Announcing the Rautaki Maori Feature Film fund plus more WIFTer funding success

Posted Wednesday 09 May 2018

But wait, there's more good funding news! The NZFC has announced the Rautaki M?ori Feature Film Initiative, a one-off $2 million investment for dramatic features in any genre where the director and at least one other key creative is M?ori; plus He Pounamu, an ongoing fund of up to $2.5 million in investment for dramatic feature films made in Te Reo M?ori, by M?ori filmmakers.

Meanwhile, we're delighted to hear that the nine wahine M?ori writers and directors of Waru are the inaugural recipients of Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga M?ori Screen Excellence Awards, an award offered to M?ori filmmakers whose work makes an impact locally and/or internationally. BriarGrace-Smith, Awanui Simich-Pene, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Winstanley, Paula Jones and Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu were each presented with a grant of $50,000 to assist with progressing their filmmaking careers.

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The 125 Fund is open for applications

Posted Wednesday 09 May 2018

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We're delighted to hear that Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission has created the 125 Fund, and we encourage you, dear members, to apply! It's open to dramatic features in any genre and offering an investment of $1.25 million each for up to two projects where the director and at least one other key creative is a woman. What's also great is that the 125 Fund is part of a larger plan for inclusion and diversity in the New Zealand screen sector. Research and policy development is already underway to create programmes and funding that will support and encourage under-represented voices in the film industry. NZFC CEO Annabelle Sheehan said, "With this unique initiative, we want to encourage ambitious women's voices and diverse scripts which depict meaningful representations of women in both character and story and provide new opportunities forNew Zealand women filmmakers." We couldn't agree more!

And still on the funding note, we're delighted at the funding news for Pasifika feature film Vai, which will be produced by Waru producers, Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton.

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