Development executive position with NZFC

Posted Monday 02 Jul 2018

Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is seeking to appoint a full time permanent Development Executive. The position is based in Wellington and will report to the Head of Development and Production. The Development Executive plays a key role in suppor…


Investment executive position with NZFC

Posted Monday 02 Jul 2018

Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is seeking to appoint a full time permanent Investment Executive. The position is based in Wellington and will report to the Head of Development and Production. AThe role involves assisting the New Zealand Film Commis…


Personal assistant needed for NZ Film Commission

Posted Monday 02 Jul 2018

Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is seeking to fill the newly created position of personal assistant support to the Head of Marketing and Head of Business Affairs. The role will include diary and email management, travel coordination through to assis…


Phillips wins best director gong at the SOFIES

Posted Monday 02 Jul 2018

June really was April Phillips' month. The multitalented WIFTer won the Best Director award at the Short Film Awards, New York (SOFIES). Her film R.E.M. was nominated in seven categories including Best Editing, Outstanding Technical Work, Best Actor, Best Narrative Short Film, and for Phillips herself;…


Cotton's colour skills on show in four NZIFF finalists

Posted Monday 02 Jul 2018

Congratulations to Images and Sound's Alana Cotton, whose colour grading skills can be seen in no less than four of the six films selected by Leon Narbey as finalists in the NZIFF's annual New Zealand's Best Short Film Competition. In case you were wondering …


M?ori Film Week to showcase the best of Wairoa M?ori

Posted Monday 02 Jul 2018

Here's your chance to catch the best films from the Wairoa M?ori Film Festival. M?ori Film Week and the New Zealand International Film Festival will showcase a selection for your viewing pleasure, in Auckland. It's a great opportunity to see the works of award win…


Attention doco makers: IDFA applications are open

Posted Monday 02 Jul 2018

Amsterdam's IDFA Forum is a bit like speed-dating for documentary makers. The Forum (the International documentary co-financing and co-production market) is one of the largest and most influential meeting places for documentary filmmakers, producers, commissioning editors, funds, private financiers and other documentary stakeholders. Over …


Stephen Follows: film industry advice

Posted Monday 02 Jul 2018

This 250th post from Stephen Follows (published on the 5th anniversary of his popular film data blog) is full of his trademark dry humour, and insightful advice for filmmakers, and well-worth a read. You can even cut out and keep the graphic he made…


Oscars awards body to boost diversity

Posted Monday 02 Jul 2018

The group behind the prestigious Oscars film awards has invited 928 artists and executives to join the Academy Awards body - almost half of whom are women, the BBC reports. Of those invited by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, just o…


Maoriland offers free film making workshops for youth

Posted Monday 02 Jul 2018

The M?oriland Charitable Trust hit the road this wee, touring the North Island and offering workshops and screenings to film-focused folks. The 'M?oriland Presents' is a series of pop-up screenings around the island to celebrate five years of the M?oriland Film Festival. The E Tu? Wha…


WIFTers at the helm in the NZIFF

Posted Tuesday 03 Jul 2018

Support your fellow WIFTers and come along to their fabulous films! Here are the six feature films with WIFTers at the helm, in one way or another:

Dancing With Atoms

Produced, written and directed by Shirley Horrocks

Shirley Horrocks delivers an invaluable surv…


Show Me Shorts venues and dates

Posted Tuesday 03 Jul 2018

Here they are folks, the list dates and venues for the 2018 Show Me Shorts Film Festival are live! Put 'em in your diary now. Key locations are:

Auckland: 6-17 October
Wellington: 12-22 October
Christchurch: 18-24 October

Check out the website for the f…


Celebrating more WIFTers at the NZIFF 2018

Posted Tuesday 03 Jul 2018

Congratulations to all members involved in this year's NZIFF selection! Whether behind-the-scenes or out in front, your roles are vital, and we acknowledge your commitment and hard work. We also know there are many more of you whose credits cannot be listed in the N…


Cannes films feature large in fantastic NZIFF line-up

Posted Tuesday 03 Jul 2018

An unprecedented 30 films direct from the Cannes Film Festival are confirmed to screen at NZIFF 2018! Eleven of those are from the Competition section of the festival, including Palme d'Or winner Shoplifters, Jury Prize winner Capernaum and Best Screenplay winners (tied) 3 Faces


WIFTer shorts in the Best of New Zealand selection

Posted Tuesday 03 Jul 2018

We're celebrating with the WIFTers involved in this year's best New Zealand short films, as chosen by guest selector and cinematography legend Leon Narbey, from a shortlist of 84 entries. Here they are, with film notes by Leon Narbey.

Book your tickets to s…


What happens next? A competition for aspiring film makers

Posted Tuesday 03 Jul 2018

Picture this: a couple enters a bustling hotel lobby. After checking in, they are escorted to their suite. They enter the room, closing the door behind them. What happens next is up to you!
Harper's Bazaar and Esquire are teaming up with The Ritz-Carlton…


The Economist competition: a minute to change the world

Posted Tuesday 03 Jul 2018

What's the one thing you would change to build a more open world, and how would you go about it? Here's your chance to tell the world! Enter The Economist's Open Future competition with a 60 second video. The winner will be flown to H…


Duckworth's short to screen at NZIFF

Posted Tuesday 03 Jul 2018

We're happy that Anna Duckworth's short film Mum Jeans, will screen before the Brazilian feature film Loveling in Wellington and in Auckland. Written and directed by Duckworth, Mum Jeans is about a young woman struggling to find a balance between individualism and motherhood. Duckwort…


WIFTers chosen for inaugural Episodic Lab Aotearoa

Posted Tuesday 03 Jul 2018

It's fantastic to see so many WIFTers chosen for Script to Screen's inaugural Episodic Lab Aotearoa. Chelsie Preston-Crayford, Sophie Henderson, Shoshana McCallum, Roseanne Liang and Kerry Warkia are among the 19 selected. All up, 95 creative teams submitted 116 TV series' concepts in what i…


Tickets selling now for the HP48HOURS Grand Finals

Posted Tuesday 03 Jul 2018

But wait, there's STILL more for film fans to indulge in! Book your seats for the HP48Hours Grand Finals now, if you haven't already, so you don't miss out! There will be 17 awards and $100k prizes of cash and services to be presented includ…


Acting development opportunities in Christchurch

Posted Wednesday 04 Jul 2018

Here's a brilliant opportunity for members wanting to develop, polish and hone their acting skills. Two of NZ's most experienced casting directors for film and television are running developmental classes for beginners and advanced actors. Liz Mullane and Rachel Bullock have worked on -…


Enter the NZTV Awards for 2018

Posted Wednesday 04 Jul 2018

So many of you were nominated in the NZTV Awards last year, making the awards night a wonderful celebration - let's do it again this year! There are 39 awards categories, and the awards are open to traditional, subscription and digital broadcast platforms.

The A…

Sheila Hancock: what makes Edie a 21st century role

Posted Wednesday 04 Jul 2018


We leaped at the chance to chat with British film and theatre industry veteran Sheila Hancock a few days ago, about her eponymous role in Edie (playing in NZ cinemas now). She talked to us on the phone from France, where she's writin…


A special NZIFF edition of eNews

Posted Wednesday 04 Jul 2018

We're so excited to bring you this special NZIFF edition of e-news! There are a number of you involved in various ways in the NZIFF films and we'd just like to say, while we can't name you all, we acknowledge the hard work and commitm…


Jobs for July

Posted Wednesday 04 Jul 2018

Senior industry analyst

Parrot Analytics

Multi-skilled operator - core craft media

NEP NZ (formerly NZ Live)

PreViz artist

Pukeko Pictures

Junior producer/assistant producer

The Pond

Wedding video editor

Shotover Media

Video producer

Chi Mei Entertainment Me…


WIN tickets to Edie

Posted Wednesday 04 Jul 2018

We have five double passes to give away to the fabulous film, Edie, starring Sheila Hancock! (see our interview with her above). Hancock is at her sublime best as Edie, an elderly woman who, in the aftermath of the death of her controlling husband, dec…


Leave No Trace director and actor to hold Q&A after Auckland NZIFF screening

Posted Tuesday 17 Jul 2018

Here's a grand opportunity to talk with a director and an actor about their film. Following the screening of the acclaimed film Leave No Trace, Saturday 28 July, and you'll get to hear director Debra Granik and her Kiwi lead actress Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, talk about the ma…


Wifters win at HP48HOURS

Posted Tuesday 17 Jul 2018

Our warmest congratulations to Bay of Plenty director Alison Titulaer, whose film Manawa Bay won the Gaylene Preston and WIFT Best Female Director Award at the HP48HOURS. It was one of six gongs awarded to Titulaer's film; the others were Best Director (Titulaer), Best Cinematog…


NZOA no funds for new development projects in October

Posted Tuesday 17 Jul 2018

Hold up a minute folks, there's news from NZ On Air about the October funding round! Because of constrained funding available, and the high number of projects currently in development, NZOA won't be accepting proposals for new development projects for October.
Factual genres for…


McIntosh: exciting times for female directors

Posted Wednesday 18 Jul 2018

Director Zoe McIntosh says she's been called "a painful optimist" when describing her attitude toward women in film. McIntosh, whose short film The World In Your Window has picked up multiple awards at international festivals, told Radio New Zealand that, despite the lack of w…


High demand for Episodic Lab means more tickets now available

Posted Wednesday 18 Jul 2018

This event has proved to be so popular that it's moved to a bigger venue and bumped up the ticket numbers!

Buy your tickets here!

Script to Screen's Episodic Lab is your chance to pick the brains of a group of international TV adviso…


Catch WIFTers' work at Nga Taonga's Sci-Fi July

Posted Wednesday 18 Jul 2018

Beam yourself over to Wellington's Nga Taonga Sound & Vision which is screening a number of local films in its Sci-Fi July series. Find the right portal and you can catch these films that our members worked on:

Event 16, Catherine Fitzgerald, producer


Cast your vote and give Medlock's film Lift-Off in Toronto!

Posted Wednesday 18 Jul 2018

Let's show our support for Natalie Medlock and her film The Pact which has been selected as part of the Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival Online. To get to the next round of the festival, the film needs YOUR vote. Right now it's sitting at …

VIDEO SLOT: The Tide Keeper

Posted Wednesday 18 Jul 2018

To support Plastic Free July VIMEO has chosen Alyx Duncan's award-winning short film, The Tide Keeper as one of its Staff Picks - a big thankyou for sharing it with us!

A haunting blend of fantasy and reality, the film stars Duncan's father, conservationist Lee Stua…


Something for everyone in this bunch of jobs

Posted Wednesday 18 Jul 2018

Digital Video Editor (Auckland)

MediaWorks NZ

Art Department Coordinator - Fanimals


Image & Video Producer

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency

Part time video editor

Electric Blue NZ Ltd

Studio manager, video production

Movie buff to co-host podcast

Pop Culture Breakdown



WIN tickets to On Chesil Beach

Posted Wednesday 18 Jul 2018

Saoirse Ronan is everywhere lately - not that we're complaining! This week we have five double passes to give away to On Chesil Beach starring Ronan, and Billy Howle. Based on the best-selling novel by Ian McEwan, the film is a powerful, insightful drama a…


Doctor Who character now attainable for the other half of the population

Posted Wednesday 18 Jul 2018

The teasers for Dr Who, starring the first ever female Doctor, have been released, and the lead actress, Jodie Whittaker, has said she hopes the BBC's decision to cast a woman as the iconic Time Lord (Lady?) for the first time in the show's 55-y…


Meet the international female filmmakers of NZIFF 2018

Posted Wednesday 18 Jul 2018

We're glad to see a strong female representation on the list of visiting filmmakers at this year's NZIFF. As well as Debra Granik (see item above), the list of those offering a couple of post-screening Q&A sessions includes:

Tina Brown, who will travel fro…


Enter the NZTV Awards for 2018 (1)

Posted Wednesday 18 Jul 2018

You only have three weeks left to get your entries in to the NZTV Awards, so why not be the early bird and get cracking now! The Awards recognise excellence in television, and honour the special skills and unique talents of the companies and individu…


Seed funding applications now open for round 2

Posted Wednesday 18 Jul 2018

Ding ding! Round 2 of the NZ Writers Guild SEED/SEED Advanced for 2018 is now open, so dig those ideas out of hibernation and apply! Applications close Friday 7 September 2018 (midday), and SEED/SEED Advanced recipients will be announced Friday 26 October 2018 (5pm).


Dancing The Invisible screening in Wellington

Posted Tuesday 31 Jul 2018

Wellingtonians, check out this intriguing doco about the woman behind many of Australia's best-loved films. Screening as part of the NZIFF 2018, and executive-produced by Sue Maslin, Jill Bilcock: Dancing The Invisible focuses on the life and work of one of the world's leading …


Showcase your film at Vancouver's Women Deliver conference

Posted Tuesday 31 Jul 2018

Curated by Emmy-winning filmmaker and global health advocate, Lisa Russell, the Women Deliver 2019 Conference Film Festival will be a dynamic exhibition of the power of arts and storytelling. The conference runs  from 3 - 6 June, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada and showcases the …


Get in quick for the NZWG Pub Quiz Fundraiser

Posted Tuesday 31 Jul 2018

Grab your team of film and TV content geeks and prepare to battle it out against your peers! The first annual New Zealand Writers Guild Pub Quiz Fundraiser is your chance to show off your encyclopaedic knowledge of the local film and TV industry …


Proposals wanted for short docos on NZ current affairs

Posted Tuesday 31 Jul 2018

Calling all NZ documentary-makers! News and current affairs website The Spinoff and Wrestler are accepting proposals for their Frame short documentary series, exploring current affairs and contemporary life in New Zealand. The series, funded by NZ on Air, has explored the sex industry in Hawera, ex…


A Mark Travis masterclass on directing scenes of sex and intimacy

Posted Tuesday 31 Jul 2018

Directors know that the biggest challenge when directing scenes of sex and intimacy is building an environment of safety and trust for all involved. Actors need to feel safe to allow themselves to meld with their characters.Characters need to feel safe to express …

WIFTer funding success for comedy and drama

Posted Tuesday 31 Jul 2018

A big round of applause to South Pacific Pictures, Screentime New Zealand and Great Southern Television, who have received funding to tell a bunch of very Kiwi stories in NZOA's latest funding round. SPP's improvised sitcom Educators will screen on TVNZ On Demand and…

More WIFTer funding success for new and returning content

Posted Tuesday 31 Jul 2018

Keep up the applause because these members have received funding for their new content:
Augusto Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy; Warner Bros Intl TV Productions NZ for David Lomas Investigates; Great Southern Television for The Checkup; Imagination Television for Holding Court; Scottie…

Hot desks available

Posted Tuesday 31 Jul 2018

Storymaker have some spare desks available in gorgeous light filled office space above Kokako cafe in Auckland's Grey Lynn. They're $120 each a week, and there's wifi, good coffee and friendly natives! Please contact Megan Jones on 021 462 660 if interested.





Watch Duncan's documentary on Auckland's cave man

Posted Tuesday 31 Jul 2018

In this just-released short documentary, filmmaker Gemma Duncan introduces us to Peter Crossley, who has dedicated fifty years of his life documenting over two hundred lava caves underneath New Zealand's largest city. As he pops manholes and digs up school playgrounds to find these cave…

VIDEO SLOT: Disappear by The Miltones

Posted Tuesday 31 Jul 2018

Check out the stunning latest video from The Miltones for their single Disappear. It was filmed in the iconic Auckland Civic Theatre, directed by Charlotte Evans and funded by NZ On Air. The Miltones' Milly Tabak says the track is about "how strife and turbul…

Polish your screenwriting skills with Ken Duncum

Posted Tuesday 31 Jul 2018

Here's a fantastic opportunity for emerging or established screenwriters to learn from IIML screenwriting teacher Ken Duncum. This one and a half day course on writing a feature film looks at strategies for 'The Seven Cs': Coming up with a Cinematic Concept, growing Captivating Charact…