Jobs up for grabs

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

Shotover Media needs a production assistant and assistant video editor to join its team - pronto!

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Production manager

The Commission for Financial Capability needs an experienced production manager with a contemporary creative style, to help create video content.



This Chill is one you'll want to catch

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

If you're a homegrown music fan, and would love to chat with a local legend, here's your chance! Notable Pictures has launched an international Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in support of its theatrical documentary on Martin Phillipps and The Chills. Now at the half-way point, the…


It's no SWANZ song for these winners

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

A big round of applause to Paula Boock, Donna Malane, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Shoshana McCallum* and Natalie Medlock who featured in this year's SWANZ and USC Awards line up (and for those of you who were wondering, SWANZ and USC stand for Script Writer…


WIN tickets to the movie Detroit

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

This week we're giving away 5 double passes to a dramatic thriller: Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, due for release in New Zealand on 2 November.

Following on from The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Bigelow presents another vivid and all-too-relevant exploration of America's recent…


One Thousand Ropes chosen for Academy Awards

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

And the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film goes to...well, we're hoping it will be Tusi Tamasese's supernatural drama One Thousand Ropes - produced by Catherine Fitzgerald - which has been picked as the Kiwi contender for the aforementioned category in the 2018 Aca…


The BlueCat wants your screenplay

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

Time to get your screenplay off to the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, one of the largest and most prestigious screenplay competitions in the world. Previous BlueCat winners and finalists have been signed by major talent agencies like UTA, CAA and WME, sold their work to stu…


Barnett's short to feature in Aesthetica

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

If you haven't already seen Kezia Barnett's short film Nurse Me, and you happen to be in the UK in November, head north to the City of York where her film will be screening at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival. Bursting with 300 films…


Show Me Shorts recruits high profile jury to pick its winners

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

And, without further ado, the 2017 Show Me Shorts jury is: award-winning journalist Miriama Kamo (pictured below right), actor/director Rachel House (pictured below left), cinematographer Ian McCarroll, Canadian film festival programmer Melissa Bouchard, award-winning filmmaker Yamin Tun.

We also have the list of awa…


The results of this gender balance survey may shock you

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

Or they may just make you shake your head in sorrow: the latest British Film Industry Filmography survey reveals that in the past 100 years the gender balance in British cinema has barely changed. The Filmography, which analyses more than 10,000 films and 250,000 …


WIN tickets to No Ordinary Sheila

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

We have five double passes to give away to this beautiful, inspirational local film by Hugh Macdonald. Due for release in New Zealand 19 October, No Ordinary Sheila tells the life story of Sheila Natusch. Viewers will love this radiant, defiant and unconventional life s…


Pukeko Pictures latest project takes the CAKE

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

The talented team at Pukeko Pictures (which includes a number of WIFTers) will be celebrating the news that Pukeko is teaming up with leading kids' entertainment specialist CAKE, to launch Kiddets, a sister series to Pukeko's hit animated preschool show, The WotWots. The new partner…


Academy Cinemas has a spooky offering

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

Releasing exclusively at Academy Cinemas, A Ghost Story tracks the progress of a ghost who can't let go of the woman he loved and the house they shared, evoking a profoundly moving sense of existential disquiet. A simple story told with the simplest mean…


Awards shine spotlight on cinematographers

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

Do you need a glamorous night out? Go along and show your support to all the fabulous cinematographers at the upcoming annual New Zealand Cinematographer Awards. MC'd by the accomplished Antonia Prebble, it will be an occasion to dress up and celebrate the image-making commu…


WIFTers feature in latest NZ On Air Funding

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

Congratulations to our members at Top Shelf, Attitude Pictures, Notable Pictures, Screentime, Pukeko Pictures, Whitebait Productions and POP Film which all feature in the latest round of successful NZ On Air funding decisions for factual content. And if you work for any of the o…


Who will you nominate for the WIFT Awards

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017


Bettina Hollings won the Queenstown Camera Company Entrepreneurship Award in 2016: who wins it in 2018 is down to you, dear members, so it's time to get thinking and nominate a deserving woman!!

The Queenstown Camera Company is now generously sponsoring the Craft…


WIFT members on Film Auckland Board

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

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We're very happy to see three of our members on the new board of Film Auckland: Marg Slater (above left), James Brookes (above middle), and Alice Shearman (above right). and Film Auckland is an independent industry-run organisation that represents the screen industry.



Cordery's documentary to premiere in the UK

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

Congratulations to Sarah Cordery whose documentary Notes to Eternity is screening across the UK throughout October. It's also been selected for the Screening Rights Film Festival in Birmingham on 30 October.

Notes to Eternity is an impressionistic meditation on the Israel-Palestine conflict centering …


NZ Film Commission sets brave new gender policy goals

Posted Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

Women in film and television should be cheering loudly at this news, announced by Dave Gibson at the Big Screen Symposium in September. The NZFC has made three significant additions to its Gender Policy, and they are:

1 To encourage recipients of devolved fundi…


Novel new venture for Sumner

Posted Thursday 12 Oct 2017


WIFT loves to support member's new ventures, even when they're not exactly film-related. Longtime member, documentary filmmaker Barbara Sumner (Burstyn) is releasing her first novel on 11 November. How to Make a Baby is described as an 'almost romantic novel about motherhood, marri…


The hottest jobs in town

Posted Tuesday 17 Oct 2017

Content planner for Lightbox

Spark is looking for a content planner to support the head of content, and help execute Lightbox's content strategies.

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Camera operator-editor

Newshub seeks a camera operator with a solid understanding of telling stories through editing.

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WIN tickets to Waru

Posted Tuesday 17 Oct 2017

This week we're giving away five double passes to the powerful local film, Waru. Due for release in New Zealand tomorrow, Waru tells the story of a young boy who dies at the hands of his caregiver. The eight M?ori women directors each tackl…


WIN tickets to Maudie

Posted Tuesday 17 Oct 2017


We're also giving away tickets to Maudie, released in New Zealand tomorrow. Based on the true story of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, Maudie is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named …


Gongs for Loane and Wells at Cinematographer Awards

Posted Tuesday 17 Oct 2017

A round of applause for Nina Wells and Ginny Loane for their wins at the NZCS Awards in Auckland on Saturday night. Loane's excellent work on the telemovie Jean won her the Gold award in the telefeatures category, while Nina's work on webseries Auckward …


Don't miss out on Asian Ink

Posted Wednesday 18 Oct 2017

Calling all Asian writers with new, exciting and original screenplays and plays! Playmarket and NZWG  development programme Asian Ink wants your submissions now! Selected plays and screenplays will win a day-long script clinic with a professional director, cast and script advisor.

Deadline: 6 Novemb…


VIDEO slot: Ramai Hayward doco

Posted Wednesday 18 Oct 2017


Check out this wonderful piece of history, the 1989 Koha documentary from NZ On Screen, on the inspiring Ramai Hayward (pictured above in a still from the documentary). A pioneer of New Zealand film and star of classic 1940 movie Rewi's Last Stand, H…


Seed fund applications open for business

Posted Wednesday 18 Oct 2017

Now's the time to dust off that feature film script you started but never finished! The online Seed & Seed Advanced fund applications are open, so make the most of this opportunity to create something wonderful. Seed provides unencumbered development funding specifically for writers…


Before You Say Yes to Web Series

Posted Wednesday 18 Oct 2017

We like the sound of this! DEGNZ has been busy on a standard contract for scripted content on the web for directors, and will launch it at its October event called,'Before You Say Yes to Web Series'.Go along and find out how to get m…


Free Korean Film Festival starts tomorrow

Posted Wednesday 18 Oct 2017

Catch some Korean classics at Auckland's Academy Cinema, starting tomorrow! Bought to you by the Korean Consulate and Korean Cinerama Trust, the Korean Film Festival is free, but don't dawdle because tickets are 'first in first served' on the day. Here's a taster of wh…


Show Me Shorts programme unveiled

Posted Wednesday 18 Oct 2017

We're excited to see Roseanne Liang, Miryam Jacobi, Lauren Porteous and Zoe McIntosh's work will feature in this year's Show Me Shorts programme. There are 35 short films making their New Zealand premiere, and five making their world premiere, including Porteous's roadside drama Mote…


Aotearoa Short Film Lab wants YOU

Posted Wednesday 18 Oct 2017

If you're a short film maker, or you aspire to be, this is a great opportunity for you. A prestigious, hothouse mentoring scheme for screenwriters and filmmakers, the ASF Lab is a partnership between Show Me Shorts and Script to Screen. It offers six loc…


NZ TV Awards announces finalists

Posted Wednesday 18 Oct 2017

A preliminary drumroll please, for the announcement of the finalists in the New Zealand Television Craft Awards. These awards recognise the best technical and creative behind-the-scenes television artisans across 10 awards categories, and we'll be cheering for Kirsty Cameron, Ginny Loane, Sara Beale and T…


Exciting new WIFT Awards on offer for 2018

Posted Wednesday 18 Oct 2017


We're over the moon to be offering two brand-new awards this year, in recognition of the shift for women into traditionally male-dominated areas. The Queenstown Camera Company Craft Award recognises outstanding achievement in craft in film, TV or digital media production, between …


The early bird catches the SPADA conference registration

Posted Wednesday 18 Oct 2017

Registrations are open for this year's SPADA conference! Don't miss your chance to hear Jane Campion as keynote speaker for this year's SPADA Conference. She's delivering NZ On Air's John O'Shea Memorial Address, and it's sure to be an inspiring, interesting, invigorating speech.

The con…


Inhouse production coordinator

Posted Wednesday 25 Oct 2017

In-house production co-ordinator

A dynamic, friendly family in one of New Zealand's foremost Auckland film production companies needs a pro-active individual who is confident, outgoing and loves a challenge.

You will have a great deal of common sense, and high levels of organisational ability, mot…


Exploring the post production of One Thousand Ropes

Posted Wednesday 25 Oct 2017


A still from 'One Thousand Ropes'

Acclaimed for its portrayal of social realism and mysticism, Tusi Tamasese's One Thousand Ropes is the subject of a special Script to Screen session in Wellington tomorrow. Director Tamasese will be joined by producer Catherine Fitzgerald


VIDEO Slot: Psusy

Posted Wednesday 25 Oct 2017


A still shot from the episode Boyfriend, series 2

Jaya Beach-Robertson has rolled out another six short-and-not-so-sweet episodes of her comedy-drama webseries Psusy. Directed by Anna Duckworth, Psusy is a sort-of Kiwi female Men Behaving Badly with a double dose of '…


Find out what NZ distributors are looking for

Posted Saturday 28 Oct 2017

Writers, producers, directors, you won't want to hear this�but, you really need to hear this! Having a strong script and a great filmmaking team is not enough to get your project rolling; most often, securing NZFC production funding depends on a commitment from a l…


Talking about a revolution

Posted Saturday 28 Oct 2017

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Thanks Tanya Wheeler for sending us this link of actress Naomi McDougall Jones talking about what it's like to be a woman in Hollywood. Insightful, sobering and inspiring.

Watch i…


Wellington Polish Film Festival returns

Posted Saturday 28 Oct 2017


And we're glad to hear it! Catch WPFF 2017's screenings of contemporary, award-winning and seldom-seen work from renowned and emerging Polish filmmakers, including Agnieszka Holland's shortlisted Oscar contender 'Spoor' for opening night. There will also be Q&A sessions with Polish filmmakers and a …


History through the eyes of children

Posted Tuesday 31 Oct 2017


The M?oriland Hub screens T?tarakihi: the children of Parihaka this Sunday, so flag the fireworks and head to beautiful ?taki instead. Executive produced by Gaylene Preston, and directed by Paora Joseph, the film documents the journey taken by a group of Taranaki child…


Polley and Marling on Weinstein and Hollywood

Posted Tuesday 31 Oct 2017

Of all the stuff that has been written and said about the Harvey Weinstein situation, we think these illuminating articles by writer, director and actor Sarah Polley and screenwriter, producer and actor Brit Marling are two of the most articulate, thoughtful and rational. Do …


Show Me Shorts Film Festival winners

Posted Tuesday 31 Oct 2017

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We're celebrating with Roseanne Liang, Zoe McIntosh and Lauren Porteous after their success in Show Me Shorts! Roseanne Liang's Do No Harm (see the still shot above) walked away with three awards: Panavision Best Cinematographer, DEGNZ Best Editor and the Special Jury Pr…


A feast of films at the HP48HRS Grand Final

Posted Tuesday 31 Oct 2017


Yes, the HP48Hours Grand Final has something for everyone: love and laughs, friendship and fairytales, horror  crime, a bit of blood... Sit back and watch the best 15 HP48Hours films in Auckland's beautiful Civic Theatre. We can't wait to see who wins the G…


Tell us who is missing from this WIFT Awards list

Posted Tuesday 31 Oct 2017


No, it's not a trick question (and it's not Jane Wrightson, pictured), it's a call to action! The Great Southern Film & Television Award for Outstanding Contribution to the NZ Screen Industry honours long-term outstanding work, generous support for others, and commitment …


Polish up those CVs because here come the jobs

Posted Tuesday 31 Oct 2017

MediaWorks creative producer

THREE creative team is seeking an entry level-to-intermediate level producer to create inspiring on-air promotions.

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Lightbox content planner

The Lightbox content team is responsible for identifying, licensing, and scheduling all of Lightbox's content, as well as building strong r…


Calling all available writers and producers

Posted Tuesday 31 Oct 2017

Melbourne-based Aussie/Kiwi/Filipina director Angeline Armstrong is looking for a producer and a writer to put together a submission for Fresh Shorts in mid-January, with the aim of developing longer form projects together in future. In her words:

"I'm currently developing a short film wi…


Freelancers wanted come one come all

Posted Tuesday 31 Oct 2017

Auckland video production company Chillbox Creative is looking for passionate freelancers to collaborate on a range of commercial and creative projects. If you are a camera operator, camera assistant, sound operator, editor, animator, copywriter, or anyone with a flair for film and video production pl…


WIN tickets to The Secret Scripture

Posted Tuesday 31 Oct 2017


This week we have five double passes to give away to The Secret Scripture, opening in New Zealand cinemas* on 7 December 2017. Based on Sebastian Barry's Man Booker Prize-winning novel, the film features a stellar international cast including Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgr…