The Tautai Award for Moana Excellence in the Screen Industry

The Tautai Award for Moana Excellence in the Screen Industry

Posted Tuesday 09 Nov 2021

We've had the best year yet for WIFT Award nominations! Thank you to all those who have nominated people.

Just a reminder that there's a separate deadline for nominations for the Tautai Award, even though it is a part of the WIFT Awards 2022. Please get your nominations in by Monday 6 December at 5pm.

Kiwi series grabs International Emmy Award!

Kiwi series grabs International Emmy Award!

Posted Tuesday 23 Nov 2021

Well this is exciting!! Congratulations to the team of INSiDE which won Best Short-Form Series at yesterday's International Emmy® Awards. Producer Liz DiFiore accepted the award, and the Sky New Zealand Original Production was the only Australasian nominee across all categories.

Starring Morgana O'Reilly (pictured) as main character Rose, INSiDE is a cautionary tale about…

WIFTers are winners in the inaugural Equaliser Grant

WIFTers are winners in the inaugural Equaliser Grant

Posted Tuesday 23 Nov 2021

We're thrilled that the first recipients of New Zealand's 2021 Equaliser Grant have been announced! A big congratulations to all the recipients who include WIFT NZ members Anna Duckworth and Faye McNeil.

In September WIFT NZ partnered with Auckland UNESCO City of Music to create this grant for filmed music. It's the first time WIFT…

Freshwater's short wins at ImagiNATIVE Festival

Freshwater's short wins at ImagiNATIVE Festival

Posted Monday 22 Nov 2021

A big shout out to Matasila Freshwater for winning the Sun Jury Prize at this year’s imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Mata won for her work as director and writer on Hiama, a story from the Solomon Islands.

The film tells the story of a teenage girl and her Hiama (shamanic guardian spirit), who…

VIDEO SLOT Hot Words & Bold Retorts

VIDEO SLOT Hot Words & Bold Retorts

Posted Tuesday 09 Nov 2021

This special and clever short film has Dame Gaylene Preston directing an all-star cast that portrays woman voters recalling the 1893 election - the first time they could vote in a general election. It uses audio from our archives and stars Chelsie Preston Crayford, Lucy Lawless, Jean Sergent (pictured) and Miranda Harcourt, and was made…

The Great Gender Pay Gap Survey

The Great Gender Pay Gap Survey

Posted Tuesday 23 Nov 2021

A huge thank you to all those who have responded to our survey. This won't be the last time you hear about it as we have a couple more surveys to go, and we won't be closing any of them until enough people have responded. There's a chance to win a case of wine!

This…

RNZ a visually sound platform for these award-winning WIFTers

RNZ a visually sound platform for these award-winning WIFTers

Posted Tuesday 23 Nov 2021

Congratulations to the RNZ Commissioned Productions that picked up some awesome awards and commendations recently. All of them include WIFT members! We've listed you below.

Fisheye Films (Tracey Roe) produced the four-part video series Fight for the Wild which won the TV and Video Natural World category at the Association of International Broadcasters (AIB) awards.…

Screensafe's updated Covid-19 Traffic Light Initial Guidance

Screensafe's updated Covid-19 Traffic Light Initial Guidance

Posted Tuesday 23 Nov 2021

ScreenSafe has updated its initial guidance on the Covid-19 Traffic Light System, so our industry can begin the mental shift to a new system. 

This is in response to the government's announcement that on 29 November, Cabinet will move both Auckland and the rest of the country into the RED Traffic Light System “shortly thereafter”.

Mantel's Chatham Islanders series on screen now

Mantel's Chatham Islanders series on screen now

Posted Tuesday 23 Nov 2021

Check out this engaging documentary from Kathleen Mantel, airing now on Māori Television. A new episode of Chatham Islanders screens every Monday at 8pm, and it is also available on demand.  

Kathleen, who spent five weeks filming on the island, says she found it interesting that many previous stories about the islands have been told…

Barnes wins the SPP Big Pitch!

Barnes wins the SPP Big Pitch!

Posted Tuesday 23 Nov 2021

A big congrats to Gaylene Barnes whose project Ladies, A Knife was selected as the Winner of the 2021 South Pacific Pictures 'Big Pitch'. SPP chief executive and WIFT NZ Board member Kelly Martin said Gaylene's winning pitch was a "... multi-cultural story which can allow us to talk about what's happening now by looking…

Datsun drives to victory at NZIFF

Datsun drives to victory at NZIFF

Posted Tuesday 23 Nov 2021

A shout out to Sharlene George of Sweetshop & Green, a producer on the New Zealand International Film Festival's NZ's Best audience choice award winner, Datsun, directed by Mark Albiston.

Albiston takes home 25% of the box office takings from the New Zealand's Best screenings in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. 

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Bellbird wins at St Tropez

Bellbird wins at St Tropez

Posted Tuesday 23 Nov 2021

A round of applause to the team of Bellbird which has won the 2021 Le Prix du Jury for Best Film at the 23rd Festival des Antipodes Saint-Tropez. Directed by Hamish Bennett and produced by Catherine Fitzgerald and Orlando Stewart, Bellbird is the story of a dairy farmer struggling to cope with the sudden death…

Every Voice initiative recipients announced

Every Voice initiative recipients announced

Posted Monday 22 Nov 2021

Let's hear it for Abba-Rose Dinah Vaiaoga-Ioasa and Victoria Boult who are among the recipients of the Every Voice initiative.

Every Voice, the first joint initiative between NZ On Air, Screen Australia and TikTok, aims to help a new generation of online storytellers expand their vision and ambition, and will cultivate original New Zealand and…

Showcasing the best of Canterbury's locations

Showcasing the best of Canterbury's locations

Posted Monday 22 Nov 2021

We know a number of WIFTers worked to create this wonderful showcase of Waitaha Canterbury! Feast your eyes on the new Screen CanterburyNZ showreel - a beautifully crafted, seven-minute short film featuring local crew members and stunning scenery.

Immersed in a variety of landscapes, each person shares stories about working on international features and why they've…

WIFTer joins Write Room as producer intern

WIFTer joins Write Room as producer intern

Posted Monday 22 Nov 2021

Congratulations to Auckland producer and WIFT member Ruby Reihana-Wilson (pictured) who will join the Auckland Write Room 2021 programme’s mentor team as this year’s Producer Intern. 

Auckland writer and actor Kalyani Nagarajan is the recipient of the 2021 Auckland Write Room Screenwriter’s Residency with her project Road Trip with the Rajans.

Producer intern Ruby (Ngā…