Mad March jobs!

Posted Tuesday 03 Mar 2020

Data Processor
Weta Digital, Wellington, New Zealand

Our friends at Weta Digital have an opening in their  Survey & Photo Department for a data processor. Here's a bit more about the role:
The Survey & Photo Department is responsible for processing the reference data c…

WIN double passes to Military Wives

Posted Wednesday 04 Mar 2020

Military Wives

Military Wives
is the incredible true story of a band of woman who formed a singing group on a military base and inspired a global phenomenon. This unexpected journey of friendship, music and laughter promises to be the most uplifting film of th…

Hnry Awards up for grabs

Posted Wednesday 04 Mar 2020

Henry Awards

What does it mean to be a freelancer or contractor in 2020? That's the theme of this year's Hnry Awards (yes, we've spelled Hnry correctly!) We know there are a lot of freelancers and contractors out there so get your entries in! The…


Bring your aesthetic to the 2020 Aesthetica Film Festival

Posted Wednesday 04 Mar 2020


Calling all filmmakers! The 2020 Aesthetica Short Film competition is now open and seeking new filmmaking talent - that's you! Celebrating its 10th anniversary, ASFF wants to hear from filmmakers pushing the boundaries of cinema. Submit your short films, feature films and VR…

Seed and Seed Advanced grants open now

Posted Wednesday 04 Mar 2020

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Ding ding! Round one is open so get your applications in folks! These grants allow writers to be innovative, brilliant, and to create something they own. The Seed Advanced pathway is aimed at reducing competition in the Seed pathway between emerging writers an…

Patea's Tapu te Ranga Marae doco premiering at Maoriland Film Festival 2020

Posted Wednesday 04 Mar 2020


In June 2019, Wellington's Tapu Te Ranga Marae was devastated by fire, just two years after the passing of founder Bruce Stewart. This documentary by Ness Patea and Ruth Korver tells the rich history of the Marae as remembered by Bruce in th…

Rialto Channel celebrates with two months of Reel Women

Posted Wednesday 04 Mar 2020

I Am Nicola

Fancy a great night in? Tune in to the Rialto Channel throughout March and April. Reel Women will be focusing on female actors and filmmakers who highlight the female perspective in their work. Iconic Kiwi TV personality Judy Bailey will be presenting t…

Discover virtual reality at Maoriland Film Festival

Posted Wednesday 04 Mar 2020

Virtual reality MF2020

Immerse yourself in indigenous storytelling at the M?oriland Film Festival 2020! Virtual Reality is a simulated experience that invites the viewer to be immersed within a story and the MFF2020 has a great programme on offer. No bookings or tickets, it's on a first…


Arielle Kilker announced for Big Screen Symposium 2020

Posted Wednesday 04 Mar 2020

Arielle KilkerLA-based filmmaker Arielle Kilker, who recently developed, produced, co-directed and edited the awe-inspiring Netflix mega-hit Cheer will deliver a masterclass on the documentary series format. Cheer, a six-part documentary series, unveils the demanding world of competitive cheerleading as it follows the Navarro team's jour…

Jennifer Ward Lealand is NZer of the Year

Posted Wednesday 04 Mar 2020


We were thrilled to see Jennifer Ward Lealand Te Atamira was named as the 2020 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year. Ward-Lealand, a M?ori advocate who is fluent in te reo, is the 11th recipient of the award. She was made a Compan…

Special offer on accommodation for upcoming events

Posted Wednesday 04 Mar 2020

Well aren't we lucky! If you're attending the WIFT Awards or the Big Screen Symposium and you're a WIFT NZ member, Natalie Doherty of Urban Quarters would like to offer you 10% off the standard rate for accommodation, and 5% off the standard rate …


Don't give up on your dream soundtrack

Posted Wednesday 04 Mar 2020

Script to Screen Talk

Ever found yourself confused by music rights, or grappling with decisions about soundtrack or score for your film, TV or online project? Wondering what the difference is between publishing rights and master rights? This Script To Screen TALK will help you get your…

Wifters win funding to bring Maori programmes to prime time

Posted Wednesday 04 Mar 2020

Congratulations to members who received funding from NZ On Air and Te M?ngai P?ho to help bring their M?ori language programmes to prime time television. We've listed you below - and we're looking forward to seeing your work!
Scottie Douglas Productions receives up to $69…


Murphy's Births, Deaths and Marriages onscreen soon

Posted Wednesday 04 Mar 2020


The Kiwi indie comedy Births, Deaths and Marriages, opens this week, the hard work of many people including our own Robin Murphy and Ness Simons. Filmmakers Bea Joblin and Sophie Lloyd were interviewed by Lynn Freeman on RNZ - Robin reckons it sounds like the…

Applications open for Pan Asian Screen Development Lab

Posted Wednesday 04 Mar 2020

The Pan-Asian Screen Collective (PASC) is offering a Short Cuts Lab designed to empower Pan-Asian practitioners to tell scripted stories most important to them. Up to eight teams will be chosen to attend a 2.5 day development lab to dig deeper and strengthen their proj…


Make April a month to remember and go to the WIFT NZ Awards!

Posted Wednesday 04 Mar 2020


Have you got your tickets to this year's hottest industry awards party? If you're new to WIFT you may not know that the WIFT Awards is an epic do that's not to be missed! Cancel your plans for 2 April 2020 and ge…


Film Otago Southland offering BSS scholarship

Posted Wednesday 04 Mar 2020

The generous folk at Film Otago Southland are offering one Big Screen Symposium Regional Scholarship this year, to enable a member of the local screen industry to attend the event. The FOS scholarship will include:

1 x ticket to the two-day conference (thanks t…


Doc Edge Clinic on prepping to pitch

Posted Monday 16 Mar 2020


Get your project in front of funders, commissioners, and potential partners at Doc Edge Clinic #2, Prepare to Pitch! This latest Clinic features producer Julia Parnell (Loading Docs, The Chills and the upcoming SIX60: Till The Lights Go Out), writer and director Kath Akuhata…



Posted Monday 16 Mar 2020


This is Us is a series of digital stories created by Iranian-New Zealand film-maker Ghazaleh Golbakhsh (pictured left) in response to the mosque attacks on March 15 last year. After Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said, "they are us", some Muslims were left wonderi…


Support your fellow Wifters with a BOOST!

Posted Monday 16 Mar 2020

Rouzie Hassanova
and Francesca Carney plan to shoot their short film Girls at the beginning of May but they'd love some (financial) help to do so! Written and directed by Bulgarian born Hassanova, Girls is a coming-of-age comedy drama about teen sisters w…


Equity NZ event to focus on health and wellness in performing arts

Posted Tuesday 17 Mar 2020

The Show Must Go On

How are you doing? And how are you really doing? The wellbeing of those in the performing arts sector is the focus of this fabntastic Equity New Zealand day/night event. The Hauora Ways To Wellness event is free to industry members and peer…


Autumn jobs for awesome people

Posted Tuesday 17 Mar 2020

Executive Producer 1 NEWS at 6

MediaWorks NZ Limited
Tomorrowland Sound & Vision

Maoriland Film Festival is still on!

Posted Wednesday 18 Mar 2020

The organisers of the M?oriland Film Festival are keen to spread the word that it's still going ahead, March 18 - 22. However there are a few changes to venues in order to keep screenings within the Government's gathering capacity of 500 people (to help a…


Reel Women on Rialto Channel

Posted Wednesday 18 Mar 2020

Rialto Reel WOmen - Iron Lady

Tune in to the Rialto Channel throughout March and April for some fabulous viewing involving fabulous women! Reel Women will be focusing on female actors and filmmakers who highlight the female perspective in their work. Here's what's on in the next two weeks:

Mondays a…

How the female gaze is finally bringing real life to the screen

Posted Wednesday 18 Mar 2020

Female gaze

Put your work down and your feet up for five minutes and read this interesting article about how, from Portrait of a Lady on Fire in cinemas to Fleabag on television, realistic women are at last being shown looking back at the world…

Vista Foundation 48Hours shoot postponed

Posted Wednesday 18 Mar 2020

In light of the government's restrictions on gatherings larger than 500 people to help contain the spread of COVID 19, the Vista Foundation 48Hours has postponed the shoot weekend on 22 May-24, and is working towards a new date for 2020 in due course. Wa…


Nga Taonga Sound and Vision cancels in-person appointments

Posted Wednesday 18 Mar 2020

Ng? Taonga Sound & Vision is cancelling all in-person appointments to view material at its Wellington premises until further notice, as a COVID 19 safety precaution for staff and the public. You can still check out the online catalogue of over 6,700 viewable and 750…


Seed grants deadline is fast approaching

Posted Wednesday 18 Mar 2020

Get those applications in folks! The deadline for applying to the first round of the NZ Writers' Guild Seed & Seed Advanced grants is midday 3 April, 2020. Seed provides unencumbered development funding specifically for writers and helps their projects progress to the stage where …


Important COVID 19 info from SPADA

Posted Wednesday 18 Mar 2020

We really appreciate the great job our friends at SPADA are doing of keeping us up to date about COVID-19. Here's their latest:

Everyone's health is at the forefront of our minds during this time, as is the health of the domestic screen sector; ther…

Update on the WIFT Awards

Posted Wednesday 18 Mar 2020

What with the concerning and unpredictable news about the spread of the virus COVID 19 you were probably expecting this announcement. It is with sadness that we have decided to postpone the WIFT Awards. The ground beneath our feet is just too uncertain, an…


Share your news with us!

Posted Wednesday 18 Mar 2020

We love hearing about what you're doing, and now is a great time to send us your videos for the eNews Video Slot - it will give us all something to enjoy, and allow us to share some positive news! Send info, images and li…


Enter your film in the Women Over 50 Film Festival!

Posted Wednesday 18 Mar 2020


The Women Over 50 Film Festival (WOFFF) is looking for drama, documentary, animation or experimental short films by or about older women. Everyone is eligible to submit a film to Women Over 50 Film Festival - there's no upper or lower age limi…

Women Writers' TV Drama Exchange

Posted Wednesday 18 Mar 2020

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Writers get your applications in now for this amazing mid-year event! The Exchange connects women writers from around the world with leading US showrunners, producers and executives to review and examine the writing and collaborative processes for successful TV drama series. last year's Exchange…