Introducing DocPlay

Posted Friday 02 Dec 2016

DocPlay has opened its doors to documentary lovers in Australia and New Zealand. Dedicated to becoming the streaming hub for the world's best documentaries, DocPlay is a VOD (video on demand) service available on several devices, both at home and on the go.


WIFT Winners at SPA

Posted Friday 02 Dec 2016

Congratulations to our immediate past President Sharon Menzies whose company Fulcrum Media Finance picked up the Services and Facilities Business of the Year award at the Screen Producers of Australia (SPA) awards.

That result, coming from a business that is based here, but ma…


Online Heroines

Posted Sunday 04 Dec 2016

WIFT member Louise Hutt has a new project which we should all support! Online Heroines is a new documentary web series exploring the experiences of New Zealand women filmmakers - focusing on new media platforms and gender discrimination. It features nine episodes, each an inter…


And in the video slot we have...

Posted Sunday 04 Dec 2016

Kathleen Winter has just released a short (5 minute) documentary - DVD Dreams- a love letter to one of the last remaining video stores in Wellington, New Zealand. DVD Dreams is a short documentary that features a bunch of loyal customers and film buffs...…


Fancy being Mother Xmas?

Posted Sunday 04 Dec 2016

You can make Xmas come early for WIFT member Jan Hellriegel by contributing to her Boosted campaign to produce her 4th studio album.

And here is her video �

And here is why she called it Sportsman Of The Year (althoug…


Festival du Film Francais 2017

Posted Sunday 04 Dec 2016

No excuses for not putting this in your diary NOW. The Alliance Française French Film Festival will return to New Zealand screens from 1 March- 12 April, 2017, inviting audiences to experience one language, and a world of emotions.

Following the success of the 2016…


Let's hear it for the boys

Posted Sunday 04 Dec 2016

You may not be aware that 5% of the WIFT membership is made up of male friends who support women in the screen industry, and we thank them for their engagement with us and their interest in gender balance.

Two of those men, Thomas Sainsbury…


The Art of Film

Posted Sunday 04 Dec 2016

Vincent Ward is another of the long term male supporters of WIFT.  We know him as a filmmaker but he is also a recognised artist. If you have a bare wall here is an opportunity to acquire New Zealand art with a film connection.



Double Happy for WIFT members at SPADA

Posted Sunday 04 Dec 2016

We are delighted to congratulate two WIFT members who picked up awards at the recent SPADA conference.

New Filmmaker of the Year went to director, writer and producer Yamin Tun.  Yamin won a scholarship prize in the 48 hour film competition to study film at…


Exciting Giveaway for Xmas

Posted Sunday 04 Dec 2016

We have a terrific giveaway for you this week - tickets to A UNITED KINGDOM which opens on December 8. Big thanks as always to Trigger Marketing and Madman for these generous giveaways which keep us going ALL year!

So if Xmas gifts elude you,…


NZ Film Awards - time is running out!!!

Posted Sunday 04 Dec 2016

Submissions close : Friday December 9th - NO LATE ENTRIES.

Make sure you submit entries for women who meet any of the award criteria!

Finalist Nominees Announced: Friday December 16th

Tickets on Sale: Friday December 16th

Awards Night: Saturday February 18th 2017

ASB Showgroun…


SHORT FILM LAB Applications Closing

Posted Monday 05 Dec 2016

Applications for the Aotearoa Short Film Lab close on Wednesday 14 December.  Apply


The Aotearoa Short film Lab is a  prestigious hothouse mentoring scheme for screenwriters and aspiring screenwriters to workshop new ideas for short film. The Lab was established in…


First Monday Giveaway

Posted Monday 05 Dec 2016

THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY makes a DVD debut just in time for Christmas.  It's a look behind the curtain at the annual Met Gala in New York. Fans of The September Issue will not be disappointed.

We have 3 copies of the DVD to giv…


Work Opportunities - last chance before Xmas

Posted Tuesday 13 Dec 2016

South Seas Film and Television School

Head of Art and Design Department head tutor.

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic person  with tutoring  and industry experience to head our Art and Design department .The Dept delivers to the skill areas of …


Women dominate creative roles in newly funded webseries

Posted Tuesday 13 Dec 2016

It's so encouraging to have such positive news from NZ On Air and great to see the numbers of women coming through the online space.  Particular congratulations to WIFT members Robin Murphy, and Roseanne Liang and the Flat3 team.

Of the seven webseries selected for…


Stop looking at your phone and start USING it...

Posted Tuesday 13 Dec 2016

A 15,000 Euro prize is worth getting to grips with the filmability of your mobile phone!  It's also something to do over the Christmas break - you have until 3 January 2017  to submit your film and at the moment entries are primarily from men…


Some Xmas reading from the new edition of CREWED is out now.

Posted Tuesday 13 Dec 2016

Here's some summer reading for you, and, if you didn't catch up with the last edition, or even the one before that, you can always   download a pdf edition check out their  issuu collection or just enjoy the   online editions.

Check out the new edit…


Story Edge World Exhibition May 26-28 2017- Submissions Call

Posted Tuesday 13 Dec 2016

Showcase your interactive digital project to a new audience.

Story Edge are seeking the following submissions categories to showcase innovative interactive digital storytelling projects including:

* New Media Installations

* Experimental or Interactive Documentary

* Augmented Reality / Mobile Device Apps / Art-Gamin…


Submissions Now Open for the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017

Posted Tuesday 13 Dec 2016

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival celebrates innovation and excellence in filmmaking, and is a platform for emerging and established filmmakers to showcase their work to wider audiences. ASFF also is looking for practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of short film forward. Prizes include screenings…


More Xmas Reading from Stephen Follows

Posted Tuesday 13 Dec 2016

Stephen has been looking at movies based on true stories, following a question from Kathleen Drumm, Toronto International Film Festival Industry Director. Kathleen also asked about the quality of these movies and posited that they are likely to be better than your average movie,…


Great news for all the WIFT's at SPP!

Posted Tuesday 13 Dec 2016


A new children's drama series, a family feature film, and a returning favourite series are set to bring more diverse stories to local TV screens - the team at SPP have secured funding for another series of the Brokenwood Mysteries so well done you.


New Life Member for WIFT NZ

Posted Tuesday 13 Dec 2016

At its October meeting the WIFT Board voted to confer Honorary Life Membership on a woman many of you will know - Judith McCann. Judith joins a select group of life members - the others are Philippa Boyens, Robin Laing, Fiona Milburn and Glenis Giles.&n…


Beautiful, quiet, affordable writing space opening in the heart of Wellington.

Posted Tuesday 13 Dec 2016

Working from home is tough and modern offices are full of distractions. But fear not - for help has arrived for Wellington writers and producers looking for a peaceful, productive workspace.


Bureau at 158 The Terrace is a beautiful, quiet coworking space inspired by New…


Copyright and the Creative Sector

Posted Thursday 15 Dec 2016

The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has released a report concluding a study into the role of copyright and designs in the creative sector. This is an important document for everyone in the film, television and creative industries generally (and you are encouraged…


New TV programmes from NZ on Air

Posted Thursday 15 Dec 2016

Lots of good news for many WIFT members in this line-up so we congratulate everyone.  A great start for 2017.

New Zealand audiences can look forward to a host of insightful new factual programmes coming to television screens.

In election year, specialist current affairs shows…


Keynote from TIFF

Posted Thursday 15 Dec 2016

And some gutsy video for your viewing pleasure - it might even get the Xmas table conversation going!

Jill Soloway on The Female Gaze | MASTER CLASS | TIFF 2016

by TIFF Live

In this keynote address, Jill Soloway takes on the crit…


Need a media partner for your projects?

Posted Thursday 15 Dec 2016

WIFT member Helena Bethune would like to get in touch with people who need help putting pitches and proposals together.

For a contracted fee (mutually agreeable) she is happy to meet with you and discuss your projects and how she can help secure …


Here is some summer viewing...

Posted Friday 16 Dec 2016

First up, this week's offering for the video slot is from Nathalie Boltt, The Silk. Here's a synopsis to get you started...

The Silk, Mrs Blackie's cherished wedding present, has lain, untouched, in the cupboard for 50 years. Now that her lifetime with Mr B…