Supporting New Zealand filmmaking
Developing screen business
Getting Filmmakers to Festivals and Markets
Set your calendar
What we funded in the past
Helping filmmakers get ahead
Developing your craft
Getting started in filmmaking
Supporting diverse voices
Getting your film to its audience
Taking your film overseas
Who is watching New Zealand films
Protecting your work
Funding for distribution and festivals
Partnering with offshore filmmakers
Financial support for filming in NZ in 2017
Financial support for filming in NZ from 2015
Practical advice for filming in New Zealand
How to qualify as an NZ film
It tells the story of a reluctant 9-year-old dancer, Cushla, as she competes at a ballet competition with her ambitious mother watching from the wings.
Set in the final minutes before a girl goes on stage for a ballet contest, Point Your Toes, Cushla, perfectly captures the nerves and emotional fragility of that moment where any wrong move could lead to humiliation. Cushla’s experience is heightened by the ever-present danger of a stage mother who wants to micro-manage every tiny detail.
Unusual for a short film, Point Your Toes, Cushla was released in local cinemas as well as being invited to international festivals. It won a jury award at the St. Petersberg Film Festival.
© New Zealand Film Commission
Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga