Applications open for NZFC Wahine Directors Scholarship

Posted Monday 20 Feb 2017

Ramai Hayward

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 pioneering M?ori filmmaker Ramai Hayward (pictured).

The aim of this scholarship is to support wahine M?ori first-time feature film directors to progress their projects to a market-ready state, and assist with securing a producer and production finance in the future.

The scholarship is a total of up to $50,000 to be provided as a grant that will fund a programme of tailored support for the recipient(s). This scholarship may be shared by more than one recipient.

Born in 1916, Patricia Rongomaitara "Ramai" Hayward (Ng?i Tahu, Ng?ti Kahungunu) was New Zealand's first M?ori filmmaker, working as an actor, camerawoman, director and scriptwriter from the 1930s, through to her death in 2014. Her career took her to Australia, Albania, the UK and China, where she and her husband, Rudall Hayward, made the first English language films after the Communist revolution.

Applications close at 9am on April 28 2017. Find out more and get applying!

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WIFTers step up for Treat Her Right campaign

Posted Monday 20 Feb 2017

Treat Her Right copy

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 tell the government it's time to 'Treat Her Right'.

It's designed to raise awareness among New Zealanders about the issue and relevance of equal pay for work of equal value. On average, women are paid $7 an hour less than men for comparable work. Based on current figures, it will take women 45 years to catch up and close the 13% gap.

Many fabulous WIFT members donated their time and energy to this project, but we'd like to give a special shout-out to Panavision (one of our corporate partners) for donating gear, and cinematographer Ginny Loane for donating time and gear to make the video.

The video was directed by Loren Taylor (Eagle vs Shark), shot by 2016 New Zealand Cinematographer of the Year Ginny Loane (Mahana), and features a range of Kiwi comedians, personalities and members of the public in a fresh take on the Donna Summer video and song 'She Works Hard for the Money'.

Watch the video and find out more about the campaign, then pledge to show your support for equal pay for women in New Zealand. You can also follow the campaign on Facebook.