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Posted Friday 20 Jan 2017

Trinity Roots Music is Choice

You may be back at work, but in the evenings you can trip back to the hippie fests of the 1970s, the dance parties of the 1990s, the music videos we loved, and the great pop, rock and reggae stories of New Zealan…


TVNZ New Blood Web Series Competition opens

Posted Friday 20 Jan 2017

Acclaimed Kiwi actor Danielle Cormack, award-winning director and writer Roseanne Liang, and television critic Alex Casey are among the panellists who'll be shortlisting entries for TVNZ's New Blood Web Series Competition, which opens today.

The TVNZ New Blood Web Series Competition, supporte…


Competition time: tickets to Hidden Figures

Posted Friday 20 Jan 2017

Hidden Figures

We're giving away three double passes to Hidden Figures, in cinemas from January 26.

Just watch the trailer and answer this simple question: How many hours was one of the characters away from her children?

Send your answer in the subject line to office@wif…


Farewell and welcome

Posted Friday 20 Jan 2017

The beginning of 2017 sees two changes at WIFT. Josie is leaving as e-news editor because she is now Josie McNaught LLB, available to hire as your media lawyer! Josie can be contacted at Izard Weston in Wellington.

We are delighted to welcome journalist…


A call to adventurous artists! Auckland Council parks residency

Posted Friday 20 Jan 2017

Auckland Council artistic residency

Auckland Council seeks proposals from "outdoorsy" and innovative artists (including filmmakers) for their parks-based residency.

Check out the information about the residency, and watch the videos about previous residents. Two fine filmmakers have previously been through the programme.

The eight-week residency will be…


NZ On Air: staff changes and 2017 funding strategy

Posted Monday 23 Jan 2017

It's been all go at NZ On Air lately. The organisation published its 2017 Funding Strategy, which will be implemented from 1 July 2017; it's a new, platform-neutral funding strategy and single media fund. They're soon to launch a fully online application system,…

Promote yourself on WIFT's homepage

Posted Monday 23 Jan 2017

Have you made a resolution to more effectively publicise your work this year? Then consider putting yourself forward for the 'Featured Member Profile' slot on our homepage.


Not a fan of blowing your own trumpet? Think again: this is a great oppor…

Story Edge February meet-up

Posted Monday 23 Jan 2017

Dale Corlett, New Zealand Film Commission's Head of Talent Development, features in a Q&A on the new interactive fund, and future directions for the Film Commission supporting digital/interactive/AR/VR storytelling. All are welcome.

Wednesday 15 February, 5-7pm. AR/VR Garage, 28/30 Shaddock St, Eden Terrace…


Tribute screening of Marti Friedlander doco

Posted Monday 23 Jan 2017

Friedlander film

Two months after acclaimed photographer Marti Friedlander died, Doc Edge kicks off their Doc Edge Presents 2017 programme with Marti - The Passionate Eye.

The film's director and WIFT member Shirley Horrocks will attend the screening.

Saturday 28 January, 2pm, Auckland Art Gallery.


Kiwi shorts selected for international festivals

Posted Monday 23 Jan 2017

The World in Your Window pic


Congratulations to the WIFT members below, whose remarkable short films are being included in the line-ups of prestigious international festivals.

The World in Your Window (pictured above), directed by Zoe McIntosh and produced by Hamish Mortland, has been selected for the main c…


Listen to the Big Screen Symposium 2016 podcasts for free

Posted Monday 23 Jan 2017

Re-live the most inspirational sessions from last year's Big Screen Symposium on your walk home, in the car or out loud with your friends.

Each podcast is free to listen to and available to anyone, so you can share your favourite sessions with those who couldn't…


How to use Girl Power in your story

Posted Monday 23 Jan 2017

Writers - are you wrestling with how to make a script stand out, or just want some tips on how to write fantastic female characters?

Bang2Write explains how writers can incorporate strong female characters into their narratives without being too try-hard, which, as …


Latest industry jobs

Posted Tuesday 24 Jan 2017

Producer needed for a short documentary, funded as part of the Loading Docs initiative
Kathleen Winter is directing this short on the topic of Takat?pui / LGBT+ Maori identity. Especially looking for a producer who has experience with crowdfunding and documentary, open to all collabor…


Industry trends to watch for in 2017

Posted Tuesday 24 Jan 2017

London-based producer and writer Stephen Follows, who also researchs data and statistics in the film industry, has penned a blog post about what's happening in the film business and where the industry is likely to go next.
The article covers trends from the realignme…

Video gem, Niki Caro in conversation with Roseanne Liang

Posted Tuesday 24 Jan 2017

Niki and Roseanne
DEGNZ has a YouTube channel in operation and we are delighted that they have loaded this insight-packed conversation with Niki Caro and Roseanne Liang.
Niki has a lot to say about her career as a female director - getting regular work, ploughing through…

WIFT members shine at 67th Berlinale

Posted Tuesday 24 Jan 2017

Big congratulations to Jackie van Beek on having the world premiere of her directorial feature-film debut at the 67th Berlinale, in the Generation 14plus section. We look forward to one day seeing The Inland Road (pictured), an atmospheric drama about the wounds created (both v…

WIFTers feature strongly in MOA nominations

Posted Tuesday 24 Jan 2017

MOAs finalists

Congratulations to all you nominees for the MOAs. It's fantastic to see so many WIFT members on the finalists list!
There are a few special mentions but as you all know, it takes so many people to get a project off the groun…

And a NZFC Talent Development Grant goes to...

Posted Tuesday 31 Jan 2017

Rachel Ross crop

WIFTer Rachel Ross is a recent recipient of a New Zealand Film Commission Talent Development Grant, which entitles her to spend eight weeks writing her first feature film at the New York Film Academy. She plans to develop the short she's recently finished (entitled Ha…


One Thousand Ropes to premiere at 2017 Berlinale

Posted Tuesday 31 Jan 2017


One Thousand Ropes will have its world premiere at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale), and will release in NZ cinemas on March 23.

One Thousand Ropes, produced by WIFT member Catherine Fitzgerald, will show in the prestigious Panorama section of the fest…


See you at WIFT Auckland social event Feb 15

Posted Tuesday 31 Jan 2017

Hello Auckland members! We're kicking off the year gently with networking drinks, so you can talk with others about plans and dreams for this year, and suss out ways to create awesome work together.

Please join us to chat, catch up, and connect with…