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  • 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.

  • New Zealand's Best Shorts Announced for NZIFF 2016

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 7 Jun 2016
    Six short films have been selected by Lee Tamahori (Mahana, Once Were Warriors) as finalists for the New Zealand International Film Festival’s annual New Zealand’s Best Short Film Competition.
  • DEGNZ Announces Women Filmmaker Incubator

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 25 May 2016
    The Directors & Editors Guild of New Zealand (DEGNZ) is delighted to announce its year-long Women Filmmaker Incubator with financial assistance from the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC).
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople takes top spot at the Kiwi box office

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 16 May 2016
    Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople has cemented its place in the record books overtaking the 2010 Kiwi classic Boy (which Waititi also directed) to become the largest grossing local film at the New Zealand B
  • Tūhoe at the Venice Architecture Biennale

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 13 May 2016

    An acclaimed documentary about the design and construction of a unique cultural building for the Tūhoe iwi will be be screened in Venice this month at the beginning of the city’s famous Architecture Biennale.  

  • NZ’s Best Shorts Guest Selector Announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 5 May 2016
    NZIFF continue to appoint prominent NZ filmmakers to select the latest and best in NZ short films with Lee Tamahori confirmed as Guest Selector for the 2016 New Zealand’s Best competition.
  • Record-breaking run for Hunt for The Wilderpeople

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 29 Apr 2016

    Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople continues to break box office records, taking the number two slot in the list of highest grossing local films at the New Zealand box office.  At the close of business on Wednesday 27 Apri

  • Bumper year for New Zealand films at Annecy International Animation Film Festival

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 29 Apr 2016

    25 April will screen in competition at the highly regarded Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June. It will join eight other films in the competition line-up, only one of which is also a documentary.

  • NZFC second Gender Presentation

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Wed 27 Apr 2016
    Following is a transcript of NZFC CEO Dave Gibson's presentation to industry in Auckland on 26 April 2016.

    Approximately 12 months ago we launched the NZFC gender policy as part of developing a wider diversity policy.

  • New Zealand Film Festival in Shanghai launched

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 22 Apr 2016

    The New Zealand Film Festival was launched in Shanghai on Thursday 21 April.

  • Award-winning films to showcase in the New Zealand Film Festival in China

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 21 Apr 2016

    Ten New Zealand films are being screened at a biennial showcase of New Zealand cinema in China that should reach a theatrical audience of over 10,000 people in 42 screenings across three major cities.

  • New NZFC Head of Production and Development announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 21 Apr 2016

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Leanne Saunders as Head of Production and Development. Leanne replaces Lisa Chatfield who recently left the NZFC for a role at Pukeko Pictures.

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople a box office smash!

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 4 Apr 2016

    Taika Waititi’s adventure comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople has broken New Zealand box office records by opening with largest opening weekend ever for a New Zealand film with a box office take of$1,300,000 NZD.

  • Next Generation Blondini Gang announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Sun 27 Mar 2016

    The next generation of “Blondini Gang” have been announced.

  • Tickled Trailer released

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 23 Mar 2016

    Kiwi audiences will get their first look at the hotly anticipated documentary Tickled with the release of the films official trailer.