WIN double passes to A Call To Spy

Posted Tuesday 08 Dec 2020

And because good things often come in threes, we have a third give away for you! Five double passes to give away to A Call To Spy, a British thriller set at the beginning of WWII, and based on real events and people.

With Britain…


SPP co-pro The Sounds catches NBCU's attention

Posted Tuesday 08 Dec 2020

NBC Universal has picked up scripted thriller The Sounds for its thriller channel 13Ième RUE in France. The eight-part series is a co-production from New Zealand's South Pacific Pictures and Canada's Shaftesbury, with US streamer Acorn, Canadian pubcaster CBC and Sky TV in New Zealand.


Lee-Mather and Hoey appointed to M?ori broadcasting advisory board

Posted Tuesday 08 Dec 2020

Congratulations to members Annabelle Lee-Mather and Nicole Hoey for their appointment to a new panel of experts aiming to help shape the future of Māori broadcasting.

The other independent advisory panel members are Peter Lucas-Jones, Scotty Morrison, Ella Henry, Jason Ake and Bailey Mackey, and…


Polish your writing skills with Paula Morris

Posted Tuesday 08 Dec 2020

Gain valuable insights on structure and character development for your novel (or memoirs) with this special Novel Masterclass (via Zoom) with Paula Morris. If you can't be there on the day you can register to get a recording and handouts.

Designed for fiction writers at…


Get adventurous in Queenstown

Posted Tuesday 08 Dec 2020

If you have a film about mountain biking, winter sports, climbing, tramping, kayaking or any other adventure sport you can think of, enter it in next year's Queenstown Adventure Film Festival! 

Held up Coronet Peak in Queenstown, the QTAFF is a cinematic celebration of all…


Enter DOC's Rangatahi m? Papat??nuku video competition

Posted Tuesday 08 Dec 2020

DOC is running its Rangatahi mā Papatuānuku video competition for filmmakers aged 16 - 25 years old. Do you, or a youthful person you know, fit the brief?

Click here to read the T&Cs and to enter

Send in videos between 1 February and 15 March 2021.


Listen up! Patricia on Pay Equity

Posted Tuesday 08 Dec 2020

In case you missed it: take a listen to our Exec Director Patricia Watson discussing the ins and outs of women in film and TV with Simon Morris on RNZ this past weekend, with a focus on pay equity.

Click here to l…


Screen Auckland to Auckland Unlimited

Posted Tuesday 08 Dec 2020

Screen Auckland is now a division of Auckland Unlimited, the Auckland region's new cultural and economic development agency, and Council-controlled organisation. The new agency is the result of a merger of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) - of which Screen Auckland was previ…


Advanced Storytelling for Television with John Yorke

Posted Tuesday 08 Dec 2020

Understanding the nature and make up of storytelling is essential for developing TV programming. John Yorke has been behind some of the biggest hits in television (including Wolf Hall, Shameless, Life on Mars) and has distilled that knowledge into a detailed course.

In twenty sessions…


Sue Maslin on releasing Brazen Hussies amid a pandemic

Posted Tuesday 08 Dec 2020

Here's an interesting case study for you, as reported in Back in July, when every cinema around the country was shut, Sue Maslin took a leap: she committed to a three month marketing and P&A campaign for feature documentary Brazen Hussies.

Today the…


FOCUS The Meeting Place for International Production

Posted Tuesday 08 Dec 2020

Whether you work in film, TV, advertising, animation or games, you'll find value in attending the Meeting Place for International Production. This online event is a platform to connect, reconnect and share global production expertise. A delegate pass is FREE for production professionals and g…


WIN tickets to The Dry

Posted Tuesday 08 Dec 2020

We have a thrilling give away for you thanks to Roadshow - five double passes to The Dry, produced by Bruna Papandrea (Big Little Lies) and Jodi Matteson and based Jane Harper's book of the same name.

The Dry follows Federal Agent Aaron Falk (Eric…


Sounds like a new guild...

Posted Tuesday 08 Dec 2020

We welcome the incorporation of the Screen Music & Sound Guild of New Zealand (formerly the Screen Composers Guild) -The SMSG represents composers and sound post-production creatives who work in the screen industry in New Zealand Aotearoa.

Click here to visit the new SMSG website…


Awkwafina, Rashida Jones among honourees at NYWIFT Muse Awards

Posted Tuesday 08 Dec 2020

Get online on Friday 18 December and celebrate women and achievement at the @NYWIFT Muse Awards! This is the equivalent of our WIFT Awards, and some big names will be honoured, including Awkwafina, Rachel Brosnahan, Rashida Jones, New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan…


Introducing Film Queenstown Lakes

Posted Wednesday 09 Dec 2020

Earlier this year, a structural change resulted in the Queenstown Lakes District Council bringing its support of film in-house and creating a Council film office. The newly-named Film Queenstown Lakes will offer film office services to the Queenstown Lakes District, as well as collaborating …


Courage in Journalism Awards

Posted Wednesday 09 Dec 2020

The Courage in Journalism Awards show people that female journalists are not going to step aside, cannot be silenced, and deserve to be recognised for their strength in the face of adversity. It honours the brave journalists who report on taboo topics, work in environments…


VIDEO SLOT Amy Bowie's First To See The Sun

Posted Wednesday 09 Dec 2020

WIFT member Amy Bowie's beautiful upbeat song First To See The Sun is definitely worth sharing! It features in Project Sunrise - Te Whitinga o te Rā, which we mentioned in the last issue, and which was conceived by Jan Hellreigel's Songbroker Music Publishing in…


WIFTers' works of fact and fiction funded by NZOA

Posted Wednesday 09 Dec 2020

Congratulations to WIFT NZ members whose work has received funding from New Zealand On Air in its last funding round of the year.

Successful WIFT NZ-member projects cover a broad range of topics from disability to martial arts and Pacific gospel soul music to the…


NZOA funding journalism

Posted Wednesday 09 Dec 2020

And congratulations to more of our members whose projects have received funding from New Zealand On Air, this time for new media projects

The Hui 2021 for Three receives up to $624,375 plus a platform reduction of up to $200,000.
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NZ On Air funding deadlines 2021

Posted Wednesday 09 Dec 2020

Make a note of these important deadlines for the next round of New Zealand On Air funding applications!

Click here for deadline d…


Nominate an emerging artist for the Springboard programme

Posted Wednesday 09 Dec 2020

The Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi's newest award, Springboard programme, is open for nominations for the 2021 programme. WIFT NZ member Matasila Freshwater was one of the six recipients for 2020.

Springboard aims to kickstart arts careers for up to six artists in Aotearoa…


Hot Docs and an industry Meet Market!

Posted Wednesday 09 Dec 2020

The 2021 Hot Docs Festival is scheduled for April 29-May 9, so check out the link below for the upcoming submission deadlines. Given the ongoing reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have planned a hybrid festival experience that offers both online steaming and in-cinema screenings.



Show off our backyard these holidays

Posted Wednesday 09 Dec 2020

If you have international film crew or cast here's an idea to give them a break and to see some of our beautiful country. Coromandel-based family tour business Explore Paradise can customise tours offering trips to popular touristy spots and some hidden gems. To organise…


Time to start thinking about your Good Pitch for 2021

Posted Wednesday 09 Dec 2020

Calling all documentary makers! Applications to join Good Pitch Aotearoa New Zealand 2021 will open Friday 22 January and close Monday 1 March.

Conceptualised by Doc Society and Sundance Documentary Institute, Good Pitch brings together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, brands and…

Abba-Rose Dinah Vaiaoga-Ioasa on Mama's Music Box

Abba-Rose Dinah Vaiaoga-Ioasa on Mama's Music Box

Posted Wednesday 09 Dec 2020

Lockdown inspired a number of amazing screen projects, and we've enjoyed showing yours off in eNews! For this last issue of eNews we have Mama's Music Box, produced by Abba-Rose Dinah Vaiaoga-Ioasa and screening in selected cinemas now!

Check out the trailer here

Keen to…


Wonderful WIFT Award winners

Posted Wednesday 09 Dec 2020

We celebrated the 2020 WIFT Awards on Thursday night (we might have mentioned it once or twice!) and it really was a fabulous celebration of women in the industry! 

Our MC Antonia Prebble did a wonderful job and was well-supported by Shoshana McCallum. The evening's…


Meri kirihimete everyone!

Posted Wednesday 09 Dec 2020

The WIFT NZ office will be closed from 21 December, 2020 and will reopen again on 13 January, 2021.

The next eNews will be published Wednesday 20 January, let us know about anything eNews-worthy via

Enjoy your holiday break and we'll see you/ hear from…


Women's Services Coordinator role at Auckland Women's Centre

Posted Wednesday 09 Dec 2020

The Auckland Women's Centre is seeking a Women's Services Coordinator who will be responsible for Women's Support Service (advice and referral to women in need or crisis, via phone, online and drop-in) the Community Education Programme and the housekeeping maintenance of the Centre. The i…


WIN tickets to Ottolenghi And The Cakes Of Versailles

Posted Wednesday 09 Dec 2020

Thanks to our friends at Madman Films, we have five double passes to give away to the perfect holiday season doco!

Directed by Laura Gabbert, Ottolenghi And The Cakes Of Versailles is an extravagant feast for the senses, exploring the mouth-watering intersection between food, culture, and…


Watch Us Among The Stones free online

Posted Wednesday 09 Dec 2020

Enjoy this chance to watch director/writer Dictynna Hood's interesting indie Us Among The Stones, completely free on YouTube until 18 December. The plot: a family gathers at their matriarch's deathbed to celebrate her last birthday. She has controlled the men in her family for decades,…


What a year to belong to WIFT!

Posted Thursday 17 Dec 2020

It has been an extraordinary year, and we'd like to thank all our members for your ongoing support. We thought we'd round off 2020 with an acknowledgement of everyone who joined this year - nau mai, haere mai, it's great to have you on boa…


Enter the Te Aupounamu Māori Screen Excellence Award

Posted Thursday 17 Dec 2020

The Maori Screen Excellence Award will offer a maximum of a $50,000 grant to one recipient. Nominate yourself or someone else through the NZFC application portal; anyone can submit a nomination but nominees must be Māori and actively participating in the film industry in New…


Submissions open for the Premium Productions for international Audiences Fund

Posted Thursday 17 Dec 2020

Yes follks, you can now make submissions to the NZ Film Commission's Premium Productions for international Audiences Fund.

Click here to apply and to find all supporting documentation

Note the deadline for submissions is Wednesday, 17 February 2021 at 1:00pm.