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 Board Director and Chair of the Cultural Fund Working Group, Geoffrey Atherden. Or, a project might assist individuals or groups from communities who face difficulties in accessing mainstream media and pair them with well-connected partners and their networks, Mr Atherden said.

The Screenrights Cultural Fund supports projects that foster the creation and appreciation of screen content in Australia and New Zealand. Now in its fourth year, the Fund awards up to $50,000 per initiative, with a total funding pool of $250,000 available in 2021. Screenrights awarded three projects in 2018, four projects in 2019, and a record seven projects in 2020.

To see if your project is a good fit, read the guidelines here, and find out more about the initiatives supported by the 2020 fund  here, the 2019 fund  here, and the 2018 fund  here.

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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 in New Zealand at the Māoriland Hub in Ōtaki. Screenings open with the worldwide festival premiere of the Briar Grace Smith- and Ainsley Gardiner -directed Cousins on opening night.

There's even a free bus from Wellington to Ōtaki during the festival, so check out the Māoriland website for more details.

Click here to see the full programme