Great films and free entry at the German Film Festival

Posted Monday 10 Sep 2018

Fancy a bit of Kulture? The German Film Festival is on now around the country throughout September and not only are there some fantastic films playing, but entry is free! The Goethe Institut is hosting New Zealand's 10th German Film Festival, and films will …


It's time for a Story Camp Advanced

Posted Monday 10 Sep 2018

This December Script to Screen pilots Story Camp Advanced, a workshop for creative teams with feature film projects close to production. If you're awarded a place, a workshop process will be crafted around the specific needs of your project and team. The aim i…

Human Rights theme for this year's Mobile Film Festival

Posted Monday 10 Sep 2018

It's back! The Mobile Film Festival challenges you to make a one minute film on your mobile phone. This time the theme is #StandUpForHumanRights, so you must first read the Declaration of Human Rights (which will definitely take more than one minute) and use …


Sheilas shine onscreen in Wellington

Posted Monday 10 Sep 2018

Support your fellow Wifters and catch a very special bunch of sheilas at Ng? Taonga Sound & Vision this month! If you haven't seen them yet, now is your chance in Wellington. Ng? Taonga will screen the likes of No Ordinary Sheila, Sheilas, Our Voice …


Find the right audience with this Doc Edge Clinic

Posted Monday 10 Sep 2018

A good producer knows that a good film is nothing without an audience, and Doc Clinic #6 will show you how to find the right audience at the right time. Jasmin McSweeney, head of marketing at the New Zealand Film Commission and Fergus Grady…


VIDEO SLOT: Vermilion

Posted Tuesday 11 Sep 2018

We're looking forward to the release of Dorthe Scheffman's first feature film, Vermilion, due for release in New Zealand on 8 November. Scheffman wrote, directed and produced the film, and a number of Wifters are also involved: producer Michele Fantl, DOP Maria Ines Manchego, …


Catch Purdy's interactive doco online

Posted Tuesday 11 Sep 2018

Hop online and catch a new interactive documentary about the history of nuclear testing in the Pacific, produced by Charlotte Purdy. In five short video chapters available on desktop, mobile and webVR, the true story of the battle to end French nuclear weapons testing bet…


Notable doco series shines light on women in minimum wage jobs

Posted Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

Kudos to producer Julia Parnell and the team at Notable Pictures for the launch of their wonderful new documentary series, Minimum, ahead of the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand. Directed by Kathleen Winter Minimum highlights the predicaments of women in Aotearoa worki…


WIN: double passes to The House With A Clock In It's Walls

Posted Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

This week we're giving away five double passes to The House With A Clock In It's Walls, in NZ cinemas from 27 September.  This magical adventure tells the tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who is sent to live with his uncle (Jack Black…


Pioneering films by women on show at the Academy

Posted Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

Aucklanders, catch a free screening of Merata Mita's masterpiece Mauri, at the Academy Cinema on Wednesday 19th September at 8:30pm. It's screening as part of There She Goes, a selection of pioneering films made by women in the latter-half of the 20th century, in w…


The Bookshop screening and director Q&A

Posted Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

Wellingtonians, make the most of this opportunity to watch a great film and talk to it's director afterward! This event, hosted by Kathleen Winter and Marian Evans involves a screening of The Bookshop followed (at 9pm) by a live Skype discussion/Q & A with writer/dir…


Watch the Share Her Journey Rally live from the TIFF

Posted Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

Grab a cuppa and find a comfortable spot to watch this special live recording of the Share Her Story rally. The rally was held at the Toronto International Film Festival in support of women in the film industry. Speakers include Geena Davis, Amma Asante …


Let Sundance Ignite your creativity

Posted Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

This is a great opporunity for young filmmakers! The Sundance Institute and Adobe Project 1324 are teaming up to find the next 15 Sundance Ignite Fellows (or Fellow-ettes). They want emerging filmmakers who are creating stories that bring their passion, voice, and perspective to l…


Films with women at the helm this month

Posted Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

The hardworking Marian Evans, aka Wellywood Woman, has collated all the women-directed film events on this month acknowledging Suffrage 125, and also the fourth global #DirectedByWomen month. She urges every WIFT member to go to at least one screening with a mate - and tell …


Get your tickets for the New Zealand Cinematographers Awards

Posted Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

Support your fellow members at this year's Cinematographers Awards, where over 180 entries promise to make it the most exciting yet. The extraordinary depth of New Zealand cinematography will be on show, from on-the-spot news, stunning music videos, through to major Hollywood, BBC and Net…


A shoutout to SPP for its support of gender equality

Posted Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

As Westside left our screens last night, we take this opportunity to applaud South Pacific Pictures for achieving gender equality in the key creative roles of writer and director. WIFT Westsiders were Aidee Walker, Kate McDermott and Shoshana McCallum. Of course you can - and sh…


Pukeko Pictures pops Kiddets onscreen next week

Posted Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

Here's another creative solution to your child's televisual entertainment problem! Our friends at Pukeko Pictures have produced Kiddets, airing weekdays on TVNZ 2 at 6.30am from Monday 17 September 2018. Kiddets is also available to stream on TVNZ OnDemand or HEIHEI. Kiddets are space ca…


Show Me Shorts 2018 programme hot off the press

Posted Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

The 2018 Show Me Shorts programme looks like a tantalising mix of edgy, entertaining, impressive and charming! Four Kiwi films will make their world premiere during the festival: One Day by Nicky Cameron, Twenty One Points by Pete Circuitt, Toilet by Simeon Duncombe and Deli…


Make a film for Sesame Street

Posted Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

Here's your chance to finally "get to Sesame Street" (and maybe get an autograph from Big Bird) by pitching a short film idea for Season 50 of this classic kids' TV show. Kiwi filmmakers are invited to submit one idea for a one minute live act…


Jobs for September

Posted Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

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Welcome new members! (1)

Posted Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

We'd like to offer a warm welcome for our new members - we couldn't do what we do without your support, and for that, we thank you. So, welcome to:

Kim Matthews, Bonnie Mahon, Tarikura Kapea, Ilena Shadbolt, Courtney Allison, RamonTe Wake, Alex Glasspool,…

The first speaker announced for this year's Big Screen Symposium

Posted Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

WIFT NZ is proud to be bringing the wonderful Anna Serner, Chief Executive of the Swedish Film Institute, and the instigator of 50:50 x 2020, to New Zealand as a keynote speaker in this year's BSS. This will be unmissable!


WIN: tickets to Westwood

Posted Tuesday 18 Sep 2018

We're giving away five double passes to Westwood, a documentary celebrating British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood: punk, icon, provocateur, and one of the most influential originators in recent history. The film explores her uphill struggle to success, looking closely at her artistry, her acti…


Creche available at Screen Forever

Posted Tuesday 18 Sep 2018

Here's a major and extremely welcome step forward for parents and carers in the screen industry: a creche will be available to delegates for the first time ever at Australia's Screen Forever conference event. And it's free! It's a partnership between the South Australian …


Award winning film Radiogram to screen in Wellington

Posted Tuesday 18 Sep 2018

We are delighted to welcome feature film director Rouzie Hassanova to New Zealand and WIFT NZ with a screening of her first feature film Radiogram. The screening is part of the fourth global #DirectedByWomen month - check out this list of #DirectedByWomen events curated by M…


A case-study on Stray

Posted Tuesday 18 Sep 2018

Calling all writers, directors, producers! Here's a fantastic chance to gain valuable insights into creating independent films in New Zealand. Script to Screen will host a case-study event on the successful, independently financed feature film Stray, the debut feature from New Zealand writer/director/producer Dustin Fen…


IDFA signs up to gender parity

Posted Tuesday 25 Sep 2018

IDFA, one of the world's leading documentary festivals has announced it has signed up to the 5050x2020 Pledge for Gender Parity and Inclusion in Film Festivals. Launched at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and previously signed by the festivals of Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Locarno, Ann…

Keeping viewers hooked in the age of binge watching

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 2018

Here's an enlightening read for scriptwriters in the age of binge-watching. Drama Quarterly talks to a host of writers, including Camilla Ahlgren, head writer of the Scandinavian hit The Bridge and Deutschland 83 creator Anna Winger, about what makes a compelling drama that demands vie…


Many WIFTers in NZ Web Fest Official Selection

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 2018

Congratulations to all our members with projects in the NZ Web Festival Official Selection, which runs to 63 titles from around the world. We're looking forward to the big reveal of nominees for the #NZWF18 Awards, to be announced on Tuesday 9 October. This ye…


Script To Screen to farewell Cahill-Chiaroni

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 2018

After eight years at the helm of Script-To-Screen, Esther Cahill-Chiaroni (pictured below) is moving on. We wish her all the very best, and we know many of you benefited from her support and commitment to emerging talent, and to championing voices underrepresented in our screen storytel…


Script To Screen executive director

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 2018

Applications for the role of Script To Screen executive director are open from 24 September until 22 October.

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Jobs, jobs get em while they're hot!

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 2018


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NZOA December funding round applications open tomorrow

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 2018

It's time to apply for NZ On Air funding for your specialist current affairs series and/or radio series for 2019. NZOA says it will consider existing projects with platform support applying for further development, new premier projects with platform support, and newer storyteller and sustain…


RNZ and NZOA ready to fund diverse journalism

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 2018

Meanwhile, Radio New Zealand and NZ On Air are also seeking Diverse Journalism proposals, as part of the new $6m Innovation Fund. So, if you're interested and able to make one of the following, we urge you to apply now!
1. Daily news podcast


Spot the 90 year old: Agnes Varda

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 2018

Take five minutes to read this great piece on the inspirational Agnes Varda in The Guardian. The 90-year-old giant of the Nouvelle Vague talks about her latest film, Faces Places, her love of polka dots, life with Jacques Demy, and that 'dirty rat' Jean-Luc God…


VIDEO SLOT: Give Kate A Voice

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 2018

This wonderful project which involved many Wifters, leads our lineup today. The interactive video Give Kate A Voice brings the suffragette Kate Sheppard's words to life. Among the almost all-female crew were Charlotte Evans, Vanessa Wells, Belinda Pflaum, Jill Macnab, Tammy Williams, Sarah Voon, Ainsley Calde…


Director of banned Kenyan film to present at the Big Screen Symposium!

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 2018

A Kenyan high court has temporarily lifted its ban on the film 'Rafiki, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu, which means the film can be eligible for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. The film was banned by Kenya's Film and Classification Board (KFCB) in A…


Applications open for the Vancouver International WIF Festival and Screenplay Competition

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 2018

Calling all filmmakers, come show your wares! The VIWIFF - WIFTV is now accepting submissions for the 2019 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. VIWIFF screens a diverse selection of films from across the globe. Each film programmed has at least three women in a…


An open letter to Reese Witherspoon about women directors

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 2018

Here's another inspirational read for you! After hearing an interview with Hollywood actress and producer Reese Witherspoon where she said someone told her that, "we're running out of female directors", director, writer, and activist Rachel Feldman was compelled to set the record straight!


A workshop to help with accounting pain relief (1)

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 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 the headach…


Sesame Street pitch extended deadline

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 2018

There's still time to pitch your amazing short film idea for Sesame Street! The deadline for submissions to the Sesame Workshop has been extended to 12pm Friday, September 28th, 2018. Just a reminder, selected applicants must be available in Auckland, from 1-3pm on Wednesday …


Paula Jones' Hip Hop-eration back on the big screen

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 2018

If you haven't seen this uplifting, gravity-defying documentary, now is your chance! Produced by Paula Jones, the acclaimed Hip-Hop-eration really is inspiring viewing - for young and old. Kara, (94) and Terri, (93) and their feisty friends, journey to Las Vegas and the World…


Hellreigel at the helm of successful Songbroker

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 2018

It's great to see local IP being exported carefully and successfully, and one Wifter doing this is musician and founder of Songbroker, Jan Hellreigel (pictured below). Music copyright is in many ways the perfect export. It costs nothing to ship, very little store, and cro…