Wifters selected for Berlinale Co-pro Series

Posted Sunday 03 Feb 2019

Congratulations to Tui Ruwhiu (producer) and Natalie Medlock (co-writer) whose drama series Flesh & Blood has been accepted for this prestigious event. The film will be part of the Berlinale Co-Pro Series which gives those selected the opportunity to meet with broadcasters, sales agents, distributors and produ…


Check out these women-helmed films during the Wellington Film Society 2019 season

Posted Sunday 03 Feb 2019

Wellingtonions, you're in for a treat this year! The WFS's screenings will include V?ra Chytilov�'s ground-breaking film Daisies, Sofia Coppola's arresting debut The Virgin Suicides, and Agn�s Varda's delightful collaboration with photographer JR Faces Places. Contemporary German filmmakers Maren Ade (The Forest for the T…


TIME�S UP in US launches the 4 Percent Challenge

Posted Sunday 03 Feb 2019

From 2007 to 2018, just 4% of directors of the 1200 top-grossing US films were women. The #4PercentChallenge, launched during an event at Sundance on Friday, is calling on filmmakers to commit to announcing a project with a female director in the next 18 mont…


Mental health initiative seeks short films about women

Posted Sunday 03 Feb 2019

If you have a short film or documentary which follows a female's story, then Toge+her would love to hear from you! Toge+her is a new supportive space for women, addressing mental health issues. Each month they look at a new topic and each week they…


Lots of lovely jobs out there!

Posted Sunday 03 Feb 2019

Marketing manager theatrical film release
Universal Pictures NZ

MediaWorks NZ Limited
Weta Workshop
Weta Workshop
Weta Workshop
Weta Workship

WIN: tickets to Everybody Knows

Posted Sunday 03 Feb 2019

Pen�lope Cruz and Javier Bardem star in the gripping thriller, Everybody Knows - in cinemas February 28. Laura (Cruz) returns to Spain with her children to attend her sister's wedding. But celebrations descend from joy to despair when her daughter goes missing. Suspicions moun…


Jodie Foster teaches filmmaking in new MasterClass

Posted Sunday 03 Feb 2019

Be sure to catch this MasterClass by director Jodie Foster, who offers her rare insight into the craft as both an actor and director. The two-time Oscar winner, who has helmed the films Money Monster (2016), The Beaver (2011), as well as episodes of B…


10 ways to create a parent-friendly film set

Posted Sunday 03 Feb 2019


Take five and read these 10 things you can do to make your next production better for everyone, both in front of and behind the camera, from US-based Moms in Film. Thanks to member Marian Evans for sending this in!

Applications are open for Script to Screen�s FilmUP 2019

Posted Monday 04 Feb 2019

Calling all tenacious and talented filmmakers: check out this year's FilmUP mentorship programme. FilmUP supports and empowers up to eight filmmakers to reach the next stage in their creative careers. Participants will receive 20 hours of one-on-one mentorship with an established filmmaker, attend Hub …


Tips for getting your screenplay be read by the right people

Posted Monday 04 Feb 2019

It took a year or so, but Stephen Follows and ScreenCraft crunched the data behind 12,309 feature film script reports, and the results are now available to read - and we encourage you to do so! The results reveal patterns in how script readers r…


Navigating the seven C's of scriptwriting with Ken Duncum

Posted Monday 04 Feb 2019

Row, row, row your screenplay all the way to this one-day course on writing a feature film. International Institute of Modern Letters screenwriting teacher Ken Duncum looks at strategies for: Coming up with a Cinematic Concept; growing Captivating Characters; locating the Core of your st…


Catch the Giltrap Audi season of Tom Scott�s JOAN

Posted Monday 04 Feb 2019

Well, Kate McGill left the WIFT office to take centre stage, and we couldn't be more proud of her! Be sure to catch the fabulous Kate and her mother, the queen of Kiwi comedy Ginette McDonald, as they take on the role of Joan, Tom Sco…


Wellywood's new film costume contenders

Posted Monday 04 Feb 2019

Charlotte K-Elven Queen-full

Costume designer Charlotte Kelleher is cooking up some weird new creatures at her Wellington costume and art department studio, CKFilmDesign. She's working on costumes for a theatre adaptation of Patricia Grace's classic kids' book The Kuia and the Spider, adapted for the st…


Hear Alina Marazzi talk about her Maternal Trilogy of films

Posted Monday 04 Feb 2019

Don't miss this opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed director of documentaries, fiction film and theatrical works Alina Marazzi's public lecture on her 'maternal trilogy' of films. Un'ora sola ti vorrei (For one more hour with you, 2002) Vogliamo anche le rose (We Want Roses …


Volunteers needed for Maoriland Film Festival

Posted Monday 04 Feb 2019


If you love film and want to get involved with a film festival, then the M?oriland Film Festival organiser want to hear from you! The MFF volunteer crew are known as kait?ao, and they're seen around the festival wearing red t-shirts. They he…

The must-see Capharnaum screening at the Academy Cinemas

Posted Monday 04 Feb 2019

This really is an extraordinary film so we're drawing your attention to it, and reminding you all that you do get a member's discount at Auckland's Academy Cinemas. After a successful run at the NZIFF last year, Nadine Labaki's Capharnaum is also in the run…


WIN: double passes to Capharnaum

Posted Monday 04 Feb 2019

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Academy Awards, Nadine Labaki's Capharnaum ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "cr…


Raupapa Whakaari Drama to the World funding applications open

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2019

Here's a wonderful new initiative designed to give filmmakers a greater understanding of how the international TV landscape works. Created by the New Zealand Film Commission and NZ On Air in conjunction with Script to Screen, the Raupapa Whakaari initiative aims to further develop…


VIDEO SLOT Welltown is the world�s first gamified VR city

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2019

The world's most liveable city has been transformed into an interactive and ridiculously fun virtual reality experience, the first of its kind globally. Member Kat Lintott, Wrestler's Head of VR/AR, gleefully admits they geeked out on this one! The project was commissioned by WREDA,…


Enjoy a vino while watching Zilbert's Hang Time

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2019

Support a fellow Wifter and go see Hang Time, the directorial debut of Casey Zilbert. Casey won the Fulcrum Media Finance Woman to Watch at last year's WIFT Awards; she also wrote, produced and acted in Hang Time. Billed as a raucous romp that's …


Vai to open at Maoriland Film Festival

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2019

Here's another fabulous reason to attend the M?oriland Film Festival in ?taki in March: the portmanteau film Vai will open MFF19 in the film's Southern Hemisphere premiere. By the way ... our apologies to Marina Alofagia McCartney and Matasila Freshwater, whose names we missed in th…


DEGNZ women filmmakers incubator 2019 applications open

Posted Thursday 14 Feb 2019

Emerging directors, be empowered with knowledge, connections and confidence at the DEGNZ Women Filmmakers' Incubator! This Incubator is intended mainly for emerging debut directors of feature film (drama or documentary), but will also consider you if you're trying to establish a career in TV d…


NZWG Seed and Seed Advanced applications for Round 1 are open

Posted Thursday 14 Feb 2019

Scriptwriters, it's time to promote yourselves and apply for funding, so you can create your dream script! The goal of the New Zealand Writers Guild (NZWG) Seed grants is to give writers an opportunity to create feature film scripts they believe in. Funded by the…


2019 Maoriland Film Festival programme is out now

Posted Thursday 14 Feb 2019

The 2019 MFF programme is out now and it features a strong line up of films by women. More than half the programmed directors are female, celebrating a diversity that Hollywood is often criticised for lacking. The festival includes the southern hemisphere premiere of the celebr…


Yalitza Aparicio and the fascinating history of non-professional actors

Posted Friday 15 Feb 2019

Non-professional actors are in the spotlight after the surprise nomination of non-professional indigenous woman Yalitza Aparicio for this year's best actress Oscar for her role as a domestic servant in Alfonso Cuar�n's critically acclaimed Roma. Professor Catherine O'Rawe, the University of Bristol's Professor of It…


Fantastic February jobs (1)

Posted Tuesday 19 Feb 2019

Join the 2019 NZIFF team!
The New Zealand International Film Festival is hiring an impressive number of NZIFF contract roles for 2019. If you're interested in Comms or Event Management then check out the link below.


Submit your film to Aesthetica 2019

Posted Tuesday 19 Feb 2019

Calling all filmmakers: the @BAFTA-Qualifying @ASFFest is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work to a wide audience. Celebrating innovation and excellence in filmmaking, ASFF is looking for emerging and established practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of filmmaking forward. Filmmakers can submit Short F…


Help Kickstart Woman In Blue

Posted Tuesday 19 Feb 2019

Support a fellow Wifter and local film by getting the production ball rolling for Woman in Blue, a short film about an ex-policewoman who relives her memories of policing from a dementia ward. Produced by Ashleigh Flynn and directed by Jack O'Donnell, with Jess Char…


Discount on submission fees for the Female Eye Film Festival

Posted Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

The 17th annual Female Eye Film Festival in Ontario Canada is still accepting submissions and is offering a slashed rate for WIFTNZ members! Save 50% on submission fees by using the discount Code WIFT- INT. In light of the most recent events that have…


Cannes accreditation now open

Posted Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

Register now for your accreditation to the Cannes Film Festival and grab the earlybird rate before 1 March! Registering via the Marche du Film means you'll get a number of benefits from complimentary croissants and coffee to priority line access to screenings, and invite…


Free seminars on writing TV drama pilots

Posted Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

Hundreds of pilots sell to networks and streaming services every year. What's stopping you from selling your idea? If you're keen to learn how to write a TV pilot, NoFilmSchool's Jason Hellerman will show you how, with six weeks of online tuition. And it's fr…


Call for submissions for the exciting London Film Festival

Posted Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

The submissions window for London Short Film Festival 2020 is now open! Stay ahead of the game, grab the earlybird deal and submit your short film today. The prize-winning categories are:
Best International Short Film, Best Documentary Short Film, Best Animated Short Film and, j…


VIDEO SLOT Friday Tigers

Posted Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

Can you believe it's been six years since writer, director and actor Aidee Walker and producer Julia Parnell of Notable Pictures created this award-winning short film? Friday Tigers / Ng? Taika o te R?mere was awarded the $5000 Madman Entertainment Jury Prize for Best New Zealand Short…


Know your crew and other advice from filmmaker Ava DuVernay

Posted Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

Ava DuVernay was the first black woman to win the best directing achievement at the Sundance Film Festival, and her career has included numerous accolades since. Her television show, Queen Sugar, employed all female directors. And she's constantly trying to uplift the voices around …


Applications open for Breaking Through The Lens pitching initiative

Posted Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

Need help accessing finance for your film? This wonderful Cannes Film Festival initiative helps connect female-identifying directors to top tier film investors. The programme is focused on practical actions and is a direct response to what the organisers, themselves female filmmakers, have encountered as barr…


Some positive stats on women in film

Posted Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

Finally, some encouraging stats for women and people of colour in film. WomenAndHollywood.com reports on the latest research from Dr Stacy L Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative shows that onscreen gender and racial representation has improved in popular movies. Analysis of the l…


Welcome to our newest members

Posted Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

T?n? koutou to our new WIFT NZ members! Your support means a lot to us, and we hope you make the most of your membership. Great to have you on board:
Lina Nothwang, James Darroch, Tosca Christie, Alice Davies, Molly Dagger, Kristy Robinson, Mel Love, Cha…


WIN tickets to Vox Lux

Posted Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

We're giving away 10 double passes to Vox Lux, starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law, and featuring original songs by Sia. To be in the draw to win, click here to watch the trailer and answer this question:
Someone asks Celeste, 'Do you min…