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  • Favorable exchange rate benefits US: Kiwi dollar touches lowest level since 2009

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Wed 26 Aug 2015

    A favorable exchange rate is creating an added incentive for international productions to consider New Zealand.

  • Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 21 Aug 2015

    Entries are still being accepted from New Zealand films for the 2015 Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival (GZDOC).

  • MTV releases Journey Down Under: A Behind-The-Scenes Glimpse Of The Shannara Chronicles

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Thu 20 Aug 2015

    MTV has just released a peek behind-the-scenes at its upcoming series The Shannara Chronicles, featuring New Zealand as the magical backdrop for the small-screen adaptation of author Terry Brooks’ post-apocalyptic fantasy.

  • Disney release first glimpse of Pete's Dragon

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Tue 18 Aug 2015

    Disney has released the first look at Pete’s Dragon at their D23 Expo in California over the weekend. Audience members got a glimpse of footage from the film as well as an interview with the film’s star, Bryce Dallas Howard.

  • Appointments to the New Zealand Film Commission

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 3 Aug 2015

    Dame Patsy Reddy has been reappointed as Chair of the New Zealand Film Commission, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry announced today.

    Charles Finny has also been reappointed as a member of the Commission.

  • Venice Premieres for Two New Zealand Films

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 30 Jul 2015

    For the first time in twenty years, two New Zealand films are included in the programme for the Venice Film Festival announced today.

  • JC CineFem Scholarship Recipient Announced

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 29 Jul 2015

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) is pleased to announce Maria Ines Manchego as the recipient of the JC CineFem Scholarship. Announced in April in conjunction with the NZFC’s new gender policy, the JC CineFem Scholarship is the first ann

  • NZ Screen Production Grant One Year Review

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 27 Jul 2015

    As you may be aware, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH), working with the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) and Film New Zealand (FNZ), have carried out an initial r

  • Successful first year for NZ Screen Production Grant

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Thu 23 Jul 2015

    The New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG) introduced in April 2014 has had a successful first year, attracting increased productions and lifting business confidence, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said today.

  • Two screen agencies join forces

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Wed 22 Jul 2015

    Dame Patsy Reddy, New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) Board Chair, welcomes today’s announcement that the Commission and Film New Zealand will join forces from 1 August 2015.

  • Fresh Shorts Funding Announcement

    Funding Decisions News
    Issue date: 
    Fri 17 Jul 2015

    Five short films selected for the Fresh Shorts May 2015 funding round. 

  • Impressive New Zealand line-up at Comic-Con 2015

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Fri 10 Jul 2015

    San Diego Comic-Con is back for 2015 and this year there is an impressive number of high-profile film and television productions with a New Zealand involvement in attendance.

  • New Zealand voted world's top film tourism destination

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Wed 24 Jun 2015

    New Zealand has topped a list of must-visit places in a study commissioned by HBO Entertainment.

  • 6 Days Begins Shooting

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 12 Jun 2015

    Embassy seige action thriller 6 Days starts shooting in New Zealand.

  • Ash Vs Evil Dead in production in New Zealand

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Wed 10 Jun 2015

    A new teaser trailer for Ash vs Evil Dead, a major new US television series being produced in New Zealand, has been released.

  • Z for Zachariah trailer released

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Fri 5 Jun 2015

    The first official trailer for Z for Zachariah has been released today.

  • New Lee Tamahori Film Complete

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 28 May 2015

    THE PATRIARCH (working title), directed by Lee Tamahori, finished filming on Friday May 22 after a successful 35 day shoot across 12 Auckland locations.

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople Casting News

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Thu 28 May 2015

    Stan Walker and Rhys Darby to join Taika Waititi's  HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE 

  • Slow West releases in New Zealand

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Thu 21 May 2015

    Slow West, the award-winning Western shot in New Zealand’s South Island, is being released in New Zealand cinemas today.

  • Lest We Forget

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Fri 24 Apr 2015

    For Anzac Day and to remember those who gave their lives for our country, we're sharing some films about New Zealanders and their unique experiences of war on our VOD site, New Zealand Film on Demand.

  • Thunderbirds Are Go

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Fri 17 Apr 2015

    The much anticipated countdown for the brand new Thunderbirds Are Go TV series is over after the show premiered in the UK, Australia and New Zealand to enthusiastic reviews. 

  • Five New Zealand films to screen at the Beijing International Film Festival

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 14 Apr 2015

    Five New Zealand Films to Screen at the Beijing International Film Festival

  • NZFC Announces Scholarship for New Zealand Women in Film

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 10 Apr 2015

    At events in Wellington and in Auckland this week, the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) announced an annual scholarship programme for women.  Suggested by acclaimed New Zealand screenwriter, producer and director, Jane Campion, the programme will

  • Screen Industry Survey released

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Thu 9 Apr 2015

    Results for the 2013/14 Screen Industry Survey just released by Statistics New Zealand show revenue for the year remained solid at $3.2 billion, in line with industry expectations.

  • Legendary Pictures shoots horror-comedy Krampus in Wellington

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Mon 16 Mar 2015

    Principal photography is set to begin in Wellington, New Zealand on Legendary Pictures’ Krampus, a horror-comedy feature film that reveals an irreverently twisted side to the Christmas holiday.

  • Newly Digitised Films On the Big Screen

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Fri 6 Mar 2015

    For the first time, newly digitised versions of New Zealand features, The Quiet Earth and The End of the Golden Weather, will be screened in select commercial cinemas across New Zealand. 

  • New Power Rangers season propelled by New Zealand talent

    International Production News
    Issue date: 
    Fri 6 Mar 2015

    New Zealand is taking a leading role in the new season of Saban’s Power Rangers franchise, Power Rangers Dino Charge, and will be featured prominently in an episode airing in the US this weekend. 

  • Vista Entertainment Group Launches Vista Foundation

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Wed 25 Feb 2015

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: Vista Group (VGL) is pleased to announce the launch of the Vista Foundation and its inaugural programme, the Vista Film Marketing Programme, in partnership with the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC).

  • SXSW Selects Two NZ Films

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 24 Feb 2015

    New Zealand feature film, Deathgasm will have its world premiere in the Midnighter’s section of the 2015 South By Southwest Festival.  Canadian-New Zealand co-production, Turbo Kid, which pr

  • Team Selected for Second Round of He Ara Funding

    New and Updates
    Issue date: 
    Mon 9 Feb 2015
    Kia hiwa ra! Kia hiwa ra! Kia hiwa rā ki tēnēi tuku, kia hiwa rā ki tērā tuku, kia tū kia mātara!

    Congratulations to the team selected to receive funding from the second round of the He Ara development scheme:

  • Second Crop of The Best Loading Docs Announced For 2015

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Tue 3 Feb 2015

    A suburban picture palace on the brink of extinction, strangers dancing in the dark, a ‘headcase’ turned world leader, a woman who talks to animals, a freestyling busker and a kiwi pro wrestler - these are some of the characters Kiwis will b

  • Festival Success for New Zealand Films

    Media Release
    Issue date: 
    Mon 2 Feb 2015

    New Zealand films were in the spotlight over the weekend with The Dark Horse, Slow West and Turbo Kid all making a splash at international festivals.