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  • 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

  • Work For Us: Special Projects Manager - Fixed term

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 8 Jul 2020

    Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is looking to engage a Special Projects Manager on a fixed term contract.  We are looking for someone to be available for a minimum of 30 hours a week.   The posi

  • 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.  

  • Advisory # 4 Introduced by NZFC Chair, Dame Kerry Prendergast and the Board of the NZFC

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 1 May 2020

    The Board are very aware of the significant losses and hardships experienced by the screen sector at this time. COVID-19 shut down 47 New Zealand productions when the global pandemic required the Government to move New Zealand into Alert Level 4.

  • Michael Bennett 2020 Te Aupounamu Māori Screen Excellence Award Recipient

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 29 Apr 2020

    Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission is pleased to announce writer/director Michael Bennett is this year’s recipient of Te Aupounamu Māori Screen Excellence award grant of $50,000 to support his professional develop

  • Live Q & A Session with NZFC

    Reminder
    Issue date: 
    Thu 23 Apr 2020

    Join New Zealand Film Commission CEO Annabelle Sheehan, Head of Development & Production Leanne Saunders and Pou Whakahaere Karen Waaka-Tibble for a live Q&A on Tuesday 28 April, at 5pm.

  • Boost and Boost Up Funding Guidelines Available Now

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Fri 17 Apr 2020

    As we mentioned in last week's Advisory, the NZFC's Boost funding round for 2020, and a new fund, Boost Up, are launching this week.

  • Advisory #3 NZFC Extends Business Support Funding To $1 Million (Plus Confirms Development Funding of $750k+ From Ongoing Programmes)

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 7 Apr 2020

    As we enter week two of the lockdown, we do hope you are all safe and well. From our conversations with many of you over the last few weeks we are acutely aware of the challenges everyone is facing at this time.

  • He Pounamu Te Reo Māori Feature Film Initiative Deadline Extension

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Tue 31 Mar 2020

    Based on industry feedback, we have extended the deadline for applications for He Pounamu Te Reo Māori Feature Film Initiative by two weeks.

  • NZFC Operations Continue Remotely

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 26 Mar 2020

    In line with the New Zealand Government’s shift to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 from midnight on Wednesday 25 March 2020, the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) staff in Auckland and Wellington will be working from their homes at least for the ne

  • New Zealand Film Commission CEO Confirmed With COVID-19

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 25 Mar 2020

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) can confirm that CEO Annabelle Sheehan has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.

    Her symptoms are currently minor, and she is recovering in isolation at home in Wellington.

  • Advisory #2 COVID-19 Pandemic as it Affects Production

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 23 Mar 2020

    Today the New Zealand Government has announced the country is now at COVID-19 Alert level 3 with an upgrade to level 4 at midnight Wednesday, 25 March 2020. Level 4 is expected to continue for a minimum of 4 weeks.

  • Advisory #1 Regarding the COVID-19 Situation

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 17 Mar 2020

    As the COVID-19 virus continues to create uncertainty for us all, we at the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) would like to update you on the measures we are taking to manage as much as possible the impact the pandemic is having on our ind

  • Travel Grants Programme Suspended

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 12 Mar 2020

    This morning the World Health Organisation has made the assessment that COVID-19 coronavirus be characterised as a pandemic.

  • Tautoko Tāngata Māori Talent Development Fund Opens

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 14 Feb 2020

    Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) has launched a new talent development fund under its Te Rautaki Māori strategy which was introduced in 2018 to champion Māori film and filmmakers in partnership with the Māori film

  • Trailer Released For Film 'This Town' Starring Robyn Malcolm, Rima Te Wiata And David White

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 13 Feb 2020

    The trailer for new Kiwi comedy This Town has today been unveiled ahead of the film’s nationwide theatrical release on 30 April 2020.

  • Fresh Shorts Funding Announcement

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Tue 11 Feb 2020

    Six filmmaking teams have been offered funding in the
    2019-20 Fresh Shorts round and will receive a grant of $15,000 to put toward the making of their short films. 

  • Now in its Fifth Consecutive Year, Fellowship Honors Artistic Contributions of Late Māori Filmmaker

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 28 Jan 2020

    Sundance Institute today announced director and producer Leya Hale as the 2020 recipient of the Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellowship, an annual fellowship named in honor of the late Māori filmmaker Merata Mita (1942-2010).