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 funding to fund half of their projects with women writers and directors and publish their success rates.

2 The NZFC itself will set an annual goal of 50% female recipients for Early Development Funding (EDF) - counted across attached writers, directors and producers - to be achieved by 2020.

3 The NZFC will measure female director participation in feature film investment offers on both an annual and a three-year rolling average. By the end of 2021/2022 the aim is to have 50% participation. This will mean achieving an average of 50% from 2019/2020.

We thank SPADA, Ng? Aho Whakaari, Script to Screen, the NZ Writers Guild, DEGNZ, the NZCS, Equity New Zealand, and the NZ Film & Video Technicians Guild for supporting WIFT's submission to the NZ Film Commission.

The full news release is here

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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 on the lives and ideas of four renowned critics of Israel: Noam Chomsky, Sara Roy, Norman Finkelstein and Robert Fisk. Chomsky is central in the film, and this is the first feature-length documentary to focus more fully on his life-long involvement with the Israel-Palestine issue.


A still from Notes to Eternity