Deadlines for International Film Festivals

Posted Friday 04 Dec 2015

Look up profiles of over 50 international film festivals. As this is from an Australian screen site you can read about not only the festivals but also find out the Aussie films that have screened over the last 10 years. Don't be disappointed about t…


BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016 Call for Entries

Posted Friday 04 Dec 2015

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016 is now open for entries. The BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival, celebrates innovation and excellence in filmmaking, and provides a chance for both emerging and established filmmakers to get their work seen by industry, filmmakers and thousands of…


WIFT Member gets SEED Grant

Posted Friday 04 Dec 2015

Congratulations to WIFT member Anna Francino, who along with Joe Lonie and Siobhan Marshall is a recipient of the NZ Writers Guild  (Third Round)   NZWG Seed Grants 2015

A total of 39 applications were received. NZWG is happy to report that th…


Ever wondered about the screenplay?

Posted Friday 04 Dec 2015

Do you come out of a film itching to read the screenplay?  We know some of you do, so to satisfy your cravings we have provided the No Film School link to scripts. Now you can read some of the top hits this year, s…


Crossing Rachmaninoff scores distribution deal with Rialto

Posted Friday 04 Dec 2015

Congratulations to WIFT member Rebecca Tansley whose feature film documentary Crossing Rachmaninoff has secured theatrical release in New Zealand in early 2016 as part of an Australasian distribution agreement with Rialto Distribution.

Under the deal, the film, which premiered to a standing ovation …


Pot Luck Needs a Boost

Posted Friday 04 Dec 2015

What better Xmas pressie can you give than a helping hand to other women in the industry? WIFT member Robin Murphy has been working on her Pot Luck webseries this year. Click on the links here to see Episode One "The Pact".



What the data says about successful film crowdfunding campaigns

Posted Friday 04 Dec 2015

That wise man of film research Stephen Follows continues his investigation into crowdfunding with some practical tips.

In previous articles there have been a few correlations with success, some predictable (projects which ask for less money do better) and some less so (projects whic…


Well You Are A Shy Bunch...

Posted Sunday 06 Dec 2015

We thought we would be drowning in nominations for next year's WIFT Awards but it seems too many of you WANT to hide your light under that god damn bushel... SO here is your official reminder because it's time� for nominations for the 2016 …


Diva the Agency Launches in Auckland

Posted Sunday 06 Dec 2015

Producer and WIFT member Arani Cuthbert has managed the Topp Twins for 25 years, so she knows talent when she sees it.

So we are delighted to announce that Arani has selected some of NZ's finest entertainers and formed a new Talent Agency, Diva the A…


Cheer up - there are some jobs out there! Take a look at our selection....

Posted Tuesday 08 Dec 2015

We know that Dec/Jan is traditionally a bit quiet in our industry but we've found a few roles out there that might fit the bill for you in 2016... Good Luck! And remember to email us before Tuesday December 22 - which is our l…


WIFT Members and Sponsors Winners in Latest Funding Round

Posted Monday 21 Dec 2015

Xmas has come early for some of our WIFT sponsors (and members who will be working on these projects) who have secured funding from NZ on Air for various projects next year.

So congratulations to:

WIFT member Arani Cuthbert who has ensured that Jo…


Film project needs you!

Posted Monday 21 Dec 2015

WIFT member Kathleen Winter is currently looking for participants for a film project called 'Minimum'.

Minimum is a feature-length film project, which will follow a day in the life of a range of different women working minimum wage and under-appreciated jobs in Aotearoa New Zealand…


New to NZ on Screen

Posted Monday 21 Dec 2015

The trailer is out for WIFT member Robyn Scholes' new feature Mahana and you can see it here courtesy of

NZ on Screen....Enjoy!

New this week is the trailer for Lee Tamahori's upcoming film Mahana - his first New Zealand movie s…


The Movie of the Year Opens Boxing Day

Posted Monday 21 Dec 2015


You've read the rave previews, you might even have had a sneak peak - but from Boxing Day every woman will be able to see the inspiring, gritty sensational film Suffragette in cinemas throughout the country.

You can also read our exclusive intervi…


Doc Edge - All ready for 2016

Posted Monday 21 Dec 2015

2015 has been an exciting year for Documentary Edge celebrating the 10th edition of the Festival. And the team are not resting on their laurels. While you are getting a tan they are already working in full force and getting excited about the 11th edi…


More Xmas Giveaways...C'est bonne!

Posted Monday 21 Dec 2015

Here is yet another delightful French film that the whole family can enjoy (how do they keep on doing it?)

If the weather dives and you can't face another ham sandwich then this film will fill you with joy and some tears (and make…


Gender Matters

Posted Monday 21 Dec 2015

No we aren't talking about frivilous things like Father Xmas being a woman (though if he was he would organise this crazy time of year better, wouldn't he???)

Instead we have the launch of a major initiative in Australia aimed at getting so…


Mix in a bit of art with your film...

Posted Monday 21 Dec 2015

Just because it's Xmas and you will have some time...check out

Circuit - Artist Film and Video Aotearoa last blog posts for the year...



00:30) A toast to Peter McLeavey 01:00) most interesti…


Fresh Funding

Posted Monday 21 Dec 2015

Congratulations to WIFT members Catherine Fitzgerald, Jessica Bond, Robyn Paterson and Paula Boock for securing Fresh Short Funding in the October round:

October Fresh Shorts $10,000



Writer/Director: Jack Barrowman, Producers: Tom Webb & Catherine Fitzgerald

When a teenage boy's grandmother fa…


NZFC Production Funding

Posted Monday 21 Dec 2015

Congratulations to WIFT members Emma Slade and Alyx Duncan and Catherine Madigan and Gaylene Preston for securing NZFC Production Funding for these projects:

Lonely Girl

An isolated young woman accidentally runs down and injures a suspected killer. Fuelled partly by terror an…


Ozzie Pitching Competition Open to Kiwis

Posted Monday 21 Dec 2015

Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) 2016, Pitching Competition is calling for entries

The FACTory is a new pitching event for nonfiction screen content happening on Wednesday 2 March, the final day of AIDC 2016, in Melbourne. The event provides a unique opportunity for …


If you are a true rugby fan...

Posted Monday 21 Dec 2015

This will excite you! WIFT member Cass Avery has produced Richie McCaw, the film, and it is coming to New Zealand cinemas in 2016.

The first teaser trailer is available now, online here. ( )

The title of the film will be reveale…


TVC Angels needed for The Life Flight Trust

Posted Monday 21 Dec 2015

Here you go - your chance to bring joy and peace this Xmas for an excellent cause. Life Fight need an impactful, professional television commercial made for early 2016. They need funds to keep them in the air.  If you love what they do …


There are some good jobs out there...

Posted Monday 21 Dec 2015

We all know this is not the greatest time of year for work in this industry, but we film/tv types can turn our hands to many things so there might be something here for you... Good Luck!

Sports ReporterMaori Television

Maori Television, is se…


A WIFT NZ Exclusive! We talk to Faye Ward

Posted Tuesday 22 Dec 2015

Faye Ward

It took producer Faye Ward over five years of brainstorming and campaigning to produce Suffragette, the narrative feature about women's struggle for the right to vote in Britain a century ago. The film, opening on Boxing Day at a time when feminism in filmmak…