Brownlie's short Perfect Storm selected for European festivals

Brownlie's short Perfect Storm selected for European festivals

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

Morag Brownlie's short film Perfect Storm premieres this week at two Oscar qualifying festivals. It was the opening film ahead of 36 hours of films in Greece's Thessaloniki Short Film Festival and will screen at the A-list Warsaw Film Festival tomorrow. It has also been…

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Results from the WIFT NZ AGM

Results from the WIFT NZ AGM

Posted Wednesday 13 Oct 2021

The contested Auckland seat for the WIFT NZ board saw a very tight race between Kelly Martin, Jill Macnab, Irene Gardiner and Samantha Jukes. Kelly Martin and Jill Macnab kept their seats however, so the WIFT NZ Board remains: Vicky Jackways (President), Kelly Martin, Jill…

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The Pact to screen on TVNZ On Demand

The Pact to screen on TVNZ On Demand

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

Here's more great home-grown viewing involving WIFT NZ members! The Pact screens from Monday 18 October on TVNZ OnDemand. The was created by Natalie Medlock and Harry McNaughton, and co-produced by Jo Raj with Harry under his Koha production company. It stars Irene Wood, Ian…

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WIN double passes to Juniper

WIN double passes to Juniper

Posted Tuesday 17 Aug 2021

Written and directed by Matthew J. Saville (Hitch Hike, Dive), Juniper is Saville’s debut feature film starring Academy Award nominee Charlotte Rampling, Márton Csókás and newcomer George Ferrier. 

Sam (17) has been on a self-destructive spiral that could lead to his death. He returns home…

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Rūrangi and Creamerie finalists in MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards

Rūrangi and Creamerie finalists in MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

A round of applause to the cast and crews of Rūrangi and Creamerie for their shows' nominations in the 2021 MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards.

Rūrangi was produced by Craig Gainsborough and is one of three finalists in the LGBTQIA+ / Scripted category. Season 1…

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NZ On Air COVID-19 relief funding for productions

NZ On Air COVID-19 relief funding for productions

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

NZ On Air says it has been successful in securing access via the Ministry for Culture and Heritage to unspent funds from last year’s Screen Production Relief Fund. These funds are available through until end of June 2022, acknowledging that we may ping around alert…

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Dynamic producer duo available for collaboration

Dynamic producer duo available for collaboration

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

Here's a new initiative from two of our valued members. Amanda Jenkins and Jackie Clark have teamed up as freelancers to help and enable you to shoot your projects down south. Spurred by the difficulties that come with filming in these Covid times and Auckland’s…

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Bieringa's doco on mercurial artist to screen in NZIFF

Bieringa's doco on mercurial artist to screen in NZIFF

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

Jan Bieringa is the creative producer for this documentary on mercurial artist Theo Schoon, set to screen in the New Zealand International Film Festival. Directed by filmmaker and art historian Luit Bieringa (Ans Westra: Private Journeys/Public Signposts NZIFF 2006, The Man in the Hat NZIFF…

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Jaspers' Milk nominated for Show Me Shorts Best Screenplay

Jaspers' Milk nominated for Show Me Shorts Best Screenplay

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

We're cheering for Celia Jaspers and her short film Milk, a short film about kindness, produced by Juanita Deely and Auriga Martin, which has been nominated for Best Screenplay in the 2021 Show Me Shorts Film Festival Awards. Winners will be announced on 17 October.

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Nominate now for the 2022 WIFT Awards!

Nominate now for the 2022 WIFT Awards!

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

At the last WIFT Awards in 2020, South Pacific Pictures' CEO Kelly Martin (pictured) was announced as the Great Southern Film & Television Award for Outstanding Contribution to the New Zealand Screen Industry.

Who will receive the award in 2022?  It's up to you to…

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WIFTers benefit from NZFC funding

WIFTers benefit from NZFC funding

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

Here's a shoutout to WIFTers who are receiving NZFC funding for their projects. The Letting Go, produced by Nadia Maxwell and Joika, co-produced by Belindalee Hope both receive production funding, while feature film Balance of the Five Elements, written by Marilyn McFadyen, receives funding from…

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Why did Kiwi series INSiDE get an Emmy nomination? Watch it and find out!

Why did Kiwi series INSiDE get an Emmy nomination? Watch it and find out!

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

We were thrilled to see that INSiDE, a Sky New Zealand Original Production, was nominated for a 2021 International Emmy® Award in the category of Best Short-Form Series. INSiDE was the only Kiwi nominee - in fact, the only Australasian nominee - across all categories.…

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Maxwell's Blue Lake premieres at Show Me Shorts

Maxwell's Blue Lake premieres at Show Me Shorts

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

Congratulations to producer Maddy Maxwell whose short film Blue Lake premiered at the Show Me Shorts Festival in Wellington last week and was online as part of Weird and Wonderful. Blue Lake, which stars Chris Parker and his sister Olivia Parker, will also screen in…

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WIFTI Worldwide Webinar: Sustainability & Storytelling

WIFTI Worldwide Webinar: Sustainability & Storytelling

Posted Wednesday 13 Oct 2021

This will be the first one in a series of Sustainability Conversations WIFTI will be hosting the coming winter. President Helene Granqvist will be in conversation with Copenhagen-based creator Valeria Richter on love as a force and why conscious confusion is essential for cultural learning.…

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WIFTers selected for Story Camp Aotearoa 2021!

WIFTers selected for Story Camp Aotearoa 2021!

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

Congratulations to those members whose feature film projects will be developed at the upcoming Script To Screen Story Camp Aotearoa 2021. We've listed you and your projects below.
This year Script To Screen received 76 applications which had to be whittled down to just nine! The…

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Tansley's film version of opera 'Semele' coming soon to a big screen near you

Tansley's film version of opera 'Semele' coming soon to a big screen near you

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

Rebecca Tansley’s film of New Zealand Opera’s live production of Handel's Semele is opening in selected cinemas from 28 October, bringing the national company’s work to audiences across the country.

In particular the release enables the NZO production to be seen in the regions. 

And…

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Blood & Gold to premiere at Show Me Shorts

Blood & Gold to premiere at Show Me Shorts

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

Congratulations to the team behind Blood & Gold. The locally shot short film from The Hot House in association with the NZFC will have its premiere at Show Me Shorts Festival. Set in the South Island in 1861, the film follows a woman on the…

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Watch Linda Niccol's Poppy at festivals online

Watch Linda Niccol's Poppy at festivals online

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

Linda Niccol has shared some links to international festivals screening Poppy, the film she wrote and directed and which was released earlier this year. 

Produced by Robin Laing and Alex Cole-Baker, Poppy is the story of a young woman with Down syndrome who refuses to…

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Enter your short in It's Funny Because It's True

Enter your short in It's Funny Because It's True

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

This is an OPEN CALL! Hot Docs and Netflix are looking for your funniest, short, non-fiction story! Five filmmakers will receive $20,000USD to make a short doc, as well as mentorship from Netflix’s documentary team and other film professionals. They'll also receive a world premiere…

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News from the NZIFF 2021

News from the NZIFF 2021

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival has revealed its full programmes for the major cities and the regions, except, of course, Auckland. In case you missed the disappointing news, the Auckland leg of the NZIFF, due to open 28 October, has been cancelled due…

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Doc Edge Clinic this Saturday: Negotiation - what works and what doesn't

Doc Edge Clinic this Saturday: Negotiation - what works and what doesn't

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

The 2021 Doc Edge Clinics programme comes to a close on Saturday 16 October, with a session about negotiation.

Hear from the people who’ve seen and done a truckload of deals, and know what works and what doesn’t.

The sessions are also available on-demand to…

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Check out what the Aesthetica Film Festival has to offer

Check out what the Aesthetica Film Festival has to offer

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

The 2021 Aesthetica Film Festival programme is now available. Find over 300 films, 100 industry events and 100 speakers from across the globe. To read the programme, click here.

Aesthetica will take place live in the UK's York from 2-7 November and continue virtually until…

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2021 NZCS and NZTV Awards postponed

2021 NZCS and NZTV Awards postponed

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

Sadly, but unsurprisingly, these two much-anticipated Awards gala parties have been postponed, the NZCS until further notice, and the NZTV Awards until February 2022.

The country needs to be at Alert Level 1 to hold such full-on events. What's more, the good people at the…

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A practical guide to great key art

A practical guide to great key art

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

No matter how great your story is, if you don’t have a strong marketing campaign that sparks immediate interest, the project won’t get the amount of bums on seats or the eyeballs it deserves. A poster or trailer is an audience’s first introduction to a…

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Read this year's Emmy-winning scripts

Read this year's Emmy-winning scripts

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards celebrated the best of 2021 on television - and that means a celebration of writers!

Script Competition organiser and website BlueCat has compiled this year's award-winning writing, including The Crown, I May Destroy You, and Hacks.

Click here to read…

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Do films with a positive message make more money than those without?

Do films with a positive message make more money than those without?

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

Movies give us shared stories which entertain, inspire and soothe us, and in trying times, this function becomes ever more essential.

In the 1940s, musicals provided a colourful escape from war, stories of rebellion in the 1970s gave hope to audiences losing faith in political…

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Desray Armstrong: why Charlotte Rampling agreed to star in Juniper

Desray Armstrong: why Charlotte Rampling agreed to star in Juniper

Posted Tuesday 12 Oct 2021

Producer Desray Armstrong has been one busy wāhine. Her feature film Coming Home in the Dark was released in August and a second feature Juniper, directed by Matthew Saville and starring Charlotte Rampling, is due for release 28 October, having been delayed from August due…

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