NZOA and TVNZ launch HEIHEI, the ad-free kids' media platform

Posted Monday 04 Jun 2018

There was a bit of a heihei in Auckland's Henderson last week as broadcasters and kids descended on Woah! Studios for the launch party of HEIHEI, TVNZ's new ad-free media platform for kids. The name means "commotion" or "chicken" in te reo, and the strea…


Escape the cold and celebrate French Cinema

Posted Monday 04 Jun 2018

The cold weather is the perfect excuse for watching lots of films, short French ones in particular! Aucklanders, get cosy at The Kingslander on 19 June for French Short Film night with Show Me Shorts and Alliance Fran�aise French Film Festival. They'll be screening a div…


WIFTers feature in this year's NZIFF lineup

Posted Tuesday 05 Jun 2018

It's great to see a number of WIFTers featuring in this year's New Zealand International Film Festival. The WIFT lineup includes the world premiere of Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen, produced by Chelsea WinstanleyMega Time Squad, produced by Anna Duckworth will have its New Ze…


Support our WIFTers in their Boosted campaigns

Posted Tuesday 05 Jun 2018

It's that time of the year again - the wonderful team at Loading Docs has made their selection and this year we have two WIFT members to get behind! Let's hear it for Morgan Leigh Stewart and Jane Mahoney!

As well as helping with mentoring, …

VIDEO SLOT: celebrating The Piano 25 years on

Posted Tuesday 05 Jun 2018

The Piano features in this week's video slot too. This documentary featurette is produced and directed by Sarah Grohnert and edited by Prisca Bouchet. Their film celebrates the 25th anniversary of Jane Campion's The Piano, and sees Campion (pictured below, right) reunited with The …


Ruckus Media rakes in the awards

Posted Tuesday 05 Jun 2018

Congratulations to our members at Ruckus Media for their big wins at the 13th annual Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival awards. Their moving and intimate feature film Stan, and short documentary Born This Way: Awa's Story, raked in the awards: Ruckus picked up …


Writers suffer gender inequality in UK film and TV

Posted Tuesday 05 Jun 2018

Intrepid film blogger Stephen Follows has produced another set of disturbing statistics for women in film and TV. His latest findings from a study co-authored by Alexis Kreager, show that between 2005 and 2016, four out of every five UK movies were written mainl…


Hellreigel's Songbroker opens its doors in LA

Posted Tuesday 05 Jun 2018

Here's a fantastic resource for Kiwi content makers. NZ music publishing company Songbroker has set up office in Los Angeles with Kiwi musician Greg Johnson representing the catalogue. Managing director Jan Hellriegel says the company is excited to have Johnson as their champion. Songbroker special…


Warkia's Vai secures NZFC funding

Posted Tuesday 05 Jun 2018

Let's hear it for producers Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton, who have secured production funding from the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) for their latest multi-story feature, Vai.

Similar in style to the very successful Waru, Vai will connect eight stories about the journey of empowerment through cultur…

Hidden treasures: artist and filmmaker Joanna Margaret Paul's work revealed

Posted Tuesday 05 Jun 2018

In a new essay published by Contemporary HUM, London-based writer Eleanor Woodhouse takes an in-depth look at the work of the prolific, interdisciplinary New Zealand artist, poet and filmmaker, Joanna Margaret Paul. Devout to both her practice and faith, Paul passed away suddenly in …


Nominate a deserving woman for the Women of Influence Awards

Posted Wednesday 06 Jun 2018

Here's a great opportunity to celebrate those influential women in your industry who are championing real change, every day. Nominations for the 2018 Women of Influence Awards are open, and WIFTers will have plenty of deserving women to nominate!

The awards recognise women acros…

Award-winning Australian producer on funding unconventional projects

Posted Wednesday 06 Jun 2018

Award-winning Australian producer Kath Shelper (pictured below) talks to Philippa Campbell (Top of the Lake)about how she has shepherded projects for the screen through unconventional paths, enabling talented writers and directors to find their voice and their audience. Organised by Script To Screen, this e…


Attention aspiring Wellington filmmakers

Posted Wednesday 06 Jun 2018

It's so affirming to see the initiative of two young women who are keen to provide networking for others emerging into the industry. Lucy Holyoake and Lorraine Hughes are keen to establish an Emerging Women Filmmaker's Network, for young women (or anyone who identifie…


Scholarship for masterclasses in Virtual and Augmented Reality up for grabs

Posted Wednesday 06 Jun 2018

Here's your chance to be involved in something special. Pohewa are small industry-lead masterclasses, run in a state-of-the-art facility in Wellington's film making community, Miramar. Founded by Kristy Grant, Kat Lintott and Academy award winner Jamie Selkirk, the goal of Pohewa is to offer ac…


Jobs for June

Posted Wednesday 06 Jun 2018

Theatrical coordinator

Madman Entertainment

Adviser international initiatives and indigenous exchange

Creative New Zealand, the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa

Associate channel manager Jones!

Sky TV


Global Film Solutions Ltd

Digital video editor

MediaWorks NZ

Video producer

World TV



WIN tickets to The Leisure Seeker

Posted Wednesday 06 Jun 2018

We have five double passes to give away to this teary-funny love story, starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. The Leisure Seeker is about a runaway couple who embark on an unforgettable cross-country adventure in their vintage campervan. John and Ella Spencer have almost rea…


Edmond wins Shanghai Writers' Residency

Posted Wednesday 06 Jun 2018

Congratulations Frances Edmond, the third New Zealander selected for the 2018 Shanghai Writers Residency. Waiheke Island-based Frances will enjoy two months in Shanghai working on a new draft of her film about unsung heroine Kathleen Hall, an unassuming New Zealand missionary nurse who risked…


New Zealand Film Commission announces senior Maori executive

Posted Wednesday 06 Jun 2018

Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble will fill the newly-created senior executive position of Pou Whakahaere. Waaka-Tibble is a producer with extensive experience in governance, culture, intellectual property rights, iwi and community organisations as well as active involvement in M?ori screen issues.

Making the announcement…

NZIFF announces special programme to mark 50th anniversary in Auckland

Posted Wednesday 06 Jun 2018

Retro film fans are in for an extra-special treat at this year's New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF). A selection of 12 retrospective films will feature at the NZIFF to mark the 50th anniversary of the festival in Auckland. NZIFF Director Bill Gosden has curated…

Welcome new members!

Posted Wednesday 06 Jun 2018

A warm WIFT welcome to our new members listed below. We're thrilled to have you on board and really value your support!

Kristina Simons, Helena Easton, Karen Mackenzie, Aaron Hugher, Dora Morolli, Charlotte Evans, Winnie Dumell, Nicola van der Meijden, Finley Mudgway, Anna Middleton, O…


Wonderful wahine recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Posted Wednesday 06 Jun 2018

Congratulations (and a curtsey) to three wonderful wahine on their recognition in the Queen's Birthday Honours at the weekend. Ainsley Gardiner MNZM, a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit - for services to film and television; Briar Grace-Smith ONZM, an Officer of…


Save the date for the 2018 SPADA conference

Posted Wednesday 13 Jun 2018

SPADA has announced this year's conference dates and theme, so make a note, dear members, to be free, and in Wellington, on Thursday 14 and Friday 16 November. We're looking forward to seeing how this year's theme - the power of emotion - plays …


Female characters to the fore on TV

Posted Wednesday 13 Jun 2018

A host of female characters are rewriting the rules for women on television, and the latest issue of Drama Quarterly explores just how they're being brought to the small screen. Remember Cagney & Lacey, DI Jane Tennison and Buffy 'the Vampire Slayer' Summers? They …


The fascinating story of a nanny with a secret passion

Posted Wednesday 13 Jun 2018

Vivian Maier was a career nanny who, with her camera, recorded some of the most interesting aspects of Urban America between the 1950s to the 1990s - yet she showed nobody.

Doc Edge presents Finding Vivian Maier, the story behind the photos - ther…


Lynn's Finding Venus promotes body positivity

Posted Wednesday 13 Jun 2018

Let's hear it for director Mandi Lynn (pictured) who is filming her body-positivity documentary Finding Venus, around the country now. Lynn and her dedicated team, which includes Amber Marie Naveira and Belinda Pflaum (co-producers), Nina Wells (director of photography) and Sarah Munn (first assistant director) r…

Jobs: get them while they're hot!

Posted Tuesday 19 Jun 2018


The New Zealand Dance Company. The NZDC is a crusade for dance with a vision to create sustainable, high-calibre dance productions and is dedicated to NZ's finest contemporary dance practitioners. They are currently looking for a part-time bookkeeper to join their dynamic t…


Gender gap among high level employees at film markets

Posted Tuesday 19 Jun 2018

New research from writer, producer and film industry data miner Stephen Follows has found that women make up just 32% of 'high status' employees at the three key international film markets.
The study looked at sales and distribution professionals attending the European Film Market …

WIN tickets to Mary Shelley

Posted Tuesday 19 Jun 2018

This week we're giving away five double passes to Mary Shelley, due for release in NZ cinemas July 5, 2018. She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein and his monster, but her real life story -and the creation of …

WIFT duo behind Tami Neilson's latest music video

Posted Tuesday 19 Jun 2018

We've been waiting impatiently for Tami Neilson's latest album release ever since her powerhouse performance at  the 2018 WIFT Awards...and it's here! It's called Sassafrass! and is full of typically sassy tunes. We're especially excited to mention that Anna Duckworth directed, and Morgan Leigh S…

Time for cinematographers to showcase your best

Posted Wednesday 20 Jun 2018

We have some extremely talented WIFT-member cinematographers, and we're hoping to see them recognised in these unique awards. Building on the success of the previous awards, the third NZCS Awards for Cinematography will once again showcase excellent, world-class New Zealand cinematography. The Awards are u…


Don't sign anything until you've been to this event!

Posted Wednesday 20 Jun 2018

Here's an event that will be well-worth attending for those who want to polish their contract negotiating skills. The New Zealand Cinematographers Society has organised Matt Emery and Chloe Smith to host an event covering everything that you have never understood about the negotiating…

SAE to sponsor prestigious short film award

Posted Wednesday 20 Jun 2018

It's great to see WIFT members supporting other WIFT members, and we're pleased to spread the word that SAE Creative Media Institute is now a key sponsor of the Show Me Shorts film festival's most prestigious prize - the Oscar-credited Best International Film award.…


Tell us if you have a film in the NZIFF

Posted Wednesday 20 Jun 2018

We want to hear from members involved with a film in the upcoming NZ International Film Festival, so we can tell everybody else about it in next week's eNews! The programme is out Monday, and we're pretty excited!!!

Email us at with the de…