Discount to the NZIFF

Posted Tuesday 07 Jun 2016

Thanks to NZIFF who have offered members an industry discount for purchasing tickets to this year's NZIFF screenings in Auckland. The full programme is out June 20 and tickets go on sale June 24.

As in previous years you can purchase online 1 A code ticket per screening at this special price  ($15.50) when you use the password below:

Password: WIFT2016

Please ensure that you have your WIFT membership cards with you when attending the screening with this special priced ticket as you may be asked for I.D. by venue staff.

It looks like another fantastic programme of films so pop the link below into your browser,  settle back, pray for rain, book that babysitter and get viewing!

NZIFF Dates 2016

Auckland 14 - 31 July
Wellington 22 July - 7 August
Christchurch 28 July - 14 August
Dunedin 4 - 21 August

AND for music film buffs... here is a line up of the music films on offer. It celebrates the best in the world of music from an R&B Queen, to the 60s' most avant-garde rocker, to a soundstage in Buenos Aires, travelling the world with Yo-Yo Ma, and on to an audition for an outback choir.

Miss Sharon Jones!

Academy Award-winning documentary maker Barbara Kopple delivers definitive proof, from show-stopping testimony in a small South Carolina church to Manhattan's Beacon Theatre, that nobody raises the roof like Sharon Jones.

"The narrative arc of the film is the diminutive ('four foot 11 and a quarter') singer's more than year-long battle with cancer - and her return to performing. But by lavishing huge helpings of Jones' music and explosive performances on what is a very intimate portrait, the two-time Oscar-winning [Barbara] Kopple keeps the doco from ever becoming maudlin, or predictable, or from even slowing down." - John Anderson, Indiewire

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in his Own Words

Director Thorsten Sch�tte's doco splices together performance and interview footage of the ever-articulate rock star (and talk-show guest) Frank Zappa to recount the story of his defiantly non-conformist musical journey.

"A compelling gateway documentary that should absorb both fans and novices alike." - Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter


Carlos Saura, the Spanish director of such classics as Flamenco, Tango and Blood Wedding, mounts a dazzling showcase for the leading contemporary performers of traditional Argentinian music and dance.

"Lyrical and moving,  Argentina is also a glorious reminder that every film should be a passion project." - Vancouver International Film Festival

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

On a quest to uncover Leonard Bernstein's 'universal language of music', renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma travels the old 'Silk Road' with virtuoso musicians from diverse instrumental traditions to collaborate on rousing new musical explorations.

"The intersection of cultures is where new things emerge." - Yo-Yo Ma

Wide Open Sky

In this charming documentary from Lisa Nicol, gifted teacher and musician Michelle Leonard travels to under-resourced outback NSW, auditioning children then schooling the chosen 130 to perform in the annual Moorambilla Voices choir.

"This down-to-earth crowd pleaser is a terrific antidote to the razzle-dazzle hype of TV talent shows." - Richard Kuipers, Variety

Next Up...


Posted Tuesday 07 Jun 2016

The Directors & Editors Guild of New Zealand (DEGNZ) is delighted to announce its year-long Women Filmmaker Incubator with financial assistance from the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC).

The Incubator, launching in the second half of 2016, will comprise of five workshops designed to give up to eight emerging female directors the opportunity to build their knowledge, skills and networks as a means to advance their careers and projects in the screen industry.

"One of our goals within the NZFC's gender policy is to encourage proposals from Guilds that support and enhance the upskilling of women in the industry," says NZFC CEO Dave Gibson.  "This programme fits that brief perfectly and compliments our 2016 Gaylene Preston Director's Award."

The Incubator targets women with a track record as a director in their area of focus and the intent to make their first feature or equivalent (corresponding work in TV, web series, feature documentary or drama).  Applicants will have a project in development that has not yet been presented to a network or funder.

Each workshop in the programme will bring in highly successful filmmakers and experts in a stepped approach that will develop participants' confidence and capability to engage with the screen industry as they seek to get their own projects through development and into production.

"We have been working for close to a year to put this initiative in place," said DEGNZ Executive Director Tui Ruwhiu. "We are extremely thankful to NZFC for providing financial support that will enable us to help address gender inequality for women directors."

For DEGNZ, the Women Filmmaker Incubator is its latest effort focused on turning around the poor statistics for women directors in television drama and feature film in New Zealand, which reflect the trend internationally.

A call for applications for the Incubator will be issued in June.

Tui Ruwhiu

Executive Director

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ