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  • New Zealand Film Legend Geoff Murphy Passes

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 4 Dec 2018

    It is with much sadness that the New Zealand Film Commission acknowledges the death of Geoff Murphy on Monday, 3 December 2018 in Wellington.

  • Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen to have Sundance premiere

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 29 Nov 2018

    Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen will have its international premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

  • New Zealand Film Commission releases Annual Report for 2017-18

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 28 Nov 2018

    The New Zealand Film Commission’s Annual Report 2017/18 was tabled in Parliament.

  • 125 Fund Recipients Announced

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Tue 20 Nov 2018

    At the recent Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA) Conference held in Wellington, New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) CEO, Annabelle Sheehan announced funding of three feature films through the NZFC’s 125 Fund.

  • First Look of Highly Anticipated New Zealand Film Daffodils

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 2 Nov 2018

    Transmission Films are thrilled to share the brand-new teaser trailer for the highly anticipated New Zealand Film DAFFODILS, offering a first look at this very special big screen experience.

  • New Funding Opportunity for Pasifika and Asian New Zealand Filmmakers Announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Sat 27 Oct 2018

    Pasifika and Asian filmmakers have an exciting new opportunity to develop stories that reflect their diverse communities and voices on screen, with a new funding initiative announced today by the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air and T

  • Scott Dixon Will Speed into Auckland to Support the Release of Born Racer: The Scott Dixon Story

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 15 Oct 2018

    Rialto Distribution are excited to announce Scott Dixon and his wife Emma Dixon will be in Auckland, New Zealand to support the release of film Born Racer: The Scott Dixon Story opening in New Zealand cinemas October 25.

  • New Zealand Films and Filmmakers Honoured at Hawaii International Film Festival

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Sat 13 Oct 2018

    She Shears and Maui’s Hook will have their international premieres at the 38th Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) in November.

  • Yellow is Forbidden Submitted to Oscars

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 9 Oct 2018

    Pietra Brettkelly’s Yellow is Forbidden is New Zealand’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 91st Academy Awards.

  • Internationally esteemed filmmakers Tune into the Zeitgeist | Big Screen Symposium 2018

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 8 Oct 2018

    The Big Screen Symposium, in its 7th year, once again presents an inspiring and accomplished line-up of speakers to the NZ film and television community.

  • Record Year for New Zealand International Film Festival

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 5 Oct 2018

    The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has achieved a record year of attendance around New Zealand, breaking the national attendance record set in 2004.

  • Award Nominees and Winners for Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2018 Announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 2 Oct 2018

    New Zealand’s premier international short film festival, Show Me Shorts, has announced the nominees for their 2018 awards last week.

  • Casting Announced for The Luminaries. Production to Commence in NZ in November

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 26 Sep 2018

    BBC Two has announced that leading actresses Eva Green (Casino Royale, Penny  Dreadful,  Sin City, A Dame to Kill For) and Eve Hewson (Robin Hood, The Knick, Bridge of Spies) will join the cast of six-part drama

  • Lloyd Meiklejohn Announced as NZFC Investment Executive

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 18 Sep 2018

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lloyd Meiklejohn as Investment Executive, working in the Development and Production team headed by Leanne Saunders.

  • Big Screen Symposium Scholarships

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 6 Sep 2018

    The NZFC has scholarships available to attend the Big Screen Symposium (Tuning into the Zeitgeist) in Auckland on 26 - 27 October.

  • Wellington Screen Talent off to Seoul

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 17 Aug 2018

    Two Wellington film makers have won a trip to Seoul, South Korea, to develop a science fiction TV drama series in the city’s capital.

  • Attendance at Wellington NZIFF 2018 breaks records

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 16 Aug 2018

    The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has broken records with 84,218 attendances, the biggest ever total for Wellington. NZIFF has exceeded the previous record set in 2017 by more than 5,000 admissions.

  • The Meg Makes A Splash

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Tue 14 Aug 2018

    Over 2000 people gathered at The Civic Theatre in Auckland on Monday 13th August for a special screening of the science action thriller The Meg. 

  • Attendance at Auckland NZIFF 2018 breaks records

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 10 Aug 2018

    The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has broken records with the biggest ever total attendances for Auckland, in its 50th year. NZIFF have exceeded the previous record set in 2015 by more than 4,000 admissions.

  • Dunedin Shanghai Screenwriters Exchange Opens to Applications

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Tue 7 Aug 2018

    Local screenwriters are being sought for a two-month residency in Shanghai as part of a new joint initiative of the Dunedin City Council (DCC), New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) and the New Zealand Writers Guild (NZWG).

  • NZ’s Best Short Film Winners Announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 6 Aug 2018

    Congratulations to the winners of the seventh annual New Zealand’s Best short film competition. The winning shorts were announced on stage at the Civic Theatre in Auckland on Saturday.

  • China and Taiwan Activity

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Fri 29 Jun 2018

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) led a delegation of leading New Zealand producers, post-production companies and specialist service providers from throughout New Zealand to Shanghai, Qingdao and Taipei from 15-25 June.

  • New Zealand Film Commission and Taipei Film Commission to Launch a Professional Screenwriters Exchange

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 25 Jun 2018

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) and Taipei Film Commission (TFC) have launched a Professional Screenwriters Exchange.

  • 125 Fund Opens

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 21 Jun 2018

    The 125 Fund opened to applicants today.

    The fund, which will make an investment of up to $1.25 million into up to two dramatic feature films, led by women, is open to dramatic features in any genre (not documentaries).

  • Interactive Development Fund Announcement

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Fri 15 Jun 2018

    We are excited to announce the successful applicants for this year’s Interactive Development Fund.

  • Fresh Shorts Funding Announcement

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Thu 14 Jun 2018

    Six films have been offered funding in the January Fresh Shorts round, two at the $10,000 level,  three at the $30,000 level and one at $15,000.

    At the $10,000 level:

    The Sauna

  • Mortal Engines trailer reveals another world created in New Zealand

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 7 Jun 2018

    The latest trailer for Mortal Engines has revealed another world created in New Zealand. 

  • New Zealand Film Commission Announces Senior Māori Executive

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 1 Jun 2018

    Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) today announces the appointment of Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble to the newly-created senior executive position of Pou Whakahaere.

  • NZIFF announces eight New Zealand films to premiere this winter

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 31 May 2018

    Eight feature-length New Zealand films have been announced to screen at the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) in 2018. Five documentaries will have their world premieres in the programme.

  • Funding for Vai Announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 24 May 2018

    Following on from the box office and festival success of Waru, the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is pleased to confirm production funding of Vai, from Waru producers Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton of Brown Sugar Apple G

  • iGeneration Research Released

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 24 May 2018

    A research paper released today by the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) outlines the way in which young people engage with film and cinemas and offers suggestions for ways exhibitors could better meet the needs of this young audience.

  • Waru wins award at LA's Asia Pacific Film Festival

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Fri 11 May 2018

    Waru was awarded the Grand Jury Award for an Outstanding International Narrative Feature at the 34th Asia Pacific Film Festival in Los Angeles on 10 May.