WIFTers receive funding for premium bilingual content

Posted Thursday 04 Mar 2021

WIFTers receive funding for premium bilingual content

We're pleased to see WIFT members are among those whose projects will be funded by the latest funding round from Te Māngai Pāho and Irirangi Te Motu/NZ On Air co-fund.

A total of $4 million has been awarded to nine applicants, which will see varying levels of te reo Māori used across a wide variety of programme genres.

Congratulations - we've listed you and your projects below.

Pietra Brettkelly executive producer, Duality

Julie Zhu producer / director,  Meng

Jane Holland producer, From the Mist

Ngaire Fuata producer, 26:29

Morgan Leigh Stewart (producer), Hweiling Ow (writer) Albularyo

Kerry Warkia Brown Sugar Apple Grunt producer Supernatural Anthology Series

Click here to read more about the projects


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Ellmers new joint Head of Premium Productions Fund

Ellmers new joint Head of Premium Productions Fund

Posted Thursday 04 Mar 2021

Congratulations to Kay Ellmers on her new role as joint Head of Te Puna Kairangi the Premium Productions For International Audiences Fund, along with Polly Fryer.

Kay (Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Raukawa) currently Managing Director of Tūmanako Productions, is an award-winning filmmaker and past recipient of the WIFT Mana Wāhine award, and Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori Award for broadcasting Ngā Tohu Reo Māori - Te Ao Pāpāho. She has been a Consultant Commissioner Documentary and Factual programmes for Māori Television, and mentored filmmakers through WIFT's mentorship programme.

Polly Fryer has recently returned to New Zealand from a two-year stint in Los Angeles as Production and Post Executive at Netflix. Originally from the UK, Polly worked on various productions before moving to New Zealand in 2006. She produced Emmy nominated docu-drama The Golden Hour whilst Head of Production at Desert Road and in 2017-18 produced David Farrier's Netflix Original series Dark Tourist.

Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), Irirangi Te Motu New Zealand On Air (NZ On Air) and Te Māngai Pāho (TMP) announced the appointment, with CEOs Annabelle Sheehan, Cameron Harland and Larry Parr saying the decision to appoint Joint Heads was an easy one as both women share a passion and advocacy for New Zealand film.

The $50 million Fund supports Aotearoa New Zealand production of high-quality productions that tell New Zealand stories for global audiences.