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  • Savage Tops New Zealand Box Office

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 18 Sep 2020

    Sam Kelly’s debut feature, Savage, has taken the top spot at the New Zealand box office, from Christopher Nolan’s big-budget Tenet.

  • Kōpere Hou - Fresh Shorts Webinar: Q&A With NZFC and Script to Screen

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 10 Sep 2020

    The 2020 Kōpere Hou - Fresh Shorts round is now open.

  • Kōpere Hou - Fresh Shorts Will Open on Thursday 10 September

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Mon 7 Sep 2020

    The 2020 Kōpere Hou - Fresh Shorts application round will open on Thursday 10 September.

  • Niki Caro's Mulan Releases

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 4 Sep 2020

    Walt Disney’s Mulan, New Zealand Director Niki Caro’s latest masterpiece, will release globally tonight (7pm Friday 4 September 2020).

  • Farewell to Keri Kaa

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 28 Aug 2020

    Karanga mai i tēnei wā a Rangitukia parihā

    Ki tēnei maunga Hikurangi tangata

    Ki tēnei uri o Maui nukurau

    Kaikinikini te ngakau mou

    E te tuhi mareikura, Kōkā Keri

  • Q & A on Screen Production Recovery and Capability Funding 20 August

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 25 Aug 2020

    On Thursday 20 August the NZFC hosted its 4th live Q & A event on the recently launched Screen Production Recovery Fund and the four key areas of support to be offered by the new Capability funding.

  • Thursday 20 August - Live Webinar with NZFC: Screen Production Recovery and Capability Funding

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 18 Aug 2020

    Join the New Zealand Film Commission's Head of Development and Production Leanne Saunders and Head of Talent Development Dale Corlett with other key Leadership Team members for a live webinar on Thursday 20 August at 5pm.

  • Screen Production Recovery Fund Guidelines Available

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 17 Aug 2020

    The guidelines for the $13.4M Screen Production Recovery Fund are available now.

    You will find them here.

  • COVID Advisory #5 - Screen Recovery Package Update

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 13 Aug 2020

    The resurgence of COVID-19 in Auckland this week, shifting the Auckland region to Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country to Alert Level 2 until midnight Friday 14 August, has created uncertainty for all filmmakers living and working here

  • This Town Tops New Zealand Box Office

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 12 Aug 2020

    This Town, which opened in 114 New Zealand cinemas on Thursday 6 August, is number one at the box office following its opening weekend.

  • NZSPG Criteria for New Zealand Productions: COVID-19 Provisions

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 23 Jul 2020

    Temporary provisions have been added to the NZSPG Criteria for New Zealand Productions to assist applicants whose productions have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.

  • The Legend of Baron To'a Acquired for Release in US

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 17 Jul 2020

    Kiel McNaughton’s debut feature, The Legend of Baron To’a, has been acquired by US distributor, Gravitas Ventures who will release the film in North American cinemas and on demand from November 2020.

  • Big Screen Symposium Scholarships 2020

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 16 Jul 2020

    The NZFC has up to 30 scholarships available to attend the Big Screen Symposium in Auckland on 9 -10 October 2020.

  • Trailer Unveiled For Powerful Kiwi Drama ‘Savage’

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 16 Jul 2020

    The trailer for new local feature film Savage has been released today ahead of its nationwide general release on August 27.

  • Hunga Taunaki ā Rorohiko - Online Mentorship Announcement

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 15 Jul 2020

    Fifteen filmmakers have been matched with experienced New Zealand filmmakers in the inaugural round of Hunga Taunaki ā Rorohiko, the New Zealand Film Commission’s (NZFC) new online mentorship programme.  Hunga Taunaki ā Rorohiko refers

  • Trailer Released for New Kiwi Comedy Lowdown Dirty Criminals

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 14 Jul 2020

    The trailer for Aotearoa’s newest comedy crime caper Lowdown Dirty Criminals has today been released ahead of its nationwide theatrical release on August 20.

  • Live Webinar on Screen Sector Recovery Package

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 10 Jul 2020

    On Wednesday 8 July the NZFC held a live webinar outlining the Government's Screen Sector Recovery Package which was announced on 1 July.  The panelists were NZFC CEO Annabelle Sheehan, Head of Development and Production Leanne Saunder

  • Trailer Released For New Heartfelt Comedy 'Baby Done' Starring Rose Matafeo And Matthew Lewis

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 7 Jul 2020

    The trailer for local comedy film Baby Done has today been unveiled ahead of its nationwide general release in October.

  • Live Webinar with NZFC - Wednesday 8 July

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Mon 6 Jul 2020

    Join New Zealand Film Commission CEO Annabelle Sheehan, Head of Development and Production Leanne Saunders, Head of Talent Development Dale Corlett and Head of Incentives Catherine Bates for a live webinar on Wednesday 8 July at 5pm.

  • Screen Sector Recovery Package Announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 1 Jul 2020

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) welcomes the Screen Sector Recovery Package announced today by Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Carmel Sepuloni.

  • Extension to Publication of 2020/21 Statement of Performance Expectations

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 18 Jun 2020

    Under the 30 April 2020 amendment to the Crown Entities Act (2004), the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) has requested and been granted a one-month extension to the publication of its 2020/21 Statement of Performance Expectations (SPE).

  • 2020 Gender Scholarship Announcement

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 16 Jun 2020

    Five women comedy creators have been announced as this year’s New Zealand Film Commission 2020 Gender Scholarship recipients. Under the patronage of Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami, the scholarships are awarded to:

  • First Kiwi Film To Return To NZ Cinemas, 'This Town' Starring Robyn Malcolm, Rima Te Wiata

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 11 Jun 2020

    Kiwi movie This Town has today been announced as the very first local movie to be released in cinemas after the three month closure of the country’s movie theatres due to Covid-19.

  • New Zealand Documentaries Selected for Cannes Docs

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 11 Jun 2020

    Four New Zealand documentaries will participate in this years Cannes Docs line-up.

  • New Zealand Film Commission Awards $1.2 Million to New Zealand Film Businesses

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 3 Jun 2020

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) announced today that over $1.2million has been awarded to 33 companies, through its business and slate development schemes BOOST, BOOST UP and He Ara.

  • Production Resumes on NZ Feature Film Poppy

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 2 Jun 2020

    New Zealand feature film Poppy resumed production on Friday 29 May after responding to the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown announcement on March 23.

  • Vale Bill Gavin

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 29 May 2020

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) joins the New Zealand and international film community in sadly acknowledging the passing of Bill Gavin. Our thoughts are with his close family and friends and we celebrate his achievements.

  • NZFC Live Q & A 12 May

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 14 May 2020

    On Tuesday 12 May the NZFC held its second live Q&A event  with CEO Annabelle Sheehan, Head of Marketing Jasmin McSweeney and Head of International Relations Chris Payne.

  • Funding Announcement – Catalyst He Kauahi Round March 2020

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Mon 11 May 2020

    Catalyst He Kauahi supports New Zealand filmmakers to progress their talents to the next stage and make exceptional, high end narrative short films that will ignite the flame and be the catalyst for change in their career.

  • New Zealand Implements Screen Sector Health and Safety Protocols

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 8 May 2020

    The New Zealand Screen industry’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Standard and Protocols were endorsed on 7 May by New Zealand Government agency WorkSafe, laying the way clear for local production to re-start in New Zealand.

  • Tuesday 12 May - Live Q&A Event: The International Marketplace Under COVID-19

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 7 May 2020

    Join New Zealand Film Commission CEO Annabelle Sheehan, Head of Marketing Jasmin McSweeney and Head of International Relations Chris Payne for a live Q&A on Tuesday 12 May at 5pm.

  • NZFC Q&A Event 28 April

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Fri 1 May 2020

    On Tuesday 28 April the NZFC held its inaugural live Q & A event  with CEO Annabelle Sheehan, Head of Development and Production Leanne Saunders and Pou Whakahaere Karen Waaka-Tibble.