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  • Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning editor to mentor Peter O’Donaghue

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 28 Nov 2016

    The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) is thrilled to announce Peter O’Donaghue as the recipient of our 2017 International Editor Mentorship with Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American documentary editor Doug Blush.

  • 25 April director sole woman in Animated Feature Oscar category

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 25 Nov 2016
    The animated documentary 25 April about the WWI Gallipoli campaign is the first New Zealand movie to qualify for a Best Animated Feature Academy Award.   
  • Interactive Development Fund Announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 24 Nov 2016

    New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) CEO, Dave Gibson, revealed today the details of the development fund for Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and gaming announced at the Big Screen Symposium in Auckland. 

  • 2016 a great year for New Zealand films

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 24 Nov 2016

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) Annual Report 2015/16, tabled in parliament on Friday, emphasises what a great year it was for New Zealand films.

  • Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards Return in 2017

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 23 Nov 2016
    They’re baaaaaaaaack.
  • Farewell Barrie Everard

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 15 Nov 2016
    With much sadness, the NZFC and the New Zealand screen industry farewells producer, distributor, exhibitor and former NZFC Chair, Barrie Everard.  
  • Results of Fresh Shorts funding round June 2016

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Fri 28 Oct 2016

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

  • Chasing Great highest grossing NZ documentary of all time

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 28 Oct 2016
    Richie McCaw is still setting records long after leaving the field, as his documentary Chasing Great today becomes the highest grossing New Zealand documentary of all time at the local box office.  
  • Re-premiere for Desperate Remedies

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 27 Oct 2016

    Impassioned! Unleashed! Hellbent!

    Desperate Remedies Re-Premieres on November 28

    Book at Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.co.nz

  • Pecking Order wins sophomore Vista Marketing Award

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 21 Oct 2016
    The Vista Foundation in partnership with the The New Zealand Film Commission are proud to announce the feature film Pecking Order as the winner of the annual Vista Film Marketing competition.
  • Pork Pie Trailer Released

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Tue 18 Oct 2016

    Get ready for a rollicking, hilarious, heartwarming length-of-the-country-road-trip….

    Pork Pie is coming!

  • Gaylene Preston among national Women of Influence winners

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 14 Oct 2016

    Congratulations to Gaylene Preston on being named one of New Zealand's Women of Influence.

  • Farewell to Michael Firth

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Tue 11 Oct 2016

    It is with much sadness that the NZFC acknowledges the death of writer and director Michael Firth on 9 October.

  • Ramai Hayward Scholarship announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 11 Oct 2016

    At the Ngā Aho Whakaari Hui on 7 and 8 October, NZFC CEO Dave Gibson announced the details of a third gender scholarship, following the awards supported by Jane Campion in 2015, and Gaylene Preston earlier this year.

  • Christchurch documentary wins awards at international film festivals

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 10 Oct 2016

    Christchurch feature documentary The Art of Recovery has taken top awards at two separate films festivals the US and Europe this past weekend.

  • Vale Brent Chambers

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Mon 3 Oct 2016

    New Zealand Film Commission staff are saddened by news of Brent Chambers’ death from a heart attack over the weekend.

  • Dave Gibson's speech to the Big Screen Symposium 2016

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 28 Sep 2016
    Following is a transcript of NZFC CEO Dave Gibson's 25 September presentation at the 2016 Big Screen Symposium.

    Today I want to talk about and pose some questions around

  • Canadian co-production agreement signed

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 14 Sep 2016

    A new film co-production agreement between New Zealand and Canada will build on the strong screen sector relationships linking both countries, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says.

  • A Flickering Truth submitted to Oscars

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 13 Sep 2016

    Pietra Brettkelly’s A Flickering Truth is New Zealand’s submission for the best foreign language film category of the 89th Academy Awards.

  • New Zealand films buoy box office

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 7 Sep 2016
    New Zealand box office figures show New Zealanders are going to local films in record numbers.
  • Poi E flies again

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 5 Sep 2016
    Movie reaches $1 million at NZ Box Office.  Soundtrack reaches No 4 on Music Charts
  • Chasing Great: Richie McCaw soars to the top of the box office

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 2 Sep 2016

    Chasing Great has soared to the top of the New Zealand box office overnight, opening at number one spot ahead of Bad Moms. The opening day figure was $89,186 off 97 screens, a record breaking opening day for a NZ documentary.

  • Gaylene Preston Directors' Award recipients announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 29 Aug 2016
    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Gaylene Preston Directors’ Award.
  • Disney’s Pete’s Dragon premieres in L.A.

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Fri 5 Aug 2016

    The Hollywood premiere of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon on 8 August has provided another spectacular opportunity to showcase New Zealand as the ultimate film destination.

  • Pork Pie announces release date

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 21 Jul 2016

    On your marks, get set, GO!  PORK PIE announces cinema release date.

  • DEGNZ Announces Women Filmmakers Incubator

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 18 Jul 2016

    The Directors & Editors Guild of New Zealand (DEGNZ) is delighted to announce the ten emerging women directors who will participate in its inaugural Women Filmmakers Incubator. They are:

  • Chasing Great trailer debuts

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 7 Jul 2016

    Transmission Films is proud to launch the official Chasing Great film trailer. The trailer is available now here.

  • On An Unknown Beach premieres at the NZIFF

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 6 Jul 2016

    Filmmakers Adam Luxton and Summer Agnew worked across oceans and time zones to complete their second collaboration, On an Unknown Beach, for this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF).

  • New chair of NZ Film Commission appointed

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 22 Jun 2016

    Former Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast has been appointed chair of the New Zealand Film Commission, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced.

  • Poi E to open New Zealand International Film Festival

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 20 Jun 2016
    Poi E will debut as part of the NZ International Film Festival.
  • The Rehearsal Trailer Released

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 13 Jun 2016

    The theatrical trailer of The Rehearsal, Alison Maclean’s vibrant screen adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s debut novel has been released online.

  • World Premiere of The Rehearsal Announced as NZIFF 2016 Centrepiece Presentation

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 9 Jun 2016

    NZIFF is thrilled to present the World Premiere of Alison Maclean’s hotly anticipated adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s debut novel The Rehearsal.