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 to New Zealand's former Prime Minister Helen Clark in 2016 as she campaigned to become the UN's first female Secretary General.

Preston delivers what NZIFF describes as "a fascinating portrait of Helen Clark on a mission - and a laconic account of the exasperating circumstances wherein she hit the ceiling at the United Nations".

Screening dates and times will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, you can read more about the film here. Huge congratulations to Gaylene and her team - we can't wait to see the film.




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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...

WELLINGTON, May 19, Park Road Post
Short & Sweet - presenters discuss what makes a compelling and cinematic short documentary. Speakers include:
- Gabo Arora, Creative Director, United Nations VR Lab
- Jean Tsien, Award-winning Editor/Producer/Consultant
- Corey Tong, Producer, Acquisitions/Festival Rep

AUCKLAND, May 27, University of Auckland
Dream Big, Aim High - three of the world's leading documentary and interactive storytellers will look at the state of the industry as well as explore what the future holds for both filmmakers and audiences.
- Nick Broomfield, Internationally acclaimed documentary director (Elieen, Life and Death of a Serial Killer)
- Alexandre Brachet, CEO and Founder of Upian, a world leader in digital and interactive storytelling (Generation Quoi)
- Gabo Arora, Creative Director of United Nations and Founder of the U.N. Virtual Reality Lab (Clouds over Sidra)

Alongside the keynote speakers, Screen Edge Forum has assembled both New Zealand and the world's leading screen industry talent to discuss the importance of documentary in a world filled with fake news, what makes a compelling cinematic documentary and consider how to produce immersive story worlds.

The Auckland Forum also hosts Story World, an exhibition of cutting-edge digital and interactive, VR and AR projects; Doc Pitch on Friday 26, where selected filmmakers, pitch their projects to 25 local and international panellists; and masterclasses at The Vault, Q Theatre, Sunday 28 May.

For full details and to register, go to

Questions? Contact Paula Jones on 021 246-8924 or