Partnership gives access to online music production courses

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

Here's some upbeat and note-worthy news! Our corporate member SAE Auckland has teamed up with Education & Bass, the online music production educator, meaning SAE Auckland students now have access to a huge range of online courses and lectures pertaining to music production. Students be…


Sound solutions for working from home

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

Here's a timely offer from Rebekah Wilson at Source Elements, a recording, monitoring and broadcast solutions company that allows media professionals to work at home. Rebekah says Source Elements can help with remote recording, monitoring and approval for anyone working with sound, and also a…


VIDEO: What's Going On? Teremoana Rapley

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

We're thrilled to see that member and former board member Teremoana Rapley is back in the studio and asking the question we all want answered! Check out What's Going On? her recently released self-directed and self-edited music video featuring two of her sons, one niece…


Apply for the Wellington Write Room residency!

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

Yes, there's good news for screenwriters! You have until 20 April to get your submissions in to the 12-week Wellington Write Room residency, which is run in partnership with Toi Poneke Art Centre and Wellington City Council. The programme offers a Wellington screenwriter 12 weeks…


Guinness World Records wants your documentary!

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

Calling all documentary makers! WFTV member Kathryn Hubbard works for Guinness World Records and would like to spread the word that GWR is looking to expand its catalogue to include programming made by third-party producers. So, if you've made a documentary that shows amazing and…


Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision archives still accessible

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

The good folk at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision want you to know that they're still available to answer queries and to action supply requests for titles that are already digitally preserved. Requests that require access to the unpreserved collections or to our equipment are…


Apply now for the Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator 2020

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

The DEGNZ Women Filmmakers Incubator will be going ahead online during the COVID-19 crisis, so get your applications in before 5pm on Friday 17 April, 2020. The Incubator comprises five one-day workshops across 2020 with the first scheduled to take place in May. Participants need…


Awesome April viewing on the Rialto Channel

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

More options for your viewing pleasure throughout the month of April, from the Rialto Channel!

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema
Wednesdays, 8.30pm, from 1 April
An epic exploration of cinema history, through the lens of some of the world's greatest directors - all…


Members in Script To Screen's 2020 Film Up programme

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

Let's give a big lockdown round of applause to Matasila Freshwater, Morgan Leigh Stewart and Vanessa Wells who were selected for the Script To Screen 2020 FilmUp Mentorship Programme! Technology is making this Programme happen remotely so all the best for those online calls…


VIDEO: Paranormal activity from Wrestler and the NZ Police!

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020


Thanks to Kat Lintott of Wrestler for sharing this! The New Zealand Police and Wellington Paranormal have teamed up to provide some important COVID-19 messages... and a little bit of humour to brighten your day #stayhomenz.

Click here to watch!

Videos created by the New…


Watch Pietra Brettkelly's docos online

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

Check out this selection of fabulous documentaries from Arts Laureate of New Zealand, Sundance award-winning and Oscar-selected filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly. You do have to pay a small fee to watch some of them but what a great way to support a fellow filmmaker!

Yellow Is…


Magda will make you smile!

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

Here's the wonderful Magda Szubanski from The Power of Inclusion Summit. If you've watched this already, watch it again! If you haven't, now's the time - it's sure to put a smile on your face!

Click here to watch


Learn Te Reo Māori online

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

Here's a pleasurable and easy way to learn Te Reo Māori. Produced by the lovely Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble for Kura Productions, in partnership with South Pacific Pictures for Māori Television, this series began screening in 2010. We love it!

Click here to watch


What a director looks like!

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

From IMDB, this uplifting very short video says everything that needs to be said about what a director looks like!
You'll need to scroll down a little to the Women Directors Onset video to watch. Of course there could be a few New Zealanders in there,…


Morgan Leigh Stewart doco gives a Bird's Eye view of life

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

Petra Leary takes her hidden superpower to the sky, focusing her lens on becoming the world's top aerial photographer. Produced by Morgan Leigh Stewart with an all-women camera crew, Bird's Eye follows Petra, who's now an ADHD NZ Ambassador, as she sets out with her…


DEGNZ Covid-19 membership holiday

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

DEGNZ says there will be free Associate memberships until 1 October 2020 to every New Zealand director, editor and assistant editor, member or non-member, who is facing financial hardship and cannot afford membership. All Membership Holidays will be due for paid renewal on 1 Oct…


New Zealand Police calling for creative genius to convey Covid-19 messaging

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

A special message for creatives from the New Zealand Police!

"We are in lockdown for at least a month. During that time there will a huge amount of social media content created by a wide range of people and for different purposes.
For New Ze…


Māoriland Film Festival ticket refunds

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

A quick message from the team at Māoriland Film Festival: if you purchased tickets to the festival online you will have received an automated email from iTicket to confirm a refund or alternatively your choice to donate your ticket purchase to the Māoriland Film Festival.…


Show us your work!

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

Your fellow WIFT members are multi-talented and working on a variety of stories! This issue we share some of their work with you. If you want to be showcased in the next issue, send an email to Let's help our fellow WIFTi's by dri…


VIDEO: Maggie Lee's Story

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

The simple act of swallowing must be re-learned for many people who've had a stroke. Maggie-Lee Huckabee (pictured above) and her team at the University of Canterbury Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research are world-leaders in stroke rehabilitation, cough-reflex and swallowing disorders. Together they…


The Smalls Film Festival seeks your application

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

Calling all filmmakers, you have just two days to get your applications in for earlybird submissions to the 15th Annual Short Film Festival! Every year, The Smalls explores a new theme with a special submissions category and this year the theme will be focussin…


A music video for your bubble!

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

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All dressed up with nowhere to go - this Marlon Williams music video Beautiful Dress is a great example of self-isolation music, directed by Charlotte Evans.

Click here to watch and…


Amazing April jobs, jobs, jobs!

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

Game Designer

Editor News & Current Affairs
Maori Television

Newshub Rural Digital Content Editor

Multimedia Journalist
Pacific Media Network

Bulletins Editor

Deputy Director News


Which countries co-pro the most?

Posted Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

Film data hound Stephen Follows shows how important inter-country collaboration is to the production sector in this research which shows which countries most frequently team up on co-productions.

Click here to see the re…


Wheeler's web series will entertain the kids

Posted Monday 13 Apr 2020


Here's more award-winning viewing, but this time for your kids, by screenwriter and producer Tanya Wheeler and the team at Girl Viking Productions. Made with NZOA funding, RESET is about a young boy named Justin and his friends who must find a way to save…


Doc Edge Festival goes online

Posted Monday 13 Apr 2020

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In a climate where many film festivals are cancelling or postponing, Doc Edge is moving its full 2020 festival and industry event programme online. The festival, traditionally presented in Auckland and Wellington, will now be available to everyone in Aotearoa, and at this…


Something to make you smile if you're working from home

Posted Monday 13 Apr 2020

It's the age of COVID-creativity! Thanks to Sam Ramlu managing director of creative agency Method Digital for sharing these useful and giggle-inducing WFH (working from home) graphics.


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Watch Leanne Pooley docos online

Posted Monday 13 Apr 2020

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Award-winning viewing is just a click away thanks to New Zealand Arts Laureate Leanne Pooley, ONZM. Check out Topp Twins - Untouchable Girls (right), Beyond The Edge, 25 April, Haunting Douglas, Try Revolution and Finding Mercy among others.

Click here for award-winning vie…


Short film competition for kids

Posted Monday 13 Apr 2020


Here's a fun way to get kids using their devices for something truly productive during lockdown. Miss Conception Films (a partnership between Ainsley Gardiner and Georgina Conder) is running a short film competition for kids and teenagers up to the age of 16. Kids …


Take the Whicker Awards survey and be in to win

Posted Monday 13 Apr 2020

Documentary filmmakers, can you spare 20-25 mins to fill out this survey from the Whicker Awards? To say thank you, they will be surprising one lucky respondent with 1x complimentary pass to Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021.

Click here to take the survey


Get your entries in for the Women Over 50 Film Festival

Posted Monday 13 Apr 2020

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The Women Over 50 Film Festival is looking for drama, documentary, animation and experimental short films by or about older women. Submissions are open until Wednesday 15 July, 2020. There's one main rule: your entry must have a woman over 50 at its c…


Watch Britain's best shorts of the decade

Posted Monday 13 Apr 2020

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Alleviate your boredom in bite-sized chunks and watch these shorts, rated by the team at the British Independent Film Awards as Britain's best in the last 10 years.

Click here to watch for free!



Call for submissions: Shore Scripts Short Film Fund

Posted Monday 13 Apr 2020

The Shore Scripts Short Film Fund deadline is fast approaching! You have until 2 May 2020 to get your submissions in. The Fund offers an opportunity for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers to have their short film financed and produced. Submissions from screenwriters and filmm…


DEGNZ helps you get hold of an editor

Posted Monday 13 Apr 2020

Here's a great initiative from DEGNZ to help address the challenging work situations many of us find ourseles in right now. DEGNZ has compiled a database of members who can carry out editing, colour grading and effects work with equipment they have at hom…


Jacobi's creative campaign aims to lighten our spirits

Posted Wednesday 15 Apr 2020

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If you're feeling a little low two weeks into lockdown, this will help lift your spirits. Marvellous Miryam Jacobi and a couple of fellow creatives have put together a short campaign video to encourage people to keep holding on, telling each other th…


Tu'u releases her latest book of plays

Posted Wednesday 15 Apr 2020


Travel may broaden the mind, but (since we can't do that at the moment) so will reading about other cultures. Check out the latest book by Louise Tu'u, We Fit the Criteria, which is on pre-sale now. The educational textbook showcases two…


The M?oriland pitch is now online!

Posted Wednesday 15 Apr 2020


This is a fabulous opportunity for M?ori filmmakers from rangatahi to those who are established to turn your brilliant idea into a production-ready project!

Pre registration is necessary - only invited filmmakers will be able to pitch on the day.

You mus…


Boosted to introduce live streaming

Posted Wednesday 15 Apr 2020

Put this date in your diaries! On 24 April Boosted Live is going live. It'll be a place where you can live stream your creative mahi (be it a reading, a 'living room' dance, a gig in your bedroom, or a showcase of …


Screen development production training for M?ori Pan-Asian Pasifika

Posted Wednesday 15 Apr 2020

If you're a producer who identifies as M?ori, Pasifika or Pan-Asian, and you have credible producing experience and a slate of projects in development, then this bespoke screen development training programme may be right for you. The programme is led by Sue Masli…


Get plotting! The VF48Hours is on this weekend!

Posted Wednesday 15 Apr 2020

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Does your creative itch need to be scratched? The organisers of the VF 48Hours filmmaking competition have devised a mini-filmmaking challenge for you and it's on this weekend! Yes, that's right folks, shoot weekend for the VF48Hours is 7pm Friday 17th April…


WIFTers shine in NZOA lockdown funding round

Posted Wednesday 15 Apr 2020

We're delighted to see so many WIFT members' projects funded in this latest funding boost from New Zealand On Air for creatives in lockdown.

Nine creative teams have been given the green light to create fresh new content to entertain New Zealand audien…


NZFC increases funding to screen industry businesses

Posted Wednesday 15 Apr 2020

The New Zealand Film Commission has extended its business support funding and, together with He Ara, can now offer up to $1million for up to 27 businesses. It has also confirmed development funding of $750,000 from ongoing programmes. The increased funding, through the BOOST sc…


SAE creativity Zooms on!

Posted Wednesday 15 Apr 2020

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If you'd never heard of Zoom before March 23 it's likely you'll be very very familiar with the online meeting app by now! Our friends at SAE shared a fun pic (above) of a class meeting showing that despite lockdown the school's creative comm…


Changes to free-to-air TV ratings

Posted Wednesday 29 Apr 2020

You may soon spot a few changes to classification labels and programme information on your free-to-air TV screens. How and when we watch television has evolved and the Broadcasting Standards Authority and broadcasters are acting to keep up with the times.
From 1 May…


Last day to apply for Miranda Harcourt seminar: Directing Actors

Posted Wednesday 29 Apr 2020

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DEGNZ is running a Zoom seminar with acting and directing coach Miranda Harcourt on Sunday 10 May. If you haven't applied, get in quick because applications close at midnight Thursday 30 April! The interactive seminar is aimed at emerging directors (with short film/commercial/web series credits…


Wifters shine in NZOA "Fresh" funding round

Posted Wednesday 29 Apr 2020

Congratulations to members who received funding from NZ On Air in its 'Fresh Opportunities' funding round. NZOA is fast-tracking into production a diverse range of new content ensuring there's a pipeline of work for the production sector post-lockdown (and during lockdown where safely possi…


Wifters funded for educational kids' programmes

Posted Wednesday 29 Apr 2020

Kitchen science

And a round of applause to these members who received funding from NZOA to renew their entertaining and educational shows for kids on HEIHEI.

Gibson Group up to $249,000 for Creepy Crawly Cooking.

Greenstone TV up to $239,967 for Kitchen Science 2.



Fearless Productions' Runaway Millionaires wins four medals

Posted Wednesday 29 Apr 2020


We're thrilled to see the telefeature Runaway Millionaires scooped up a nice collection of medals at the 2020 New York Festivals Film & TV Awards. Produced by Carmen J. Leonard and Deborah Cope, Runaway Millionaires is the gripping true story of Kara Hurring an…


Enter your short film in the Smalls Festival

Posted Wednesday 29 Apr 2020

The Smalls Film Festival is back for its 15th year, taking over London's Shoreditch from 4 - 7 September, 2020. There are seven categories to enter, plus the special themed category, which this year is 'Action and Activism'. There's also a special discou…


Need an international culture fix?

Posted Wednesday 29 Apr 2020


Staying put because of the Coronavirus does have a bit of a bright side: it's the perfect excuse to indulge in some armchair travel via your device. Fancy a bit of Shakespeare on stage? A tour of the British Museum? Or an opera perfo…


Te Uru artists film Walking About

Posted Wednesday 29 Apr 2020

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Te Uru Wait?kere Contemporary Gallery, in partnership with Christina Houghton and Melissa Laing, is releasing Walking About performances online for free. Walking About is a contemporary art series that explores the relationship between walking and art. Artists explore how we might walk tog…



Posted Wednesday 29 Apr 2020

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Today's video slot is filled by Bayley Broome-Peake, and filmed while the country was in Level 4 of lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Bayley took to the streets - well, the end of her driveway - to interview the locals…


VF 48Hours to screen on TV in May

Posted Wednesday 29 Apr 2020



They're calling it the toughest, most brutal competition yet! The Vista Foundation 48Hours gave contestants just three days' warning that the competition was on, so there was not much time to prepare. After 48 hours of blood, sweat and not much sleep, 12…


Screen Sector Strategy wants to hear from you

Posted Wednesday 29 Apr 2020

The Screen Sector Strategy is still open to feedback and the deadline has been extended to 5pm on 8 May, 2020. Remember, your voice matters!

Click here to take the survey

Here's an interesting discussion on the strategy, part of Create Wellington's Screen Sector…


Watch Stories Of Us

Posted Wednesday 29 Apr 2020

Here's something a bit special courtesy of our friends at Ng? Taonga. Ng? wai e rua: Stories of Us takes a look at encounters between M?ori and non-M?ori dating back to 1901. It features some of our country's unique stories, ranging from important national even…


Freshwater wins Springboard funding

Posted Wednesday 29 Apr 2020


A warm shout-out to writer director Matasila Freshwater, one of the six inaugural recipients of The Arts Foundation Springboard funding and mentorship. Matasila will be under the mentorship of filmmaker Tusi Ta…


Autumn jobs for awesome people (1)

Posted Wednesday 29 Apr 2020

CGI Artist / Cinematographer
Taki Productions

Digital Video Producer
MediaWorks NZ

Camera Operator / Floor Manager, six months fixed term
MediaWorks NZ

Media Assistant
MediaWorks NZ

Senior Curator
Hutt City Council Museums

Storyboard Artist


Marvellous viewing for May on the Rialto Channel

Posted Wednesday 29 Apr 2020

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The Rialto Channel has an exciting lineup of short films for May: the Women's Adventure Film Tour is a celebration of inspiring women doing extraordinary things in the name of adventure.

Click here for more info and to watch the trailer!



International film festival to combine and stream content

Posted Wednesday 29 Apr 2020

The Guardian reports that more than 20 film festivals around the world have joined together to stream movies for free on YouTube since the Coronavirus pandemic closed cinemas and forced the cancellation of various festivals. The 10-day We Are One: A Global Film Festival will feature content cu…


Phillips feature selected for Screamfest

Posted Wednesday 29 Apr 2020

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It's fabulous to hear that writer/director April Phillips' latest short The Last Man On Earth has been selected to screen at Screamfest, the largest and longest running horror film festival in the US. Filmed at Wellington's Avalon Film and Television Studios, The Last Man O…