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 Chatfield) receives up to $378,715 for Extreme Cake Sports, for HEIHEI.

Scottie Douglas Productions (Megan Douglas) receives up to $300,000 for Life Savers, for HEIHEI.

Whitebait Media (Janine Morrell-Gunn) receives up to $3,253,000 for What Now 2021, and up to $2,675,000 for Brain Busters 2021, both for TVNZ 2, TVNZ OnDemand and HEIHEI.

Greenstone TV (Tash Christie as producer) receives up to $477,764 for Young Riders for HEIHEI.  Greenstone TV also receives up to $425,146 for K-Pop Academy 2, also for HEIHEI.

Tomorrow Rain (Lisa Chatfield) receives up to $325,215 for Endling.

Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions (Kerry Warkia) receives up to $500,00 for The Feijoa Club 2, for HEIHEI.

Treehut (Suzy Cato) receives up to $136,000 for Suzy And Friends 2021 for various stations.


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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 camera, lighting and sound crew arrived from out of town bringing the very best of tech gear to the set, Martinborough local Gail Wilson, who has worked extensively on The Lord of The Rings, oversaw hair and makeup, and Celia's daughter Charlotte was one of the lead actors. Local businesses also pitched in offering food and services, while Kitchener St Dairy & Tearooms allowed filming for interior shots.

Milk, which is about human kindness, is Celia's second short film of the year; her first, Home School, was created for the VF48 Hours Film Festival where it won Best Family Film. also has official selection to three international festivals: the Boston International Kids Film Festival, Studio City International Film & TV Festival and The International KidsNFilm Festival.

Celia, a director of Hyundai Country Calendar and House Hunters International, wrote Milk during the first New Zealand lockdown.