It's WIFTI Showcase Time Again

Posted Tuesday 15 Jul 2014

A year goes by so fast in this industry, but that's no excuse for not entering the WIFTI Showcase 2014.

WIFTI needs our TWO entries for the 2014 Women in Film & Television International's Short Film Showcase. This is a great opportunity for members to showcase their work, some of the selected films have received distribution deals and been nominated for Academy Awards! With news like that we hope it is an incentive to send us your best short film.

To mark the 10th Anniversary of the showcase on March 8, 2015 in celebration of International Women's Day, WIFTI will exhibit an international online showcase of the selected submissions.

Cash prizes of $1000, $500 and $250 will be awarded to the top three films selected by the Jury.  The prize will be awarded to the female director. We encourage members of every Chapter to participate!

Guidelines for Submission:

  • WIFTI encourages unique points of view and storytelling that focuses on subjects/issues that would concern women.
  • The short must run less than 15 minutes.
  • There is no submission fee for WIFTI members in good standing.
  • The film must have a female director, plus females in two other key positions(i.e.: writer, producer, editor, director of photography etc.)  .
  • The submission must be less than two years old.

If you wish to be considered as New Zealand's entry please send Patricia Watson a screener/a link/DVD, and electronic press kit. Include the name of the director and the two other women in key positions. Please note that a link to the film would be best - easier to share with the judges.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm Sunday 24 August.

Submissions are to be sent to:

Note you will need to fill out a complete submission form if you are selected.

Let's see how many short films, under 15 minutes are directed by women in New Zealand!


Next Up...

Got a spare four hours to spend at the movies?

Posted Tuesday 15 Jul 2014

WIFT National Manager, Patricia Watson rates viewing 25 hours of Edgar Reitz's massive masterpiece Heimat over two days in a cinema in Sydney as one of her top 5 cinematic highlights in life. She says that the splashes of colour cut into an essentially black and white film were breath-taking and are imprinted on her mind for ever.

Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision is the prequel to Heimat and promises to be every bit as enthralling. Four hours will pass in a flash! and NZIFF are offering a double pass in Auckland and a double pass in Wellington for this unique event ( sorry it doesn't travel further than that).

Just email with Home from Home in the subject line. We'll draw the winners on Wednesday and be in touch via email, so stay online!

Here are the details and screening times:


This supremely cinematic epic of mid-19th century German rural life by Heimat director Edgar Reitz chronicles the quests and conflicts of country families hoping to escape poverty and famine by forging a new life in Brazil.

Proudly supported by Goethe Institut

Sessions for the prize draw:

Auckland Saturday 26 July, 1.15pm Civic theatre

Wellington Saturday 2 August, 2.00pm Embassy theatre