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  • Live Webinar with NZFC – Thursday 25 March 2021

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 19 Mar 2021

    Join New Zealand Film Commission CEO Annabelle Sheehan along with the Joint Heads of Te Puna Kairangi- Premium Fund and Ara ki Te Puna Kairangi -  Premium Development Fund, Kay Ellmers and Polly Fryer.

  • New Zealand Film Commission CEO To Depart NZFC

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 18 Mar 2021

    Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) Chair, Dame Kerry Prendergast, announced today that CEO Annabelle Sheehan would step away from the role, after three years leading the agency, and return to Australia.

  • Ara ki Te Puna Kairangi - (The Premium Development Fund) Guidelines now Available

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Tue 9 Mar 2021

    The guidelines for Ara ki Te Puna Kairangi (The Premium Development Fund) are now available.

    The portal will open to applications on 22 March 2021.

  • Rotorua Celebrates Itself on Screen as Cousins Hits Kiwi Cinemas

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 4 Mar 2021

    With its diverse landscape and being home to a talented group of filmmakers and storytellers, Rotorua is today celebrating its role as the lead location in Kiwi film Cousins.

  • Night Raiders - First Look Clip Released

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Sat 27 Feb 2021

    Night Raiders, the Indigenous sci-fi thriller marks the feature film directorial debut from award-winning Saskatchewan-born Cree/Métis writer/director, Danis Goulet (Wakening, Barefoot), the film is a Canada / New Zealand

  • An Innovative Approach to Leadership of Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 26 Feb 2021

    Ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea!

  • Production Underway for New Kiwi Film Going, Going

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 25 Feb 2021

    Written and directed by Loren Taylor, Going, Going's stellar cast includes Elizabeth Hawthorne, Victoria Haralbidou, Loren Taylor, Robyn Malcolm, Robbie Magasiva and Cohen Holloway.

  • Deadline Extended for Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund (Te Puna Kairangi Premium Fund)

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Mon 15 Feb 2021

    Kia ora koutou,

  • Six Short Films Funded Through Fresh Shorts Initiative

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 11 Feb 2021

    Six filmmaking teams have been selected for funding through the 2020 round of Fresh Shorts and will each receive a grant of $15,000 to make their short film.

    The selected teams and their projects are:

  • Cornerstone Marches Into EFM with New Zealand Drama Whina

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 11 Feb 2021

    Cornerstone will launch worldwide sales, excluding ANZ, for writers and directors James Napier Robertson and Paula Whetu Jones’ Whina (pronounced fee-nah), out of the upcoming European Film Market.

  • Farewell Tony Hiles

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 9 Feb 2021

    The New Zealand Film Commission sadly acknowledges the passing of filmmaker Tony Hiles.

  • New Zealand Film Commission Releases Annual Report for 2019-20

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 27 Jan 2021

    The New Zealand Film Commission’s Annual Report 2019-20 
    was tabled in Parliament on 27 January.

  • WarnerMedia Acquires New Zealand film There is No I in Threesome as HBO Max Original

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 27 Jan 2021

    HBO Max debuted the trailer and key art today for the new Max Original documentary There is No I in Threesome.  The film begins streaming in the US ahead

  • Vale Peter Vere-Jones

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 26 Jan 2021

    The New Zealand Film Commission acknowledges the passing of actor Peter Vere-Jones ONZM.

    In a long and varied career across six decades, Peter Vere-Jones’s career spanned theatre, film and television.

  • Farewell to Bill Sheat

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 20 Jan 2021

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) joins the New Zealand film, and wider arts community in sadly acknowledging the passing of Bill Sheat, the organisation’s inaugural Chair.

  • Black List and New Zealand Film Commission Announce Partnership

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 19 Jan 2021

    The Black List and the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) are excited to announce the joint creation of a new fund and script development workshop, the Black List New Zealand Project (BLNZP).

  • NZFC Holiday Hours

    Reminder
    Issue date: 
    Wed 23 Dec 2020

    The NZFC will be closed from midday 24 December until 11 January 2021. 

    We would like to wish you all a Meri Kirihimete, a very happy holiday season and here's hoping for a fabulous 2021.

  • Live Webinar 16 December 2020

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Wed 23 Dec 2020

    On Wednesday 16 December CEO Annabelle Sheehan, Head of Development and Production Leanne Saunders, Head of Marketing Jasmin McSweeney joined moderator Molly Littlejohn for a live webinar.

  • International Showreel

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 22 Dec 2020

    To mark the end of a successful and challenging year, we are sharing our international reel showcasing some of New Zealand’s fine film, TV and PDV work. Enjoy!

  • NZFC's Big Screen Symposium Presentation 2020

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Mon 21 Dec 2020

    Below is a transcript of the presentation the NZFC gave at the 2020 Big Screen Symposium held 4-5 December 2020.

    Annabelle Sheehan

  • Internship Opportunity

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Mon 21 Dec 2020

    The New Zealand Film Commission invites new and emerging filmmakers to register their interest in paid professional internships on domestic and international drama series.

  • Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund (Te Puna Kairangi Premium Fund) is now open

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 17 Dec 2020

    The  Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund  (Te Puna Kairangi Premium Fund) is now open for applications.

  • Sundance Premiere for Coming Home in the Dark

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 16 Dec 2020

    Coming Home in the Dark will have its World Premiere in the Midnight section of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

  • Live Webinar – Wednesday 16 December

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 11 Dec 2020

    Join CEO Annabelle Sheehan, Head of Development and Production Leanne Saunders, Head of Marketing Jasmin McSweeney and Moderator Molly Littlejohn for a live webinar on Wednesday 16 December.

  • NZFC Data Room Available Now

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 10 Dec 2020

    The New Zealand Film Commission is committed to transparency across its activities and has developed a Data Room designed to inform the industry and ensure information is readily available to anyone wishing to

  • Whakawhanake Te Ao Niko - Interactive Development Funding Announcement

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Thu 10 Dec 2020

    We are pleased to announce the successful applicants for this year’s Whakawhanake Te Ao Niko - Interactive Development Fund.

  • He Ara Development Funding Decisions December 2020

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Wed 9 Dec 2020

    E rau rangatira mā o te Ao Kiriata,  tēnā koutou katoa,

  • Screen Sector Gets $50M Boost to Tell New Zealand's Stories Globally

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 7 Dec 2020

    The Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Carmel Sepuloni launched the Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund over the weekend, making $50 million available in a unique opportunity for the screen sector to tell New

  • 18 Teams Shortlisted for Kōpere Hou - Fresh Shorts 2020

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 24 Nov 2020

    New Zealand Film Commission and Script to Screen take great pleasure in announcing the 18 projects and teams who have been shortlisted for Kōpere Hou - Fresh Shorts 2020.

  • Tim Roth to Star in New Local Feature Film Punch

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 11 Nov 2020

    Production has commenced in Auckland for Punch, a new local feature film starring British actor and Oscar-nominee Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight, Rob Roy, Pulp Fiction, Tin Star), alongside local actors Jordan Oosterhof (

  • Vale Bill Gosden

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 9 Nov 2020

    Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is mourning the loss of an industry stalwart, long-time New Zealand International Film Festival director, Bill Gosden, and pleased to confirm on behalf of his whānau that Bill’s

  • International Premiere for This Town at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 4 Nov 2020

    This Town will have its international premiere at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, one of Northern Europe’s largest film festivals.  The film will screen In Competition in the ‘Rebels with a Cause’ section which fe