Air NZ approval for increased battery allowance

Posted Tuesday 02 Feb 2021

Great news for screen industry crew affected by the recently imposed new airline battery carrying limits: there is now a special exemption to carry additional batteries, while travelling for work purposes on Air New Zealand flights.

Thanks to NZCS and SIGANZ member Murray Milne, wh…

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MIP TV dates

Posted Tuesday 02 Feb 2021

The international television market Digital MipTV, normally held in Cannes, will take place between April 12 and 16, 2021.

It will focus on one-to-one 'matchmaking' meetings, thematic speed meetings, workshops and mentoring, as well as featuring sessions with buyers and commissioners. The sister MipDoc an…

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Submissions due for Doc Edge Pitch 2021

Posted Tuesday 02 Feb 2021

DocEdge Good Pitch 2021

You have until 12 February to submit your ideas to this very worthwhile opportunity! Finalists will receive bespoke mentoring from industry professionals to help develop their pitch, and the opportunity to develop their pitching skills in pitch preparation workshops ahead of the finals event…

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Development lab for Pan-Asian creatives

Posted Tuesday 02 Feb 2021

Applications are now open for the Pan-Asian Screen Collective's short film development lab Short Cuts. Designed specifically for Pan-Asian filmmakers and delivered with the support from The New Zealand Film Commission, the lab is set to empower up to nine new and emerging key creatives…

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Show Me Shorts Festival entries now open

Posted Tuesday 02 Feb 2021

Show Me SHorts 2021

Calling all filmmakers! The sixteenth edition of New Zealand's Show Me Shorts Festival is set to take place at 30 cinemas nationwide (plus online in NZ) during 1-21 October 2021, and your entries are wanted!

Each year SMS programmers curate a selection of t…

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Good Pitch Aotearoa New Zealand

Posted Tuesday 02 Feb 2021

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If you have a feature documentary (completed or in post-production) seeking for funding and support for outreach campaign, Good Pitch is the place where you can make your film go further!

Good Pitch is an action platform that brings together the best documentary filmmake…

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NZOA May funding round information

Posted Tuesday 02 Feb 2021

Take note all producers intending to make a funding application to the Scripted, Factual, and Platform streams of the NZ Media Fund or Industry Development Fund for the May round.

NZOA says that, given the high percentage of Factual and Scripted funding that has alread…

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NZOA Youth RFP

Posted Tuesday 02 Feb 2021

NZ On Air is seeking Scripted (fiction), Factual (non-fiction) and Music content proposals with a focus on youth issues and audiences. The target age range is 15-30 years with a priority focus on 15-24 years.

In this financial year, NZ On Air has earmarked u…

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48Hours is back for 2021!

Posted Tuesday 02 Feb 2021

48Hours Guerilla

Are you ready for another 48Hours?! The Vista Foundation 48Hours filmmaking competition has a few changes this year, so it can run in any Covid-19 alert level.

Some elements of the competition are moving online so be sure to visit the website and re…

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WIFT board members muscle in on transport issues

Posted Tuesday 02 Feb 2021

Your board had a strategy meeting last weekend. Spot the board members doing the heavy lifting!

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Check out Dudding-directed theatre show 'Outta The Mouths Of Babes'

Posted Tuesday 02 Feb 2021

Support a fellow WIFTer and enjoy a night of live theatre! Ruth Dudding has devised and directed Outta The Mouths Of Babes... an enjoyable and collaborative 'semi-inquiry' into parenting styles and the age-old question of Nature Vs Nurture and liberal parenting.

Joined by matriarch Judy an…

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WIFTers in Show Me Shorts Screenwriting Lab

Posted Tuesday 02 Feb 2021

Congratulations to Auckland WIFT members Sapna Samant and Anna Duckworth and Wellington member Francesca Carney (Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi) who have been selected to take part in the 2021 Show Me Shorts Screenwriting Lab.

This prestigious hot-house mentoring scheme is aimed at assisting writers to develo…

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Fabulous February jobs

Posted Wednesday 03 Feb 2021

International Attractions Coordinator
New Zealand Film Commission, Auckland or Wellington 

Front of House Coordinator
Franklin Rd, Auckland

Host
Park Road Post Productions, Wellington

Senior Producer
RNZ, Wellington

Film & Content Tutor
Yoobee Colleges, Auckland


Video Producer
Pure Productions, Auckland

Digital Media Support -…

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Do male and female critics judge films differently?

Posted Wednesday 03 Feb 2021

The 'male gaze' is a complex topic which cannot be 'solved' using data, but film data hound Stephen Follows wanted to add to the conversation by looking at the areas in which data can be informative.

He built and crunched a vast dataset of fil…

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Whitireia Film School moves to Avalon Studios

Posted Wednesday 03 Feb 2021

Students enrolled in the screen production programme at Whitireia will be learning in the heart of the production industry with classes to be fully run out of Avalon Film and Television Studios in Lower Hutt.

The move will see students immersed in a professional, commercia…

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The Black List screenwriting development opportunity

Posted Wednesday 03 Feb 2021

Screenwriters, a reminder to apply for this development opportunity with Franklin Leornard from The Black List aggregator of unproduced screenplays and script development organisation Blcklst.com.

It does not require the writer to have a producer to be attached but teams with a producer can apply. A draft o…

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Direct South Short Film Workshops

Posted Wednesday 03 Feb 2021

Here's a wonderful opportunity to learn the art of short filmmaking from three award-winning filmmakers: Jackie van Beek, Zia Mandviwalla and Michelle Savill.

Thousands of short films get made every year by filmmakers around the world. One challenge for directors is how to direct …

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RNZ Commissioning RFP for youth/rangitahi

Posted Wednesday 03 Feb 2021

In response to the New Zealand On Air RFP for youth and rangitahi, RNZ has released the commissioning panui below:

RNZ is seeking high quality, music and factual proposals that resonate with rangatahi/young people. Successful proposals will be offered platform support for applications being submitte…

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WIN double passes to Ammonite

Posted Wednesday 03 Feb 2021

Ammonite Poster

Reviewers are raving about this film starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan - and thanks to Trigger Marketing we're giving away five double passes to it! The BBC says, "The contained, potent performance is one of Kate Winslet's best"; The Telegraph says, "The mos…

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Catch Rūrangi the movie on the big screen

Posted Wednesday 03 Feb 2021

Rurangi

We're thrilled to see that this fabulous Craig Gainsborough-produced film is released in NZ from today!  Find out more about the making of the film this Friday (5 February) why not head along to the next DEGNZ Film Talk at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket in Aucklan…

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Roseanne Liang on Shadow In The Cloud

Posted Wednesday 03 Feb 2021

Shadow In The Cloud

After her acclaimed short horror Do No Harm was selected for the Sundance International Film Festival in 2017, Auckland writer and director Roseanne Liang signed with Hollywood representation; from that came Shadow In The Cloud, her recently released 'elevated genre' film starring Chloe Grac…

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Fantastic February jobs

Posted Monday 15 Feb 2021

Deputy Chief Censor
Ministry of Internal Affairs

Loader, Te Karere
TVNZ

Video Producer
Kami

Video Editor
Parallax Films

Video Producer
Video Taxi

Photographer/Videographer
Repertoire

Mid-senior Video Producer
Private marketing/comms company

Video editor
Brand Developers

Property Photographer/Videographer
Arizto

Online Customer Service/Casting Editor
StarNow

Senior D…

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Watch 60 films about Women's Empowerment for free!

Posted Monday 15 Feb 2021

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It's just one month until International Women's Rights Day, so get in the spirit and watch 60 one-minute films based on the theme of Women's Empowerment for free!

The films, from the Mobile Film Festival 2020, are at your disposal, free of charge, for physical …

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NZFC gender scholarship attracts high numbers of women in comedy

Posted Monday 15 Feb 2021

NZFC 2021 annual report image

We're pleased to see that the New Zealand Film Commission's 2020 Gender Scholarship received its highest number of applications since its inception. According to the NZFC Annual Report 2019-20, tabled in Parliament on 27 January, 123 women working in comedy applied. In addition, th…

/news/news-archive/2021/feb/nzfc-gender-scholarship-attracts-high-numbers-of-women-in-comedy/

RNZ seeks audio/visual content featuring waiata reo Māori

Posted Monday 15 Feb 2021

RNZ is seeking high quality audio and visual content featuring waiata reo Māori, with the aim of:

Embedding waiata reo Māori in the daily lives of everyday New Zealanders; or

Converting New Zealanders with zero to passive reo Māori into waiata reo Māori benefactors.

Success…

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Rialto Channel celebrates International Women's Day with fabulous March line-up

Posted Monday 15 Feb 2021

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The Rialto Channel celebrates International Women's Day throughout March with premieres that shine a spotlight on women's stories, women filmmakers, and women who inspire and influence. The titles premiering on the channel include:

Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable - Bethany became a surfing sensation when she return…

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Good Pitch is where you can make your doco go further!

Posted Monday 15 Feb 2021

Submissions are open now until 1 March, 2021 for Good Pitch. If you have a feature documentary (completed or in post-production) and are seeking funding and support, check out Good Pitch. An action platform that brings together the best documentary filmmakers with foundations, funders, activists,…

/news/news-archive/2021/feb/good-pitch-is-where-you-can-make-your-doco-go-further/

Submissions open for the Women Over 50 Film Festival

Posted Monday 15 Feb 2021

There's a new award on offer in WOFFF, which returns for its 7th annual festival on 25 - 26 September, 2021.

The new award is thanks to a partnership with TENA (yes, of the incontinence pads and underwear) which is sponsoring the new category for films o…

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Plenty for NZ audiences online in Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2021

Posted Monday 15 Feb 2021

The MWFF is back for its fifth year tackling gender-based inequities in the screen industries. The 2021 programme features an array of free online panels and workshops accessible to audiences across New Zealand including 'The Future of Screen Work' (industry panel), 'Pathways in Post-production (workshop),…

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Check out the Māoriland Film Festival 2021 programme

Posted Monday 15 Feb 2021

Look out Ōtaki, the eighth annual Māoriland Film Festival is coming! This year's MFF will present 120 films and 50 events from 80 Indigenous nations over five days in March (24 - 28). It will also see the official opening of the first designated filmmaker residence…

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Apply now for the 2021 Screenrights Cultural Fund

Posted Monday 15 Feb 2021

The 2021 Cultural Fund focus is New Teams - collaborations between people and organisations who have not previously worked together.

The Fund is particularly interested in innovative projects that unearth new and emerging talent to partner with practitioners who bring experience and expertise, said Screenrights Boar…

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Māori Television seeks proposals for NZOA Youth Funding Round 2021

Posted Monday 15 Feb 2021

Whakaata Māori is seeking proposals for fresh, engaging content for its Rangatahi audience (15-24) across all Māori Television platforms. The process for this round will be by FULL PROPOSAL only to be delivered by 1pm Monday 8 March 2021.

Contact the MTS Content Coordinator t…

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Key dates for Script To Screen's 2021 development programmes

Posted Monday 15 Feb 2021

If you're a filmmaker planning to apply to FilmUp, Story Camp or Strength in Numbers in 2021 make sure these dates are on your radar!

FilmUp
FilmUp is a nine-month professional development programme for practising writers, directors and producers. It supports and empowers up to eight emerging …

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Local film's premiere offers disturbing and delightful encounters

Posted Monday 15 Feb 2021

Encounters banner poster

Come along to the world premiere of this anthology film on 3 March, and support our emerging local filmmakers. Encounters brings together eight new New Zealand directors, including WIFT member Jane Fletcher, and a diverse cast and crew to tell a range of delightful, disturbing…

/news/news-archive/2021/feb/local-film-s-premiere-offers-disturbing-and-delightful-encounters/

WIFTers feature in all Fresh Shorts teams

Posted Monday 15 Feb 2021

Six filmmaking teams have been selected for funding and we're thrilled to see there's at least one WIFT member in every team! We're very proud of you all! Each project receives a grant of $15,000 to make their short film.

The selected teams and thei…

/news/news-archive/2021/feb/wifters-feature-in-all-fresh-shorts-teams/

Notable Pictures seeks experienced Production Manager

Posted Tuesday 16 Feb 2021

Notable Pictures is an exciting and bubbling workplace with a lot going on, so we are looking for someone who is excited about diving in and joining a team dedicated to achieving excellence in documentary.

The ideal candidate will be solutions-focused and enjoy the fast-changi…

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Enjoy a cup of Tea With The Dames

Posted Tuesday 16 Feb 2021

Tea With Dames

These aren't just any dames! Doc Play invites you to enjoy a conversational feast with four of the UK's most iconic actresses; Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright (pictured above) and Dame Maggie Smith. All four have gone from being fledglin…

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‘Nothing about us without us’- ABC releases new commissioning guidelines

Posted Tuesday 16 Feb 2021

Have a look at the new commissioning guidelines for the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Commissioning for Diversity and Inclusion | ABC

50% of key creative and head of department roles AND production and crew roles are to be women or gender diverse! Come through y…

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March dates for Professional Respect Training Workshops

Posted Tuesday 16 Feb 2021

The ScreenSafe/SWAG Screen Industry Professional Respect Training Project is back up and running for 2021. These workshops are fully funded and a great opportunity for everyone in a position of responsibility to upskill accordingly.

The course will address predominately sexual harassment and also includes bullying, harassment, definitions…

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New deadline for applications to Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund

Posted Tuesday 16 Feb 2021

In light of the COVID-19 Alert Levels increase throughout New Zealand and in response to the industry, the Agencies (NZFC, NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho) have collectively decided to extend the Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund (Te Puna Kairangi Premium Fund) Deadline - it…

/news/news-archive/2021/feb/new-deadline-for-applications-to-premium-productions-for-international-audiences-fund/
Gender Scholarship attracts high numbers of women in comedy

Gender Scholarship attracts high numbers of women in comedy

Posted Tuesday 09 Feb 2021

We’re pleased to see that the New Zealand Film Commission’s 2020 Gender Scholarship received its highest number of applications since its inception. According to the NZFC Annual Report 2019-20, tabled in Parliament on 27 January, 123 women working in comedy applied.  In addition, the NZFC…

/news/news-archive/2021/feb/gender-scholarship-attracts-high-numbers-of-women-in-comedy/
Local film's premiere offers disturbing and delightful Encounters

Local film's premiere offers disturbing and delightful Encounters

Posted Tuesday 16 Feb 2021

Come along to the world premiere of this anthology film on 3 March, and support our emerging local filmmakers. Encounters brings together eight new New Zealand directors, including WIFT member Jane Fletcher, and a diverse cast and crew to tell a range of delightful, disturbing,…

/news/news-archive/2021/feb/local-film-s-premiere-offers-disturbing-and-delightful-encounters-1/
WIFTers feature in all winning Fresh Shorts teams

WIFTers feature in all winning Fresh Shorts teams

Posted Tuesday 16 Feb 2021

Six filmmaking teams have been selected for funding and we're thrilled to see there's at least one WIFT member in every team! We're very proud of you all! Each project receives a grant of $15,000 to make their short film.

The selected teams and their…

/news/news-archive/2021/feb/wifters-feature-in-all-winning-fresh-shorts-teams/
Remembering Tony Hiles

Remembering Tony Hiles

Posted Tuesday 16 Feb 2021

Our sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Tony Hiles, who passed away on 6 February. Tony was the first man to support WIFT by becoming a member back in the day.

"Tony was always supportive of other filmmakers male and female, and…

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Making a feminist film: Louise Lever on Revolt She Said

Making a feminist film: Louise Lever on Revolt She Said

Posted Tuesday 16 Feb 2021

Featuring interviews with powerhouse women such as former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and Aboriginal leader Dr Jackie Huggins, WIFT NZ member Louise Lever's documentary Revolt She Said captures a portrait of contemporary feminism in Australia and New Zealand, with moving personal accounts and…

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Marbrook's Loimata wins Grand Prix at FIFO

Marbrook's Loimata wins Grand Prix at FIFO

Posted Tuesday 16 Feb 2021

A big round of applause for Anna Marbrook, whose documentary feature, Loimata, The Sweetest Tears, has won the Grand Prix du Jury at Tahiti's prestigious FIFO, (Festival International du Film Documentaire Océanien).

At the prizegiving ceremony Jury member Julia Overton, a leading figure in Australian…

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Grab your tickets to opening night screening of Cousins - with directors' Q&A!

Grab your tickets to opening night screening of Cousins - with directors' Q&A!

Posted Wednesday 17 Feb 2021

Don't miss this special event presented by Ngā Aho Whakaari and Women In Film & Television NZ. Briar Grace Smith and WIFT member Ainsley Gardiner co-direct Cousins, the eagerly anticipated film adapted from the 1992 Patricia Grace novel. The stellar cast includes Ana Scotney, Rachel…

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Filmmakers, scriptwriters: you need to get on the Black List!

Filmmakers, scriptwriters: you need to get on the Black List!

Posted Wednesday 17 Feb 2021

The Black List is partnering with the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) for the Black List New Zealand Project (BLNZP), an initiative that will fund:

- Assessment of your feature film script by the Black List's assessors;

- Attendance at a virtual Workshop and Mentorship…

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Award-winning sports programme back for second season

Award-winning sports programme back for second season

Posted Wednesday 17 Feb 2021

Tune in to The Spinoff to see the second season of Scratched: Aotearoa's Lost Sporting Legends to check out more stories about New Zealand athletes whose incredible feats have been forgotten or have simply been underappreciated. The first season won Best Sports Programme at the…

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