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This programme is currently under review, there is no current call for applications.

In 2008 WIFT NZ launched its specialist mentoring programme.  Since then WIFT NZ has matched up to 16 full members annually with experienced practitioners for twelve hours of paid mentoring over an eight month period.  The scheme is designed to increase women's skills, knowledge, networks and confidence as they build their careers.


  • up to twelve hours of mentoring per match.
  • applicants must be full WIFT NZ members (women with 2+ years in the industry).  Membership is $132 incl GST per year and can be arranged through the WIFT NZ office or online;
  • matches will be decided by a panel and no correspondence will be entered into;
  • proposed matches will be introduced and then, if the parties are happy to proceed, a contract will be drawn up for the mentoring period.

Mentees will need to:

  • commit to working with their mentor as agreed, honouring all agreements and deadlines;
  • agree to privacy and confidentiality requirements;
  • respect the professional nature of the relationship;
  • be open to accepting constructive criticism as well as positive feedback;
  • bear the majority of any communication costs, most likely to be telephone calls;
  • be prepared to review their experience and outcomes with the WIFT NZ office.

Our past mentors' register includes the cream of the industry across disciplines such as direction, production, post production,, acting, writing, sound, editing, independent film-making, documentary film-making, etc.

Applications should include:

  • a letter of application introducing yourself and clearly articulating why you want to be part of the programme, specific areas of focus for the mentorship period; and desired outcomes;
  • identification of up to three mentors, in order of priority, stating why you have chosen them or a request to WIFT NZ to help with the choice;
  • a copy of your CV.

There is no current call for applications.

The WIFT NZ Mentoring programme is delivered with the generous support of the NZ Film Commission.