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  • Documentary on New Zealand’s Iconic Poi E Song Now Shooting

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 2 Feb 2015

    POI E: THE STORY BEHIND OUR SONG is now shooting in Auckland and Patea, Taranaki, the home of origin for the iconic New Zealand anthem.

  • Festival Success for New Zealand Films

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 2 Feb 2015

    New Zealand films were in the spotlight over the weekend with The Dark Horse, Slow West and Turbo Kid all making a splash at international festivals.

  • 'Slow West' wins at Sundance

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Mon 2 Feb 2015

    Slow West, John Maclean’s western shot in New Zealand’s South Island last year, has won a top accolade at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film has been awarded the World Cinema Drama Grand Jury Prize.

  • NZFC Appoints International Relations Manager (Incentives)

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 22 Jan 2015

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Bates as International Relations Manager (Incentives).

  • Talented New Zealanders lined up for recognition

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Fri 16 Jan 2015

    Here’s hoping hard work and talent pays off as New Zealanders nominated for BAFTAs, Oscars and Visual Effects Society awards wait in anticipation.

  • TV series 'Shannara' filming in Auckland

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Thu 8 Jan 2015

    Confirmation today that MTV Networks and Sonar Entertainment are to base production of a television series adaptation of the fantasy adventure book series Shannara at Auckland Film Studios is further great news for the region’s screen sec

  • Holiday opening times

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Tue 23 Dec 2014

    The Film New Zealand office will be closed over the summer break from 24 December 2014 to 5 January 2015.

  • World Premieres for three New Zealand films at Sundance

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 17 Dec 2014
    WORLD PREMIERES FOR THREE NEW ZEALAND FILMS AT SUNDANCE 2015
  • A devil of a film will go into production in New Zealand

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Wed 17 Dec 2014

    Film New Zealand confirmed today that Legendary Pictures’ KRAMPUS will commence principal photography in New Zealand in early 2015.

  • Sundance Festival selection testament to quality of New Zealand crews

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Fri 5 Dec 2014

    New Zealand’s film crews should be taking a bow for the role they have played in helping two international movies make the prestigious Sundance Festival.

  • World Premiere of 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Mon 1 Dec 2014

    To celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy, Tourism New Zealand is transporting a slice of Middle-earth to London in the form of a life-sized Hobbit hole sitting inside London’s luxurious Claridge’s hotel.

  • NZFC Sets the Scene for a Busy 2015

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 26 Nov 2014

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) Annual Report 2013/14, tabled in parliament today, outlines changes and developments that will set the scene for future cultural and economic success for the New Zealand screen industry.

  • Disney’s Pete’s Dragon to Film in New Zealand

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Fri 21 Nov 2014

    Today The Walt Disney Studios announced that it will shoot the upcoming live-action film Pete’s Dragon in New Zealand, with production anticipated to begin in early 2015.

  • Major Support for China-New Zealand Screen Collaboration

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 20 Nov 2014
    The New Zealand Film Commission Announces Major Support for China-New Zealand Screen CollaborationThe New Zealand Film Commission Announces Major Support for China-New Zealand Screen CollaborationChina-New Zealand Screen Collaboration
  • HanWay Select Appointed to sell prestigious New Zealand Film Commission Library

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 15 Oct 2014

    HanWay Film’s London-based specialist film division HanWay Select has been appointed to sell a collection of over 50 films that feature the best of New Zealand cinema.

  • Libertine Pictures teams up with Downton Abbey producers for major New Zealand crime series for BBC

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Thu 9 Oct 2014

    Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with leading international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a major new crime series set in Rotorua.

  • Three New Documentaries Funded For Screens Big and Small

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 2 Oct 2014

    A new collaboration between NZ On Air and the NZ Film Commission will produce three feature-length documentaries for cinema, television and online release.

  • Changes and Challenges in the New Zealand Landscape

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Sun 28 Sep 2014

    Following is NZFC CEO Dave Gibson's speech delivered on Sunday 28 September 2014 at the Big Screen Symposium in Auckland.

  • Fresh Shorts Funding 2014

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Thu 25 Sep 2014

    Tēnā tātou katoa

    We are pleased to announce the 14 short films green-lit for the 2014 Fresh Shorts round.

    At $10,000:

  • Power Rangers to shoot in New Zealand

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 27 Aug 2014

    The New Zealand Film Commission and Film New Zealand are delighted to announce the upcoming Power Rangers series, Power Rangers Dino Charge, will be returning to shoot in Auckland later this year, and for the first time will be featuri

  • New Zealand Power Ranger Named

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Wed 27 Aug 2014

    The New Zealand Film Commission and Film New Zealand are delighted to announce the upcoming Power Rangers series, Power Rangers Dino Charge, will be returning to shoot in Auckland later this year, and for the first time will be f

  • Indigenous Inter-Agency Collaboration

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 21 Aug 2014

    Short Film Manager Whetu Fala recently visited Blackfella Films and the Indigenous Units of Screen Australia and ABC in Sydney as part of the ongoing work for the recently developed  He Ara – Māori & Pasifika Development fund.

  • The New Zealand screen industry mourns Caterina de Nave

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Tue 19 Aug 2014

    It is with much sadness that we acknowledge the death of Caterina De Nave on Sunday the 17th of August in Sydney.

  • Three New Zealand films selected for Toronto

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 13 Aug 2014

    The Dark Horse and What We Do In The Shadows will screen in the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival – joining previously announced Māori action epic The Dead Lands.

  • DreamWorks Studios' 'The Light Between Oceans' to begin filming in New Zealand and Australia

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Wed 13 Aug 2014

    DreamWorks Studios’ The Light Between Oceans will begin filming in New Zealand and Australia next month.

  • New Zealand Film 'The Dead Lands' to have Toronto World Premiere

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 23 Jul 2014

    Māori action epic The Dead Lands will have its world premiere with a Special Presentation at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

  • Lower-Budget Features and Escalator Review

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 17 Jul 2014

    We’re keen to support the growth of a vibrant domestic production sector, one with feature production at a range of budget levels – from large-budget official co-productions through to innovative lower-budget films with realisti

  • Funding Decisions July 2014

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Wed 16 Jul 2014

    Outstanding Conditional Offers for Production Funding

  • Three Teams Selected for He Ara Funding

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Wed 25 Jun 2014
    Kia hiwa ra! Kia hiwa ra! Kia hiwa rā ki tēnēi tuku, kia hiwa rā ki tērā tuku, kia tū kia mātara!
  • Screen Advisory Board members announced

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Fri 20 Jun 2014

    Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson today announced the formation of the Screen Advisory Board.

  • Entertainment Lawyer to lead Film New Zealand Board

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Thu 12 Jun 2014

    Entertainment lawyer John McCay is about to take up the reins as the new chair of Film New Zealand’s board of directors from 1 July.

  • Screen Agencies working together

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Thu 12 Jun 2014

    The New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air and Film New Zealand are pleased to announce they will be working even more closely together in the interests of the New Zealand screen sector.