Niki Caro to helm new Disney film Mulan

Posted Monday 06 Mar 2017

Whale Rider director Niki Caro is to direct Disney's live-action version of Mulan, making her only the second woman to be hired by Disney to helm a $100m+ project. Woohoo! More details on the project here.

(And for those of you who missed it, N…


Acting for Humans workshop with Brita McVeigh

Posted Monday 06 Mar 2017

Sydney-based film industry consultant Brita McVeigh is returning to Auckland in March to run her Acting for Humans workshop. Brita is inviting industry practitioners to explore what it is to bring your whole self to the process of storytelling.

The focus will be on craft essentials, such as how to deeply embody feeling and how to truly l…


Web series Amy Street spreads its wings

Posted Monday 06 Mar 2017

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The charming web series Amy Street, by WIFTers Kirsty Griffin and Viv Kernick, is winning hearts and gaining increasing recognition overseas.

The series of eight short films follows residents of the Supported Life Style Hauraki Trust on Amy Street, Thames, exploring their hopes,…


Apply for doco editing masterclass with Doug Blush

Posted Monday 06 Mar 2017

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites editors to apply for a Feature Documentary Editing Masterclass in Auckland with American editor Doug Blush.

Doug Blush is a multi award-winning editor who has worked on more than 50 feature documentaries and TV programmes, and has…


Doco-directing masterclass with Leanne Pooley this month

Posted Monday 06 Mar 2017

Clear your diaries! On March 25 and 26, WIFT member and celebrated filmmaker Leanne Pooley is running a two-day masterclass in Auckland to share the lessons she's learnt in 25 years as a director.

From initial idea to realising the final film, this seminar…


Maoriland Film Festival programme launched

Posted Monday 06 Mar 2017

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M?oriland Film Festival announces its fourth annual festival programme with 121 features, shorts, documentaries, workshops, k?rero and other special events to be shared over five days. (WIFT member and festival director Libby Hakaraia can pause to draw breath, but just for a mo…


Focus on fabulous females at French Film Festival

Posted Monday 06 Mar 2017

Talented women directors, strong female leads... we're loving the line-up at this year's Alliance Francaise French Film Festival.

Now in its 11th year, the festival is underway and runs until mid-April around the country. There are stories about women breaking free from circumstance and …


The Great Maiden's Blush now available on DVD

Posted Monday 06 Mar 2017


WIFT member Jeremy Macey, co-producer of The Great Maiden's Blush, is pleased to announce the film is now available for sale on DVD.

The moving, character-driven drama about the precarious friendship between two solo, first-time mothers won Best Self-Funded Film and Best …


Storytelling in Virtual and Augmented Reality masterclasses

Posted Monday 06 Mar 2017

Want to explore the power of storytelling in VR, AR and MR? Join renowned Australian artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth and Australian multidisciplinary writer/producer Mike Jones for a nationwide series of masterclasses focused on storytelling in an immersive environment.

You will gain an international persp…


Save the date for the 2017 Big Screen Symposium

Posted Tuesday 07 Mar 2017

Script to Screen and J&A Productions have set the date for this year's Big Screen Symposium - the annual event for New Zealand's filmmakers to debate, discuss and share knowledge.

Pop it in your diaries: September 30-October 1, 2017 in Auckland. More details in coming month…


Kiwi doco on Israel-Palestine conflict to screen at Belfast

Posted Tuesday 07 Mar 2017


Big congratulations to WIFT member Sarah Cordery, whose documentary feature film notes to eternity has been selected to screen in the Documentary Panorama section of the Belfast Film Festival, 31 March-8 April 2017.

The film had a successful limited theatrical release in New …


Jean takes off with nine New York award nominations

Posted Tuesday 07 Mar 2017

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The NZ On Air- and TVNZ-funded television film Jean, based on the life of Jean Batten, has been shortlisted for nine awards in the 2017 New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards.

The New York Festivals Grand Jury selected Jean as a finalist…


Help WIFTers crowdfund for Loading Docs

Posted Tuesday 07 Mar 2017

It's that time of year again! Let's get behind WIFT members Kathleen Winter, Jaimee Poipoi and Kim Harrop to help them crowdfund for their Loading Docs projects (this year the theme is Diversity).

Their projects are among the 10 new short documentaries selected f…


Rachel Antony becomes CEO of Greenstone TV

Posted Tuesday 07 Mar 2017

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We're celebrating the well-deserved promotion of WIFT member Rachel Antony (pictured) - last week she was appointed CEO of Greenstone TV!

Rachel Antony was previously working as Director of Production and Development at the company. Greenstone, part of the Australian-owned CJZ Group, produ…


Another giveaway! Tickets to Trespass Against Us

Posted Tuesday 07 Mar 2017

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Well-respected UK producers Andrea Calderwood and Gail Egan, who run Potboiler Productions, are the driving force behind Trespass Against Us. Starring Brendon Gleeson and Michael Fassbender, the film follows three generations of the notorious Cutler family who live as outlaws in the gre…


Ticket giveaway: The Music of Strangers

Posted Tuesday 07 Mar 2017

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The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble is the extraordinary new film from Morgan Neville, the director of the Oscar�-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. The Music of Strangers is the celebratory story of the renowned international musical collective c…


Gainful employment right here, folks

Posted Tuesday 07 Mar 2017

Post Production Coordinator
Looking for someone to be the Post Production Coordinator on a six-part documentary series for Discovery and Arte. Aprll 10-July 10 2017 (rough dates at this stage). You will be responsible for Master Archive Sourcing, Post Production Scripts, all deliverables t…


First line-up released for Doc Edge Festival

Posted Sunday 19 Mar 2017

Get your docs on, folks - the Doc Edge International Film Festival has announced the first nine films to be shown at this year's festival of feature-length and short documentaries.

Whittled down from well over 700 submissions, the initial line-up brings stories from India, S…


NZIFF autumn goodies unveiled

Posted Sunday 19 Mar 2017


The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has revealed the first four films for its annual Autumn Events programme, which will screen in the four main centres in April and May.

One New Zealand premiere and three classic films will be presente…


African Film Festival puts spotlight on female creatives

Posted Sunday 19 Mar 2017

This year, the African Film Festival in New Zealand is again highlighting a diverse range of films from the faraway continent. In particular, they've highlighted four films that showcase the work of African women filmmakers and actors: we're talking stories of female empowerment, love…


Jobs, glorious jobs

Posted Sunday 19 Mar 2017

Customer Success Manager
Parrot Analytics works with some of the biggest production studios in the world. They're after a super-energetic, people-driven, superstar Customer Success Manager to be responsible for the success of their global enterprise customers.

Experienced Video Editor Newshub
MediaWorks is looki…


Francis Edmond to launch Lauris Edmond anthology

Posted Monday 20 Mar 2017

What multi-talented WIFTers we have in our ranks! Frances Edmond (already a writer, actress and film director) has co-edited an anthology of her mother's writing, entitled Night Burns with a White Fire: The Essential Lauris Edmond.

The book will be launched in Auckland, and…


New social industry event in Christchurch

Posted Monday 20 Mar 2017

Film Canterbury is starting up a monthly FID (Film Industry Drinks) session, for all you social and industrious folks.

The first event is on Tuesday 4th April, and thereafter it'll be on the first Tuesday of the month. Gather at Speights, Tower Junction.

No …


Storming the Gates: a Script to Screen event

Posted Monday 20 Mar 2017

"Storm the gates, grab hands with each other, run like red rovers at the lifeguard chairs, snarl at the bases like wild starving beast dogs, boost each other up those watchtowers and pull those motherf***ers down." - Jill Soloway

Amidst the struggle to get work…


Q&A: Catherine Fitzgerald, One Thousand Ropes

Posted Monday 20 Mar 2017

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Catherine Fitzgerald's achievements are numerous and impressive - and now she can add One Thousand Ropes to that list.

The long-time WIFT member and past WIFT president (2009-2011) produced the drama, her second feature with writer/director Tusi Tamasese (The Orator). This film follows …


Last chance to apply for Danny Mulheron directing workshop

Posted Monday 20 Mar 2017

Get onto it, directors - you have less than 72 hours to apply for this excellent DEGNZ workshop in Wellington.

Applications close 9am, Friday 24 March for a 2-day Directing Toolkit Workshop with director Danny Mulheron. Danny will draw on his extensive experience to deliver an inter…


Enter your music videos in this Aussie festival

Posted Monday 20 Mar 2017

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Australia's premiere music video festival, CLIPPED, has opened submissions for its annual film clip competition.

CLIPPED Music Video Festival is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the best of Australia and New Zealand's artists in the field, and provides a platform for bands and …


Free screening of The heART of the Matter

Posted Monday 20 Mar 2017

For those of you who missed it when it premiered at the NZIFF last year, there's a free screening of The heART of the Matter next month. (WIFT member Jan Bieringa produced the feature.)

The HeART of the Matter looks at major changes i…


Movie and Q&A with bona-fide ballet superstar Sergei Polunin

Posted Monday 20 Mar 2017

In New Zealand to perform at the Auckland Arts Festival, ballet superstar Sergei Polunin will appear tomorrow (that's Wednesday, folks!) at a Q&A after a screening of Dancer at the Academy Cinemas.

The documentary, from Oscar-nominated director Steven Cantor, charts Polunin's battles with identi…


London Feminist Film Festival submissions open

Posted Monday 20 Mar 2017

"Keep making feminist films, and keep resisting!" So says the London Feminist Film Festival, and we reckon they're right on the money.

Submissions for the festival's fifth edition are now open to all women filmmakers around the world. Deadline for entry: 30 April 2017.


Free workshops this week on copyright and the creative process

Posted Monday 20 Mar 2017

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The Copyright Act is likely to be reviewed within the next two years to ensure that it is still fit for a rapidly moving digital environment. Any change to the Act becomes crucial to encouraging cultural production and innovation.

This week the Univer…


The Orator free screening and Q&A for aspiring filmmakers

Posted Monday 20 Mar 2017

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Calling all students, and aspiring filmmakers of any age.

You're invited to a free screening of The Orator, followed by a Q&A panel discussion with filmmakers Tusi Tamasese and Catherine Fitzgerald. The Q&A will also feature the cast of Tusi Tamasese's new feature …


Creative crowdfunding campaigns to support

Posted Tuesday 21 Mar 2017

From one man trying to turn lives around through education, to a snot-gobbling baddy (yes, really), we're continually impressed by the diversity of projects WIFT members get involved in - so we're encouraging you to get behind those who are currently crowdfunding for their la…


Ticket giveaway for One Thousand Ropes

Posted Tuesday 21 Mar 2017


The second feature from Tusi Tamasese (The Orator), One Thousand Ropes is the story of Maea, a father reconnecting with his youngest daughter and together putting to rest the ghosts that haunt them. She arrives vulnerable: badly beaten and heavily pregnant. He struggles wi…


A few spots left for Leanne Pooley directing masterclass

Posted Tuesday 21 Mar 2017

Don't miss out! There are only a couple of spaces left for this valuable masterclass, running on Saturday and Sunday...

On March 25 and 26, WIFT member and celebrated filmmaker Leanne Pooley is running a two-day masterclass in Auckland to share the lessons she's lear…


Video slot: shorts on the politics of water and democracy

Posted Tuesday 21 Mar 2017

New WIFT member Rose Archer is proud to share two documentary shorts she's worked on, which traverse the subjects of New Zealand and international politics.

Water for Gold
Water for Gold tells the alarming story of how international trade law is leading us …


Bonfire screening this Wednesday in Wellington

Posted Tuesday 21 Mar 2017

This remarkable debut feature film, Bonfire, recently screened at the Maoriland Film Festival, and it's coming to the capital tomorrow for a one-off screening and Q&A at Park Road Post with first-time director Dmitrii Davydov.

Bonfire was made in just 15 days with mainly non-profe…