Awesome August jobs for you!

Posted Wednesday 01 Aug 2018

Assistant director wanted for rock musical
Dark Rose Films seeks an assistant director for its fourth microbudget feature film, The Rocky Road to Freedom. The Dark Rose team plan to shoot the film, a rock musical, in Auckland from 4-26 January, 2018. Besides credit…

Exceptional office administrator / production coordinator needed

Posted Wednesday 01 Aug 2018

Imagezone are on the hunt for an exceptional office administrator / production assistant. If you worked for Imagezone, here's what you would have done last month�
  • Wowed clients and suppliers with your outstanding customer service whilst being courteous,
  • responsive and resourceful
  • Juggled concurrent mul…

Get your applications in for Berlinale Talents 2019

Posted Wednesday 01 Aug 2018

Emerging directors, take note: applications are open for Berlinale Talents 2019, the annual summit and networking platform of the Berlin International Film Festival for 250 outstanding creatives from the fields of film and drama series. We hope that lots of you apply!

Applications c…

Low budget or no budget? Applications open for the London Independent Film Festival

Posted Wednesday 01 Aug 2018

LIFF is Europe's leading film festival dedicated to low and no-budget filmmaking - so get your applications in! Now in its 16th year and with space for over 100 indie films, the festival is perfect for films by first and second time directors, films s…


Submissions open for the Glasgow Film Festival

Posted Wednesday 01 Aug 2018

The GFF is a braw* chance to get your film in front of a number of UK distributors and exhibitors who could bring your film to the UK market. Perfectly placed in February as a launch pad for spring and summer releases, GFF provide…


Maoriland seeks filmmakers of the future

Posted Wednesday 01 Aug 2018

The M?oriland Charitable Trust (MCT) is offering an amazing opportunity for young filmmakers this year. If you're chosen for the Through Our Lens workshop, you could be one of four rangatahi who will head to an island in the Pacific or to Indonesia fo…


Special screenings of Prince's Sign O The Times at the NZIFF

Posted Wednesday 01 Aug 2018

Grab your purple velvet blazer and head to the New Zealand International Film Festival for a very special screening of Prince's 1987 concert film Sign O' the Times.

This film returns 30 years after its original NZIFF screening - it was added as a late…

Have your say on how to help strengthen NZ's national archives

Posted Wednesday 01 Aug 2018

Here's a chance to share your ideas on improving the way our national archivists could be better supported and better structured. Click the link below and answer the five questions. Your answers will help inform the Ministerial Group that's been created to review the contribu…


The Female Gaze showcases work by women cinematographers

Posted Wednesday 01 Aug 2018

We wish we could be there for these screenings, but here are some recommendations to check out online instead. The Female Gaze is a two-week, July 26 to August 9, survey of 36 films shot by 23 female cinematographers programmed by the Film Society…


Give Horrocks doco a BOOST

Posted Wednesday 01 Aug 2018

Shirley Horrocks is a long-time WIFT member and a prolific chronicler of New Zealand's creators. She would be the only person to have had 10 documentaries screen at NZIFF, the most recent being Paul Callaghan: Dancing with Atoms, screening now as part of the …


WIFTers feature at Basement Theatre

Posted Wednesday 01 Aug 2018

Fancy some live theatre? Go along to Auckland's Basement Theatre and support your fellow WIFTers' endeavours. Catch director Kate McGill's Run Rabbit and writer and director Natalie Medlock's tragic comedy Near Death Experience while you can - and don't forget to use your WIFT m…


Blue Cat Screenplay Competition 2019 call for entries

Posted Wednesday 01 Aug 2018

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…


Your chance to converse with top Kiwi cinematographer

Posted Wednesday 01 Aug 2018

Here's a rare opportunity to gain insights into what it takes to be a talented cinematographer. New Zealand Cinematographer Denson Baker ACS NZCS is in New Zealand to shoot the upcoming series The Luminaries - even better, you can hear him discuss his recent …


Calling all non-fiction science media professionals

Posted Wednesday 01 Aug 2018

This November the world's leading content creators and decision-makers working in science, history, natural history and other non-fiction media will gather in Brisbane, Australia. Congress '18, presented by the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, is the premiere creative and networking forum for non-fi…


Kiwis still prefer traditional broadcast media but online media is fast catching up

Posted Wednesday 01 Aug 2018

Released today, NZ On Air's report Where Are The Audiences? shows that traditional broadcast media is still the most popular way Kiwis consume their television, but only just. Produced by Glasshouse Consulting, the report's key findings are:

  • Weekly audiences for traditional broadcast media are sta…

WIFTers need your support for Walk A Mile

Posted Wednesday 08 Aug 2018

Here's your chance to help bring a project to life! Walk A Mile, a short film involving Judith Cowley (writer and director, pictured below) Sarah Anne Dudley and Janine Frei, is 63% of the way towards its Boosted campaign  goal of $10,000. The fil…


WIN double pass tickets to The Flip Side

Posted Wednesday 08 Aug 2018

This week we're giving away five double movie passes to The Flip Side, starring Emily Taheny and beloved British actor Eddie Izzard. Directed by Marion Pilowsky, The Flip Side is a charming and uplifting story about love and second chance relationships. After leaving for Eng…


Directors' Toolkit workshop with Jason Stutter

Posted Wednesday 08 Aug 2018

Here's a great chance to develop your directing skills and add valuable new ones to your toolkit. Award-winning director Jason Stutter (Edwin: My Life as a Koont, The Dead Room) leads this two-day workshop in Tauranga, offering a practical guide to directing for emerging direct…


Save the date for the Big Screen Symposium 2018

Posted Wednesday 08 Aug 2018

Clear your diaries for October 26 and 27 folks - the Script To Screen Big Screen Symposium is back! The BSS brings the filmmakers of Aotearoa New Zealand together for debate, discussion, information and inspiration. The event is for all those who bring our storie…


Italian short film night in Wellington

Posted Wednesday 08 Aug 2018

Che bello! It's time to celebrate the cinema of Italy with a diverse selection including comedy, drama and satire. There are six short films by top Italian filmmakers:

Buffet - directed by Alessandro D'ambrosi and Santa De Santis: What happens to the supposedly refined …

WIFTer shorts shine at NZIFF

Posted Wednesday 08 Aug 2018

A big congratulations to two members whose films shone in the New Zealand International Film Festival 2018: director Robyn Paterson, whose short film Run Rabbit was one of the six shortlisted finalists in the Best New Zealand Short Film award category; and to director Chelsie Pr…


Bluecat screenplay competition 2019 call for entries

Posted Monday 13 Aug 2018

Undiscovered script writers, here's your chance to make yourself known! It is so worthwhile entering this competition: every script submitted will get a written analysis, plus you could win the $US5000 Fellini Award for the best screenplay from any category (Feature, Pilots or Short…


Catch Bliss in Wellington

Posted Tuesday 14 Aug 2018

Screening as part of the KM130 programme, the teledrama Bliss follows Katherine Mansfield from boredom in Edwardian Wellington to liberation and love affairs in London. Produced by Michele Fantl and starring Kate Elliot (pictured below) as Katherine Mansfield, much of the drama comes from Mansfi…


Rehearsal Dynamics with Jennifer Ward-Lealand

Posted Tuesday 14 Aug 2018

Directors, don't miss this wonderful opportunity from DEGNZ to learn how to get the most out of your actors during rehearsals. Taught by the fabulous Jennifer Ward-Lealand (pictured below), five selected participants will direct actors in short scenes under Ward-Lealand's guidance. Titled 'Deepening and Enric…


Augment your income for August!

Posted Wednesday 15 Aug 2018

Chief executive, fixed term
Able |

As New Zealand's home of captioning and audio description Able makes media accessible for the Deaf, hard of hearing, blind and vision-impaired communities. They're looking for an interim chief executive for a fixed term of one year from J…

Avatar internships available!

Posted Wednesday 15 Aug 2018

The team at Avatar is offering a series of internships and these are the first. Let's fill them all with WIFT members. Get in and apply!

Unit Production Manager
Duration:12 November 2018 until 19 August 2019
Reports to: UPM
Scope of internship: to repor…

Illuminating interviews with award-winner Chelsie Preston Crayford

Posted Wednesday 15 Aug 2018

We'd like to highlight a couple of excellent interviews with Chelsie Preston Crayford about her award-winning short film Falling Up. The story explores a break up, and was filmed with Preston Crayford's own ex-partner and their two-year old daughter. Read Sarah Catherall's excellent interview with Pr…


Sexual harassment and disclosure workshop

Posted Wednesday 15 Aug 2018

If you missed the WIFT Sexual Harassment workshop last month, Ng? Aho Whakaari, together with DEGNZ and NZWG, have initiated a second opportunity to attend. We encourage you to join us for this important hui on sexual harassment and disclosure, whether you're an employer, empl…


You have one month left to apply for Seed funding!

Posted Wednesday 15 Aug 2018

Applications for SEED & SEED Advanced Round 2 are now only one month away from closing! You have until midday Friday 7 September 2018 to get your materials in; that is, a log-line, a synopsis, a five-page treatment and 10 pages of script. If…


Be in to win when you list in The Data Book

Posted Wednesday 15 Aug 2018

The Data Book is celebrating 30 years of supporting you, New Zealand's screen industry! The 30th birthday print edition is out in October, and to say thank you to the industry, The Data Book is giving away five free upgrades to WIFT members, an…


WIFTers awarded funding for Runaway Millionaires

Posted Wednesday 15 Aug 2018

We're cheering for Carmen Leonard and Deb Cope of Fearless Productions, who received NZOA funding to produce telefeature Runaway Millionaires. Directed by Danny Mulheron, Runaway Millionaires dramatises the story of Kara Hurring and Leo Gao, the Rotorua couple that hit headlines in 2009. Gao and Hu…


Goldthorp's Ghost in Corsets to premiere in September

Posted Wednesday 15 Aug 2018

Get set for the Auckland premier of A Ghost in Corsets, the second feature film by Rose Goldthorp of Dark Rose Films. A modern-day, supernatural, dark comedic drama, this is a self-funded, full-length feature film in which a besieged family manages to come out on to…


WIN tickets to Book Club

Posted Wednesday 15 Aug 2018

We also have tickets to another comedy to give away! Be in to win five double passes to Book Club, a heartwarming film that brings together four Hollywood legends, actresses Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen. Diane (Keaton) is recently widowed a…


Harrop joins TVNZ

Posted Thursday 23 Aug 2018

We're glad to see that Kim Harrop has joined the TVNZ commissioning team (valued WIFT supporters) as commissioner - scripted. Harrop starts at TVNZ fresh from her role with Warner Bros International as producer/writer and co-creator of the  black comedy Fresh Eggs for TVNZ2.…


Shanks short film shortlisted

Posted Thursday 23 Aug 2018

Oops! we missed a credit in the last issue ... Olivia Shanks, producer of Charmer, one of the six shortlisted finalists in the Best New Zealand Short Film award category in the New Zealand International Film Festival 2…


WIFTers youth series returns for 7th season

Posted Friday 24 Aug 2018

We're very pleased to see the work of producer Julia Parnell, and the team at Notable Pictures, returning to air - for a seventh season! Directed by Corinne Hunziker, Both Worlds follows a diverse group of young Kiwis who pick up the camera themselves to t…


NZOA-Canadian Media Fund produces Fierce Girls

Posted Friday 24 Aug 2018

We're glad to see the this cultural coupling has borne fruit: the NZ On Air-Canadian Media Fund indigenous digital coproduction fund has created Fierce Girls, designed to provide positive and accurate messaging to young indigenous girls. It's co-produced by the Transmedia Project, and the dire…


Gender Matters report shows increase in key Australian screen industry roles for women

Posted Friday 24 Aug 2018

Here's an update with good news from our sisters across the Tasman. Screen Australia has released the second instalment of tracking against its Gender Matters target, which reveals in the year 2017/18 the majority of feature film, documentary, television drama and online dramas that rece…


Where are the audiences? Latest NZOA report results explain

Posted Monday 27 Aug 2018

It's a timely question to ask, and one NZ On Air has set about answering in its Where are the Audiences? survey series. One of the most significant trends confirmed in the latest survey shows that online media has overtaken traditional media in terms…


Director's Toolkit workshop with Danny Mulheron in Auckland

Posted Monday 27 Aug 2018

An experienced director, writer and actor for stage and screen, Danny Mulheron will take you through a number of topics relevant to today's actor-director relationshipsin this two-day DEGNZ-organised workshop. Day one topics will include what to do when you're bored with the script; when…


Speak up and join the revolution!

Posted Monday 27 Aug 2018

We're hugely excited to see this event on the calendar! Join other inspirational wahine in the arts to debate and discuss issues facing women in contemporary Aotearoa at Speak Up! an Auckland Live event on 8 September. You, dear members, may be particularly intereste…


BSS tunes into the zeitgeist

Posted Tuesday 28 Aug 2018

We can't wait to see what creative magic comes from the theme for this year's Big Screen Symposium! The these this year is about tuning into the Zeitgeist and explores the forces that influence us - collectively and alone. How do the characteristics of …


Be inspired by these wahine superheroes

Posted Tuesday 28 Aug 2018

How many superheroes can you think of that are women? Well here's your chance to add to that short list! Bring your kuia, your mum, your auntie, your daughter, your niece, your best friend for an evening of inspiration from three amazing women who …


Prepare to celebrate with the Show Me Shorts NZ International Film Festival opening nights

Posted Tuesday 28 Aug 2018

Get your awards glam on and head to the opening nights of the Show Me Shorts New Zealand International Short Film Festival. In Auckland you can watch the winners of the Show Me Shorts Awards announced, prizes presented and the winning films played, then h…


VIDEO SLOT: Disorder

Posted Tuesday 28 Aug 2018

We're excited to see Miryam Jacobi's documentary Disorder is now live on Vimeo. Disorder is one of the six films that make up The Outlook For Someday series 2018, six short films by emerging young film-makers from Aotearoa. "Our purpose is to help uneart…


Peter Rommell on his alternative approach to making drama

Posted Tuesday 28 Aug 2018

Experience a fascinating evening with master German creative producer Peter Rommel, proudly co-presented by WIFT with Script-To-Screen. Rommel will talking with Philippa Campbell about his approach to filmmaking. A Peter Rommel film is made with a spirit of improvisation - a small crew, hand held cam…


Your chance to quiz Helen Clark and Gaylene Preston

Posted Wednesday 29 Aug 2018

Opportunities like this don't come up very often, so make the most of this one! For the first time in Auckland, Helen Clark will attend a screening of renowned director Gaylene Preston's My Year With Helen for Q&A after the session. Demand.Film is presenting …


Be involved in telling NZ What Women Want!

Posted Wednesday 29 Aug 2018

An intelligent, interactive, entertaining Q & A style show, featuring NZ's women leaders, activists, comedians and change-makers? That's right up our alley! Diva Productions is producing What Women Want, to be filmed in front of an invited audience in Auckland, and hosted by acclaimed journ…


August jobs

Posted Wednesday 29 Aug 2018

Film studio manager / ATEED

Auckland Council

Collaborative editor sought for feature film
Dark Rose Films, a start-up feature production company, seeks a collaborative editor (credits and points share, only) for its fourth feature film, a rock musical, shoot…

Office to sub-let with a bunch of Divas!

Posted Wednesday 29 Aug 2018

Of course we mean the lovely team at Diva Productions, who would make first-rate office-mates! They're looking to sub-let part of their fully furnished comfortable office in an uber-cool modernist 60s building in Newmarket, currently shared with Exit Films. Approximately 20 sq metres and three …


A workshop to help with accounting pain relief

Posted Wednesday 29 Aug 2018

Are your accounts giving you a headache? Find relief at this fantastic Young Creators workshop brought to you by DEGNZ and WIFT! Natalie Doherty, production accountant on projects including Slow West, Jean and The Shannara Chronicles, will share with you contractor hacks to take…


NZ On Air and RNZ announce collaborative approach to public media funding

Posted Wednesday 29 Aug 2018

Here's some interesting news, hot off the press! Radio New Zealand and NZ On Air have teamed up to pilot a collaborative approach to commissioning public media for Kiwi audiences. A $6 million Joint Innovation Fund will allocate contestable funding to projects in three sepa…