Support needed for young film makers' workshops

Posted Thursday 17 Aug 2017

Maoriland Rangitahi

WIFT member Libby Hakaraia, director of the Maoriland Film Festival, is asking for support from WIFTers to send 14 young Kiwis to lead Through Our Lens, a series of youth film making workshops in the Pacific.

These rangitahi (youth) were chosen for their leadership qualities as well as their passion for film storytelling and an ability to share this passion and skills with their peers.  

M?oriland has already raised the bulk of the funds with the support of UNESCO and the New Zealand Film Commission, but they need to raise $6,300 for flights to and accommodation in Tahiti, Rarotonga, Hawaii and Samoa. Show them some love and donate on their Give A Little page.

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Impressive wins for sci fi web series

Posted Thursday 17 Aug 2017

Congratulations to writer/producer Tanya Wheeler - her children's sci-fi web series RESET took out Best Web Series at the Los Angeles Web Series Festival Global 2017.

Tanya says the win was unexpected, as shows from the Children's category rarely win Best Web Series, and RESET was up against 86 international shortlisted entrants.

"The whole team is very excited by the win and it is timely as we are just putting in another application for NZOA funding to make more episodes of the series. International recognition is nice, but we really get excited when local kids contact us about how much they love the show, because it was written for kiwi kids. Our web series is being used in primary school lessons by teachers, as we have free educational resources on our website too."

Reset also won the MipTV Digital Short Form Content for Children Competition 2017 in Cannes, France. During the competition Tanya pitched to the BBC, Disney, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network in the finals, against competition from China, Russia, the USA, Chile and Spain. As a result of the pitch, US-based VOD platform TOON GOGGLES approached Tanya about putting RESET on their platform, where it is now available. This had followed hot on the heels of Irish children's platform for primary schools, CyberSmarties, running with the Kiwi web series in January 2017 and clocking up over 214,000 plays in just six months. CyberSmarties have recently commented that RESET is the most popular series on their curated platform. Those flying Air New Zealand internationally may also have caught Season 1 of RESET on the inflight entertainment.

Check out the webseries, which was funded with the help of TVNZ, Maori Television and NZ On Air.