Goodwill helps Jaspers make Milk

Posted Tuesday 13 Oct 2020

Wairarapa-based producer/director Celia Jaspers is making a move into scripted drama and film and has just wrapped her second short film this year. Co-produced with fellow WIFT member Juanita Deely, the self-funded Milk was shot in Martinborough and relied "entirely on goodwill", says Celia. Professional…


Much funding for WIFT members' kids' shows

Posted Tuesday 13 Oct 2020

A big round of applause to WIFT members who received funding for their factual and scripted projects from New Zealand On Air's funding round for Children's Shows. We've listed the projects below and the attached WIFT member producer or executive producer:

Good Times Company (Lisa…


WIFT members' uniquely Aotearoa stories win NZOA funding

Posted Tuesday 13 Oct 2020

And more applause, this time for the WIFT members who have received NZ On Air funding for their uniquely New Zealand stories. They and their projects are listed below.

New projects:

Attitude Pictures receives up to $500,000 for Tokyo 2021 Paralympics: We All …


VIDEO SLOT The Citizen's Handbook: Election Special

Posted Tuesday 13 Oct 2020

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Earlier this year Kevin & Co brought you The Citizen's Handbook, which was all about empowering the audience with the knowledge of how this country came to be, how it currently works, and how we can face the challenges that lie ahead.



Southern workshops in November

Posted Tuesday 13 Oct 2020

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Screen Marlborough, Screen Wellington and Top of the South Film Festival present three in-depth workshops delivered by industry experts - cinematographer Mathew Knight, writer/director Casey Zilbert (above middle) and producer/production accountant Victoria Dabbs (above right). Held in the beautiful Marlborough region, …


New co-fund to encourage Māori language content

Posted Tuesday 13 Oct 2020

Funding agencies Te Māngai Pāho and Irirangi Te Motu/NZ On Air have announced a new co-fund, with $8 million available for proposals with a minimum of at least 30% te reo Māori content.

The fund seeks high-quality, scripted and factual, original content that uses a…


Doc Edge comes to your town

Posted Tuesday 13 Oct 2020

To celebrate being able to go back to the cinema, Doc Edge is going on tour with a selection of some of the best films from this year's festival for you to enjoy on the big screen! Watch work by WIFT members - Pluck


Gainsborough's Rūrangi claims top audience award at Frameline44 Festival

Posted Tuesday 13 Oct 2020

Great news for WIFT member Craig Gainsborough whose series Rūrangi won the audience vote for best feature offering of this year's Frameline44 Festival, one of the world's largest and most recognised LGBTQ+ film festivals. Rūrangi won the AT&T Audience Award for Narrative Feature. Produced by…


Golbakhsh's film Night Visions wins private funding

Posted Tuesday 13 Oct 2020

Following an intense weekend of workshops and weeks of mentoring, Shreya Gejji and Ghazaleh Golbakhsh's film Night Visions has emerged from the Pan-Asian film Collective's Short Cuts development lab with a privately donated production grant of $15,000.

The film is about a Pakistani taxi driver…


Get down to the Golden Nugget International Film Festival

Posted Tuesday 13 Oct 2020

Are You Volleyball

Fancy a night out Aucklanders? Then head to the highly anticipated Golden Nugget International Film Festival, held in New Zealand for the very first time! Organised by the very capable Emme Lentino, the evening is a chance for the film industry to come together, n…


Diverse shorts among some of the best at the Show Me Shorts Festival

Posted Tuesday 13 Oct 2020

If you love diverse stories, you'll be pleased to hear that 12 of the 78 shorts in this year's Show Me Shorts Festival programme hold LGBTQI+ connections. Here's a list of those and where you can find them. Gina, Mark and the SMS team reckon …


Deadline looms for Fresh Shorts funding

Posted Tuesday 13 Oct 2020

Get cracking people, the deadline to apply for Fresh Shorts funding is 1pm on Monday, 19 October! Just a reminder that this year the application process has been changed, making it simpler for teams to apply.

Click here to read the new guidelines

A s…


New role for Pooley with Eight

Posted Tuesday 13 Oct 2020

Leanne Pooley Eight

Australasian production company Eight has appointed multi-award-winning filmmaker Leanne Pooley to helm The Story Department.

As The Story Department's Head of Development and Production, Leanne will work alongside Managing Director Katie Millington and Executive Producer Lib Kelly to develop documentaries for the local and international market place.

"There …


Māori Television RFPs due

Posted Tuesday 13 Oct 2020

Here's another fast-approaching deadline for you! The date for pitches to be in to Māori Television for the Te Māngai Pāho Receptive Funding Round 2, is 1pm on Wednesday 21 October, 2020. See below for details:

Kaupapa Rangatahi - Entertain and Energise Youth

Māori Television…


Tansley to direct film of NZ Opera's Semele

Posted Wednesday 14 Oct 2020

Semele NZ Opera film

It's exciting to hear that production house Greenstone TV has partnered with New Zealand Opera to capture a broadcast-quality film of Handel's Semele, set to open on 29 October at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Filmmaker Rebecca Tansley is leading the project as Director/Producer…


Catch a free screening of Merata Mita's Bastion Point: Day 507

Posted Wednesday 14 Oct 2020

Bastion Point screenings

Aucklanders have this significant screening to look forward to in the next fortnight. In collaboration with their exhibition The Medium is the Message, Ng? Taonga Sound & Vision and the Gus Fisher Gallery present a special screening of Bastion Point: Day 507 by Merata M…


WIFT members off to Story Camp

Posted Wednesday 14 Oct 2020

Congratulations to the following WIFT member filmmakers who were selected for Script To Screen's Story Camp Aotearoa 2020! Amanda Jane Robinson, Ghazaleh Golbakhsh, Morgan Waru, Ainsley Gardiner, Nicole Hoey, Hweiling Ow, Karin Williams, Olivia Shanks, Asuka Sylvie, Chelsea Winstanley and Desray Armstrong.

Story Camp is a resi…


Film workshop for South Auckland storytellers

Posted Wednesday 14 Oct 2020

Calling all aspiring filmmakers, storytellers and creatives with a connection to South Auckland! Learn how to use the power of cinema to tell your stories in this 2020 South Auckland Short Film Workshop, a two-day workshop to learn the art of making short films. Whe…


TV series INSiDE delves into lockdown paranoia

Posted Wednesday 14 Oct 2020


Imagine a second wave of coronavirus has forced New Zealand back into lockdown�

That's what producers Liz DiFiore and Peter Salmon did when they came up with the idea for INSiDE, an offbeat eight-part thriller TV series. Filmed over two weeks during lockdo…


Applications open for Someday Stories 5

Posted Wednesday 14 Oct 2020

Emerging filmmakers, it's time to apply for Someday Stories 5, described by NZ On Air as a 'career-making opportunity'! Read the request for proposals at to find out more and to check out the requirements.

There's also a Q&A webinar tonight, click here t…


WIN double movie passes to Babyteeth

Posted Wednesday 14 Oct 2020


We have a warmhearted and bittersweet comedy about love, loss and family for you this week! Babyteeth features rising stars Eliza Scanlan (Sharp Objects, Little Women) and Toby Wallace (Romper Stomper) and acclaimed Australian actors Ben Mendelsohn and Essie Davis. When seriously ill t…


Enter the RVK Feminist Film Festival Sister Awards

Posted Wednesday 14 Oct 2020

Calling all short filmmaker sisters! Submissions are open for the RVK Feminist Film Festival's Sister Awards. If you identify as a woman, send your short films in before 20 November at the link below. A list of esteemed judges, including Gabrielle Kelly from The Amer…


How to write a horror film

Posted Wednesday 14 Oct 2020

Get great tips and advice on writing a horror screenplay from this useful genre-writing Bluecat blog. Do you recognise the films from the loglines below?

Get great tips and advice on writing a horror screenplay from this useful genre-writing Bluecat blog. DO you recogn…

Announcing the 2020 WIFT NZ Mana Wāhine Award recipient!

Announcing the 2020 WIFT NZ Mana Wāhine Award recipient!

Posted Wednesday 14 Oct 2020

Women in Film & Television (WIFT) NZ and the Wairoa Māori Film Festival Inc. are thrilled to announce the 2020 WIFT NZ Mana Wāhine Award recipient is Nicole Hoey.

The Award will be presented at the Wairoa Māori Gala Film Awards at the iconic Gaiety…


WIFT members win SPADA New Filmmaker award

Posted Tuesday 27 Oct 2020

Becs Arahanga 2020 SPADA New Filmmaker of the YearAbba-Rose Dinah Vaiaoga-Ioasa 2020 SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year

A big congratulations to Becs Arahanga and Abba-Rose Dinah Vaiaoga-Ioasa (above right), who were both awarded the SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year at the recent Annual Screen Industry Awards. Congratulations also to our loyal sponsor Grant Baker, this year's Industry Champion.


NZOA funding for Method

Posted Tuesday 27 Oct 2020

It's fabulous to hear that Method Studios will receive NZOA funding of up to $75,000 for Postcards From Aotearoa, for HEIHEI. Executive produced by Sam Ramlu, Postcards is a dress-up adventure game inviting players to ready themselves with the appropriate clothing and accessories for v…


2021 NZOA funding round deadlines and changes

Posted Tuesday 27 Oct 2020

Next year isn't that far away, so make a note of these deadlines! NZOA's 2021 deadlines and funding decision for the four funding streams, Scripted, Factual, Platforms and Music, are available here on the NZOA website.

Meanwhile, take note also of NZOA's changes to its St…


DEGNZ Directing in the Intimate Zone workshop with JWL

Posted Tuesday 27 Oct 2020


Discover best practices for directing on-screen intimacy in this one-day Wellington workshop.

Taught by Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand, the workshop will cover the process of developing scenes that involve intimacy, nudity and/or simulated sex, developed by UK intimacy coordinator Ita O'Brien and …


Development exec wanted for Vendetta

Posted Tuesday 27 Oct 2020

Film & TV production company Vendetta is looking for a contractor to work part-time for three months as Development Executive to assist with its growing slate of projects.

Here's what Vendetta have to say about the role:

We produce and exec produce feature f…


Group to promote diversity in VFX, games and animation industries

Posted Tuesday 27 Oct 2020

Two WIFT members are among the co-leaders of the local chapter of a group aiming to promote diversity in the visual effects (VFX), animation and games industries. Weta Digital's Lead Effects Pipeline Engineer, NZ, Dora Morolli and Head of Organisation Development, Sandy Taylor will co-…


NZTV Awards finalists

Posted Tuesday 27 Oct 2020

It's exciting to see that so many WIFT members are finalists in the New Zealand Television Awards this year! We've listed them and their categories below. Good luck everyone! The NZTV Awards are on 18 November. 

NZ On Air Best Drama Series

Philip Smith, C…


Time for Loading Docs

Posted Wednesday 28 Oct 2020

Loading Docs

Are you interested in making a Loading Docs documentary? Now is the time to start researching ideas for a short film of up to eight minutes.

Loading Docs seeks expressions of interest from committed storytellers to participate in Loading Docs 2021. 'T?manako/Hope' …


Top line speakers at this year's Congress 2020

Posted Wednesday 28 Oct 2020

This year's 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. The schedule is now live - check it out at the link below.

You have on…


First AC camera workshop with Michael Paletta in Christchurch

Posted Wednesday 28 Oct 2020

Michael Paletta

Highly experienced first AC Michael Paletta (above) has designed an introductory course to the AC profession that he wishes had been available when he started his career. This course recognises a need in the local Christchurch industry for dedicated and camera assistants…


Nadia Maxwell on Reunion

Posted Wednesday 28 Oct 2020

Reunion still shot

A high-concept suspense thriller, Reunion was filmed in Wellington and produced by WIFT members Nadia Maxwell and Ainsley Gardiner, Georgina Conder and US-based Mike S Ryan. It stars Emmy Award�-winner Julia Ormond, and New Zealand's own Emma Draper, Cohen Holloway and John Ba…


WIN double passes to Reunion

Posted Wednesday 28 Oct 2020

Reunion poster

We have five double passes to give away to Reunion, a suspense thriller filmed in Wellington. It features a stellar international and local cast including Emmy Award�-winner Julia Ormond, and New Zealand's own Emma Draper, Cohen Holloway and John Bach. Emotionally charged and q…


Get your WIFT Awards tickets and be part of the celebration!

Posted Wednesday 28 Oct 2020


Casey Zilbert won the Fulcrum Media Finance Woman To Watch Award at the 2018 WIFT Awards - who will take the prize this year?

The WIFT Awards are our chance to celebrate women in our screen industry and all the hard work…


Looking for work? Look no further!

Posted Wednesday 28 Oct 2020

Kaiwhakawhanake Hinonga - M?ori Development Executive
New Zealand Film Commission

Camera Operator / Floor Manager (2021)

Camera Journalist

Talent Booker/Assistant
Karen Kay Management

Production Executive (experienced)
WETA Workshop

Digital & Advertising Marketing Executive

Book keeper
Entertainment Accounting Services Ltd


Scullion funded for opera on legendary theatre founders

Posted Wednesday 28 Oct 2020

Thanks to Creative NZ funding, Michelle Scullion is now busy writing a three-act opera about the legendary Wellingtonians Sally Rodwell and Alan Brunton. The couple founded the Red Mole Theatre Company in 1974, and who livened up the Garden City with their amazing cabarets, puppet…


Film Otago Southland Trust seeks committed trustees

Posted Wednesday 28 Oct 2020

Here's an exciting opportunity to be part of Film Otago Southland and play an important role in shaping the future of the regional screen sector.

The Film Otago Southland Trust is seeking Trust Board is seeking new Trustees from the screen industry who ha…


Get ready for the Big Screen Symposium!

Posted Wednesday 28 Oct 2020

There are just six weeks to go until the Big Screen Symposium! The BSS team are working hard to reconfirm previously announced speakers and replace the ones who unfortunately can't do the new dates. There is a fantastic line up of already confirmed speakers - check …


Diva Productions receives funding for series

Posted Wednesday 28 Oct 2020

Earlier this year TVNZ OnDemand, Re: and NZ On Air issued a request for proposals for one-off documentaries to form part of new anthology series Young And ... series. We're pleased to see that Diva Productions has received funding for it's project Young And Auma…