WIFTers secure funding from Fresh Shorts

Posted Monday 01 May 2017

WIFT members are involved in three of the seven shorts awarded funding in the latest Fresh Shorts Funding Round. Congratulations to Elspeth Grant (Memory Foam), Desray Armstrong and Tweedie Waititi (Ways to See), and Yamin Tun and Hamish Mortland (Arrow) - we're looking forwar…


New Emmy competition for young filmmakers

Posted Monday 01 May 2017

Know any filmmakers under 30? Encourage them to enter the Emmys!

Our counterparts at WIF in Los Angeles have sent us information about a new International Emmy Award category specially designed for young international filmmakers. It's the JCS Young Creatives Award Competition, open to …


Writing human stories workshop with Brita McVeigh

Posted Monday 01 May 2017

A two-day story workshop for the stunningly economical price of $20? Grab this opportunity!

Script to Screen presents a two-day feature film workshop (Auckland, May 13-14) for emerging filmmakers with story consultant and dramaturg Brita McVeigh.

We know how important it is to create character-driven stories, bu…


Last month to enter Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Posted Monday 01 May 2017

Time is a-ticking if you want to enter the seventh Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) - entries close on May 31, 2017.

The BAFTA-qualifying festival is looking for emerging and established filmmakers who are pushing the boundaries of short film forward. ASFF is an interna…


Chicks in the mix - audio engineering workshop

Posted Monday 01 May 2017


"Where are all our female sound engineers?" ask the organisers of ChicMix, a one-day audio engineering run by women, for women. They aren't just asking - they're doing something to help women upskill. Choice!

This worksop is for anyone who's ever wanted t…


Deadline extended for London Feminist Film Fest

Posted Monday 01 May 2017

Looking for a platform for your film with inspiring, kick-ass women characters, or a film that addresses feminist issues?

The London Feminist Film Festival, now in its fifth year, has extended its submissions deadline to May 14 - so there are still a couple of week…


Jean picks up nine awards in New York Festivals

Posted Monday 01 May 2017

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Open the bubbly! We're delighted that Jean, the Jean Batten biopic produced by WIFTers Paula Boock and Donna Malane, has won an impressive nine awards at the New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards.

The NZ On Air- and TVNZ-funded television film won rec…


TED Talks on the big screen

Posted Monday 01 May 2017

Looking for a dose of inspiration from other creative sorts, or ideas from out of left field? TED Talks are great for that, and until May 10, Auckland's Academy Cinemas presents three TED cinema experiences.

DISCOUNT ALERT! Show your WIFT membership card while booki…


Newest jobs on the market

Posted Monday 01 May 2017

Fully Paid Weta Digital Internships x2
Weta Digital is offering 2 x fully paid studio internships at their facilities in Wellington. You will spend time working alongside some of the world's most talented artists and be exposed to tools and techniques that are used to create Oscar-wi…


Q&A with Gurinder Chadha

Posted Monday 01 May 2017

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English director and WFTV (Women in Film and Television UK) patron Gurinder Chadha is a force. She was the first Asian woman to make a film in Britain (Bhaji on the Beach, 1993), and since then she's carved out an impressive resume that includes B…


Ticket giveaway: Viceroy's House

Posted Monday 01 May 2017


Viceroy's House charts the tumultuous times at the home of India's British rulers, in the months leading up to the country's partition into India and Pakistan. Drama and romance play out upstairs (with the British) and downstairs (with the Hindu, Sikh and Muslim ser…


Welcome to all our new members

Posted Monday 01 May 2017

Blimey - we blinked and suddenly it's May! WIFT would like to officially give a (somewhat belated) welcome to all the wonderful, talented people who have become members in 2017. We've enjoyed already seeing some of you at events, and publicising news of your proj…


Announcing the WIFT NZ Mana Wahine Award recipient

Posted Wednesday 03 May 2017

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Women in Film & Television (WIFT) NZ and the Wairoa M?ori Film Festival Inc. are delighted to announce the 2017 WIFT NZ Mana Wahine Award recipient is one of New Zealand's most committed and passionate advocates for our M?ori and wider New Zealand s…


Jobs for all

Posted Sunday 14 May 2017

Seeking Transcribers for Documentary Interviews - Paid Casual Work
- General Film Corporation is looking to grow their pool of transcribers for documentary interviews. This work would suit students with an interest in documentary production. It involves typing out written transcripts of filmed intervie…


Prizes galore on offer at My Rode Reel

Posted Sunday 14 May 2017

Get your thinking caps on - this Australian short-film competition boasts a cool $500,000 worth of prizes to be won.

Billed as "the world's largest short film competition", My Rode Reel has a number of genre categories to choose from, and there are some p…


Submissions now open for Maoriland 2018

Posted Sunday 14 May 2017

WIFT member Libby Hakaraia is delighted to announce that submissions are now open for the 5th Annual M?oriland Film Festival (March 21-25, 2018).

Hakaraia, who is the festival's director, says M?oriland Film Festival is an international indigenous film festival that celebrates indigenous voices and storyt…


Create your own Data Book listing now!

Posted Sunday 14 May 2017

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It ain't often you get something for nothing - especially if that something could help you find work! So if you haven't already hooked into what The Data Book offers, or you haven't gotten ar…


Boosting a new Topp Twins comedy film

Posted Sunday 14 May 2017

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WIFT member and producer Arani Cuthbert, also the Topp Twins' long-time manager and producer, is shaking the Boosted tree so they can quickly get their next project off the ground - The Long Drop.

This comic story also echoes what the Topp Twins…


Finishing Fund on offer to international filmmakers

Posted Monday 15 May 2017

Is your film at rough-cut stage, and you're after some extra funds to help you put on the polish? Check out what's on offer through the Women In Film Los Angeles Film Finishing Fund 2017.

The Women In Film Finishing Fund supports films by and/or about…


This week's video slot features...

Posted Monday 15 May 2017


... the multi-talented Aidee Walker, who directed a hyper-coloured (and very family-friendly) music video for Anna Coddington's 2016 song Apples.

"Apples was a great collaboration with production designer Jane Bucknell. Anna was breastfeeding in her Zambesi suit that day. Her eldest son featured…


DEGNZ workshop: directing actors with Mark Travis

Posted Monday 15 May 2017

Two weeks left to apply! Get your skates on. The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites you to apply for a two-day Directing Actors workshop with renowned American director, writer and teacher Mark Travis - in Auckland, June 10-11.

Directors will be immersed int…


Screen your films in the home of the maple leaf

Posted Monday 15 May 2017

Oh Canada... Here's an exciting opportunity for Kiwi female filmmakers to screen films in Vancouver, Canada!

Women in Film and TV Vancouver (WIFTV) will be hosting the 13th staging of the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWIFF), March 7-11 2018. They want to have more films/film…


Millions promised to continue NZ screen grants

Posted Monday 15 May 2017

It's that time of the political year, when the government drops financial teasers in the lead-up to the annual Budget (due to be unveiled on May 25).

Last Friday, they announced something we're glad to hear: that $303.9 million will be allocated to suppor…


NZOA funds stories of design, music and more

Posted Monday 15 May 2017

Big ups to our members at Notable Pictures, Warner Bros and Imagination TV - their projects are among those to secure NZ On Air funding in the final round before the funding model gets a radical revamp.

Funding details:
Design Junkies, 6 x 1hr  br…


Last chance to register for Screen Edge Forum

Posted Monday 15 May 2017

WIFTer Paula Jones is coordinating the annual Screen Edge Forum (which begins this Friday, people!) and would love to remind members that time is running out to join a stellar line-up of world-leading industry innovators at the event. Read on for the lowdown...



Gaylene Preston's Clark doco will feature at NZIFF

Posted Monday 15 May 2017

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The NZ International Film Festival has just announced the first eight films in its 2017 line-up, and we're delighted to see that WIFT member Gaylene Preston's doco My Year with Helen is among the films featured.

Co-produced by fellow WIFTer Catherine Madigan, the film was made with unique access…


Calling for stories of awesome women leaders

Posted Tuesday 16 May 2017

Named after the Greek goddess of wisdom (among many other things, because she was a killer multitasker), the New York-based Athena Film Festival is a weekend of inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of strong, bold women leaders from all walks of life.

They're now c…


Wellness under pressure - event this week

Posted Monday 22 May 2017

Is there a trick to staying on an even keel in this business, or is it inevitable you'll be a little off kilter most of the time?

This Thursday, Script to Screen is hosting a talk where experienced industry folk will give mini-addresses abou…


Ticket giveaway: Churchill

Posted Monday 29 May 2017


This week we're giving away tickets to a film for fans of history and drama: Churchill.

This portrait of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the 24 hours leading up to D-Day not only tells the story of war and politics, but also gives a…


Get thee to the Fresh Shorts Roadshow, happening THIS WEEK

Posted Monday 29 May 2017

The NZFC Talent Development team are on tour THIS WEEK to talk to filmmakers interested in applying for Fresh Shorts funding, and give a rundown on the new online application system.

Head of Talent Development Dale Corlett and Talent Pathways Manager Jude McLaren will de…


Help bring the latest Notable Pictures film to the big screen

Posted Monday 29 May 2017


WIFT member Notable Pictures is stoked to see their film Wilbur: The King in the Ring hit the big screen, and wants to help the film's supporters benefit from its release.

Wilbur: The King in the Ring will premiere in May as part…


Big win for our Canadian counterparts around gender equity

Posted Monday 29 May 2017

We're taking our hats off to our Canadian counterparts at WIFTV - their lobbying and engagement has paid off with new government commitments affecting women in screen-based media.

The CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission), in its licence-renewal decisions for English-language large broadcasters …


Gaylene Preston to be Guest Selector for NZIFF short film competition

Posted Monday 29 May 2017

WIFT member Gaylene Preston will be the Guest Selector for the New Zealand International Film Festival's (NZIFF) only competition strand, the New Zealand's Best short film competition.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of the news that Gaylene's documentary My Year with Hele…


Got a short film where women call the shots?

Posted Monday 29 May 2017

Want to send your short film on holiday, to that mecca of east-coast American wealth - the Hamptons?

As part of the Hamptons International Film Festival (October 5-9, 2017), the Women Calling the Shots showcase of short films made by women filmmakers is taking submis…


WIFTers sleeping rough to raise money for the homeless

Posted Monday 29 May 2017

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Who are the stars in this photo, you might ask, and what are they doing?

They're WIFT members Rachel Antony, Tash Christie and Kylie Croft from Greenstone Pictures; on Thursday 6 July, they'll be sleeping rough as part of the Big Sleepout, t…


Kiwi films among the highlights at Sydney Film Festival

Posted Tuesday 30 May 2017

Two New Zealand films driven by WIFT members are prominent in the latest announcement (PDF) from the Sydney Film Festival (June 8-17).

My Year with Helen, by director/producer Gaylene Preston and co-producer Catherine Madigan, will have its world premiere at the festival. Preston and…


Why mothering makes women better at work

Posted Tuesday 30 May 2017

A WIFT member drew this LinkedIn post to our attention - great ammunition for the next time someone casts doubt on your commitment or ability to combine work with having a family.

"A study pioneered by Shelley Correll, then at Cornell university, found that mo…


Brilliant Matariki film line-up at Nga Taonga

Posted Tuesday 30 May 2017

Wellington's Nga Taonga Sound and Vision has curated a cracking line-up of films for their Matariki: Tau Hou 2017 programme, celebrating outstanding New Zealanders on film.

From now until June 16, there's a range of films on which many WIFTers have worked - too m…


WIFT winners at Doc Edge awards

Posted Tuesday 30 May 2017

A huge round of applause to WIFTers Prisca Bouchet and Leanne Pooley, for ther awards success at the Doc Edge International Film Festival Opening Gala Evening last week.

Prisca Bouchet won Best New Zealand Short Documentary for After Life, which is now eligible for consider…


Film isn't dead! Long live film!

Posted Tuesday 30 May 2017

Screen Daily has reported that industry giants Kodak and Pinewood are working together to provide film-processing facilities in the UK.

Kodak and Pinewood have announced that they will collaborate to support the use of physical film in motion picture and television production.



Looking for jobs? Look no further

Posted Tuesday 30 May 2017

Digital Content Advisor
The Digital Content Advisor - Kaiwhakahaere ?-ipurangi will provide content, development and administration services with a strong focus on Nga Taonga's website, social media channels and communication databases.

Facilities Assistant/Runner
Entry-level position at Blockhead, a boutique VFX Post …


A wizard of a screening this Sunday

Posted Tuesday 30 May 2017

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Harry Potter, eat your heart out - there's a new boy-wizard film in town. WIFT member James Atkins is holding a cast-and-crew screening this Sunday of his new short film You're A Wizard Kevin.

You're A Wizard Kevin (pictured) is a short film ins…


Outlining the war between Withoutabox and FilmFreeway

Posted Tuesday 30 May 2017

In a new post, Stephen Follows has dug into the battle between Withoutabox and FilmFreeway for control of the film festival submission market, and has written a fascinating investigative post encompassing the good, the bad and the ugly of that world.

"After conversations bo…