Bec Smith and Penny Win to speak at Big Screen Symposium 2017

Posted Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

We have some fantastic news for all of you who are going to the Big Screen Symposium! The BSS has signed up Bec Smith (pictured below right) and Penny Win (below left) as speakers. Bec is a literary agent and an independent film agent…


The German Film Festival is on and it's free

Posted Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

Here's your chance to enjoy some of the most thrilling recent films from Germany, Switzerland and Austria for free! The Goethe Institut is hosting New Zealand's 9th German Film Festival, which opens at Auckland's Academy on September 5 and will play in New Plymouth, Welling…


Siapo Cinema to host films and fun for Oceania Festival

Posted Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

Celebrate the people and culture of the Pacific at the vibrant Oceania film festival, with panel discussions, film compilations - and crepe paper craft! Catch feature film, One Thousand Ropes, hear acclaimed artists, Pacific Underground, and have fun at a Ula Lei making workshop.…


Last weeks to apply for Premiere Pathways funding

Posted Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

A gentle reminder that the next deadline for Premiere Pathways is Monday 25 September at 9am. Premiere Pathways is the NZFC's flexible fund designed to assist filmmakers in creating striking moving-image material to showcase their talent and help them get feature films made. You…


ScreenSafe guidelines available online

Posted Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

A good chunk of ScreenSafe's new Health and Safety guidelines are now available online. These replace the existing industry Code of Practice and contain information and updated recommendations for best-practice under the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 which came into effec…


WIFTer double successes with Waru

Posted Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

A double round of applause for the team of Waru, produced by WIFT-er Kerry Warkia, and Kiel McNaughton. Waru will open Toronto's imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, the world's largest presenter of indigenous screen content, and has been selected for the Discovery secti…


Calling all southern film makers and scriptwriters

Posted Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

Short Film Otago's new funding round is now open, so if you have a script, or a film idea/outline that needs development or funding, it's time to apply. Short Film Otago provides a "first step" initiative for southern writers and film makers, similar to …


A job bag full of jobs

Posted Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

Imagezone intern needed

Imagezone offers complete full technical services to the television and film industry including high-end camera, video and data equipment rental. They're looking for a workshop intern to support the rental department. The successful candidate will get full training on all equipment…


Receptionist and office assistant

Posted Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

Auckland-based Imagination TV is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person to join the team as receptionist / office assistant.
Apply to…


WIFTer doco hits the right note

Posted Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

Ever wonder how a violin is made? Come and watch WIFT-er Kath Thomas's documentary Notes in the Wood, which follows the late Stan Monk, a maverick in the world of traditional violin making. Stan worked on his craft in a garden shed at Auckland's Mur…


Acclaimed interactive web doco Conversations With Teenage Mums now online

Posted Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

A big shoutout to WIFT member Vicky Pope whose web-based documentary Conversations with Teen Mums is now live. Made in Auckland over four years by director Juliette Veber and produced by Vicky, the interactive documentary features photographic portraits, quotes, films and written interviews, and pro…


Video Slot: Bleach

Posted Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

What could be worse than being alone in a laundromat, doing your laundry? We love a good cliffhanger, so you'll have to watch new WIFT member Rose McMahon's short film Bleach, now live online, to answer that question! We thought 16-year-old Rose's film deserved …


A night out with Jackie Van Beek and plenty of laughs

Posted Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

Here's a chance to watch six of the best short films by the talented writer, director, comedienne and WIFT member Jackie van Beek. Jackie's first feature film The Inland Road has just premiered to positive critical reviews, so it's definitely time to celebrate! Her sh…


WIFTer film chosen for Toronto International Film Festival

Posted Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

Environmental crises and isolation loom large in Human Traces, which has been selected for the Discovery section in the of the prestigious TIFF. Produced by WIFT-member Nadia Maxwell and starring fellow WIFT-er Sophie Henderson, the film tells a complex story on a huge canvas:…


Giveaway: I Am Not Your Negro

Posted Wednesday 06 Sep 2017

The hghly acclaimed film I Am Not Your Negro opens in NZ cinemas on 21 September and we have 5 double passes to give away!


I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights…


Donations sought for the last stages of Yellow Is Forbidden

Posted Wednesday 06 Sep 2017

We know a lot of WIFT-ers were involved in this project so we're giving it a WIFT-worthy boost. Pietra Brett Kelly's Yellow Is Forbidden is a modern day Cinderella story where the brave, diminutive and daring heroine's dream doesn't end at the ball� China's only h…


Collaboration is key when making TV in China

Posted Monday 18 Sep 2017

If you're thinking of China as a market your TV series, this is a useful read. Production and development specialist Leanne Passafonti, shares her insights on making successful TV in China, and  outlines some of the regulatory roadblocks that occur, and how to navigate ar…


WIFT panellist Ian Collie to launch new drama business

Posted Monday 18 Sep 2017

Former WIFT panellist and Essential Media's head of scripted, Ian Collie, is launching his own drama production company, Easy Tiger Productions, backed by FremantleMedia. Collie, a panellist for the WIFT Australia/Denmark/New Zealand Co-production Summit, is taking development slate as well as the four-part crime …


WIFTers Amy St series wins at Webfest

Posted Monday 18 Sep 2017

A big shoutout to Kirsty Griffin and Viv Kernick whose web series Amy Street won best non-fiction web series at this year's Webfest in Berlin. The series is a collection of eight episodes, and focuses on the different residents of Amy Street and explores t…


Vancouver wants your film NOW

Posted Monday 18 Sep 2017

Last days to get your submissions into the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival and Screenplay Competition (#VIWIFF)  before the 2 October deadline! This five-day celebration runs from March 7 - 11, 2018, and will showcase an impressive line-up of short, and feature films (narrat…


Waru directors take on The Female Gaze

Posted Tuesday 19 Sep 2017

The Kiwi directors of Waru made an impression on film journalist Gill Pringle at the The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where Waru premiered in the Discovery section. In her blog for The Female Gaze, Pringle describes them as a "boisterous" and "lively tribe"…


Screenplay successes for Niccol

Posted Tuesday 19 Sep 2017

Kapiti writer/director Linda Niccol is on a roll: her short screenplay The Girl With A Little Bit Extra will have a staged reading at the upcoming Lady Filmmakers Festival in Beverly Hills, one of just two screenplays selected. The script tells the story of Po…


Digital media funding up for grabs

Posted Wednesday 20 Sep 2017

NZ On Air and the Canada Media Fund (CMF) will renew their partnership to encourage the coproduction of digital media content between Canadian and New Zealand creators. The budget for the Canada - New Zealand Digital Media Fund is CAD$800,000, with both organisations contributin…


WIFTers make SWANZ and USC finals

Posted Wednesday 20 Sep 2017

Congratulations to our members who made the finals of The New Zealand Writers Guild Script Writer Awards and Unproduced Script Competition! The finalists are:
Best Director Feature Film
Shoshana McCallum, Natalie Medlock - Daisy Chain
April Phillips - Blind Eye

Best Feature Film


Q&A with Miranda Harcourt on The Changeover

Posted Wednesday 20 Sep 2017

Miranda Harcourt

Miranda Harcourt has stepped into the unknown with her first feature film as director. The Changeover is a commercial movie aimed at young adults - a first for New Zealand.

Due for release in New Zealand 28 September, the film is an adapt…


Hot news from the BSS: collaboration and close-up sessions

Posted Wednesday 20 Sep 2017

Here's some hot-off-the-press news for those heading to the Big Screen Symposium: Kylie du Fresne will be examining her 20-year business and creative relationships with Goalpost Pictures partners Rosemary Blight and Ben Grant: how they started out and the creative and financial divisions in…


WIFTers make regional finals of 48HOURS

Posted Wednesday 20 Sep 2017

A round of applause please, for our many members who made it into the regional finals for Best Female Director of the HP48HOURS! Below is a list of all the finalists in the main regions, and you'll find a list of all nominees here.

Snow Country dir Hweiling Ow and Mia Marama


Pioneering producer Midge Sanford to speak at BSS

Posted Wednesday 20 Sep 2017

Remember Madonna's first movie? Desperately Seeking Susan was at the vanguard of films produced by women, and those women are coming to New Zealand to share their story. Midge Sanford and business partner Sarah Pillsbury set up their film production company Sanford/Pillsbury Productions in 1…


Nominate and celebrate WIFT Awards 2018

Posted Wednesday 20 Sep 2017

WIFT awards

Here's your chance to shine a light on an inspirational, hardworking woman in the screen industry. The WIFT Awards are an uplifting celebration, highlighting the work of women in film and television in New Zealand. Anyone can nominate, but nominees must be wo…


Test audience needed for screening in Wellington

Posted Wednesday 20 Sep 2017

Cliffs of Freedom chronicles the journey of a Greek peasant girl after tragedy befalls her family. Joining with fellow rebel fighters she fights for freedom, galvanizing a country to rise up against an oppressive Ottoman Empire. The film is running a work-in-progress test screening that inclu…


Radio New Zealand's Maori treasures now online

Posted Wednesday 20 Sep 2017

Here's an aural treasure that's now available for anyone to hear. It's the first of four online exhibitions to showcase the Ng? Taonga K?rero collection - the archive of Radio New Zealand's M?ori radio programmes. It contains the oldest recorded M?ori broadcast from the opening…


Gainful employment right here

Posted Wednesday 20 Sep 2017

Integration executive
TVNZ is seeking an exceptional Integration Executive to offer core support, proposal development and project management implementation support across a variety of projects, to the Content Solutions team.
More details

Film lecturer

The SAE Creative Media Institute is looking for a Film…


Brown Ink submission deadline looming

Posted Wednesday 20 Sep 2017

Calling all M?ori, Pasifika and Asian writers with new, exciting and original screenplays and plays! Playmarket and NZWG joint development programmes Brown Ink & Asian Ink want your submissions. Selected plays and screenplays will win a day-long script clinic with a professional director, ca…


Berlinale puts the fun into funding

Posted Wednesday 20 Sep 2017

Here's a chance to mix business with pleasure: the 15th Berlinale Co-Production Market is happpening during the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, so you can fill up on festival films as well as scout for a potential production partner. The submission calls for feature proj…