Interview with Lee Tamahori about his latest short film and Sundance

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Once again Lee Tamahori has made a Sundance worthy independent film. Lee Tamahori has shot two independent films in his nearly two-decade career as a director, and both have taken him to Sundance: He made his first trip in 1995 with his feature directorial debut, “Once Were Warriors,” a violent tale of domestic abuse in [ Read More ]

Maori-focused films dominate

Taika Waititi's Two Cars, One night

The Ministry for Culture & Heritage, in partnership with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tourism New Zealand, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the New Zealand Film Commission, have launched a catalogue of New Zealand feature and short films available for overseas culture events organised by New Zealand’s diplomatic posts abroad.

National Film Unit Collection launched

NZ On Screen has launched a significant collection showcasing the work of the National Film Unit. The collection celebrates the incredibly diverse output of the government body, that, for nearly 50 years filmed everything from wartime newsreels and tourism promos to historical TV epics.

PREMIERE SHORTS – NZ FILM COMMISSION GUIDELINES

The NZ Film Commission has appointed the following three executive producer groups to manage the development and production of 6 short films for the 2010/2011 financial year. Applications may be made to all three executive producer groups based on the following criteria. Applications will only be accepted by POST (not courier).

World war II Horror film starts filming in Wellywood

Principle photography has begun in Wellington, New Zealand on World War II Horror pic, THE DEVIL’S ROCK. Written by Paul Finch, Paul Campion and Brett Ihaka, The Devil’s Rock is award-winning short film director Paul Campion’s debut feature film. His short films Night of the Hell Hamsters and Eel Girl have screened at every major [ Read More ]

NZ Film Commision approves new plan for low budget short films

The NZ Film Commission is delighted to announce Fresh Shorts, a new low budget short film scheme for promising and emerging filmmakers. Fresh Shorts will be run in-house by the short film team at the NZFC. Each year Fresh Shorts will fund eight $10,000 short films and eight $30,000 short films, with the level of [ Read More ]

NZ short film 'Poppy' wins at Computer Animation Festival

NZ short Film Poppy awarded for its innovation of motion capture and flawless facial animation. Poppy has been awarded the Computer Animation Festival’s Jury Prize ahead of the SIGGRAPH 2010 International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, which is being held in Los Angeles on the 25th – 29th July.

'Warbrick' NZ short film honoured in Montreal Film festival

New Zealand short film ‘Warbrick’ honoured in an international film festival in Montreal, Canada. New Zealand film making brothers Meihana and Pere Durie have been awarded the TEUEIKAN prize at Montreal First People’s Film Festival. Warbrick is a short drama based on the true story of Joe Warbrick and the 1888 New Zealand Natives rugby [ Read More ]

The Six Dollar Fifty Man short film takes out Flickerfest 2010 top award

The Six Dollar Fifty Man seems to be doing well. Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland’s short film The Six Dollar Fifty Man has taken out the top prize at Flickerfest 2010 19th International Short Film Festival in Australia which qualifies the film for consideration for the 2011 Academy® Awards.

New project offers aspiring film-makers to get in front of Peter Jackson

New Zealand will be the star of a new project that’s offering aspiring film-makers the chance to get their work in front of director Peter Jackson. Launched in Wellington today, Tourism New Zealand’s 100% Pure New Zealand ‘Your Big Break’ competition will see five budding film-makers direct and produce their own three-minute short films on [ Read More ]