2018 NZ TV Awards Gala Event winners

Posted Monday 03 Dec 2018

Congratulations to all our members who won awards at the 2018 NZ TV Awards Gala Event! We've listed you below, and hope we haven't missed anyone...

NZ On Air Best Drama Series

Westside S3
SPP - Kelly Martin

Images & Sound Best Feature…

Dark Rose seeks international filmmakers for Matrix Anthology

Posted Monday 03 Dec 2018

Dark Rose Films is creating a no-budget "matrix anthology" feature film and is looking for international filmmakers to join in. Does this sound like you? Let Rose Goldthorp know!


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Sundance unveils new inclusion policy

Posted Monday 03 Dec 2018

You'll be pleased to see that the Sundance Film Festival (24 Jan 2019 - 3 Feb 2019) is ramping up its inclusion and transparency efforts. New hires on its programming team and new initiatives will deepen support for independent storytellers and broaden access to …


Cannes submissions are open!

Posted Monday 03 Dec 2018

Calling all filmmakers: submission of films for the 2019 Official Selection is now open! The deadline for submission is 15 February 2019 for film school students, 1 March 2019 for short films, and 4 March 2019 for feature films. The 72nd Festival de Cannes …


Q&A: Robyn Paterson on In The Zone

Posted Tuesday 04 Dec 2018

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In The Zone is the extraordinary story of Chicago-born Terrance Wallace, who attempts to transform the lives of a group of New Zealand teens in a bid to prove that cycles of inequality can be broken. Director Robyn Paterson (pictured above) filmed the 115-…


Funded public media on the rise says NZOA

Posted Tuesday 04 Dec 2018

It's a pleasure to be the bearers of good news, and we're glad to share this! NZOA reports that the first year of its platform-neutral funding strategy (the NZ Media Fund) has been a great success, with much more diverse public media and a 50% increas…


Story Camp Advanced teams announced

Posted Tuesday 04 Dec 2018

We're looking forward to seeing the projects created by the teams below which have been chosen for Story Camp Aotearoa, a residential feature film workshop that fosters craft, voice and vision. Talented New Zealand filmmakers workshop their projects with exceptional international and local advisors.…


Avatar internships round 2 now available

Posted Tuesday 04 Dec 2018

Do you need paid work experience? 880 Productions (Avatar Sequels) have internship positions available for 2019 in the cotume, lighting, grips, sound, camera and editorial departments. The successful applicants will need to be Wellington-based for the duration of the internship, a New Zealand citize…


NZOA funding application summary

Posted Tuesday 04 Dec 2018

All you need to know about what's been, and will be, happening in the world of NZOA funding for this financial year - right here! Next week the Board meets for the final round of the year and decisions will be out shortly after. T…


Variety unveils its list of emerging directors

Posted Wednesday 05 Dec 2018


Variety has named its 10 directors to watch in 2019 and seven on the list are women - a reflection of all the incredible emerging female talent on the horizon.

The 10 Directors To Watch are:

Ali Abbasi - Border
Bert & Bertie -&…

WIFTers release innovative online doco about women who don't or can't vote

Posted Wednesday 05 Dec 2018

We're glad to see a number of Wifters involved in this innovative new two-part online documentary. Produced by Wellington creative agency Storybox, Aren't Can't Don't examines some of the many and complex reasons why some women don't vote, and considers those who still can't leg…


More on the Avatar internships and what they're looking for!

Posted Wednesday 05 Dec 2018

Lighting Console Trainee
Duration: 1 April - 30 August 2019 (4 weeks of prep + entire shooting period )
Reports to: Gaffer and Console Operator
Scope of internship: to train someone to work as a Console Operator on international productions, they will work along…

Robin Wright on her directing revelation

Posted Wednesday 05 Dec 2018

Take five minutes to watch House of Cards star Robin Wright talk to Variety about directing House of Cards, women directors, and being the lead character in the final season. She made her directorial debut in the second season of the show, and continue…


Variety reveals 2018 TV star salaries

Posted Wednesday 05 Dec 2018


Take a look at Variety's list of 2018 TV salaries. The article is a bit lengthy, but the graphics are revealing!

Jobs, jobs and more jobs!

Posted Wednesday 05 Dec 2018

Media Tutor

NZ School of Radio
Rocket Lab
Brand Developers
NZ Racing Board

WIN: tickets to In The Zone

Posted Wednesday 05 Dec 2018

We have five double passes to give away to In The Zone, released in New Zealand cinemas Thursday 6 December! Watch the trailer and answer the question below:

What colour balloons are released into the sky?

Send your answer in the subject line to office@wiftnz…


Pukeko Pictures co-production to screen in China

Posted Wednesday 05 Dec 2018

It's great to hear that Pukeko PicturesKiddets series is premiering on CCTV in China, following its broadcast earlier in the year in New Zealand and Australia. Two episodes of Kiddets will air on CCTV Children's channel daily between 10.30 and 11am. In addition, Chinese VOD-platform i…


Pooley's Haunting Douglas screens as tribute to great New Zealand dancer

Posted Wednesday 05 Dec 2018

The award winning documentary Haunting Douglas by Leanne Pooley will screen as part of a tribute to one of New Zealand's greatest dancers, Douglas Wright. Go along and support a fellow Wifter, and the arts, at the public gathering, followed by afternoon tea at…


WIN: movie tickets to The Favourite

Posted Friday 14 Dec 2018

Featuring three strong female leads, The Favourite will take you on a mad, crazy, fun-loving ride. Be sure to catch it on the big screen - in cinemas Boxing Day.

Synopsis: Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. A frail Queen…


Are you the next Auckland City Council Artist In Residence?

Posted Monday 17 Dec 2018

Are you artistic and adventurous? Innovative and intrepid? Here's your chance to fuel up on nature and seek stimulation from the wild. The annual Auckland City Council Artist In Residence position is open for 2019. It's an eight-week residency (Oct-Nov 2019) based in a Regi…


Wifters in NZFC 125 Fund

Posted Monday 17 Dec 2018

At the recent Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA) Conference held in Wellington, New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) CEO, Annabelle Sheehan announced funding of three feature films through the NZFC's 125 Fund. Congratulations to producers Ainsley Gardiner and Georgina Conder on Hawk Mountain; writer Sophie Hend…


Call for submissions: Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Posted Monday 17 Dec 2018

Looking for an outlet for your short, feature or VR film? The BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival is looking for emerging and established practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of filmmaking to showcase their talent and innovative work to wider audiences. Filmmakers can submit t…


Wifters awarded NZOA factual story funding

Posted Tuesday 18 Dec 2018

Well done to members who have been awarded NZ On Air funding for factual story-telling for 2019. It looks like a busy year ahead for:

Greenstone TV and Scottie Douglas Productions for Origins, 3 x 44 mins, for TVNZ 1, $1,336,267
Rogue Productions for By The…


NZOA funding gives light relief to these Wifter comedy projects

Posted Tuesday 18 Dec 2018

On a lighter note, these members have been awarded NZ On Air funding for their comedy projects. We're looking forward to the laughs!

MediaWorks TV for Golden Boy, 8 x 22 mins, for Three, up to $841,532, and for New Zealand Today, 8 x 22…


Jackie Dennis to take the helm at Script To Screen

Posted Tuesday 18 Dec 2018

Congratulations to Jackie Dennis who will step into the the role of Script To Screen executive director in January. Jackie has worked in programmes and operations with departing ED Esther Cahill-Chiaroni for the past 18 months. She is a passionate advocate for the arts, ha…


Get your discounted rate to the South by Southwest Film Festival here!

Posted Tuesday 18 Dec 2018

Hot dang, here's an exciting opportunity to go to a fabulous film festival in Texas! WIFTNZ members have been offered access to special pricing on registrations to the South by Southwest Film Festival - 8 March -17 March, 2019, in Austin, Texas! Thanks to WI…



Posted Wednesday 19 Dec 2018

Today's video slot features a story about food and loving your neighbour - to get you in the Christmas spirit! Written and produced by Dr Sapna Samant, with Amy Barber on sound design, Kimbap is also about the isolation and loneliness of a Korean 'goose' fam…


Request for Proposals: Loading Docs 2019 wants your films

Posted Wednesday 19 Dec 2018

What does 'power' mean to you? Here's your chance to explain. Loading Docs invites New Zealand filmmakers to submit proposals for the 2019 collection of short documentaries, and the theme is power. As a creative motivation, be it physical, internal, social, political, emotional or psychologi…


Activating change: Brie Larson Tessa Thompson Stacy Smith explain

Posted Wednesday 19 Dec 2018

Here's an uplifting interview about progress on the Time's Up movement. Actresses Brie Larson and Tessa Thompson and the University of Southern California's Stacy Smith tell The Hollywood Reporter about their "very simple formula to create change" in the industry. Take a short break …


Work at Weta Digital

Posted Wednesday 19 Dec 2018

Weta Digital is looking for an executive assistant to provide high-level personal assistance to the Executive Producer of Weta Digital. The role includes calendar maintenance, booking appointments and meetings, arranging travel, liaising with clients, executives, senior crew and the producer team and providing administrative su…


Jobs for December

Posted Wednesday 19 Dec 2018

Wingnut AR Office Manager
Wingnut AR is a small, collaborative team of artists and developers working on ground breaking augmented reality games and experiences. It's looking for an administration expert with an eye for detail to join a small but busy team of artists…


We're all going on a summer holiday!

Posted Wednesday 19 Dec 2018

The WIFT office will be closed from 24 December and will re-open on 14 January. Our eNews will return on 23 January, 2019. Have a great break over summer and meri kirihimete everyone!

xx the WIFTNZ team