Apply now for the Show Me Shorts Screenwriting Lab

Posted Sunday 10 Nov 2019


Calling all screenwriters! If you'd like the chance to sharpen your skills, apply now for the Show Me Shorts Screenwriting Lab. It's a mentoring scheme for new and emerging screenwriters to develop short film concepts and scripts with the guidance and advice of exper…


Wellington named a UNESCO City Of Film

Posted Sunday 10 Nov 2019

Take a bow, Wellingtonions! Your city has just been named an official City of Film by UNESCO, joining just 17 other cities that hold the prestigious designation. Part of UNESCO's Creative Cities network, Wellington was one of 66 new cities to join the 246-strong net…


New role for NZOA chief Jane Wrightson

Posted Sunday 10 Nov 2019

Long-serving New Zealand On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson will be leaving the funding agency in January to take up a new role as the Retirement Commissioner. Jane has led NZOA for 12 years and transformed it from broadcast-focused local content to a strategic pu…


Geena Davis receives honorary Oscar

Posted Monday 11 Nov 2019


We're thrilled to hear that Geena Davis' efforts to promote a more balanced representation of women onscreen have won her an honorary Oscar, at the 2019 Governors Awards. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is given to an individual in the motion picture industry…

Vista Foundation 48Hours 2020 dates released

Posted Monday 11 Nov 2019


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Filmmakers, cancel your plans for the weekend of 23-24 May next year! The team organising the Vista Foundation 48Hours has released the shoot dates nice and early so you can plan ahead. Based in eight regions around the country, this national guerilla film com…


NZOA reports on 30 years of local media

Posted Monday 11 Nov 2019

NZOA 30 Year Report

NZ On Air has released new research that spotlights how New Zealanders view ourselves - our perceptions of our culture and identity, and our relationship with local media.The research, conducted by Research NZ, coincides with NZ On Air's 30th birthday, The key findings…

Nominate a deserving woman for the 2020 WIFT Awards!

Posted Monday 11 Nov 2019


Which woman in the screen industry have you always thought should win an award? She can't be recognised if you don't nominate her! Catherine Madigan (pictured right) won the 2018 Great Southern Film & Television Award for Outstanding contribution to the NZ Screen In…

Wifters shine at NZ TV Craft Awards

Posted Monday 11 Nov 2019

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 New Zealand Television Craft Awards! Mitchell Hawkes won Best Director: Multi Camera for You Are Us / Aroha Nui, MediaWorks (Three); Images & Sound won Best Contribution to a Soundtrack for In Dark Places, for South …


The hottest jobs in town right here!

Posted Monday 11 Nov 2019

Senior producer, Mediawatch
Radio New Zealand

Media Works
PIX Systems
Duffy Book Tour (applications close 15 November)
Taki Rua Productions

Applications now open for the 2020 Hot Docs Festival

Posted Monday 11 Nov 2019


It's the largest documentary festival in North America and you really should be there! Regarded as the most effective international documentary market in North America, the 2020 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival will run April 30 - May 10, 2020, in the…


From the desk of our Executive Director

Posted Wednesday 13 Nov 2019

We're very pleased to let you know that we've just received confirmation of two-year funding from Foundation North! We're very grateful on behalf of you all. With the three-year funding already received from the NZ Film Commission and a stable body of members we'r…


Catch the early bird rate for the upcoming SPADA Conference

Posted Wednesday 13 Nov 2019

SPADA has released an exciting programme for its upcoming conference, with a great line-up of local and international speakers. Make sure you register early! From now until the SPADA Conference starts on 20 November, you can register at the following rates:
$325 SPADA Member…


Enter now for the London International Film Festival

Posted Wednesday 13 Nov 2019


Now in its 16th year, and with space for over 100 indie films the London INternational Film Festival (LIFF) is Europe's leading film festival dedicated to low and no-budget filmmaking. Time Out magazine called LIFF a "treasure trove of undiscovered cinematic gems, …

Free The Bid gives women directors a voice

Posted Wednesday 13 Nov 2019


Do you know about Free The Bid? If you don't, you should! It's a nonprofit venture, started in 2016 by award-winning Israeli director Alma Har'el, that successfully pushed the world's biggest ad agencies to hire more female directors.

Last days to get your NZTV Awards tickets

Posted Wednesday 13 Nov 2019

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There's only a week to go before the Huawei Mate30 New Zealand Television Awards Gala! Don't miss out on this glamorous event celebrating our wonderful television industry!

Click here to get your t…


First Maoriland filmmaker residency announced

Posted Wednesday 13 Nov 2019

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Here's a first for the New Zealand screen industry! The M?oriland Filmmakers' Residency will host national and international Indigenous artists for up to three months at the M?oriland Hub in ?taki. There will be two residencies offered in 2020, and the Head …


Wifters win NZWG Seed Advanced grants

Posted Wednesday 13 Nov 2019

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A big round of applause to Jackie van Beek and Armagan Ballantyne, recipients of the New Zealand Writers Guild's Seed Advanced Grants for 2019. We're looking forwrad to seeing their project Wolves. The NZWG reports that the application rate for this round was "excel…


Springboard your arts career in 2020

Posted Wednesday 13 Nov 2019

Here's a great opportunity for emerging artists! Springboard, a new programme for the Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi, aims to kickstart arts careers for up to ten artists in Aotearoa every year. Recipients are gifted $15,000, alongside a partnership with a senior artist mentor …


Production finance coordinator for Weta Digital

Posted Wednesday 13 Nov 2019

Weta Digital is seeking someone to fill the above role. Here's a bit about the position and the kind of person they're looking for:

This role would suit someone who's worked in an onset finance team capacity or similar role. We would like to…

Impact producing with Malinda Wink

Posted Wednesday 13 Nov 2019


Calling all producers to an event you won't want to miss! Doc Edge and Good Pitch present Malinda Wink speaking on Impact Producing and Good Pitch in Auckland next week. Malinda will be covering the case studies of impact campaigns from Good Pitc…

WIN tickets to Happy Endings

Posted Wednesday 13 Nov 2019


We have 10 double passes to give away to Happy Endings, a cheeky, Nordic-star-studded romantic comedy about starting over later in life. Helle (Birthe Neumann) has been waiting forever for her workaholic husband Peter (Kurt Ravn) to retire so they can make t…

Prepare for Doc Edge Pitch 2020

Posted Monday 25 Nov 2019

DocEdge Pitch 2020

Doc Edge is on the look out for  the next great NZ documentary, so get your submissions in for Doc Edge Pitch 2020. Up to 15 projects will be selected- you could be one of them! In recent years Doc Edge Pitch has…


Festival seeks island-themed films and docos

Posted Monday 25 Nov 2019

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A friend of WIFT NZ alerted us to the fact that New Zealand is made up of several islands, ergo films about New Zealand could qualify for the Isle De Groix Film Festival! We encourage you to do a little research by clicki…

Check out the Mobile Film Festival Official Selection

Posted Monday 25 Nov 2019

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The Official Selection of the international Mobile Film Festival is out so take a few minutes (50 if you want to see them all!) and check them out! Themed ACT NOW on climate change, each film is just one minute long and ma…


Series Mania Forum call for projects

Posted Monday 25 Nov 2019

If you're currently involved in the creation and/or production of a series, and want the opportunity to pitch your project at Series Mania Forum 2020, here's your chance! Series Mania Forum is calling for projects for its latest Co-Pro Pitching Sessions 2020. The Sessions pre…


Does your project qualify for the Feature Lab in Italy?

Posted Monday 25 Nov 2019

Calling all emerging directors and producers! Are you at an advanced stage of developing your first or second feature project? Then you're eligible to apply for the Feature Lab at the 2020 edition of Torino Film Lab.



The Oscar contenders and gender parity

Posted Monday 25 Nov 2019

The Guardian has dug deep into the data and revealed some uncomfortable truths about Hollywood's gender parity involving this year's Oscar awards contenders: the three youngest best actor hopefuls have never made a film with a female director, however the youngest of the possible fe…


Earlybird tickets on sale for the Big Screen Symposium

Posted Monday 25 Nov 2019

The early bird catches the best-priced tickets to the Big Screen Symposium, an event you won't want to miss! Get in quick to secure your earlybird tickets to the BSS2020 as they are limited! Earlybird period ends midnight, 31 Jan 2020 or until sold o…


Emerging Artists Trust screenwriting workshop with Rene Le Bas

Posted Monday 25 Nov 2019

Short film scripts are a great way for emerging writers to showcase their voice and advance their careers. This course aims to help you develop your craft, articulate your voice, and meet the creative challenges of writing a shootable/fundable script. Course facilitator Ren� Le…


NZCS Masterclass in HDR grading with Ben Allen and James Gardner

Posted Monday 25 Nov 2019

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The NZ Cinematographers Society is flying Australian DP Ben Allan ACS CSI (pictured above) over the Tasman to run a Masterclass in collaboration with local colourist James Gardner, on technical guidelines and delivery requirements for HDR acquisition and grading, as currently specified by ne…


Special screening of Vai aims to raise funds for Pacific teachers

Posted Monday 25 Nov 2019

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Don't miss your chance to see this stunning celebration of the strength of women from the Pacific, and support a good cause at the same time. Vai is a portmanteau feature film by nine female Pacific filmmakers and filmed on seven Pacific islands.…

Rebel Film Collective needs your support

Posted Monday 25 Nov 2019

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Support your fellow Wifters and jump online to donate to this worthy project! The Rebel Film Collective which includes Nia Phipps, Emily McDowell and Niva Kay, is running a crowdfunding campaign for #strike4climate, the feature documentary on Chuffed, that follows five Kiwi teenag…


Freshwater wins prestigious SPADA Award

Posted Wednesday 27 Nov 2019


A big round of applause to writer /director Matasila Freshwater who has won the 2019 SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year!
Freshwater (pictured left) started out in the film industry as a consistent finalist in the 48 Hours Film Festival, she won best …


Wifters shine in NZTV Awards

Posted Wednesday 27 Nov 2019

After so much edge-of-our-seat waiting, we can finally announce the winners of the Huawei Mate30 Pro New Zealand Television Awards 2019! A big congratulations to members who won awards, we've listed you below.

NZ On Air Best Drama Series
Kelly Martin, South Pacific Pictur…


WIN double passes to the Reel Anime Festival

Posted Wednesday 27 Nov 2019

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Anime fans this is for you! Madman is bringing back its Reel Anime festival next month, with four of the freshest anime films from Japan coming to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch for a one week run! We have five double passes to give…

It's time to nominate a deserving woman for the 2020 WIFT Awards!

Posted Wednesday 27 Nov 2019

A28W9832We're sure you know of some deserving women for this award and now is the time to get nominating! Kirsten Green (pictured right) won the Queenstown Camera Company Craft Award in 2018 - who will receive the Award in 2020?

Record levels of diversity on and behind the camera

Posted Wednesday 27 Nov 2019

And on the brighter side, The New York Times reveals that a Directors Guild of America report has found that for the very first time, 50% of TV episodes in 2018/19 were directed by women or people of colour, a significant increase from 21% f…


New UK guidelines for directing simulated sex and nudity scenes

Posted Wednesday 27 Nov 2019

Directors UK has launched a new set of guidance for directing scenes featuring nudity and simulated sex - the first of their kind in the UK.



Tansley's doco wins at the Naples Film Festival

Posted Wednesday 27 Nov 2019

We're thrilled to hear that The Heart Dances, directed by Rebecca Tansley (pictured below) has won the Focus on the Arts Award at the Naples International Film Festival 2019 in Florida. The film, produced by Tansley and Robin Laing, follows the creation of The Pi…

Lots of lovely jobs up for grabs!

Posted Wednesday 27 Nov 2019

Creative producer

NZ Film Commission
Radio New Zealand
Whitebait Media
Greenfield Global
M?ori Television