NZFC Announces New Chief Executive

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Dave Gibson to head New Zealand Film Commission Patsy Reddy, NZFC Chair, is delighted to announce the appointment of Dave Gibson as the next Chief Executive of the New Zealand Film Commission. He replaces Graeme Mason who recently left the Commission to become CEO of Screen Australia. “Dave Gibson is one of New Zealand’s most [ Read More ]

Te Anau film company Gin-Clear Media wins best film of the year

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A local multi-media  film company based in Te Anau has won a top international film award for its work on fly fishing. Gin-Clear Media won Best Film of the Year in the Drake Fly Fishing Video Awards last week. The awards are part of the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show in Reno, in the United [ Read More ]

New Zealand Film Commission statement of intent 2011 – 2013

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The New Zealand Film Commission has released its Statement of Intent for 2011- 2013 outlining plans to continue its focus of getting New Zealand films made to be seen and by both local and international audiences. The priorities for the near future will see the Commission adopt an integrated approach to meeting cultural requirements while [ Read More ]

Pollywood 2011 – Come and join in on the action

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Pollywood Pasifica Short film Festival is now into its ninth successful year, this is an event to watch out for. With each year growing bigger and better, Pollywood has largely become a launching pad for Pasifika Film and multimedia art for the past 9 years. The core focus of Pollywood is to showcase and celebrate [ Read More ]

NZ Film Manurewa is a awarded a top prize at 61st Berlin International Film Festival

Sam Peacock director of award winning film "Manurewa"

Manurewa, directed by Sam Peacocke, was awarded a Crystal Bear in the Generation 14plus Youth Section of the competition. The jury awarded the film the prize with these comments on the strength of the project: In a very short time this film synthesises and skilfully compresses independent story lines and characters, merging them together into [ Read More ]

Abondoned Kingdom come set taken down at Tax Payers cost

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After repeated stalls in funding, and major financial problems the set built in 2008 for Kingdom Come was abandoned by film makers and returned back to New Zealand Defence force. The abandoned Wellington set for the stalled biblical film Kingdom Come has been dismantled and removed by the Defence Force at a cost to taxpayers [ Read More ]

Escalator choses the top four finalists

The lucky four have been chosen. The four successful Escalator low budget feature film teams greenlit for production were announced last night via live stream from Wellington and Auckland. Each team has been offered production finance of up to NZ$250,000.

NZ film makers making a big impression at Doha film festival

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Popularity and fame a definite surprise, but welcomed by all local NZ film makers debuting in the Doha Tribeca Film Festival . The visual effects supervisor for Weta does not usually get mobbed for autographs. Nor does he normally have people queuing to have their picture taken with him. That sort of crazed fan behaviour [ Read More ]

What does the future hold for NZ Actors and film makers?

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NZ Actors and film workers are worried about the future of their jobs, the industry and ultimately their careers after announcement that The Hobbit may not be filmed in NZ and they should be. The Hobbit dispute could mean other big budget films such The Lord of the Rings trilogy are no longer made in [ Read More ]

NZ Film commission is supporting NZ/ Samoan film "The orator"

Production will commence this month on The Orator, a powerful tale of honour, courage, love and redemption by Samoan-born and raised debut feature filmmaker, Tauti Tusi Tamasese. Written and directed by Tamasese, The Orator (O Le Tulafale) will be a first inasmuch as it will be entirely shot in Samoa, in the Samoan language, with [ Read More ]