Online resources for women who make movies

Posted Wednesday 03 Jul 2019

Check out the shiny new website belonging to Women Make Movies and especially its very useful resources section for female filmmakers. Make sure you click the dropdown resources menu!



WIN tickets to Girls of the Sun

Posted Thursday 04 Jul 2019

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Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival Girls of the Sun is an inspirational war story like no other. Directed by Eva Husson, the film begins somewhere in Kurdistan where Bahar (Golshifteh Farahani), commander of the 'Girls of th…

Paid mentorship scheme for emerging filmmakers

Posted Thursday 04 Jul 2019

Here's a hot opportunity for emerging filmmakers! The NZ Advertising Producers Group, in association with the NZ Film Commission, is seeking applicants for a three-month mentorship programme aimed at supporting female directors. The chosen four applicants will intern at five leading New Zealand commercial …


NZOA reports more diversity in key creative roles

Posted Thursday 04 Jul 2019

While that's good news for the screen and music production industries, however the NZOA report also says that Asian screen creatives, and women in music are still underrepresented. For some interesting stats, check out the helpful diagram below, or click here to read the rep…


A special NZIFF edition of eNews!

Posted Sunday 07 Jul 2019

We're thrilled to bring you our special New Zealand International Film Festival edition of e-news! There are so many 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 h…


WIN tickets to Capital in the 21st Century

Posted Sunday 07 Jul 2019

We have a double pass to give away to Capital in the 21st Century, directed by Kiwi Justin Pemberton, co-produced by Catherine Madigan, and screening at the NZIFF.

Thomas Piketty's 700-page book Capital in the 21st Century is an account of how concentrated wealth shapes the …


Miranda Harcourt headlines mammoth MIFF seminars

Posted Sunday 07 Jul 2019

Acting coach Miranda Harcourt joins acclaimed Hollywood-based story consultant Bobette Buster and London-based film culture tsar Adrian Wootton in headlining the biggest-ever collection of ticketed and open-to-the-public talks and seminars from the Melbourne International Film Festival's MIFF 37�South Market & Accelerator Lab. Suitable for…


Welcome to new members (1) (3)

Posted Sunday 07 Jul 2019

A warm WIFT welcome to all our new members! Your support means a lot to us, and we hope you make the most of your membership. T?n? koutou, it's great to have you on board!
Liz McGregor, Migiwa Ozawa, Lauri Sharp, Talei Searell, Yalda Arm…


Cinematographer Kees van Oostrum master class

Posted Sunday 07 Jul 2019

Cinematographers, here's a fantastic workshop opportunity for you! ARRI Australia is bringing ASC President Kees van Oostrum to New Zealand to run the country's first Large Format Camera and Lens Master Class. This class is a must for film and television production professionals who …


Catch these NZIFF films with Wifters at the helm

Posted Sunday 07 Jul 2019

Support your fellow WIFTers and come along to their fabulous films screening at the New Zealand International Film Festival! Here are seven NZIFF feature films with WIFTers at the helm, in one way or another!


Capital In The 21st Centrury, co-producer Catherine Madigan



Spotlighting Short Connections Wifters at the NZIFF

Posted Sunday 07 Jul 2019

And check out the wonderful work of these Wifters in the Short Connections section at the NZIFF!

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Walk a Mile
, director and screenplay Judith Cowley, producer Sarah Anne Dudley
A grumpy old man hates living next door to a noisy family.…

Wifters in NZs Best at the NZIFF

Posted Sunday 07 Jul 2019

The work of these two wonderful Wifters is featured in the New Zealand's Best section of the NZIFF!


, photography Ginny Loane
A young woman is released from jail and goes straight to a party.


Egg Cup Requiem, director, producer, …

Nga Whanaunga Pacific Maori Wifters at the NZIFF

Posted Sunday 07 Jul 2019

A round of applause to these Wifters whose work is showcased in the Ng? Whanaunga M?ori Pasifika shorts section!

NZIFF Ng? Whanaunga M?ori Pasifika shorts

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, producer Ngaire Fuata
A court interpreter in colonial Samoa risks everything to help a wrongfully convicted chief.


A swag of jobs for July

Posted Sunday 07 Jul 2019

Videographer and editor
Radio NZ

Arts Regional Trust (ART)

NZ Racing Board

Gracegate Church


Van Beek and Whitaker film to feature at MIFF

Posted Wednesday 10 Jul 2019

It's great to hear that producer Alix Whittaker and writer/director Claire van Beek will be representing New Zealand at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) next month, with their short film Daniel. Also, Claire that has been accepted into the MIFF 2019 Accelerator Programme. D…


Hilarious interactive problem solving series for kids

Posted Wednesday 10 Jul 2019

If your kids are bored these holidays, switch them on to creative agency Augusto's new show on the TVNZ children's streaming platform Heihei. The series, called What's Your Problem? follows NZ YouTube star Joseph Herscher and his team as they make wacky contraptions using house…


Support the 48Hours filmmakers and see the City Finalists

Posted Wednesday 10 Jul 2019

The Vista Foundation 48Hours is all wrapped up for this year - now it's time to see the top films from each region in the City Finals screenings across the country. The atmosphere is electric and the films will blow your mind! Show our lo…


Maria Giese announced as speaker at The Power of Inclusion

Posted Wednesday 10 Jul 2019

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The Power of Inclusion is extremely excited to announce a new speaker, Maria Giese. Giese is an award-winning feature film director, who, in 2015, instigated the biggest industry-wide Federal investigation for women directors in Hollywood history. For more info on Maria, click here


Applications open for Berlinale Talents 2020

Posted Wednesday 10 Jul 2019

Filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, distributors, score composers, cinematographers...this is your chance to join the world's top 250 emerging filmmakers for a transformative week of talks, screenings, workshops and networking! The Berlinale Talents 2020 runs February 22-27. Boost your career with invaluable creative input from the le…


NZOA September funding round applications open

Posted Wednesday 10 Jul 2019

The September funding round is primarily for production applications that reflect and/or appeal to targeted audiences. If you're applying, and we hope that you do, here's what you need to know:
Scripted genres for this round include Children's, Drama and Comedy with applications being acc…


WIN Kiwi docos on dvd

Posted Wednesday 17 Jul 2019



Thanks to Madman Entertainment, we have not one, not two, but three fantastic Kiwi-made documentaries to give away on dvd! Be in to win one copy of:

  • The Chills: The triumph & tragedy of Martin Phillipps - Julia Parnell's brave and moving…

Round two of 2019 Seed funding grants open

Posted Wednesday 17 Jul 2019

Ding ding! Round two of the 2019 New Zealand Writers Guild (NZWG) and New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC)  Seed and Seed Advanced grants pathways is open! The NZWG Seed grants allow writers to be innovative, brilliant, and to create something they own, just as …


Wifters present Doc Edge clinic on post pitch and production

Posted Wednesday 17 Jul 2019

Here's a Doc Edge clinic for filmmakers looking to move their documentary projects from the development phase into production. After the pitching process, filmmakers may have questions about how to move their projects into production. Find out from Leanne Pooley (below left, from Spacific Fi…


Time is ticking on your Rangatahi Film Fund submission

Posted Wednesday 17 Jul 2019

Get your submissions in for the newly launched Rangatahi Film Fund! Doc Edge and the Rei Foundation have teamed up to offer support for documentary films targeted at kids aged 11 - 17. There's up to $80,000 available to support four projects being made …


Catalyst He Kauahi funding wins

Posted Wednesday 17 Jul 2019

We're thrilled to see the hard work of these WIFT members is paying off via funding from the Catalyst He Kauahi. The fund supports New Zealand filmmakers to progress their talents and make exceptional, high-end narrative short films that will be the catalyst for ch…


Masterclass with award winning director Thom Zimny

Posted Wednesday 17 Jul 2019

Award-winning director, artist editor and producer Thom Zimny will lead a Masterclass for filmmakers in Auckland in August. Known for his award-winning documentaries, Zimny will take filmmakers inside his process from the research phase through to the edit, with special focus on the edit proc…


Reminder to enter the Huawei NZTV Awards

Posted Wednesday 17 Jul 2019

Get your entries in to the Huawei New Zealand Television Awards! The Awards recognise excellence in television, and honour the special skills and unique talents of the companies and individuals who create, produce, and perform in television programmes in New Zealand. There are 39 aw…


Canterbury screen industry schmooze opp

Posted Wednesday 17 Jul 2019

Cantabrians, here's your chance to enjoy a get-together with like-minded folk and to discuss your Regional Film Office's progress to date and forward direction, among other things! Drinks are BYO.

When: 1 August 2019, from 5:30 to late
Where: Upstairs in Dux Central, 6…

NZ On Air celebrates 30 years of reflecting Kiwi identity and culture

Posted Wednesday 17 Jul 2019

We have many WIFT members at New Zealand On Air, and we so appreciate their ongoing support. This month NZOA is celebrating 30 years!

Over that time NZ On Air has:
  • Funded more than 26,000 hours of screen content, and in doing so supp…

Midwinter jobs

Posted Friday 19 Jul 2019

Commissioner Drama & Scripted Comedy

M?ori Television
Radio New Zealand
CORE Education Ltd
High Performance Academy Ltd

Submissions open to WIFT Alberta Film Festival

Posted Friday 19 Jul 2019

The earlybird deadline is fast approaching to the Women in Film and Television Alberta's third annual film festival! Note that WIFT members get a discount on submissions, so make the most of this opportunity to enter an international festival that's focused on providing women and femme-identifying pe…


Homegrown drama and comedy on a winning streak

Posted Friday 19 Jul 2019

Wifters reigned supreme for the latest NZ On Air funding round! Three intriguing new Rautaki M?ori dramas won funding, alongside two returning favourites and a powerful true story. We're looking forward to seeing the work of Great Southern Television, South Pacific Pictures, Screentime NZ, Greens…


What does the future hold for auteur filmmakers?

Posted Tuesday 23 Jul 2019

Oscar-winning director Andrea Arnold's loss of creative control over the acclaimed TV series Big Little Lies has created an industry uproar. The Guardian's Danny Leigh unpicks what happened.


The Power Of Inclusion speaker Charles D King

Posted Wednesday 24 Jul 2019

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The CEO of Macro, producer Charles D. King is one of the line up of amazing speakers at The Power of Inclusion summit coming up in October. See the path that led his films to nine Oscar nominations.

Wellington rehearsal and performance workshop with director Chris Dudman

Posted Wednesday 24 Jul 2019

This DEGNZ Rehearsal & Performance series provides hands-on opportunities for directors and actors to practise their craft. This Wellington workshop is with director Chris Dudman (Harry, James Patterson's Murder is Forever) and aims to explore a workshop scene in groups (one director, two actor…


The Women's Bookshop celebrates its 30th birthday

Posted Wednesday 24 Jul 2019

And they're celebrating in style with a literary concert, an event they've promised will be studded with terrific writers! We're grateful to The Women's Bookshop for supporting WIFT over the years with WIFT member discounts instore. Happy 30th birthday, and here's to many more!


SAE Auckland open day

Posted Wednesday 24 Jul 2019

SAE Auckland is throwing open its doors! Grab the chance to do a full tour of all SAE's state-of-the-art studio facilities by SAE campus staff, who will also give short presentations about all available programmes, potential careers in the industry and the achievements of…


Wifters win NZOA funding for factual NZ stories

Posted Wednesday 24 Jul 2019

A big round of applause for members who have received funding from NZ On Air for factual content, in the latest round. We're looking forward to seeing the work of Emmeline Pictures, Digital Alchemist, Paua Productions, Magnolia Lowe Film Communications, Ruckus Media, Rogue Productions, Screen…


Don't miss the German Film Festival

Posted Wednesday 24 Jul 2019

Six movies, six cities and three countries! And entry is free! The German Film Festival is on from 22 August to 15 September, offering film lovers the latest movies from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In cooperation with the embassies of these three nations, the Goethe-Insti…


Bay of Plenty screenwriting workshop with Ken Duncum

Posted Wednesday 24 Jul 2019

Don't miss this interactive and practical workshop that will help you navigate through the complexities of writing a feature film. Script to Screen brings you this rare opportunity to learn from IIML's Master of Scriptwriting programme director, Ken Duncum. This one-and-a-half day course on wri…


Roydhouse in a Sweet new role

Posted Wednesday 24 Jul 2019

A shoutout to Kate Roydhouse who has been appointed as a co-executive producer at Sweetshop New Zealand.  Roydhouse has shot all over the world, on everything from lean documentaries to large-scale productions. She spent four years in London leading WPP's content marketing agency Colloquial …


Awesome August jobs for all

Posted Wednesday 31 Jul 2019

Executive Producer
Toonz Entertainment NZ Limited

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

Careers Advisor
Les Mills International

News Traffic Opera…

Counting down to Story Camp application deadline

Posted Wednesday 31 Jul 2019

Calling all feature film scriptwriters, you have just three weeks to go to apply for this wonderful five-day workshop. Script To Screen's Story Camp Aotearoa 2019 is a residential feature film workshop that fosters craft, voice and vision. Selected participants workshop their projects with excepti…


What type of low budget films actually make money?

Posted Wednesday 31 Jul 2019

More from the indomitable Stephen Follows! Check out his findings on the most profitable low-budget films. He discovered four clear patterns which reveal the types of low-budget films that typically break out.



WIN tickets to the Vista Foundation 48Hours Grand Finals

Posted Wednesday 31 Jul 2019

The atmosphere is electric and the films will blow your mind, so go along and support our local filmmakers at the Vista Foundation 48Hours Grand Finals! WIFTNZ and Dame Gaylene Preston are showing our support for female directors and filmmakers with two prizes: the …