Great War Stories Series Returns

Posted Wednesday 15 Apr 2015

After the success of series one of War Stories that screened on TV3 News - before the sport(!) WIFT member Anna Cottrell was commissioned to do another series of seven personal war stories starting this Saturday 18 April on TV3, and running each night during the news until Friday 24th April.

Greg Dixon in the NZ Herald said about the last series: "...these little slice of war stories told me more in a few minutes than [other programmes] told me in an hour. All good stuff."

Anna also has two of her documentaries rescreening on TV One on ANZAC Day:

Children of Gallipoli screening at 8.15am on TV One. For that doco she took two young kiwis to meet two young Turkish people to get a Turkish point of view. Their grandfathers and great grandfathers all fought at Gallipoli.

The other is The Last of the ANZACs screening at 4pm on TV One

Both docos screen on ANZAC Day April 25.

All make for appointment viewing for WIFT members and their friends and family so spread the word and well done Anna on such a great achievement.

Next Up...

SPADA Training Programme Announced

Posted Wednesday 15 Apr 2015

SPADA's International Training and Development Programme for New Zealand Screen Practitioners,

with Industry Expert Angus Finney


In Association with the NZFC

Dates: 22-24 April / 15-17 July / 09-11 Nov 2015

Venue: The Film & Television School, Wellington

[Registration Fee: $350.00 (+gst)]

SPADA is delivering this International Training and Development programme in association with the New Zealand Film Commission, together with key sponsor Grow Wellington and The Museum Hotel. The programme has been developed to deliver on a range of key objectives from building creative team skills, marketing expertise, business modelling skills, to improving international market knowledge. There are three x three-day modules (you must commit to attending all three modules), coupled with course mentoring between sessions by the Course Director.

Each module will comprise two days for writers and directors and producers; with the third day dedicated to producers/teams only (full programme attached).

Mentorship is a key component of the programme as it will enable creative teams/producers to maintain a project's momentum, as well as provide the opportunity to brain-storm any issues/hurdles that may arise between times. The programme is aimed at New Zealand producers, writers and directors of creative content, working at a range of levels across feature films (including documentaries that cross over to theatrical) and television drama. Specific project focus is encouraged in the application process, as projects will form part of the professional development and mentoring focus of the two x one year programmes.


All producers, writers and directors applying for this programme must have a completed feature film script or TV programme/series that has the potential to gain either local distribution

If you are interested in attending this exciting programme please contact Sandy at SPADA, on either or (04) 939 6936.