 24 APR  - 04 MAY

Wellington | Paramount Theatre | 08 - 18 MAY

Nelson | The S…


Hannah's Birthday Scores Big Time

Posted Monday 07 Apr 2014

We are so proud to announce that WIFT member Juliet Bergh's short film script 'Hannah's Birthday' has won Best Short Screenplay at the Hollywood HorrorFest recently.

The screenplay has also been accepted in competition for the St Tropez International Film Festival in May.

Well done…


Kapiti writer (& WIFT member) finalist in New York Festival

Posted Monday 07 Apr 2014

WIFT member Linda Niccol's screenplay, POPPY, is one of four finalists in the screenwriting section of SR The Socially Relevant Film Festival.  The feature length script tells the story of a girl with Down syndrome who wants to go all the way with her l…


New joint fund for webseries

Posted Monday 07 Apr 2014

An initiative just launched by NZ On Air and Te M?ngai P?ho aims to create a way to tell stories by and for M?ori outside the traditional broadcast model.

The new joint fund for webseries has $500,000 available for up to five different projects…


Preston Presents Images for Anzac Week

Posted Tuesday 08 Apr 2014

Guest Artist, filmmaker and WIFT member Gaylene Preston has been commissioned by the Auckland War Memorial Museum to present moving image for the popular Illuminate programme held in the Auckland Domain for ANZAC week.  This is the third time Preston has been commissioned to pre…


Wednesday 30 April - Auckland Event

Posted Tuesday 08 Apr 2014

Who's your audience? - with Jill Macnab

Wednesday 30 April

Panavision, 318 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn.


Today, more than ever, it's essential to know who your target audience is for your film, as soon as your concept takes shape. Understanding h…


Wellington WIFT Event Tomorrow!

Posted Tuesday 08 Apr 2014

Wednesday 9 April (That's tomorrow)

Film New Zealand - what do they do?
NZFC Boardroom, 3rd floor, 119 Ghuznee Street
12.30pm - 1.30pm - Wednesday 9 April

Gisella Carr, Chief Executive and Philippa Mossman, Director, Business Development and Enquiries talk about Film New Zealand. Thi…


South Island Event- Tomorrow!

Posted Tuesday 08 Apr 2014

Catch up with Kathryn Graham!

BNZ Lounge, EPIC Centre, 96-106 Manchester St, Christchurch Central

Wednesday April 9 12.30pm

Come along to network and hear from Kath Graham, Popular Factual, Children's and Maori Commissioner at Television NZ.  Get your questions answered and …


Work Opportunities (1)

Posted Tuesday 08 Apr 2014

Senior Creative Producer - Blacksand TVNZ

What's the job?

We are looking for a dynamic Senior Creative Producer to join our Blacksand creative team. We need someone with proven experience in creating cutting edge multiplatform campaigns and natural leadership flair. You will be able to demons…


37 Degrees South - Early Bird Applications

Posted Tuesday 08 Apr 2014

MIFF's renowned industry programme includes an investment fund (the Premiere Fund) and the director's development program (Accelerator). MIFF's finance market (37�South) brings the national and international screen industry to Melbourne during the festival and celebrates Melbourne as a centre for screen business.

Earlybird Applicati…


The Good Food Project by Heritage Hotels

Posted Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

Our generous sponsors, Heritage Hotels are leading the way with this great initiative �


Heritage HotelFood-lovers everywhere are placing greater importance on locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. The raw food movement is sweeping the world. In New…


Digital Art Live - Seminar

Posted Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

Image 3


International Film Festival Submission Deadlines (5)

Posted Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

Get our your diaries and mark these dates....


1 May - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (for films completed between 1/8/13 and 1/4/14) 
2 May - Toronto International Film Festival
15 May - Leipzig International Festival of Documentary and Animation Films (for films completed be…


Documentary Edge Festival 2014 - website now live

Posted Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

The 9th annual Documentary Edge Festival will be held in Auckland at Q Theatre from  21 May - 2 June 2014.

Check out all 58 films including trailers and reviews at the Documentary Edge Festival website which is now live.

You can pick up a print copy…


Want to work for NZFC?

Posted Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

NZFC have been busy with some staff changes and a whole new set of jobs that you can apply for. One new position of note is WIFT member Naomi Wallwork's new role which sees her moving from Head of Business Affairs into the newly crea…


Script to Screen - April Auckland Event

Posted Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

What does good development look like?

Tuesday 29 APRIL, 2014, *new venue* ACADEMY CINEMA

Join other professionals this month at the Academy Cinema for an in-depth discussion on what makes effective feature film development. How do you know if a development process is ma…


Writers' Lab Aotearoa - Closes Soon!

Posted Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

Applications close 5pm, Monday 28th April for Script to Screen's Writers' Lab Aotearoa - a five day intensive lab where selected writers workshop their feature scripts under the guidance of renowned international and local mentors.

The Lab will be held over the 1st-6th of…


Claudia Pond Eyley - film screening

Posted Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

Support WIFT member Claudia Pond Eyley's latest project, Helen, screening at this year's Documentary Film Festival on 24 May and 1 June in Auckland. Check the documentary film website for other screenings. See below for more infomation...

Helen is a documentary that explores the…


Call for Submissions

Posted Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2014 has launched its call for entries.

Deadline 31

As one of the largest and most dynamic short film festivals in the UK, it presents a fantastic opportunity for WIFT filmmakers to engage with an international audience. …


Noho Hewa Visit of Hawaiian filmmaker, Anne Keala Kelly

Posted Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

WIFT member Deborah Jones from Victoria University is part of  'Noho Hewa' a visit by Native Hawaiian filmmaker, Anne Keala Kelly to New Zealand from 24 April to 2 May. The visit has been organised by Peace Movement Aotearoa.

Native Hawaiian filmmaker, Anne Keala Kelly, will…


WIFT Wellington Event - 23 April

Posted Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

An Evening at Avalon Studios

Wednesday 23 April Avalon Studios.


Some of you have difficulty attending our lunchtime events so here is one in the evening for you!

A trip to Avalon! We are replacing our Wednesday 23th April lunch ses…


WIFT Auckland Event (1)

Posted Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

Who's your audience? - with Jill Macnab

Wednesday 30 April at Panavision, 318 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn.


Today, more than ever, it's essential to know who your target audience is for your film, as soon as your concept takes shape. Underst…


Loads of jobs - check them out below...

Posted Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

Cardrona Alpine Resort Videographer / Photographer

Cardrona Alpine Resort Ltd

Do you have talents in multi-media productions with an awesome eye for still photography? Part time role this winter starts in mid June-early October.

Reporter NCA (fixed-term)


  • Demonstrate endless curiosity, and h…

Jackie Van Beek at the Comedy Festival

Posted Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

Image 5


Wellington Event for May

Posted Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

Executive Producing on a Short Film - with Michelle Turner and Nick Ward.
Wednesday 7 May
NZFC Boardroom
12.30 - 1.30 pm

Michelle Turner and Nick Ward talk about their recent experience as short film Executive Producers. How they selected their …


Early Development Funding

Posted Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

The NZFC have introduced some important changes to the guidelines for Early Development

Funding. See below for more details and contact NZFC directly if you have any questions.

Through the Early Development Fund they aim to support the best ideas with the most poten…


Farewell Ian Turtill

Posted Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

We are very sad to note the passing of Ian Turtill, co-owner of the Queenstown Camera Company who generously sponsored the Entrepreneurship Award at this year's WIFT awards.  Queenstown Camera Company also has supported WIFT in presenting  Meet the Alexa workshops in Wellington and Auckl…


Story Generator workshop with Paolo Rotondo

Posted Sunday 27 Apr 2014

Paolo Rotundo


Presented by TAPAC this is a series of workshops designed to help you get the story you want to write out and into the world. For  film, tv and theatre.
There are millions of great stories out there an…


WIFT UK - Their Take on Cannes 2014

Posted Sunday 27 Apr 2014

What Cannes You Expect?

Last week the Cannes Film Festival announced the features vying for this year's Palme d'Or, arguably international cinema's most acclaimed mantlepiece accessory. Amongst the 18 films in main competition there are two works directed by women - Still the Water


Two Great Opportunities at Maori Television

Posted Tuesday 29 Apr 2014


Maori Television has two commissioner opportunities arising within our external programming team. Applications close 19 May 2014.

PROGRAMME COMMISSIONER - Bilingual Programming

The Commissioner role is responsible for identifying,assessing and commissioning new programmes from the independent production …


Festival Success for WIFT Member's Film

Posted Tuesday 29 Apr 2014

The short film "Letter For Hope" has been selected to screen at three US international film festivals and received an Honorable Mention award from a 4th festival.

The film was completed in January 2014 by two Wellington WIFT members - Writer/Actress April Phillips and Dir…


The Big Screen Symposium is Back! (1)

Posted Tuesday 29 Apr 2014

Mark the 27th-28th September in your calendars and join us to be energised, inspired and part of the debate about our cinema.


Make sure you're on our  mailing list and we will notify you as soon as early bird ticke…