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  • Parihaka film wins in Bali

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Tue 3 Dec 2013

    Congratulations to the team behind New Zealand film Tatarakihi: The Children of Parihaka, which has won the Special Recognition Award at the 2013 Balinale Film Festival.  

  • NZFC appoints Dave Gibson as new Chief Executive

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Tue 3 Dec 2013

    Patsy Reddy, NZFC Chair, is delighted to announce the appointment of Dave Gibson as the next Chief Executive of the Film Commission.  He replaces Graeme Mason who recently left the Commission to become CEO of Screen Australia.

  • Short Film Update

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Mon 2 Dec 2013
    FRESH SHORTS 2014

    Applications for the next round of Fresh Shorts open on Monday 12 May 2014, with the deadline on Friday 27 June 2014.

  • Reporting back from imagineNATIVE

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Wed 27 Nov 2013

    The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival held in Toronto celebrates the latest works by indigenous artists at the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and new media and this year the focus was on New Zealand.

  • 2013 NZ Film Award Nominations

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 21 Nov 2013

    Congratulations to all the nominees in this year's Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards.

    The nominees are:

    FEATURE FILM 

    Rialto Channel Best Film

  • Mr Pip's Million Dollar Box Office

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Tue 5 Nov 2013

    Congratulations to the Mr Pip team on the film taking more than a million dollars at the NZ box office.

  • Early Script Development Collaboration

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Fri 1 Nov 2013

    The New Zealand Film Commission is proudly supporting a new collaboration with the New Zealand Writers Guild (NZWG) for early script development.

  • New Zealand Film Digitisation Project

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Fri 1 Nov 2013

    We are pleased to announce our Digitisation Project.

  • Antarctica Documentary Wins Big at International Festivals

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 31 Oct 2013

    New Zealand feature documentary Antarctica: A Year On Ice by Anthony Powell is gaining acclaim at festivals across North America.

    So far the film has won a string of awards, including:

  • Beyond The Edge Breaks New Zealand Box Office Record

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Wed 30 Oct 2013

    Sir Edmund Hillary epic Beyond The Edge has knocked off a record of its own, achieving the highest grossing opening weekend for any documentary in New Zealand.

  • Reporting back from Toronto

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Tue 15 Oct 2013

    We were thrilled to support three feature films screening in Toronto International Film Festival this year; Giselle, White Lies and Beyond The Edge.  

  • Congratulations to Laureate-Winning Filmmakers

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 15 Oct 2013

    The New Zealand Film Commission congratulates filmmakers Jane Campion and Dean Parker, winners at the 2013 Macquaurie Private Wealth New Zealand Arts Awards.

  • imagineNATIVE spotlight on Māori

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Tue 15 Oct 2013

    We are delighted that this year the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto has turned its international spotlight on Māori artists.

  • Professional Development Update October 2013

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Tue 15 Oct 2013

    We seek training and professional development opportunities that progress careers and help to grow our overall industry.

  • Funding Decisions Sept-Oct 2013

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Tue 15 Oct 2013

    ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT FUND

    Amchitka
    Stellafilm Ltd, Principia & Cinefinance Italia
    NZ Producer: Robin Laing
    Writer: Aubrey Nealon
    Director: Christine Jeffs
    $12,000

  • Film New Zealand wins design accolade in Korea

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Fri 11 Oct 2013

    Film New Zealand has just been awarded first prize for its marketing stand at an international screen industry tradeshow in South Korea.

  • Note to Industry - from Graeme Mason

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Wed 9 Oct 2013

    As you know, my term as Chief Executive at the NZFC will come to an end at the start of November, when I leave to take up the role heading Screen Australia.  The Board has a recruitment process for my replacement underway and I understand that they

  • Audience Success for Beyond The Edge at Toronto

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Tue 17 Sep 2013

    Congratulations to the team behind Beyond The Edge, which was named runner-up in the People's Choice Award for Documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival.  The People's Choice Award nod comes after a successful Toronto world pr

  • Television New Zealand Programme Commissioner to join Film New Zealand

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Tue 10 Sep 2013

    Film New Zealand is enhancing the in-house expertise and services it offers to the international screen industry through the appointment of a new Director of Business Development and Enquiries. 

  • White Lies Submitted as New Zealand's Best Foreign Language Entry for 86th Academy Awards

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 9 Sep 2013

    White Lies (Tuakiri Huna), the New Zealand Film Commission funded Māori language feature film written and directed by Dana Rotberg, has been submitted as the official New Zealand entry for consideration for Best Foreign Language film for t

  • Sally Tran Reports Back from Killer Films

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Mon 2 Sep 2013

    We are proud to be supporting Sally Tran to intern at leading indie film production company, Killer Films.

  • New Development Executive

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Mon 2 Sep 2013

    We are pleased to introduce our new Development Executive Sean Carley.

    Sean has a varied background that spans script development, screenwriting and production for both film and television.  

  • More Success for How to Meet Girls from A Distance in China

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Fri 30 Aug 2013

    Stalker-rom-com How to Meet Girls From a Distance has been selected to screen in the 22nd Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival by the China Film Association.

  • Fresh Shorts Funding 2013

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Wed 28 Aug 2013

    We are pleased to announce the 16 short films green-lit for the 2013 round of Fresh Shorts.

  • Reporting back from MIFF

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Wed 21 Aug 2013

    It was yet another success story for the New Zealand contingent at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival.

  • Professional Development Update August 2013

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Wed 21 Aug 2013

    We seek training and professional development opportunities that progress careers and help to grow our overall industry.

  • Funding Decisions July-Aug 2013

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Wed 21 Aug 2013

    Here are the latest funding decisions for July and August 2013


    PRODUCTION FUNDING:

  • Te Whai Ao Funding Announcements

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 21 Aug 2013

    We are pleased to announce the recipients of Te Whai Ao 2013.  Te Whai Ao is a documentary development fund for emerging or experimental documentary makers.

  • Yamin Tun to Attend Telluride Film Festival

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Wed 14 Aug 2013

    We congratulate New Zealand filmmaker Yamin Tun, who will be attending this year's Student Symposium at the 40th Telluride Film Festival (TFF) in Colorado.

  • Toronto International Film Festival Invites White Lies and Giselle

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 14 Aug 2013
    New Zealand will have three films screening at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival with the announcement that Dana Rotberg’s WHITE LIES and Toa Fraser’s GISELLE have been selected to screen in the Contemporary World Cinema programme of the Fes
  • New Zealand Films Win at Prestigious Japanese Film Festival

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Mon 12 Aug 2013

    Seventeen year old New Zealander Natasha Bishop, the youngest filmmaker ever to have a film selected for the Japan Wildlife Film Festival (JWFF), is celebrating today after winning two awards at the festival.

  • NZFC announces new business development scheme

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Sat 10 Aug 2013

    The New Zealand Film Commission is pleased to announce a three year programme, commencing in 2013/14, to help new and existing screen sector businesses grow to the next stage.