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  • Tūhoe at the Venice Architecture Biennale

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 13 May 2016

    An acclaimed documentary about the design and construction of a unique cultural building for the Tūhoe iwi will be be screened in Venice this month at the beginning of the city’s famous Architecture Biennale.  

  • NZ’s Best Shorts Guest Selector Announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 5 May 2016
    NZIFF continue to appoint prominent NZ filmmakers to select the latest and best in NZ short films with Lee Tamahori confirmed as Guest Selector for the 2016 New Zealand’s Best competition.
  • Record-breaking run for Hunt for The Wilderpeople

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 29 Apr 2016

    Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople continues to break box office records, taking the number two slot in the list of highest grossing local films at the New Zealand box office.  At the close of business on Wednesday 27 Apri

  • Bumper year for New Zealand films at Annecy International Animation Film Festival

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 29 Apr 2016

    25 April will screen in competition at the highly regarded Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June. It will join eight other films in the competition line-up, only one of which is also a documentary.

  • NZFC second Gender Presentation

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Wed 27 Apr 2016
    Following is a transcript of NZFC CEO Dave Gibson's presentation to industry in Auckland on 26 April 2016.

    Approximately 12 months ago we launched the NZFC gender policy as part of developing a wider diversity policy.

  • New Zealand Film Festival in Shanghai launched

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 22 Apr 2016

    The New Zealand Film Festival was launched in Shanghai on Thursday 21 April.

  • Award-winning films to showcase in the New Zealand Film Festival in China

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 21 Apr 2016

    Ten New Zealand films are being screened at a biennial showcase of New Zealand cinema in China that should reach a theatrical audience of over 10,000 people in 42 screenings across three major cities.

  • New NZFC Head of Production and Development announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 21 Apr 2016

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Leanne Saunders as Head of Production and Development. Leanne replaces Lisa Chatfield who recently left the NZFC for a role at Pukeko Pictures.

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople a box office smash!

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 4 Apr 2016

    Taika Waititi’s adventure comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople has broken New Zealand box office records by opening with largest opening weekend ever for a New Zealand film with a box office take of$1,300,000 NZD.

  • Next Generation Blondini Gang announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Sun 27 Mar 2016

    The next generation of “Blondini Gang” have been announced.

  • Tickled Trailer released

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 23 Mar 2016

    Kiwi audiences will get their first look at the hotly anticipated documentary Tickled with the release of the films official trailer.

  • Animated feature 'Beast of Burden' approved as first official China/New Zealand feature film co-production

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 18 Mar 2016

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) and China Film Co-Production Corporation (CFCC) are delighted to announce the joint approval of 3D animated family film, Beast of Burden as the first official feature film co-production between the two cou

  • We're Taking This Bloody Car To Invercargill...Too

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Wed 9 Mar 2016
    A modern reimagining of the kiwi classic Goodbye Pork Pie is set to begin filming across New Zealand with Matt Murphy, son of the original film’s director, Geoff Murphy, announced as the reboot’s director.   
  • The Light Between Oceans Trailer Released

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Fri 4 Mar 2016

    The trailer for The Light Between Oceans has been released and showcases some stunning landscapes from New Zealand’s South Island.

  • New Zealand-Israel Film Co-Production Agreement Signed

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 3 Mar 2016

    A film co-production agreement between New Zealand and Israel was signed at the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) in Wellington earlier this week by New Zealand’s Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hon.

  • First Pete's Dragon Trailer Released

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Sun 21 Feb 2016

    Audiences got a tantalising first peek at Disney’s Pete’s Dragon with the release of a teaser trailer today.   

  • Mahana and Born to Dance to screen at Berlinale

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 21 Jan 2016
    Two New Zealand films have been included in the programme of the 2016 Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale).
  • New Zealand Producer Premieres Two Films at Sundance 2016

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 18 Dec 2015
    New Zealand producer, Carthew Neal, will premiere two films at next year’s Sundance Film Festival.
  • Results Fresh Shorts October Round 2015

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Tue 15 Dec 2015
    Twice as many applications were received for the October 2015 Fresh Short Funding round compared with the May submission period.
  • Five New Zealand films to screen at the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 4 Dec 2015

    New Zealand films will be in the spotlight at the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival (GZDOC) which runs 7-10 December.

  • Wild Caitlins Coast Provides Spectacular Backdrop for Feature Film Human Traces

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Fri 4 Dec 2015

    Human Traces has begun its second block of principal photography this week on the wild and remote Catlins coast on the southeastern South Island.

  • Power Rangers Journey Down Under

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Fri 20 Nov 2015

    Auckland takes a starring role in special episodes of Power Rangers Dino Charge, the newest season of Saban’s iconic television series currently airing on Nickelodeon in the U.S.

  • New Zealand at Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Mon 16 Nov 2015

    This is an exciting year for New Zealand film at the prestigious Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (TGHFF).

  • Production Begins on New Zealand Film One Thousand Ropes

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 10 Nov 2015

    One Thousand Ropes commenced principal photography in Wellington on November 9, 2015.

    One Thousand Ropes is the new film from internationally acclaimed writer and director Tusi Tamasese (The Orator).

  • First Image from Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople released

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 5 Nov 2015

    Kiwi director, Taika Waititi has released the first image from his heartwarming comedy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople today.

  • Mahana - The NZ Story That Brought Lee Tamahori Home

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 27 Oct 2015

    Internationally acclaimed director Lee Tamahori’s first New Zealand film in 20 years, Mahana, will open in cinemas nationwide on March 3, 2016.

  • Shannara Chronicles Trailer Released

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Mon 19 Oct 2015

    A new trailer for the Shannara Chronicles was released at New York Comic Con 8-11 October. The series, shot entirely in Auckland, New Zealand, will air from January 2016.

  • Born to Dance Hits One Million at the Box Office

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 16 Oct 2015

    Now in its fourth week of release, Tammy Davis' feature film Born to Dance has taken one million dollars at the New Zealand box office and remains in the top ten chart of films currently in theatrical release.

  • Principal Photography Begins on Chief Gary

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 16 Oct 2015

    Chief Gary began principal photography this week in Rarotonga.

  • Boost Funding Recipients Announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Sun 11 Oct 2015

    Five Film Businesses Receive Boost Funding

  • New Shannara Images Released

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Fri 9 Oct 2015

    MTV has released stunning artwork for upcoming series The Shannara Chronicles ahead of New York’s Comic Con (8-11 October), where author, Terry Brooks, and cast from the series will be taking part

  • John McCay appointed to NZ Film Commission Board

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 28 Sep 2015

    Experienced film and entertainment lawyer John McCay has been appointed to the New Zealand Film Commission Board, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Maggie Barry announced today.