WIFTers feature in all winning Fresh Shorts teams

Posted Tuesday 16 Feb 2021

WIFTers feature in all winning Fresh Shorts teams

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 projects are below with WIFT members in bold.

Arrival
Francesca Mackenzie (W/P) and Ahmed Osman (D). A twelve-year-old Somali refugee struggles to adjust to her new life as she and her mother resettle in New Zealand.

Ave Marie
Celestina Sumby (W/D), Francesca Carney (P) and Zelda Edwards (P). When Marie's bullied gender-bending brother takes on the local BMX gang and fights back, it is up to her, the Virgin Mary and dance to help bring peace to the neighbourhood.

Cradle & Grave
Malinna Liang (W), Tema Pua (D) and Phoebe Shum (P). Over one night of misadventures, a headstrong young woman must help her recently returned-from-the-dead mother cross over into the afterlife by doing the one thing they never managed in life: becoming a team.

Homecoming
Grae Meek (W/D) and Anna Canton (P). A transgender woman returns home for the first time since transitioning to see her parents and must contend with their anxiety and disapproval as well as her own trepidation and fears for this long-awaited dinner.

Māmā
Kyrah Hetaraka (W/D) and Angela Cudd (P). A young Māori girl and her mother struggle to navigate the impending possibility of their separation, as a custody battle driven by racial bias will ultimately decide their fate.

Vivie
Hweiling Ow (W/D) and Mia Maramara (P). A sexually frustrated young woman is desperate to persuade her human-sized vagina to play ball when she bumps into an ex-boyfriend.

Click here to read more about the teams

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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, romantic and rebellious stories. We're pleased to hear that there was a 50:50 gender split in the filmmaking voices.

When: 6:30pm, 3 March, 2021

(In case of a COVID-19 Alert Level change near 3 March 2021, the alternative date for this event is Wednesday 28th April 2021. Please ensure you are available to attend both dates when purchasing tickets).

Where: Wellington's Embassy Theatre

Click here for ticket info