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

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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  broadcast plus 20 x 10 mins online, Warner Bros NZ for TVNZ 1, $718,233
Grand Designs 3, 10 x 1 hr, Imagination Television for Three, $900,000
The Curse Of The Chills, 1 x 90 min, Notable Pictures for Prime TV, $100,000

Design Junkies is a celebration of the Kiwi obsession with DIY design and innovation. Eight designers will turn junk into beautiful hand-crafted artworks; the winner will take their designs to the Milan Fair. Meanwhile the popular architectural series Grand Designs will be back for a third season following the trials and tribulations as a group of New Zealanders build their design triumphs.

The Curse Of The Chills, a feature length documentary for Prime, follows Martin Phillips, lead singer of the iconic band, as he reconciles his music collection with his remaining musical ambition.

From 1 July investments will be made from a platform-neutral fund, the NZ Media Fund. The fund has four streams: Factual, Scripted, Music and the closed stream Platforms. The Factual and Scripted streams can consider content for television, online and radio. More information can be found here.

Read the press release and full list of grant recipients.