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  • New Mentorship for Female Directors

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 20 Jun 2019

    The New Zealand Advertising Producers Group (NZAPG), in association with the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), is delighted to announce a Director Mentorship Programme to support talented female directors.

  • Fresh Shorts: Open for Applications

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Fri 14 Jun 2019

    The NZFC, in partnership with Script to Screen, are pleased to announce that Fresh Shorts is now open to applications. 

  • Catalyst He Kauahi Funding Announcement

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Fri 14 Jun 2019

    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.

  • Save the Date!

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 13 Jun 2019

    The New Zealand Film Commission invites you to join us at industry gatherings in Dunedin, Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown in June and July 2019.

  • Fresh Shorts 2019

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Mon 10 Jun 2019

    The NZFC is pleased to announce a partnership with Script to Screen to deliver the Fresh Shorts programme.

  • Award Winning International Line-Up Confirmed For New Zealand Series Drama Lab

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 6 Jun 2019

     

  • Interactive Development Fund Annoucement

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Fri 31 May 2019

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

  • Jane Campion to judge New Zealand’s Best

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 30 May 2019

    Jane Campion, a Cannes and New Zealand film veteran, will be gracing the NZIFF as Guest Selector for the New Zealand’s Best short film competition.

  • NZFC Online Application Portal - Changes to Sign-Up Process

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Mon 20 May 2019

    If you are a user of the NZFC's online application portal, we have made an update to the filmmaker signup process. 

    You may go to the portal and update your details now.

  • Development Funding Announced for Ten Drama Series from New Zealand

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 17 May 2019

    New Zealand funding agencies, NZ On Air and the New Zealand Film Commission have partnered on the development of ten series ideas with international and domestic appeal.

  • New Zealand Film Commission Announces International Co-Development Fund (ICF)

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 15 May 2019

    Reflecting a major focus on international co-production and market partnerships, the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) today announced a boost to financial support for New Zealand producers co-developing feature film and series drama proje

  • Filmmakers Announced for Joint Indigenous Initiative Ngā Pouwhenua

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 14 May 2019

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) and Screen Australia are pleased to announce the eight indigenous teams from New Zealand and Australia who will work on a joint anthology feature, entitled Ngā Pouwhenua 

  • New Zealand Country of Focus at Sydney Film Festival

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 13 May 2019

    The programme for the 66th Sydney Film Festival has been released with New Zealand featuring prominently as the Festival's country of focus with eight feature films and six shorts selected this year.

  • New NZIFF Director Announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 29 Apr 2019

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is pleased to join the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) in welcoming Marten Rabarts as the new Film Festival Director – Kaiurungi to lead the New Zealand International Film Festival from

  • Catalyst He Kauahi Funding Announcement

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Thu 18 Apr 2019

    Catalyst He Kauahi aims to support 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.

  • Major Global Summit 'The Power of Inclusion' To Take Place in Aotearoa New Zealand

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 17 Apr 2019

    Tackling the topics of representation, inclusion and belonging in today’s screen, entertainment and technology landscape, the summit will include local and international heavyweights as guests and speakers

  • Daffodils Hits a Million Dollars at the NZ Box Office

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 17 Apr 2019

    Kiwi musical Daffodils has taken over one million dollars at the New Zealand box office and, now in its fourth week of release, remains in the top ten chart of films currently in theatrical release. 

  • All Star Cast Assemble for Pasifika Action Film

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 15 Apr 2019

    An all-star Pasifika and Māori cast whose international credits stretch across Alien: Covenant, Marco Polo, Star Wars, The Matrix Reloaded, Mortal Engines and Battleship have assembled in Tāmaki Ma

  • Screen Industry Survey Released

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 9 Apr 2019

    The annual Statistics New Zealand screen industry survey was released today and shows that screen revenue eased since the record high level it saw in the 2016-17 financial year.

  • Farewell to Anzac Wallace

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 8 Apr 2019

    The NZFC and the New Zealand screen industry sadly bid farewell to actor Anzac Wallace.

  • First Look at The Chills Feature Film Released

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 25 Mar 2019

    Fresh from a sell-out world premiere at the prestigious SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas, the debut trailer for The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps has been released.

  • Congratulations to Te Aupounamu Māori Screen Excellence Award Recipients

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 19 Mar 2019

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) congratulates filmmakers who received awards at the Ngā Aho Whakaari Hui-a-tau on Saturday 16 March.

  • Raupapa Whakaari Funding: Drama to the World Deadline Extension

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 14 Mar 2019

    Based on industry feedback, the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air and Script to Screen have extended the deadline for applications for Raupapa Whakaari: Drama to the World

  • Expression of Interest: Producer for Ngā Pouwhenua Joint Indigenous Initiative

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 7 Mar 2019

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is looking for an experienced Māori producer to collaborate with an Australian Indigenous Producer (appointed by Screen Australia) on Ngā

  • New Appointments to the Film Commission

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 6 Mar 2019

    Aucklanders Sandra Kailahi and Anthony (Ant) Timpson have been appointed to the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Carmel Sepuloni announced today.

  • Rose Matafeo and Matthew Lewis to Star in New Piki Films Comedy Baby,Done

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 5 Mar 2019

    Production is underway in Auckland for Piki Films’ new feature film, Baby, Done staring Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner Rose Matafeo (The Breaker Upperers, Funny Girls) and English actor Ma

  • Closed Captions for Daffodils

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 1 Mar 2019

    Daffodils, a bittersweet love story told with beautiful re-imaginings of iconic New Zealand songs will be able to be enjoyed in cinemas by the hearing impaired alongside their hearing friends.

  • NZFC & Screen Australia Partner on Indigenous initiative

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 28 Feb 2019

    October 2019 and April 2020 respectively mark the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s maiden voyage to the Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.

  • Wellington Filmmakers Set to Develop Projects in Renowned Accelerator

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 22 Feb 2019

    The depth of talent in Wellington’s screen sector is once again on the global stage, with four participants joining Screen Canberra’s Accelerator Film Pod 2019, to develop and market-test feature film projects with strong commercial prospec

  • Vale Peter Wells

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 21 Feb 2019

    With great sadness the NZFC and the New Zealand screen industry bids farewell to writer and director Peter Wells.

  • Trailer for The Heart Dances Released

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 12 Feb 2019

    Rialto Distribution are thrilled to share with you the full theatrical trailer for The Heart Dances
    - the journey of The Piano: the ballet.

  • Raupapa Whakaari: Drama to the World - Applications Open 18 February

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 4 Feb 2019

    The New Zealand Film Commission and NZ On Air in conjunction with Script to Screen present RAUPAPA WHAKAARI, a new initiative designed to develop and package distinctive high-end series drama for the international market.