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  • New Zealand Film Commission Announces Senior Māori Executive

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 1 Jun 2018

    Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) today announces the appointment of Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble to the newly-created senior executive position of Pou Whakahaere.

  • NZIFF announces eight New Zealand films to premiere this winter

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 31 May 2018

    Eight feature-length New Zealand films have been announced to screen at the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) in 2018. Five documentaries will have their world premieres in the programme.

  • Funding for Vai Announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 24 May 2018

    Following on from the box office and festival success of Waru, the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is pleased to confirm production funding of Vai, from Waru producers Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton of Brown Sugar Apple G

  • iGeneration Research Released

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 24 May 2018

    A research paper released today by the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) outlines the way in which young people engage with film and cinemas and offers suggestions for ways exhibitors could better meet the needs of this young audience.

  • Waru wins award at LA's Asia Pacific Film Festival

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Fri 11 May 2018

    Waru was awarded the Grand Jury Award for an Outstanding International Narrative Feature at the 34th Asia Pacific Film Festival in Los Angeles on 10 May.

  • Te Rautaki Māori Launched

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 30 Apr 2018

    Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission , launched today the organisation’s Te Rautaki Māori, and announced new funding initiatives to support the strategy.

  • 125 Fund Announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 30 Apr 2018

    At the National Library of New Zealand tonight, Annabelle Sheehan, CEO of Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission announced a new investment fund to celebrate 125 years since New Zealand women won the right to vote, promoting Ne

  • The Meg First Look Trailer Launches

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 10 Apr 2018

    New Zealand’s marine locations are featured prominently in the epic, action-packed 3D adventure The Meg, the first major motion picture to be filmed on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, as well as at the city’s new Kumeu Film Studios. 

  • Yellow Is Forbidden to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 9 Mar 2018

    Yellow is Forbidden, directed by Pietra Brettkelly is to be the first New Zealand film to screen In Competition at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival.  The film’s world premiere will also feature in the festival’s prestigious Op

  • Daffodils Are In Bloom: Production Commences on NZ Musical Feature

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 21 Feb 2018

    The New Zealand musical feature film based on the much-loved and critically acclaimed stage play Daffodils begins shooting in this week. 

  • The Breaker Upperers Joins SXSW Line-Up

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 1 Feb 2018

    Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami’s comical feature film The Breaker Upperers has been announced today to receive its world premiere at the prestigious SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

  • Fresh Shorts Funding Announcement

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Thu 21 Dec 2017

    Seven films have been offered funding in the June Fresh Shorts round, four at the $10,000 level,  three at the $30,000 level and one at $20,000.

  • Partnership with Universal Pictures and MRC's Film Mortal Engines to Bring Significant Economic, Cultural and Industry Benefits to New Zealand

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 19 Dec 2017

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) and Education New Zealand (ENZ) have partnered with Universal Pictures, MRC and Hungry City Limited on the upcoming film Mortal Engines as a part of the New Zealand Screen Production Grant 5% upl

  • Happy Holidays and Holiday Hours

    Reminder
    Issue date: 
    Mon 18 Dec 2017

    The New Zealand Film Commission offices will be closed from 23 December until Monday 8 January.

    We'd like to wish you all a very happy holiday season and a fantastic start to 2018.

  • New look website

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 18 Dec 2017

    The New Zealand Film Commission is excited to launch its new-look website on Tuesday 19 December 2017. 

  • Briefing to Incoming Minister Released

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 7 Dec 2017

    Following a general election or change of Minister, as a Crown Angency, we provide Briefings to Incoming Ministers (BIMs) to introduce the work of the New Zealand Film Commission and summarise key areas of interest in relation to the indust

  • NZIER Report Demonstrates Strong Economic Contribution of the Screen Industry

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 6 Dec 2017

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) today released key economic highlights which reinforce the screen industry’s value to the New Zealand economy.

  • New Zealand Film Commission releases Annual Report for 2016-17

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 4 Dec 2017

    The New Zealand Film Commission’s Annual Report 2016/17 was tabled in Parliament on Thursday.

  • Daffodils Awarded at Vista Film Marketing Programme

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 30 Nov 2017

    Daffodils, a soon-to-be produced New Zealand musical feature film won the annual Vista Film Marketing competition.

  • Regional Film Offices of New Zealand and New Zealand Film Commission sign MOU

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 24 Nov 2017

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed yesterday between the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) and the Regional Film Offices of New Zealand (RFONZ), the organisation representing regional film office members.

  • Gender information updated

    Reminder
    Issue date: 
    Thu 23 Nov 2017

    We are committed to ensuring the voices and perspectives of women are seen and heard through film.

  • Te Puna Ataata the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust launches

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 20 Nov 2017

    The New Zealand Production Fund Trust is pleased to announce that the Trust has been repurposed to become Te Puna Ataata, the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust.

  • Interactive Development Fund now open

    Reminder
    Issue date: 
    Mon 13 Nov 2017

    The Interactive Development Fund, a Film Commission grant designed to facilitate the development of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and gaming projects, is now open. The deadline for applications is 16 March 2018.

  • Investment Executive announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 30 Oct 2017

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Moll in the new role of Investment Executive.

  • Annabelle Sheehan new NZFC CEO

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 11 Oct 2017

    Kerry Prendergast, New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) Chair, is pleased to announce Annabelle Sheehan as the next Chief Executive of the NZFC. Sheehan replaces Dave Gibson, who will depart the role in early January 2018.

  • Dave Gibson's Speech to the Big Screen Symposium 2017

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Wed 4 Oct 2017

    Change and Challenge. New Zealand Film Commission CEO, Dave Gibson, talks about recent changes in the film business and suggests some challenges for the future.

  • Additions to the NZFC’s Gender Policy Announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 3 Oct 2017

    At last weekend’s Big Screen Symposium held in Auckland, Dave Gibson gave his final address to the industry as NZFC CEO.

  • One Thousand Ropes submitted to Oscars

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 29 Sep 2017

    Tusi Tamasese’s One Thousand Ropes is New Zealand’s submission for the best foreign language category of the 90th Academy Awards.

  • Te Waipounamu hui date confirmed

    Reminder
    Issue date: 
    Fri 8 Sep 2017

    Kia hiwa rā! Kia hiwa rā! Kia tū, kia oho, kia mataara ki a tātou te hunga waihanga kiriata Māori.

    Nau mai, piki mai ki tā tātou hui kōkiri i ngā kaupapa here Māori a Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga.

  • Two films to screen at BFI London Film Festival

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 5 Sep 2017

    Tusi Tamasese’s One Thousand Ropes and Toa Fraser’s 6 Days will screen in October’s BFI London Film Festival.

  • Big Screen Symposium scholarships available

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Mon 28 Aug 2017

    The NZFC has scholarships available to attend the Big Screen Symposium in Auckland on 30 September and 1 October.

  • Waru to open imagineNATIVE

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 23 Aug 2017

    Waru has been selected to open the 2017 imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, the world’s largest presenter of indigenous screen content.