The Start of a Beautiful Friendship'..

Posted Tuesday 17 Jun 2014

The New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air and Film New Zealand are pleased to announce they will be working even more closely together in the interests of the New Zealand screen sector.

While the agencies already collaborate on a number of projects, this process is now being formalised under a new 'virtual agency' Screen NZ. 

Screen NZ has a common goal and an initial set of practical initiatives in areas such as research, marketing, skills and talent development and work with other Government agencies.

The new initiatives will include joint marketing of the New Zealand screen industry's capability and the Government's new production incentives overseas, and sharing and collaborating on research to guide screen sector growth. The agencies will also consider pre-industry training, and explore opportunities for screen industry businesses to diversify across the sector. 

Some of the initiatives will involve all three agencies but some will involve just two of the three, depending on relevance.

"The three agencies already share an interest in screen sector growth and ensuring great films and television are made," says NZFC Chief Executive Dave Gibson.  "This formalises our shared interest and will increase the work we already do together."

"NZ On Air works across a number of sectors already - television, music, community broadcasting, public radio and digital media. This new collaboration will broaden how we think about our television strategy to get even better impact, and contribute to a more sustainable screen sector," says Jane Wrightson, Chief Executive of NZ On Air.

"Film New Zealand, as the country's national film office, works to attract international film and television production by promoting the New Zealand screen industry overseas. This joint venture between the three agencies will benefit the New Zealand screen industry and enhance our ability to promote it," says Film New Zealand Chief Executive Gisella Carr.

You can read the Memorandum of Understanding for Screen NZ on the New Zealand Film Commission website  here, on NZ On Air's website  here or on Film New Zealand's website  here.

 

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NZ Films at NZIFF Confirmed

Posted Tuesday 17 Jun 2014

We know that lots of WIFT members are involved with these films - please send us an email if you are one of them so we can alert other members and make sure you get the support you deserve. Well done!

Check out following titles which will screen at the

2014 NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.

Visit www.nziff.co.nz for information on

screening dates, venues and ticket purchases.

AUCKLAND 17 JUL-3 AUG 2014 WELLINGTON 25 JUL-10 AUG 2014 DUNEDIN 31 JUL-17 AUG

CHRISTCHURCH 7-24 AUG 2014

1) AUNTY AND THE STAR PEOPLE

In New Zealand, writer Jean Watson is an anonymous elderly woman living in a modest Wellington flat. In southern India she is revered as the famous 'Jean Aunty'. Gerard Smyth's documentary explores her fascinating double life.

 

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2)EREWHON

For his first feature-length film the widely exhibited New Zealand photographer Gavin Hipkins invests a richly pictorial essay with  the 21st-century resonance of Samuel  Butler's lively utopian satire Erewhon, written in 1872.

 

Erewhon

3) EVERYTHING WE LOVED

A man, a woman and a four-year-old boy retreat to a house outside town. What are they hiding from? Debut writer/director Max Currie staggers its revelations to dramatic effect in this suspenseful psychological drama.

Evrything we loved

 

4) HOT AIR

In the years since New Zealand politicians began to grapple with climate change our greenhouse gas emissions have burgeoned Alister Barry's doco draws on TV archives and interviews with key participants to find out why.

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5) HOUSEBOUND

Welcome home to the Kiwi horror house comedy that took SXSW by storm. Gerard Johnstone's brilliant genre mash-up stars Rima Te Wiata, Morgana O'Reilly, Glen-Paul Waru and Cameron Rhodes.

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6) VOICES OF THE LAND - NG? REO O TE WHENUA

Paul Wolffram's fascinating and eloquent doco about M?ori instrumental traditions accompanies Richard Nunns and Horomona Horo as they perform in a series of remarkable South Island wilderness settings.

Land

 

7) ORPHANS AND KINGDOMS

In writer/director Paolo Rotondo's debut feature, three teenagers on the run break into a deluxe Waiheke Island home and find themselves caught in a tense psychodrama with the conflicted owner.

ORPHANS

8) REALITI

An up-and-coming media executive has    good reason to question the very facts of his existence in this micro-budget sci-fi chiller from director Jonathan King (Black Sheep, Under the Mountain) and novelist Chad Taylor.

REalirty

 

9) T?MANAKO/HOPE

Many roads lead to the Hokianga in this engaging documentary portrait of several generations of inhabitants: local iwi, long- established farming families, and the alternative lifestylers of the 60s and 70s who put down roots and stayed.

Hokianga

 

10) TE AWA TUPUA - VOICES FROM THE RIVER

This beautiful new film from the director of Tatarakihi honours the longstanding struggle of Whanganui iwi to reclaim guardianship over their ancestral river.

River

11) THE DARK HORSE

Be the first in the world to acclaim a moving new New Zealand film. Cliff Curtis is superb  as the late Genesis Potini, the speed chess champion who passed on his gift to countless East Coast children.

Chess

 

11) CAP BOCAGE

Jim Marbrook, director of Mental Notes and the original Dark Horse doco, takes us inside the long environmental campaign that followed the pollution of traditional Kanak fishing grounds in New Caledonia in 2008.

BOCage

12) NOTES TO ETERNITY

Renowned critics of Israeli policies - Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Sara Roy and Robert Fisk - provide personal substance and historical perspective to their arguments in this impressive film by New Zealander Sarah Cordery.

Chomsky

The following guests have been confirmed for the screenings:

Alister Barry & Abi King-Jones (Hot Air)

Dan Geller & Dayna Goldfine (The Galapagos Affair)

Kitty Green (Ukraine is not a Brothel)

Paora Joseph & Janine Martin (Te Awa Tupua)

Sophie Hyde (52 Tuesdays)