Tropfest 2017 - Call for Entries

Posted Monday 01 Aug 2016

Avalon Film & Television Studios will be continuing their sponsorship of Tropfest NZ as the official Studio Partner - and yes this means the 'Studio Award' will once again be sponsored by Avalon Film & Television Studios, which includes an amazing $10,000 studio package for one o…


WIFT Member's NZIFF Screening

Posted Monday 01 Aug 2016

Screening with 'Mr Gaga' at the New Zealand International Film Festival is 'Nurse Me' adapated by WIFT member Kezia Barnett from the dance 'Nurses' from MaryJane & Phil O'Reilly's stage production In Flagrante. If you missed it in Auckland - don't panic here are the dates…


NZ Dance Company's Latest Production

Posted Monday 01 Aug 2016

The New Zealand Dance Company will be premiering its new season, The Absurdity of Humanity in Auckland August 24-27.

Chief Executive and WIFT member Shona McCullagh would love to see other WIFT members in the audience. Here are some more details and a …


A growing gap between younger and older audiences - what does it mean for traditional media?

Posted Monday 01 Aug 2016


New research commissioned by NZ On Air shows New Zealanders' media consumption habits are changing rapidly as the media environment and technology changes. And the most rapid change is with younger audiences.

The research is a follow-up to a survey first carried out in…


CREWED magazine July issue - out now!

Posted Monday 01 Aug 2016


The latest issue has features on several WIFT members - Ness Simons, Leanne Saunders, Hugh Calveley and the team at SPP. They are a little later out than usual this month, a victim of seasonal disruptions like school holidays and …


Got some spare time for a special project?

Posted Monday 01 Aug 2016

Save the Children NZ are calling for volunteers to train as Child Friendly Spaces volunteers in the event of an National emergency.

Child-Friendly Spaces is Save the Children's emergency response programme that helps ensure children are safe and protected in evacuation centres where families cong…


Yamin Tun - One to Watch

Posted Monday 01 Aug 2016

Yamin Tun accepts her NZs Best short film prize for NZs Best 2016Congratulations to WIFT member Yamin Tun who picked up the jury prize at the fifth annual New Zealand's Bestshort film competition. The winning shorts were announced on stage at the Civic Theatre in Auckland last week.

The Madman Entertainment Jury Prize for the Best New …


This week's Video Slot Goes To...

Posted Monday 01 Aug 2016

For the third year running, the immensely successful documentary platform Loading Docs is launching 10 new 3 minute shorts that will captivate and challenge us to see real life and local stories in new ways.

WIFT member and Executive Producer Julia Parnell says:



Auckland Members First Wednesdays Have Begun!

Posted Monday 01 Aug 2016

We know many of you find networking difficult but work isn't going to come to you if you just wait at home for the phone to ring, so at member Morgan Leigh Stewart's suggestion we are going to provide you with a relaxed environment o…


Big Boost for TV Drama Production

Posted Monday 01 Aug 2016

Well this is a day to celebrate - every single production has WIFT members leading the charge!  Whoopee!!! And SPP will be cracking the champagne as they toast a third season of drama series Westside for TV3.

The controversial saga of the Truebrid…


Dynamotion at the Basement

Posted Tuesday 02 Aug 2016

Our wonderful discount provider, The Basement, has some treats in store for you if you are suffering post NZIFF lethargy...

They finish out their Winter Season with what can only be described as gusto. Free Happiness opening this week is not so much a show but a micro-economy/performance piece&nbs…


WIFT Members Scoop NZ on Air Funding

Posted Tuesday 02 Aug 2016

In the latest NZ on Air funding decisions, WIFT members feature prominently. We are so pleased and delighted that you are able to secure this important funding so we really do see more of NZ on air - but especially work by NZ women…


Guess Who David Brent is Following Downunder?

Posted Tuesday 02 Aug 2016

Ricky Gervais follows just 29 people on Instagram world-wide out of his nearly 1 million followers, and one of those is now @triggerworld, the handle of the creative brains at Trigger Marketing & Publicity, who are the wonderful people who supply us with free tic…


Competition Time! (5)

Posted Tuesday 02 Aug 2016


A film about the Everest climbing season 2014 from the Sherpa point of view, including the tragic avalanche and its aftermath. Thanks to Trigger Marketing we have some giveaways for you!

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The Latest from Stephen Follows

Posted Tuesday 02 Aug 2016

Today he is looking at what types of low budget films break out (i.e. films budgeted between $500k and $3 million which make at least $10 million producers net profit). Ok so the numbers are big for NZ, but remember he's writing for an internatio…


There is work out there....

Posted Tuesday 02 Aug 2016

Project Manager | TV/FILM ProductionUrban Voyage


We have several exciting projects that require a Project Manager with long-form (TV) or film experience to coordinate teams, budgets and schedules.

Digital Media & Advertising IntershipsFutureYou


  • 6 week Internship training programme
  • Digital Media & Advertising …

Board Nominations are Open

Posted Monday 15 Aug 2016

If you are a paid-up member of WIFT you will have received the email about the upcoming AGM and election of board members. You will also have received a special link so you can nominate someone (or yourself).

If for some reason you have m…


JOBS! A mixed bag of media/journalism/digital/tv - something for everyone! (3)

Posted Monday 15 Aug 2016

Talent Agent & Booker

Work with the best talent agency in New Zealand! We're looking for an intermediate level Talent Agent & Booker for our Performance Division.

Are you passionate about the Creative Arts industry?

Do you have previous experience in business development …


WIFT member to headline SMS Gala Opening

Posted Monday 15 Aug 2016

Tickets for Show Me Shorts 2016 gala events now on sale and our own WIFT member Jackie van Beek is MCing the opening night in Auckland!

It's a record-breaking year already with over 1,500 submissions received for SMS from more than 60 countrie…


Story Camp Aotearoa 2016 - Applications Open

Posted Monday 15 Aug 2016



Script to Screen launches the 2016 Story Camp Aotearoa, a feature film project workshop happening this summer.

Story Camp evolves from the 2014 and 2015 writing labs, which have seen talented local writers workshop their feature film scripts with exceptional international an…



Posted Monday 15 Aug 2016

These are documentaries that they promise will change your world!

For the third year running, the immensely successful documentary platform Loading Docs has launched 10 new 3-minute shorts that will captivate and challenge us to see local stories in new ways. WIFT members involved are Julia Pa…


Nga Taonga Strategic Plan

Posted Monday 15 Aug 2016

Ng? Taonga Sound & Vision is excited to have launched its new vision and direction, captured in the new Strategic Plan 2016-2024.

They are grateful to the many stakeholders and interested parties who responded to their invitation to offer input into the d…


Call for Applications - TV Drama Director Attachments on POWER RANGERS

Posted Monday 15 Aug 2016

DEGNZ invites applications for a TV Children's action adventure Attachment on Power Rangers Productions Ltd TV series Power Rangers - Ninja Steel & Super Ninja Steel (Seasons 24 & 25).

Power Rangers Ninja Steel & Super Ninja Steel, produced by Chip Lynn and Sarah Spurway,…


BOTH WORLDS is back on TV3 this Sunday

Posted Monday 15 Aug 2016

As the New Zealand population hits  over four and a half million and with predictions that within 22 years just 42% of Auckland's population will be P?keh?, never has it been more important to tell the stories of young multicultural New Zealanders. TV3 ser…


This week's video slot

Posted Tuesday 16 Aug 2016

This short was edited by Christchurch WIFT member, Gaylene Barnes as part of Christchurch Dilemmas an independent interactive documentary funded by New Zealand On Air and supported by Radio New Zealand.

You can watch, comment and have your say about the situation through this initi…


If you didn't see any Polish films at NZIFF

Posted Tuesday 16 Aug 2016

Don't despair! The Inaugural Polish Film Festival screens in Wellington for the first time from 30 September - 9 October 2016. (Go to for more details)

Taking place in downtown Wellington at the iconic Paramount, the Wellington Polish Film Festival is an exciting oppor…


Panui: Maoriland FF Submissions Are Open!

Posted Tuesday 16 Aug 2016

M?oriland Film Festival is an international festival organised by WIFT member Libby Hakaraia that celebrates Indigenous voices and storytelling in film. Each March, M?oriland presents a selection of the most distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe.

M?oriland Film Festival is on 15-19th March 20…


Sowing the Seed

Posted Tuesday 16 Aug 2016

NZWG Seed Grants

To give this industry its best chance of success strong voices and new ideas and stories that resonate are needed. NZWG believe in different pathways for developing these stories and the ability to allow writers space to f…


The Insiders' Guide: Taking Films to Market

Posted Tuesday 16 Aug 2016

With the sheer number of films in the global market, what does it take to get your projects recognised on the international stage?

Script to Screen's next event will be of interest to everyone.

Tues 23rd August, 7:30-8:30pm, The Classic, AKL

Fresh from Sundance,…


Screenings at the Roxy in Wellington

Posted Tuesday 16 Aug 2016

Doc Edge Presents - the 2016 programme of monthly screenings at The Roxy Cinema, Wellington. Screenings will be held on the last Wednesday of the month at 6.30pm unless otherwise stated. Limited seats so book early to avoid disappointment

Wednesday, 24 August at 6.30pm



Our President Nails the Gender Debate

Posted Tuesday 16 Aug 2016

WIFT President Kelly Martin has written a terrific piece explaining how not even the enlightened creative industries are immune to gender bias...

Pop the link in your browser and read on....…


A subject dear to our own heart...

Posted Saturday 27 Aug 2016

NCWNZ 12475 - SOCIAL MEDIA_FACEBOOK TILE_KEYNOTE SPEAKERS-01This year's National Council of Women NZ Conference 2016 is based on the theme of Gender Equality and Driving Cultural Change

15-17 September 2016 in Te Papa, Wellington

2016 presents an unprecedented opportunity to come together to discuss, debate and then emb…


Ever the Land romps through the Festival circuit

Posted Saturday 27 Aug 2016

image001We always love to hear progress reports on films by WIFT members. The latest to reach us is news on WIFT member and director Sarah Grohert's film EVER THE LAND, which continues to do well out there with three more international festivals having accepted i…


Making a film for Tropfest NZ 2017? Register your interest now!

Posted Saturday 27 Aug 2016

Are you thinking about entering a film in the 2017 festival?  If you are, Tropfest would love to hear from you!

They have made some small changes to the submission process this year, so make sure you've registered your interest with…


Last reminder about Athena FF

Posted Saturday 27 Aug 2016



The Athena Film Festival submissions for 2017 are open through to September 15. They accept features, documentaries, and short films that feature courageous and bold women leaders as the protagonist of the story; films can be made by both women and me…


Crossing Rachmaninoff selected for film festivals in USA, Scandinavia

Posted Saturday 27 Aug 2016

We are delighted to announce that the New Zealand feature film documentary Crossing Rachmaninoff, directed and produced by WIFT member Rebecca Tansley, has been selected for two more offshore festivals, the Napa Valley Film Festival 2016 and the Scandinavian International Film Festival 2016. We …


This week's Video Slot (1)

Posted Saturday 27 Aug 2016

We are receiving a steady stream of videos/shorts etc for this slot. We like to put up a new one for each edition of E News - so if you have something out there that you want to share - please send us a l…


BSS Announces some great Female Film Talent

Posted Saturday 27 Aug 2016



The Big Screen Symposium 2016 takes place in Auckland on 24/25 September 2016. Tickets on sale now

Three women who champion provocative storytelling on the international stage join the line-up! Come and hear from Opeyemi Olukemi, senior director of Interactive from…


Screenies Opens in Four Weeks!

Posted Saturday 27 Aug 2016



WIFT member Janette Howe has worked tirelessly to get Screenies Children's Film Festival off the ground. It's a children's film festival and a much needed and desired addition to our film festival programme.

Ticket sales are now open. There are short films,…


Bonnie's New Adventure..

Posted Monday 29 Aug 2016

Many of you will have had contact with Bonnie Slater over the years at NZFC. She left last week for new horizons, but the WIFT member is promising to stay in touch - here is some info about her new role and we wish …


Writing Comedy for the Screen - Wellington

Posted Monday 29 Aug 2016

Mon 12 Sept, 6-7pm, Ng? Taonga, Wellington

Whether its odd-ball characters, slapstick or dark humour, in sketch or narrative content, are we making the most of our potential to write great comedic work for the screen?

This September STS brings together a panel of screenwriters and comedi…


Call for Applications: Drama Editing Masterclass with Dany Cooper!

Posted Monday 29 Aug 2016

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites you to apply for a 2-day Drama Editing Masterclass with multiple award-winning Australian editor Dany Cooper for up to 8 participants.

Dany Cooper is one of Australia's best-known and respected film and television editors. This year, she has comple…


Amy Street - Launches This Week

Posted Tuesday 30 Aug 2016

WIFT members Viv Kernick and Kirsty Griffin are the powerhouse behind "AMY STREET  - more than meets the eye" that launches online Sunday September 4.  It's edited by fellow WIFT member Prisca Bouchet.

It's a series of eight short films  about nine special people &nb…


WIFT receives three-year funding from the NZFC!

Posted Tuesday 30 Aug 2016

As part of its gender-based initiatives, which we applaud, the NZFC has awarded WIFT NZ operating funding at the same level as the other guilds for the first time in WIFT's history.  Not only that, but as long as we meet our grant conditions, t…



Posted Tuesday 30 Aug 2016

All the recipients of this year's Gaylene Preston Directors' Awards are WIFT members!

Huge congratulations to Armagan Ballantyne, Alyx Duncan and Gillian Ashurst who will each receive $25,000 to further their commitment to feature filmmaking.

Thirty applications were received for the award which was …


Latest jobs just waiting for you... (4)

Posted Tuesday 30 Aug 2016

Internship Program for FilmTV Production - Camera, Editing, Sound, LightingBroadcast & Film New Zealand Ltd

Internship in a FilmTV production company.

Concept Designer - Sci Fi & FantasyWeta Workshop

If you have a love for SCI FI and FANTASY entertainment, and a …


Got a feeling you're not in Kansas?

Posted Tuesday 30 Aug 2016

That doesn't matter Dorothy, because you can still enter the Kansas City Women in Film & TV's 6th annual Short Screenplay Contest . All members of Women in Film chapters get a discount on their entry fee. Please see The early bird deadlin…


Go to BSS for Free!

Posted Tuesday 30 Aug 2016

Yes you can! But you need to apply by FRIDAY 2 September. The NZFC has scholarships available to attend the Big Screen Symposium on 24 and 25 September. Each scholarship will include a ticket to the two-day event and if you live outside…


Your Reading for This Week

Posted Tuesday 30 Aug 2016

There are so many stories involving WIFT members in the latest NZFC newsletter that we recommend you read it yourself - not just to catch up with WIFT members but also to see the latest funding deadlines and other important industry news.  Pop the l…