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  • More titles announced for NZIFF

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 15 Jun 2017

    Four New Zealand feature-length films and the festival’s first-ever long form television series have been announced today for the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF).

  • NZFC Online Application Portal - user account registration open

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Mon 12 Jun 2017

    Kia Ora,

    As you may know, the NZFC is moving its funding application process online. We are piloting the process with the next round of Fresh Shorts funding on June 26th.

  • Gaylene Preston to be guest selector for NZ shorts at NZIFF

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Fri 26 May 2017

    Wellington filmmaker Gaylene Preston will be the Guest Selector for the New Zealand International Film Festival’s (NZIFF) only competition strand, the New Zealand’s Best short film competition.

  • Fresh Shorts online application announcement

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Fri 19 May 2017

    We're pleased to announce the launch of a new Fresh Shorts online application system for the next round in 2017. This will make it easier for applicants to enter their work and allow speedier communication between the NZFC and applicants.

  • Over $300M for New Zealand screen industry

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 12 May 2017

    Budget 2017 will see $305.94 million allocated to support the New Zealand screen industry, both globally and domestically, say Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry.

  • First films announced for NZIFF 2017

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 11 May 2017

    The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has announced its first eight titles for the 2017 Festival and three of them are New Zealand documentaries.

  • Latin American roadshow of New Zealand films launches

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 10 May 2017

    Nine New Zealand feature films and eight shorts have winged their way to Latin America to take part in a travelling roadshow through eleven cities in seven countries.

  • March 2017 Board meeting

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Fri 21 Apr 2017

    At the March 2017 Board meeting, the Board approved changes to several NZFC funds.

  • Results of Fresh Shorts funding round November 2016

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Thu 20 Apr 2017

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

  • Screen Industry Survey 2015/2016

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 12 Apr 2017

    It’s good news for the screen industry according to Statistics New Zealand’s annual Screen Industry Survey.

  • Farewell John Clarke

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 11 Apr 2017

    The NZFC and the New Zealand screen industry are shocked and saddened to hear that comedian, writer and performer John Clarke has passed away.

  • Upgraded Seed Grants scheme for screenwriters

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 10 Apr 2017

    The New Zealand Writers Guild (NZWG) and the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) are excited to announce an additional pathway for New Zealand writers under the highly successful NZWG Seed programme for new creative projects.

  • Canterbury film comes home to roost

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 5 Apr 2017

    Christchurch will host the New Zealand premiere of Pecking Order as part of NZIFF’s Autumn Events film screenings in May.

  • The Breaker Upperers begins principal photography

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 3 Apr 2017

    Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami’s comedy feature film, The Breaker Upperers has today begun principal photography in Auckland.

  • Gary of the Pacific to screen at Hawaii International Film Festival's Spring Showcase

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 3 Apr 2017

    Gary of the Pacific will have its international premiere this week in the Hawaii International Film Festival’s Spring Showcase.

  • Wellington’s Ghost in the Shell transformation

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 30 Mar 2017

    Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures Ghost in the Shell has premiered in New York, showcasing another side of New Zealand’s world renowned screen industry: urban Wellington. 

  • RIP Nigel Hutchinson

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Mon 27 Mar 2017

    With great sadness the NZFC and the New Zealand screen industry bids farewell to director and producer Nigel Hutchinson.

  • Iconic Ghost in the Shell set piece now on public display in Wellington

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 23 Mar 2017

    In the lead-up to Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures’ Ghost in the Shell U.S.

  • Three New Zealand films to screen at Hot Docs

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 23 Mar 2017

    Three New Zealand films will screen at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary film festival.

  • Wellington’s Ghost in the Shell transformation

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Thu 16 Mar 2017

    Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures Ghost in the Shell has premiered in New York, showcasing another side of New Zealand’s world renowned screen industry: urban Wellington. 

  • Iconic Ghost in the Shell set piece now on public display in Wellington

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Thu 16 Mar 2017

    In the lead-up to Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures’ Ghost in the Shell U.S.

  • Vertical Entertainment acquires 6 DAYS for North America; XYZ Films sells out for the world

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Tue 14 Mar 2017

    Los Angeles, March 13, 2017 – Toa Fraser’s thriller 6 Days, starring Jamie Bell, Abbie Cornish, and Mark Strong, has been acquired by Vertical Entertainment for North American rights with a target U.S.

  • New box office research available

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Wed 8 Mar 2017

    Two new publications by the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) show 2016 was a phenomenal year for New Zealand films.

  • MEG secures new Auckland film studio

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 2 Mar 2017

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND (Friday 3 March, 2017) – New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), Warner Bros.

  • Bestselling book Capital in the 21st Century to get big screen adaptation

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 1 Mar 2017

    The international bestseller (over 3 million copies sold worldwide) Capital in the 21st Century written by Thomas Piketty, (Editions du Seuil) will be given a big screen adaptation as Matthew Metcalfe of General Film

  • Shooting begins on family feature film Kiwi Christmas

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 28 Feb 2017

    Principal photography begins in Auckland this week for family feature film, Kiwi Christmas, directed by Tony Simpson. It marks the next chapter for the creative team behind 2012’s family comedy, Kiwi Flyer.

  • Biopic Wayne commences production

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 24 Feb 2017

    The incredible larger than life story of former World Motorcycle Champion, Wayne Gardner will be given the big screen treatment as Matthew Metcalfe of General Film Corporation and Fraser Brown of FB Pictures announced today the feature documentary

  • Congratulations to Taika Waititi, New Zealander of the Year

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Thu 23 Feb 2017

    Our congratulations go to Taika Waititi on being named New Zealander of the Year.

    The Hunt for the Wilderpeople director was awarded in recognition of his role in taking New Zealand cinema to the world.

  • Jennifer Ward-Lealand leads ensemble cast in feature film

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 20 Feb 2017

    First time feature film writer/director Dorthe Scheffmann begins shooting Vermilion in Ponsonby and Central Auckland today.

  • New international projects for Kiwi directors

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 20 Feb 2017
    Congratulations to Niki Caro and Taika Waititi who have both signed on to direct major international projects.
  • Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards announces winners

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Sun 19 Feb 2017
    The Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards (nicknamed Moas) were presented on Saturday 18 February in a glittering yet irreverent ceremony at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds.
  • Congratulations!

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Wed 15 Feb 2017

    Our congratulations go to John Gilbert for winning the 2017 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for Best Editing.