Competition: make a short film using NASA footage

Posted Monday 12 Jun 2017

NASA telescope pic

This is your chance to play with incredible footage! NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society offer filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by, and using, real NASA imagery through "CineSpace," a short film competition, now in its third year, premiering at Houston Cinema …


Ticket giveaway: This Beautiful Fantastic

Posted Monday 12 Jun 2017

TBF Bella (Jessica Brown Findlay) and Alfie (Tom Wilkinson) dancing

This week we're giving away tickets to a very British drama with heart: This Beautiful Fantastic.

The contemporary fairytale revolves around an unlikely friendship between Bella, a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a children's book author, and Alfie, a curmudgeonly ol…


New online hub proposed for Kiwi kids

Posted Monday 12 Jun 2017

An innovative collaboration between NZ On Air and TVNZ will deliver an engaging locally curated online home for children's video and interactive content - and WIFT member Janette Howe is part of the advisory panel overseeing the website's content curation.

The project, which h…


Queen's Birthday honour for Rachel Lang

Posted Monday 12 Jun 2017

One of the best things about the recent long weekend - apart from a precious sleep-in - was the announcement that WIFT member Rachel Lang is being appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to television.

We're stok…


WIFTer's 10th doco announced for NZIFF

Posted Monday 12 Jun 2017

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Take a bow, Shirley Horrocks - the WIFT member has notched up her 10th documentary in the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF)!

Eight world premieres, and one local premiere, of New Zealand documentaries were announced last week for the NZIFF. NZ artists, a…


Welcome back to the NZ Television Awards

Posted Monday 12 Jun 2017

They're light on details at this stage, but big on excitement - the New Zealand Television Awards are back! A time to recognise all the great work done throughout New Zealand's TV industry, and of course any excuse for a shindig too.

Key dates anno…


Short takes from WIFTI conference, part 1

Posted Monday 12 Jun 2017

As many of you will know, WIFT's national manager Patricia was in London last month to attend the WIFTI Chapter Executive Conference (thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission for their support).

Over the next few issues of e-news, we'll bring you a seri…


Film in the Colony at Nga Taonga

Posted Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

A once-in-a-lifetime symposium on the cinema of the colonies! Hear how indigenous people made their mark on the early decades of film! Marvel at the adventures of the film-makers! Thrill as the films they made unfold before you! Seize the chance to hear international spea…


Loving in Limbo screening

Posted Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

WIFT member Susan Parker's film Loving in Limbo is screening later this month in a special Doc Edge presentation.

This doco featured at last year's Doc Edge Festival, where it won Best NZ Feature Documentary and Best NZ Director.

The story follows Kiwi-born Hap Ca…


Story Camp preview event in Auckland

Posted Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

The first rule of Story Camp is: You don't talk about Story Camp.


Kidding. In fact, talking about Story Camp is the whole point of this evening.

How Story Camp changed the way we think about story
The Basement, Auckland, Thurs 22 June,…


EAT and WIFT team up for writer/director speed dating

Posted Tuesday 13 Jun 2017


EAT (Emerging Artists Trust, Wellington) in association with WIFT, offers an evening of speed dating for writers and directors.

This free networking event is an opportunity for female writers and directors to meet each other and scope the pot…


WIFT presence at Wairoa Maori Film Awards

Posted Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

The Wairoa Maori Film Awards were held earlier this month at the Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa, as part of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival.

We're pleased to report that WIFT member Aidee Walker won the Audience Award - Maori Short Film - Actress, for her…


Pot Luck season two looking for a Boost

Posted Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

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WIFTers Robin Murphy (producer) and Ness Simons (writer/director) are flying the crowdfunding flag for season two of their webseries Pot Luck.

Pot Luck is a fresh, fun and sexy webseries that follows the lives of three Wellington lesbian friends (pictured) as they negoti…


Video slot: comedy gold from Flat3 Productions

Posted Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

This week's video slot features the comic stylings of WIFT member Roseanne Liang, the scriptwriter and director behind Flat3 Productions.

Roseanne has written for both film and television and has made the internationally acclaimed short film Take 3, festival documentary Banana in a Nutshell, and feature film&…


WIFTers in finals of New Blood web series competition

Posted Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

A surreal web series pilot, Dick, has been selected from more than 150 entries as one of the top 10 applications for a new initiative from TVNZ - the New Blood Web Series Competition - and two WIFTers are involved.

Dick is a simple …


Feminists are Funny this Sunday

Posted Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

The wonderful Michele A'Court, winner of "Comedienne of the Decade" at the 2010 NZ Comedy Awards, is organising a night of feminist hilarity with a line-up of quality comedians, to raise money for Auckland's Women's Centre.

Feminists are Funny is this Sunday night (Jun…


Open letter to Cannes over how parents were treated

Posted Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

Rallied by the website/community agn�s films, a group of filmmakers, actors, film critics, film festival organisers, distributors, scholars, audience members, and activists have written an open letter to the Cannes Film Festival organisers to show their concern over the way in which parents, in partic…


Lexus Short Films looking for filmmakers with ideas

Posted Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

Got a great idea for a short film? This could be the platform for you.

Lexus Short Films is a collaborative project between The Weinstein Company and Lexus to help up-and-coming filmmakers make high-quality short film.

Aspiring writer/directors receive a unique opportunity to collabor…


Jobs, jobs, get em while they're hot

Posted Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

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Show Me Shorts submission deadline extended

Posted Thursday 22 Jun 2017

WIFTer Gina Dellabarca wants to encourage all members to get their short films in, pronto, for the final submission deadline of Show Me Shorts 2017 - July 1.

The festival is seeking short films between two and 20 minutes long, from Aotearoa and arou…


Clever women behind season two of Cleverman, coming to TVNZ soon

Posted Thursday 22 Jun 2017

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The first two episodes of Cleverman season two debuted at the Sydney Film Festival earlier this month - and it's just been announced that season two will premiere in New Zealand on TVNZ Ondemand on Friday June 30 and Duke on Monday July 3 (Fr…


Apply now for Story Camp 2017

Posted Thursday 22 Jun 2017

You could be heading off to Story Camp 2017 for some quality time with your feature film project - applications are now open!

Story Camp is Script to Screen's residential feature film workshop that fosters craft, voice and vision. Talented NZ screenwriters and filmmakers wo…


Excuse me while I Kiss the Sky

Posted Thursday 22 Jun 2017

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'Tis the season to be celebrating Matariki, and WIFT member Shona McCullagh's New Zealand Dance Company is doing so by staging a new triple bill programme called Kiss the Sky.

A constellation of extraordinary contemporary dance, live music by Black Bird Ensemble and design by Augusto, this premiere …


A night out under Caging Skies

Posted Thursday 22 Jun 2017

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"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." - Adolf Hitler

WIFTer and writer Desiree Gezentsvey is thrilled to announce the upcoming world premiere of her latest play, Caging Skies, at Wellington's Circa Theatre in Augus…


Women in Film LA launches Flip The Script

Posted Saturday 24 Jun 2017

Ah, the tables are turned... and it makes for an amusing, effective watch!

Our sister chapter across the Pacific, Women in Film LA, has launched Flip The Script, a comedy series that does just that to the issue of gender parity.

The comedic, short-form…


HP48HOURS 2017: looking for female directors

Posted Saturday 24 Jun 2017

Earlybird registrations are now open for New Zealand's speediest filmmaking competition - HP48HOURS - and there's an extra reason for WIFT directors to take up the challenge.

The Gaylene Preston/WIFT Award is a $1000 cash prize (plus free WIFT membership) for the Best Female Dir…


NZ Film Commission's Dave Gibson to step down

Posted Saturday 24 Jun 2017

The big news this fortnight is the resignation of Dave Gibson as CEO of the NZFC.

Although it isn't time to say goodbye yet, we want to take this opportunity to acknowledge that WIFT has grown from strength to strength these past four years …


Doco directing masterclass with Emmy winner Lucy Walker

Posted Saturday 24 Jun 2017

Directors, get your applications in now - this is a valuable chance to learn from an uber-talented director.

DEGNZ is hosting a feature documentary directing masterclass and project consultation with British director Lucy Walker, to be held in Auckland.

Cost: DEGNZ members free; Non-members - Mas…


More WIFTers in the New Blood competition - remember to vote

Posted Saturday 24 Jun 2017

Oddly Even

It's been brought to our attention that there are more WIFTers who have made the national finals of TVNZ's New Blood web series competition (woohoo!).

Isla Macleod is the co-director and writer of web series Oddly Even, which follows two sisters who are complete o…


Tell us if your film is in the NZIFF

Posted Monday 26 Jun 2017

That cornucopia of cinematic riches - the NZIFF programme - has just been launched and we're stoked to see so many of our members have films in this year's line-up.

In fact, there are so many WIFTers involved in various ways that we can't…


More exciting news for short film R.E.M.

Posted Monday 26 Jun 2017

Hats off to the multi-talented April Phillips, whose short film R.E.M. has been selected for the 21st Fantasia International Film Festival (FIFF) in Montreal.

FIFF is now recognised as the largest and most influential event of its kind in North America, a leader o…


Amy Street continues its impressive OE

Posted Monday 26 Jun 2017

Big congratulations to Kirsty Griffin and Viv Kernick - their wonderfully moving web series Amy Street seems to be on a round-the-world ticket at the moment.

It has just been selected for the 2017 Berlin Webfest. Coming up this weekend at the Melbourne Web …


NZ TV Awards categories and other important stuff

Posted Monday 26 Jun 2017

More detail is in, folks - start deciding what you're going to enter!

2017 eligibility T&Cs and category definitions (Dropbox link)

2017 award categories (Dropbox li…


A casting tool for gender diversity - yes please

Posted Monday 26 Jun 2017

This initiative caught Patricia's attention at the recent WIFTI conference in London, and we all love the idea.

Something to challenge you... A simple, free and effective solution to gender balance on screen! Everyone should read and adopt this system. It can start wit…


Work it like Peter Burling in Bermuda

Posted Monday 26 Jun 2017

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NZIFF announces awesome Cannes inclusions

Posted Tuesday 27 Jun 2017


We can see a lot of schedules being rearranged so people can make it to these films... The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has announced a whopping 21 films from last month's Cannes Film Festival will screen at the festival. All th…


Free directory of European TV drama bigwigs

Posted Tuesday 27 Jun 2017

This is a goldmine! If you're looking overseas and you're involved in TV drama, get your mitts on a copy of this.

The European Network of Creative Europe MEDIA Desks and Creative Europe Desk Ireland MEDIA Office has published the FREE 2017 Drama Directory Guide to European TV Drama Commiss…


Get your doco on and apply for this Sundance fund

Posted Tuesday 27 Jun 2017

Working on an awesome documentary project and fancy an injection of funds? (Well, who doesn't?!)

The Sundance Documentary Film Program is now open for applications. It supports non-fiction filmmakers worldwide to produce cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes.

Established in 2002 with founding support fr…


Fresh Shorts funding open

Posted Tuesday 27 Jun 2017

Fresh Shorts funding is now open!

Fresh Shorts aims to identify the next generation of New Zealand feature filmmakers by nurturing and inspiring up-and-coming talent. NZFC has $280,000 available for the production of up to fourteen Fresh 10 and Fresh 30 short films, split betwee…