WIFT members are winners at the 2022 TVNZ Awards!

WIFT members are winners at the 2022 TVNZ Awards!

Posted Monday 28 Nov 2022

A big congratulations to all our members who won at the NZ TV Awards. We're especially proud to see longtime WIFT member Janine Morrell-Gunn's amazing work with Whitebait Media formally recognised, earning her the title of this year's Television Legend.

We'd also like to highlight the fact that an opera won Best Entertainment Programme. Kudos…

Rūrangi awarded an International Emmy

Rūrangi awarded an International Emmy

Posted Monday 28 Nov 2022

A huge round of applause for the team behind New Zealand series Rūrangi, named the Best Short Form Series at the International Emmy Awards in New York. 

The series was created by Oliver Page and Cole Meyers, who worked alongside director Max Currie and producers Craig Gainsborough, Melissa Nickerson and Tweedie Waititi on the project.

WIFT members funded for Matariki projects

WIFT members funded for Matariki projects

Posted Monday 28 Nov 2022

Congratulations to all those who received funding for Matariki-related programmes for 2023 from Te Māngai Pāho and NZ On Air. We've listed you in bold below, with details of your project and its funding. We're looking forward to seeing your work.

Motherhood Anthology – NZ On Air funding details

  • Mother Hood, Koha Productions for TVNZ…
High praise for Brownlie's short

High praise for Brownlie's short

Posted Monday 28 Nov 2022

Let's hear it for Morag Brownlie, whose short film Perfect Storm was nominated in three categories in this year's CLIMAX film awards, based in Spain. The categories are Best Cinematography, Best Experimental Film, and Best Dance and Poetic.

The film, which screened in this year's NZIFF Ngā Whanaunga section, stars Pita Turei and was described…

Congratulations to Festival winners in Hawai'i

Congratulations to Festival winners in Hawai'i

Posted Monday 28 Nov 2022

How fantastic to see WIFT members' work among the main winners at the Hawai'i International Film Festival Awards (HIFF) this month! 

Whina, directed by James Napier Robertson and Paula Whetu Jones, who also co-wrote the script, received the Pasifika Award for Best Feature Film. Whina charts the tumultuous journey and unshakeable inner strength that led…

Doc Edge Industry Clinic to feature Julia Parnell

Doc Edge Industry Clinic to feature Julia Parnell

Posted Monday 28 Nov 2022

If you're a filmmaker who wants to kickstart your business journey, here's your chance to get direct advice from a real local success story.

Come and hear documentary filmmaker and successful creative businesswoman Julia Parnell on Saturday, December 3 at 10:30am, the last clinic for the year.

Julia is an award-winning filmmaker, documentary director and…

Kiwi director makes 'up-and-coming' list

Kiwi director makes 'up-and-coming' list

Posted Monday 28 Nov 2022

Backed by a group of anonymous female film executives, The Alice Initiative regularly releases a list of up-and-coming female directing talent, ready for their first studio feature. Called The Alice List, this year it includes long-time WIFT member, director Roseanne Liang. It's actually the second time Roseanne has made the list; the first was in…

Director members win at Webfest Awards

Director members win at Webfest Awards

Posted Monday 28 Nov 2022

High fives to directors  Michelle Ang and Julie Zhu who both won gongs at the NZ Webfest Awards this month. Michelle took away an award for Best Director – NZ Factual for her work on Hair Now which also won the award for Best Show – NZ Factual. For her work on Self Help, (executive…

Show Me Shorts People's Choice Award

Show Me Shorts People's Choice Award

Posted Monday 28 Nov 2022

A shout out to Belinda Bradley one of the producers of the Show Me Shorts 2022 People's Choice Award-winner Atali'i O Le Crezent (Sons of the Crezent). 

The short film is a mesmerising dance film, a story of cultural connection that won two other awards at the 2022 Show Me Shorts Film Festival; the Toi…

WIFTers' powerful doco to screen at international festivals

WIFTers' powerful doco to screen at international festivals

Posted Tuesday 29 Nov 2022

Here's a shout-out to director Nina Nawalowalo, producer Katherine Wyeth, and all involved in bringing this powerful feature documentary to the screen. It has been making waves all over the country - and the world.

A Boy Called Piano - The Story of Fa'amoana John Luafutu, the award-winning work from Wellington Pacific Theatre Company The…

Female-helmed comedy drama seeks financial support

Female-helmed comedy drama seeks financial support

Posted Tuesday 29 Nov 2022

Get behind your fellow WIFT members' quest to make their short comedy-drama inspired by real life events.

There are just five days left in the Boosted campaign run by Elinor Teele, Emma Martini and Phillida Perry for their short film Pulling Up Stumps, starring veteran actors Ian Mune and Mark Mitchinson.

The 10-minute comic drama…