WIFTers feature strongly in NZIFF selection

WIFTers feature strongly in NZIFF selection

Posted Wednesday 15 Sep 2021

The work of many, many WIFT NZ members will feature among the 12 New Zealand films selected (so far) to screen in Whānau Mārama New Zealand International Film Festival in 2021.

Sadly we can’t list you all, but here are the projects with WIFTers at the helm:

Theatrical World Premiere: There Is No I in…

BBDO Worldwide taps WIFT-er Brigid Alkema

BBDO Worldwide taps WIFT-er Brigid Alkema

Posted Tuesday 14 Sep 2021

A big congratulations to Brigid Alkema on becoming the first ever Kiwi woman to be appointed to the legendary global BBDO creative board. MadDaily.com reports that, simultaneously, Clemenger BBDO New Zealand has promoted her to chief creative officer. 

Clemenger Group NZ chief executive Strahan Wallis said Brigid's promotion and appointments came off the back of…

Apply now for the Emerging Producers Intensive Workshop

Apply now for the Emerging Producers Intensive Workshop

Posted Tuesday 14 Sep 2021

We'd love to be overrun with applications for this wonderful opportunity! With the support of the NZ Film Commission, WIFT NZ and SPADA are delighted to be again running a six-day intensive course for 20 emerging producers.

You may:

  • already have produced a short without any formal training
  • be in another industry role wanting to…
BSAG's dark comedy picked up by IFC and Sundance Now

BSAG's dark comedy picked up by IFC and Sundance Now

Posted Tuesday 14 Sep 2021

How do you like those apples?! Great news for Brown Sugar Apple Grunt, the Kerry Warkia/Kiel McNaughton production company. The TV series Good Grief will make its way to IFC and Sundance Now, which have acquired North America and UK rights to the New Zealand comedy, from sisters Eve and Grace Palmer. IFC and Sundance…

WIFTers' revealing doco on Dame Valerie Adams now in production

WIFTers' revealing doco on Dame Valerie Adams now in production

Posted Tuesday 14 Sep 2021

Hot off the heels of her fifth Olympic games and bronze medal win, Dame Valerie Adams is to feature in an honest and revealing film. We’re looking forward to seeing it, not least because WIFT members are involved: Briar March, Leanne Pooley and Katie Millington.

The feature-length documentary will honour Dame Valerie as a woman…

Support a fellow WIFTer and give 'Our Friend James' a Boost!

Support a fellow WIFTer and give 'Our Friend James' a Boost!

Posted Tuesday 14 Sep 2021

A shout-out to Jessica George who, along with three other wāhine post graduate film students, is developing Our Friend James, a horror-comedy-political-coming-of-age short film. They'd love you to support them on Boosted!

The film aims to "dismantle some of the institutionalised racism we see in Aotearoa today," Jessica says.

Our Friend James is the cumulative…

Support this doco on 'ocean mothers' of the Pacific

Support this doco on 'ocean mothers' of the Pacific

Posted Tuesday 14 Sep 2021

Back in 2019, Kathy McRae and Migiwa Ozawa released a short doco for Loading Docs called Water Baby. It documented how Japanese actress and freediver Sachiko Fukumoto and her partner William Trubridge (New Zealand’s world champion freediving legend) fought to have a birth that felt right to them. It has now been viewed by about…

Method's Sam Ramlu: The inclusion illusion

Method's Sam Ramlu: The inclusion illusion

Posted Tuesday 14 Sep 2021

How can you convince majority groups to shift their thinking when the world has catered to them for so long? In a recent blog for Stoppress.co.nz, Sam Ramlu, owner of creative technology studio Method, thinks the answer is simple: by making them a bit uncomfortable.

...It’s easy to dismiss the concerns of minorities when you…

Hoani appointed to RNZ commissioning role

Hoani appointed to RNZ commissioning role

Posted Tuesday 14 Sep 2021

We're very pleased to see that the fabulous Jodhi Hoani has been appointed the new Rangatahi, Māori and Pasifika Commissioner for RNZ.

Jodhi has been in broadcasting for nearly 20 years, starting at student radio station 95bFM, then in content creation and production with Whakaata Māori - Māori Television, TV3/Discovery, RNZ, TVNZ; and most recently,…

Unveiled: the trailer for Rebecca Tansley's The Finding!

Unveiled: the trailer for Rebecca Tansley's The Finding!

Posted Tuesday 14 Sep 2021

A big whoop whoop! to Rebecca Tansley! You can now watch the trailer for her short film The Finding, on Vimeo, at the link below. The 15 minute film follows a teenager’s efforts to reconnect with her estranged father and the dark secret in their past they are forced to confront. It was shot it…

Heritage Queenstown screen industry special

Heritage Queenstown screen industry special

Posted Tuesday 14 Sep 2021

Enjoy an alpine escape to Queenstown! Heritage Queenstown is offering a special screen rate of $210 GST incl. per night, including breakfast for two in Mackenzies restaurant.

The special is for deluxe rooms and valid until 23 December 2021, subject to availability.

Click here for bookings and use the special promo code SCREEN; or call…

WIFTers successful in Paerangi Project

WIFTers successful in Paerangi Project

Posted Tuesday 14 Sep 2021

A round of applause for Kim Georgine (director) and Janine Sowerby (writer) who have moved through to Stage Two of the Paerangi Project with their short film Son's Return Home. Facilitated by Script To Screen, the programme was created for those interested in developing a short film or web series who live outside the main…

Aidee Walker and family need your help after terrifying flood damage

Aidee Walker and family need your help after terrifying flood damage

Posted Tuesday 14 Sep 2021

West Auckland WIFT NZ member Aidee Walker, her partner Talor Wikohika, and their family have been greatly affected by the storm in Auckland on 31 August. If you can help financially please click here for their Give A Little page. Everyone is safe, the money will be spent on immediate relief including temporary accommodation and…

Mental health and wellbeing resources

Mental health and wellbeing resources

Posted Tuesday 14 Sep 2021

COVID-19 is having an impact on so many aspects of our lives, and it's easy to get bogged down by the negative. If you need help or you're looking for ways to help yourself or others cope and feel mentally well, these resources are available to us all. 

Mental health & wellbeing resources