The Tokyo Woman Project

Posted Thursday 17 Dec 2020

Tokyo Woman

Here's a chance to help activate gender equality internationally! In 2019, Japanese women made headlines so documentary maker Gwen Isaacs went to Japan to find out why. Gwen observed the ignition of female-empowerment (Feminizumu) within the Japanese women she encountered, began filming their st…


Candidates wanted for Independent Chair of the Premium Production Fund Funding Panel

Posted Tuesday 19 Jan 2021

The New Zealand Film Commission, New Zealand on Air and Te Māngai Pāho are seeking Expressions of Interest from candidates who wish to be considered for appointment as the Independent Chair of the Premium Production Fund Funding Panel.

The Premium Productions for International Audiences Fun…


Mini docos wanted for Auckland's Going West Fest

Posted Tuesday 19 Jan 2021

Calling all filmmakers! Going West's inaugural mini documentary season needs you! If you're keen to produce a short video portrait of a storyteller, or a narrative about your creative community, contact the team at the Going West Books & Writers Festival. They have a small…


Apply now for the Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund

Posted Tuesday 19 Jan 2021

Applications are open for this fund, which makes $50 million available to support the production of high-quality feature films or series dramas that tell strong Aotearoa New Zealand stories with international appeal. The NZFC will be responsible for administering the Fund.

Deadline to apply: 1p…


Managing the juggle of caregiving and a screen career

Posted Tuesday 19 Jan 2021 reports that almost three quarters of parents and carers who responded to a 2018 Raising Films Australia survey said their caring responsibilities have had a negative impact on their career in the screen industry. Of those, 86% were women.

As a result, many wer…


Menon’s Dawn Raid doco sees the light

Posted Tuesday 19 Jan 2021

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We're thrilled to see this long-awaited documentary is opening in cinemas tomorrow - 21 January! It documents the rise, fall and spiritual rebirth of the most iconic and influential music label in Pacific history, Dawn Raid Entertainment. Directed by Oscar Kightley, it's produced b…


Acting workouts with Vicky Yiannoutsos

Posted Tuesday 19 Jan 2021

Calling actors, writers and directors! Further develop your skills with these intensive classes run by expert acting coach Vicky Yiannoutsos. Over five weeks, actors work twice a week on scripted scenes with partners. All work is filmed and reviewed and all participants work as actors.


Online search tool for discovering Pacific treasures

Posted Tuesday 19 Jan 2021

The rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific are now available to explore online via Digital Pasifik, a massive  search tool. Discover thousands of items held in museums, libraries, galleries, and collections around the world including Ngā Taonga, Auckland Museum, the National Library and Te Papa. This site (a…


Got a great idea for a podcast? Tell RNZ!

Posted Tuesday 19 Jan 2021

Radio New Zealand has released a Request For Proposal (RFP) for story-driven, humorous or conversational podcasts with mass audience appeal.

Projects should be of a modest budget of up to approximately $50,000, and preference will be given to currently underserved and growth audiences, in particula…


Script To Screen Auckland feature film workshop now on waitlist

Posted Tuesday 19 Jan 2021

It's fabulous to hear that this obviously popular Script To Screen feature film workshop in Auckland has sold out! You can join the waitlist though, click the link below for more information.

When: Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 February 2021, from 9am - 5pm each da…


Riddell's 'Frankie Jean' selected for Flickerfest

Posted Tuesday 19 Jan 2021


Congratulations to Tara Riddell, co-producer of Frankie Jean and the Morning Star which has been selected for the 2021 Flickerfest Short Film Festival. Funded by Catalyst He Kauahi, the short is written and directed by Hannah Marshall and produced by Riddell and Gareth Williams. I…


NZFC funding benefits WIFTers

Posted Tuesday 19 Jan 2021

Congratulations to producer Desray Armstrong who received Catalyst He Kauahi Funding from the NZFC for Hello Earthling. The film follows the journey of an isolated child in a small mountainside town who knows themself to be neither boy nor girl, and who experiences life-changing events…


New year, new job!

Posted Wednesday 20 Jan 2021

Production Manager
Rogue Productions is looking for a Production Manager for a year long contract. Flexible hours and work conditions, part-time or full-time. Feb start, Auckland based.

Please send your CV to

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The Granary's virtual tech helps realise big ideas without the big budget

Posted Wednesday 20 Jan 2021

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Boutique film-tech production company The Granary has released a fantastic demo of what its talented team can do shooting on a virtual LED stage.

With Too Fast, Tu Meke*, The Granary CEO Amber Marie Naveira says the team wanted to show how many different environmen…

Q&A screenings for The Turn Of The Screw

Posted Wednesday 20 Jan 2021

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Here's a fabulous chance to meet local filmmakers, catch a horror flick and support an award-winning local film! Join producers Emma Beale, Ed Sampson and Nicola Peeperkorn, with director Alex Galvin and actor Greer Phillips, for a special Q&A screening to celebrate the cinemati…


Coming Home In The Dark selected for Sundance 2021

Posted Wednesday 20 Jan 2021

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A big congratulations to WIFT member producers Desray Armstrong and Catherine Fitzgerald and the team of this thriller which will have its World Premiere in the Midnight section of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival!

Coming Home In The Dark is director James Ashcroft's fir…


WIFTers on the board of Film Auckland

Posted Wednesday 20 Jan 2021

We're pleased to see that WIFT members Alice Shearman, Marg Slater and Amber Wakefield are returning to the board of Film Auckland. Alice steps into the role of Deputy Chair, Marg returns as Secretary and Amber as Executive Officer.


Photography: the gateway drug to a film making addiction

Posted Wednesday 20 Jan 2021

Mandi Lynn is about to embark on a 25-stop roadtrip around New Zealand teaching photography and wellbeing to youth (aged 10-22). Mandi, a past winner of New Zealand's Creative Photographer of the Year and a Canon Eyecon mentor, is offering scholarships to study with her.


The Eruption: Stories of Survival doco picked up for global distribution

Posted Wednesday 20 Jan 2021

UK-based TVF International has picked up Irene Chapple and Annie Goldson's new documentary about the deadly eruption of Whakaari / White Island on December 9, 2019. The Eruption: Stories of Survival offers very personal insights into the tragedy, which killed 22 people and injured 25.

The Eruptio…


Murphy's Lowdown Dirty Criminals out online

Posted Wednesday 20 Jan 2021


Spread the word! This rollicking crime caper produced by Robin Murphy and starring James Rolleston and Rebecca Gibney is out online! The second Covid lockdown in August meant this film couldn't reach a wide audience at the movies, but you can help make i…


Learn the art of location management

Posted Wednesday 20 Jan 2021

Here's an excellent opportunity to learn or further develop your knowledge of a very important part of the screen industry: Location management.

Share the Knowledge: Auckland Location Managers' Course is supported by Screen Auckland, and is an exclusive specialised training course designed for committed, hardworkin…


SBS Viceland picks up Shortland St in Australia

Posted Wednesday 20 Jan 2021

It's great to see that South Pacific Pictures' long-running and hugely popular Kiwi TV soap, has a new home on SBS Vice in Australia.

The release of the final 40 episodes of 2020 and the premiere of season 29 on 11 January means that Australian fans of th…


WIN tickets to Shadow In The Cloud

Posted Wednesday 20 Jan 2021

Shadow in the Cloud - One Sheet NZ

Strap yourselves in folks! Our movie ticket giveaway this issue is five double passes to Shadow In The Cloud, to be released in New Zealand cinemas on 4 February.

Directed by our own Roseanne Liang and with effects by Weta Digital, Shadow In T…


Time ticking for entries to the Māori Screen Excellence Award

Posted Wednesday 20 Jan 2021

Just a reminder that the deadline for entering the Māori Screen Excellence Award is fast approaching! The Award will offer a maximum of a $50,000 grant to one recipient. Nominate yourself or someone else through the NZFC application portal; anyone can submit a nomination but…


Fantastic prizes at the NZ Mountain Film Festival

Posted Wednesday 20 Jan 2021

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The NZ Mountain Film Festival is a competitive event bringing the best adventure films from around the world to the alpine village of Wanaka, Aotearoa New Zealand. The subject matter criteria is extremely broad; as long as there is a link with adventurous sport…


Māoriland Film Festival returns for 2021

Posted Wednesday 20 Jan 2021

The team at MF2021 have been doing the mahi and now have a date for this popular indigenous festival: Put March 24 - 28 in your calendar now!

For five days in March, Ōtaki is home to the largest Indigenous Film Festival in the souther…


Enter your film or new media project in Australia's V-Fest

Posted Wednesday 20 Jan 2021

Here's a great chance to show off your work across the Tasman! Our sister chapter (WIFT Australia) is running the WIFT V-FEST, a film and new-media (VR, 360, AR) festival aimed at celebrating, supporting, and elevating the work of women and gender diverse filmmakers and…


10 female directors paving the way for women in Hollywood

Posted Wednesday 20 Jan 2021

It's fair to say most of us would prefer to forget last year, but believe it or not, there were some positives! 2020 proved to be a milestone year for female filmmakers. The Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San…