Transmit becomes part of NZ Story Creative Collective

Posted Monday 06 Feb 2017

Congratulations to Wellington-based Transmit Creative Agency, led by director and WIFT member Sarah Hunter, which has been selected for the newly launched NZ Story Creative Collective for NZ businesses to showcase their story to global audiences.

NZ Story director Rebecca Smith said, "We're heari…


Video slot - new member makes mark in 48HRS and Tropfest

Posted Monday 06 Feb 2017

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New member Lauren Porteous is one to watch - in the past few months, she won Best Female Director at the HP48HRS Festival with Morning After (pictured), and now her short Roadtrip has been announced as a finalist in Tropfest NZ.

Roadtrip is…


Polish up those CVs, people

Posted Monday 06 Feb 2017

Talent Agent/Booker
Karen Kay Management Limited, one of New Zealand's most established talent agencies, is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Talent Agent / Booker.

Junior Video & Photo Editor
Umoview Photo & Video is seeking a talented video editor with an eye for…


Alliance Francaise French Film Festival announces 2017 line-up

Posted Monday 06 Feb 2017


The Alliance Fran�aise French Film Festival has announced its full 2017 programme, inviting audiences to experience one language, and a world of emotions.

"This year's Festival is full of emotions: laughter, tears, suspense, excitement and entertainment. Much reflection lies ahead with 36 films presented…


First films announced for Maoriland Film Festival

Posted Monday 06 Feb 2017


The fourth annual M?oriland Film Festival (MFF) is just around the corner. This celebration of global indigenous film will take audiences from Aotearoa to the Arctic Circle, all while based in ?taki, March 15-19.

Ahead of a full programme release on February …


Entries open for 2017 Show Me Shorts

Posted Tuesday 07 Feb 2017

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Submissions are now open for the 12th edition of the fabulous Show Me Shorts festival.

Show Me Shorts is seeking short films between two and 20 minutes long, from Aotearoa and around the globe. New Zealand music videos between one and 10 minut…


Workshop: Copyright for Innovation (Feb 21, Auckland)

Posted Tuesday 07 Feb 2017

Copyright law affects all of us, determining what New Zealanders can access and share online.

Does New Zealand copyright law support local innovation? Has it kept up with changes in the Internet and other technologies?

InternetNZ invites you to a public event (6-8pm, F…


Discounts and drama at The Basement

Posted Tuesday 07 Feb 2017

Two great reasons to head to The Basement in Auckland this week (and beyond)...

- Former WIFT programme co-ordinator Romy Hooper is starring in deVine (Feb 7-11), a tale of family dysfunction and life-changing decisions at a sunny seaside vineyard.

- Did you kn…


Leanne Pooley included in New Year's Honours List

Posted Tuesday 07 Feb 2017

We had our holiday brain on last month, so many of you will already know this... but we still want to give a huge shout-out to long-time WIFTer Leanne Pooley, who was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for "Services…


Win tickets to the creatively comic 'Toni Erdmann'

Posted Tuesday 07 Feb 2017

Toni Erdmann

Hailed at Cannes as a brilliantly original comic masterpiece, Austrian writer/director Maren Ade's epic of parent-child dysfunction centres on a father assailing his uptight corporate daughter with crazy pranks. It was the hands-down audience favourite at Cannes, and is one of the front-runners fo…


Former refugee women star in new documentary

Posted Tuesday 07 Feb 2017

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Intolerance towards refugees and attacks on women's rights are in the news right now internationally. So it's timely that a new documentary focusing on former refugee women living in New Zealand has just launched after a year of filming and development.



Finalists announced for Tropfest 2017

Posted Tuesday 07 Feb 2017

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The 16 short films competing for prizes and glory at this year's Tropfest have been announced, and four WIFT members have work in that line-up.

- Lauren Porteous (director) and Greg Smith (producer) for ROADTRIP
- Stephanie Sinclaire (co-producer) for Tears of Va…


Jobs, jobs all around

Posted Friday 17 Feb 2017

New Zealand International Film Festival roles
Opportunities to join the 2017 NZIFF team are now being advertised. They're looking for core Auckland staff to take on the enormous and rewarding task of continuing the festival's success in New Zealand's largest city, and also looking for esse…


Manuwhiri (delegate) pass for Maoriland Film Festival 2017

Posted Friday 17 Feb 2017

Maoriland Film Festival

This year, the M?oriland Film Festival introduces a M?oriland Film Festival Manuwhiri Pass for industry delegates. 

This pass includes:

  • One (1) ticket per screening and event, subject to availability including M?oriland Film Festival Closing Night Party. Please note that due to limited n…

Applications open for FilmUp 2017

Posted Friday 17 Feb 2017

Calling screenwriters, directors and producers - it's time to apply for FilmUp 2017, which provides talented and tenacious filmmakers with an individually tailored development programme to hone their creative practice, and take a step up in their careers.

Now in its fifth year, Script to Sc…


Intensive opportunity for feature-film producers

Posted Friday 17 Feb 2017

Producers - want to hit fast-forward on your feature-film project? (That's all of you, right?)

The A - Z of Producing is a comprehensive, multi-stage course designed to teach you what you need to know to produce a feature film, and enable you to …


Govett-Brewster and Len Lye Centre launch new doco film screenings

Posted Friday 17 Feb 2017

Len Lye in studio

Image: Len Lye in his studio, 1930s. Courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre.

New Zealand's museum of contemporary art, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, has unveiled its expanded cinema programme for 2017 with a new partnership with the…


Multi-talented WIFTers shoot micro-budget feature over just 10 days

Posted Friday 17 Feb 2017

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The micro crew and ensemble cast on writer-director Casey Whelan's micro-budget film Hang Time, including two multi-talented WIFT members, are still catching their breath after completing their feature-length shoot in just 10 days.

Hang Time is a New Zealand wine and bros f…


West of Eden takes pride in first screening

Posted Monday 20 Feb 2017

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WIFT member Vanessa Riddell sees her feature film West of Eden premiere in style on Wednesday 22 February, as part of the Auckland Pride Festival, before release through Rialto Cinemas on March 9.

Also slated for international distribution, the film is set …


Get your spook on for short-film funding opportunity

Posted Monday 20 Feb 2017

The NZ Film Commission is looking to fund at least one distinctive, edgy and compelling short film to be part of an international horror short film anthology by women directors.

This is a one-off initiative aimed at providing women filmmakers the opportunity to make …


WIFTers step up for Treat Her Right campaign

Posted Monday 20 Feb 2017

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We all work hard for our money - and a just-launched video features WIFT members in a unique campaign for Equal Pay.

Culminating on International Women's Day (March 8), the campaign brings together the women of New Zealand to stand up and te…


Applications open for NZFC Wahine Directors Scholarship

Posted Monday 20 Feb 2017

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Calling all wahine! The NZ Film Commission wants to help you pick up the pace on your first-time feature and develop skills vital for a successful film career.

The Ramai Hayward Wahine M?ori Directors' Scholarship acknowledges the legacy and outstanding contribution of pioneerin…


Important tax matters and a picture of a puppy

Posted Monday 20 Feb 2017


Tax! Yes, we realise we lost some of you right there. But even if your heart whimpers like a bedraggled puppy (see above) at the thought of getting your head around changes in tax rules, hang in there.

The IRD is changing…


NZFC wants to Boost your project

Posted Monday 20 Feb 2017

Are you an established producer, or an established and successful screen business? The NZ Film Commission wants to hear from you - they're now calling for applications for their Boost programme.

Boost aims to accelerate the slates of active producers and enable successful screen busi…


New yoga discount for WIFT members at Urban Ashram

Posted Monday 20 Feb 2017

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Not having a constant income makes it harder to to put your wellbeing first - we've all been there at one time or another. Yoga teachers Nikki Ralston and Eridani Baker come from artistic backgrounds, so they understand.

That's why WIFT members can …


And the Moas went to...

Posted Monday 20 Feb 2017

There were Wilderpeople. There were Maidens Blushing. Danny Boyle popped in for a while. And last Saturday night at the Moas, we celebrated the NZ film industry's many talented people, and the wonderful stories they tell.

We congratulate all the winners of the Rialto Ch…