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  • 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.

  • Pecking Order to hatch in Kiwi cinemas this year

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 15 Feb 2017

    The distinctly Kiwi world of competitive poultry pageantry (yep, you read that right!) will get the big screen treatment this year when the feature-length feel-good flockumentary Pecking Order hatches in cinemas nationwide mid-2017.

  • Berlin reviews for One Thousand Ropes positive

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Wed 15 Feb 2017

    The first reviews of Tusi Tamasese's One Thousand Ropes which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival have been positive.

  • The A - Z of producing

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 7 Feb 2017
    One-off, targeted and tailored, this is the course you need to take your film career to the next level.  
  • New Annie Goldson documentary to premiere at South By Southwest

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 1 Feb 2017

    A new documentary from accomplished and much-awarded filmmaker, Annie Goldson (Brother Number One, An Island Calling) will have its World Premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival.  Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web details the

  • Three New Zealand films to screen at Berlin Film Festival

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 26 Jan 2017

    Three New Zealand films will premiere at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale).  Tusi Tamasese’s One Thousand Ropes and Jackie van Beek’s The Inland Road will have world premieres at the festival, and Tearepa Kahi’s P

  • Audiences get their first look at Kiwi comedy Gary of the Pacific

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 19 Jan 2017

    Audiences will get their first look at the hilarious new comedy from thedownlowconcept (7 Days, Hounds) today with the release of the trailer for their debut feature film Gary of the Pacific.

  • Blondini Gang hit the road

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 16 Dec 2016

    The Blondini Gang hit the road as they "Take Their Bloody Cars to Invercargill"

  • Appointments to New Zealand Film Commission Board

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Sat 3 Dec 2016

    Two new members have been appointed to the New Zealand Film Commission Board, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced.