Directors' Toolkit Workshop with Rob Sarkies

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

South Island-based directors there are limited spaces for this two-day workshop so get in quick! Director Rob Sarkies (Scarfies, Out Of The Blue, Consent, Jean) will take you through his film-making process, from development to shoot, and examine how process can be adapted from project…


Get your live film fix with Doc Edge at The Civic

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

If you fancy a day at the flicks, get along to the Civic in Auckland on Sunday 22 November for a one-day-only, mini film festival hosted by Doc Edge and Auckland Live!

All films are $18 (plus booking fees) apart from The Apollo which is…


Apply now for the RVK Feminist Film Festival SISTER Awards

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

Screening diverse films in a wide variety of genres, the RVK Feminist Film Festival aims to create a platform which strengthens the voice of women-identifying filmmakers. Submissions are open for the festival's SISTER awards: the deadline is 20 November.

The RVK Feminist Film Festival will be…


WIFT members make Series Bootcamp!

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

Congratulations to members who were selected for Script To Screen's Series Bootcamp 2020! We hope they'll enjoy this programme created to nurture emerging and mid-career writers and producers as they develop their series concepts. The deserving recipients are:

Karen Mackenzie, producer for Please Don'…


NZTV Awards names its TV Legend for 2020

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

Top television executive Andrew Shaw has been announced as this year's recipient of the prestigious New Zealand Television Awards TV Legend honour for 2020.

Presented to a television professional, programme or organisation who has made a significant contribution to the television industry in New Zealand…


New dawn for Bowie's musical talents

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

We're pleased to see that Amy Bowie's work will feature among a unique new musical project managed by Jan Hellriegel. Music From Tomorrow Morning Project Sunrise Te Whitinga o te Rā is a Songbroker initiative to create the world's first new body of musical expression…


Apply now for Loading Docs 2021

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

Be amongst the next cohort of documentary makers to join the acclaimed platform that has to date received almost 15 million views worldwide.

Loading Docs is seeking applications from Kiwi filmmakers wanting to push documentary making boundaries whilst telling stories that communicate who we are…


Vote for your fave TV personality!

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

We have so many choices in life - and here's another for you to make! Choose the TV Personality of the Year for 2020 from this list of finalists:

Aziz Al-Sa'afin - The AM Show (Three)
Hilary Barry -  Seven Sharp (TVNZ 1)
Kimberley Crossman - The…


Golovina's doco screening in Hawai'i and Auckland

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

It's great to see that director Valeriya Golovina's Mawhialeo Ote Alowha (Our Love) is screening this month as an official selection in the 40th Hawai'i International Film Festival, Pacific Showcase Programmes. 

Click here for the trailer

The film journeys wth Meli and her husband Avito…


Premieres of Parnell's SIX60: Till the Lights Go Out

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

Tickets are on sale now for the Dunedin and Auckland premieres. Click here to get yours!

Six60: Til The Lights Go Out premieres at The Civic Theatre in Auckland (Monday November 23) and at The Regent in Dunedin (Thursday November 19), before its nationwide release…


Apply now to Show Me Shorts Screenwriting Lab

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

This Lab is a hothouse mentoring scheme for screenwriters and aspiring screenwriters to workshop new ideas for short film and is a great opportunity for screenwriters and aspiring screenwriters to receive guidance on their work and invaluable knowledge to take their projects forward. To be held in Auckla…


Sheffield Doc/Fest open for entries from around the world

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

The end of the year may be close, but don't start winding down just yet! Sheffield Doc/Fest seeks content for its 2021 event. The festival welcomes documentary and non-fiction works from all around the world that wish to be considered for launching or premierin…


Bafta Guru Live is online and free!

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

Make the most of this FREE festival, online now and thoughout November. If you're a lover of film, games or television then Guru Live is for you - but you'll find the events especially helpful if you're just making your start in the industry. Whether…


Movers and shakers

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

Karen Kay has taken on Rosie Carnahan-Darby as an agent for her company Karen Kay Management. Rosie has 25 years experience in the comedy industry: the former owner of Christchurch's The Green Room, was also venue manager for Classic Comedy and Bar in Auckland, ta…


PASC seeks Pan Asian screenwriters for development lab

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

The Pan-Asian Screen Collective (PASC) presents an initiative that caters to Pan-Asian screenwriters in the development stages of their feature film projects.

Before FADE IN seeks to strengthen feature projects of Pan-Asian screenwriters so they're able to work independently or apply to existing feature develo…


Golden Nugget Film Festival returns for round two!

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

The Golden Nugget International Film Festival is back for a second season! Join the GNIFF team, headed by the very capable Emme Lentino, for a wonderful evening of short films (including the acclaimed Are You Volleyball?!), drinks and networking.

Your ticket will also put you…


A tribute to former NZIFF director Bill Gosden

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

We give top billing this issue to a wonderful man who has given his life to supporting and celebrating the creative output of the industry we all work in.

You will probably have already seen this press release but there are very few, if any,…


Watch the Premium Production for International Audience Fund webinar

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

Many of you attended the webinar held by the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho, but for those who missed it you can now watch it by clicking here.

The panelists were NZFC CEO Annabelle Sheehan, NZ On Air CEO…


RNZ commissioning Pan-Asian content

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

RNZ is seeking multi-platform, high-quality Pan-Asian audio and visual content that is inclusive, made by and for, and represents this diverse section of New Zealanders.

Two of the three creatives (producer, director and writer) must be Pan-Asian. Refer to the New Zealand On Air RFP guidelin…


New streaming service Femflix celebrates female-driven storytelling

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

Streaming service Femflix has launched in Australia and New Zealand. The brainchild of Samantha Laidlaw, the ad-free service costs $NZ9.50 a month and offers 200 titles, all with at least one female-identifying creative in positions such as director, producer, writer, cinematographer or lead actress.



Work for Māoriland

Posted Wednesday 11 Nov 2020

Māoriland is looking for a Digital Marketing Assistant. This role requires an individual who is extremely organised, has an eye for detail and design and is digitally agile - able to use and upskill on digital tools. You must be a skilled writer, ability in…


Shake off 2020 with the WIFT Awards!

Posted Wednesday 11 Nov 2020

The WIFT Awards is a fabulous night of celebration, music, laughter and surprises. Join us for a great party at the ASB Waterfront Theatre from 7pm on Thursday 3 December to honour our fantastic finalists and industry heroines.


In 2018


Julia Parnell on Six60: Til The Lights Go Out

Posted Wednesday 11 Nov 2020

If you're a filmmaker, you may be familiar with this story. The one where the crew is booked, the equipment is signed for, the talent is primed  - you're just waiting on the money to pay for it all.

Notable Pictures founder Julia Parnell can…


WIN Tickets to The Warrior Queen Of Jhansi

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

We have another fabulous give away for you, this time a tale of women's empowerment.
The Warrior Queen Of Jhansi tells the true story of Lakshmibai, the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous mutiny…


Submissions open for the Hot Docs International Film Festival

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

Here's your chance to be a part of North America's largest documentary festival, conference and market! The 2021 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival will run April 29 - May 9, offering audiences online streaming as well as live screenings and special events in accor…


Get online and FOCUS on content!

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

Make sure you drop in on the FOCUS conference, FREE for all production professionals and offering an array of programme sessions featuring leading industry experts. Content makers, film commissions, agencies, location providers and production services will be available to meet online, one on one.



Big Screen Symposium programme now live!

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

The Big Screen Symposium is only days away! The programme is live now - click here to see what's in store 2020 Programme - Live Now! - Big Screen Symposium

A special event this year is a sneak preview of five up-and-coming New Zealand feature…


Vista 48Hours shoot dates for 2021

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

Are you ready for your next 48Hours filmmaking escapade? It looks like Lennie* the Lemur (above) sure is! The 2021 dates for New Zealand's biggest guerilla film competition are out.
*Not his real name.

The 2021 Vista Foundation 48Hours Shoot Weekend is 5 - 7 March,…


Rachel Jean takes up new role for 2021

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

South Pacific Pictures' Head of Development Rachel Jean will take on a new role as a Senior Producer for the company in 2021.

Rachel took on the role of Head of Development in 2013 and oversaw the creation of a significant number of South P…


Call for entries: the Women�s Voices Now Online Film Festival

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

Have you made a film highlighting social issues affecting women? Beat the late deadline fees and submit it to the Women's Voices Now Online Film Festival by November 25, 2021.

The cash prizes below, totalling $USD10,000, will be awarded to selected films.

- Leslie J.…


Perfect your podcast production

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

For those looking to produce and launch a Podcast series, Descript, an audio/video editing platform provides a guide. Chris Zaldua explains How to Record a Podcast Remotely And Get It Right The First Time, offering useful information on streamlining remote recordings for interviews or …


Check out the Mobile Film Festival official selection

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

Try not to get square eyes as you watch all 60 short films from 25 countries! The Mobile Film Festival has announced the Official Selection of the16th edition with the theme of  Women's Empowerment and they're all available to watch online until 3 December (when…



Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

Today's video slot features a short film by Ella Hope Higginson, commissioned by Outlook for Someday and directed, produced and intimacy co-ordinated by a team of wahine toa including writer and actor Rhiannon McCall and Kerry Roggio as editor.

It features sexual assault, but nothing…


Well said, sister!

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

Congratulations to Madeleine Chapman and the Hex Work Production team who won the award for Best Sports Programme at the recent New Zealand Television Awards for their work on Scratched: Aotearoa's Lost Sporting Legends. We were so stirred by Madeleine's acceptance speech that swe're sh…


WIFTers shine at 2020 NZTV Awards

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

A big round of applause to the WIFT members whose work was recognised at the New Zealand Television Awards. There were trophies presented across 40 categories, and WIFT members featured in 12 of them.

And it was nice to see that former WIFT member, television exec…


Southern-based producer needed

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

Here's an excellent opportunity to help tell a story of motherhood and maternal mental health. Faye McNeil is looking for an outgoing and driven Otago-based producer to help make her short film come to life! She has funding from Short Film Otago so the pro…


Bring your stories of hope to Loading Docs 2021

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

If you're a Kiwi filmmaker pushing documentary making boundaries whilst telling stories that communicate who we are as New Zealanders... Loading Docs is for you! This year's theme is Tūmanako/Hope. 

Loading Docs films should have a contemporary hook, and they must engage from the very…


The Goethe-Institut German Film Festival is online and free to watch!

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

Nine movies, three countries - wunderbar! Watch the fabulous lineup of productions from Austria, Germany and Switzerland for free! All films have English subtitles.

Special times require new formats, and the Goethe-Institut New Zealand is trialling a hybrid festival version this year. There have been…

WIFTers on The Gulf

WIFTers on The Gulf

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

This series is wrapping and production manager Raluca Cozariuc shared a photo of the fabulous camera team. The shoot was 15 weeks (Bayley joined in the last shooting block). The show will air on TV3 next year.

Set on Waiheke Island, The Gulf tells the…


Film and music for culture vultures

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

Take a culture trip this Saturday with a special screening of the concert film world premiere of Tripping With Nils Frahm. Watch the edgy German maestro Nils Frahm, performing live at one of Germany's most iconic locations, Funkhaus Berlin. Hosted by Lot 23 and in…


WIN Tickets to Six60: Til The Lights Go Out

Posted Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

The good people at StudioCanal have given us three double passes to Julia Parnell's documentary Six60: Til The Lights Go Out to give away to you!

To be in to win, click here to watch the trailer and answer the question below:

According to Stan…


WIFTers shortlisted for Kōpere Hou - Fresh Shorts 2020

Posted Wednesday 25 Nov 2020

A big hurrah! to the following members whose projects are among the 18 that have been shortlisted for this opportunity! They and their team have been invited to apply for Whiringa Tuarua - Stage Two where they submit a full application. The shortlisted 18 teams…


Jobs left, right and centre! (1)

Posted Wednesday 25 Nov 2020

Finance & Human Resources Advisor
Ng? Taonga

Manager Business Support
Nga Taonga

TV Presenter - What Now
Whitebait Media

Development Co-ordinator - Communications & Events
Royal New Zealand Ballet


Video Producer

Post Production Producer

Part-time Videographer
Boundless Vision

Final countdown to the WIFT Awards 2020!

Final countdown to the WIFT Awards 2020!

Posted Wednesday 25 Nov 2020

We are so looking forward to seeing you all frocked up and fabulous at the WIFT Awards next Thursday evening.

(Who hasn't bought a ticket yet?! You know who you are!) 

As always, it will be an amazing party and celebration, so join us at…


Costume designer Liz McGregor up for AACTA award

Posted Wednesday 25 Nov 2020

We're thrilled to hear that Liz McGregor has received an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts nomination for Best Costume Design in Television 2020 for The New Legends of Monkey Season 2. This is quite an achievement because, as the show's producer Rachel Gardner…


A Matter of Fact(ual): join this online discussion with NZOA, platforms and filmmakers

Posted Wednesday 25 Nov 2020

Applications to NZ On Air's recently released Factual RFP for Pan-Asian Creatives open on Thursday 10 December 2020. In anticipation, PASC Executive Committee member Shuchi Kothari leads A Matter of Fact(ual), an online discussion with commissioners and funders about the RFP worth $2M of contestable…


Smart content matters - register now for Congress!

Posted Wednesday 25 Nov 2020

This year's Congress kicks off in two weeks! The on-demand and live sessions feature a stellar lineup of speakers including Bill Gates, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. David Suzuki, Jana Bennett, David Olusoga and Luisa Neubauer. T

You have until December 1 to register for Congress…