Tropfest: The World’s Largest Short Film Festival will launch in NZ early next year

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Tropfest NZ continues to attract the support of key film industry players who are keen to celebrate the Festival’s arrival to New Zealand shores. Today the Festival proudly welcomes aboard Academy Award nominee, Taika Waititi, as an official Ambassador of Tropfest NZ. Waititi achieved international success with his first short film, Two Cars, One Night [ Read More ]

NZ winner of 'Make My Movie' Richard Falkner premiers at Film Fest

How to Meet Girls From a Distance, a low-budget New Zealand film written in two weeks had its Auckland debut last Sunday night at the New Zealand Film Festival.   It took  17 days to film  in a new initiative by groups including the New Zealand Herald The short film was created by a Wellington team of [ Read More ]

NZ film-makers to compete at Melbourne International Film Festival

This year will see the largest contingency yet of New Zealand filmmakers take advantage of Melbourne’s close proximity in order to show their films, compete, pitch ideas, attend world-class training seminars and network on the international stage. The New Zealand Film Commission congratulates all those NZFC supported and independent filmmakers taking part. “Melbourne presents an [ Read More ]

WORLD PREMIERE IN BERLIN FOR ROBERT SARKIES’ TWO LITTLE BOYS

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Robert Sarkies’ latest feature film, Two Little Boys, has been selected in competition at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival, which will run February 9th – 19th this year.  The film will screen in the Generation section of the Festival and will be judged by two juries: a young person’s jury which awards the prestigious Crystal Bear [ Read More ]

New Zealand short film to premiere in international competition

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NEW ZEALAND FILM TO PREMIERE IN COMPETITION IN FRANCE New kiwi short film, LAMBS, has been selected to screen at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival – widely regarded as the world’s premiere short film event.  LAMBS was selected from over 5,000 worldwide submissions. Funded through the New Zealand Film Commission short film funding initiative,  Fresh Shorts, LAMBS tells the [ Read More ]

The Orator (O Le Tulafale) submitted for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars

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An Academy approved Selection Committee announced today that The Orator (O Le Tulafale) has been submitted for consideration as Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Academy Awards in Febuary. The Samoan language feature film funded by the New Zealand Film Commission, was written and directed by debut feature film maker Tusi Tamasese. The Academy [ Read More ]

Kiwi Flyer wraps up filming in Nelson

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Inspired by the Nelson Trolley Derby and shot entirely in Nelson KIWI FLYER is a feel-good movie for the whole family. Twelve year old Edward Hall stars as Ben who sets out to win the derby in memory of his father. Tandi Wright is his mother Karen, trying to keep that memory real, while fending off [ Read More ]

Costa Boates gets standing ovation at Toronto film festival

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New Zealand documentary feature The Last Dogs of Winter debuted in Toronto yesterday. Director/producer Costa Botes and film subjects Brian Ladoon and Caleb Ross received a standing ovation when they took the stage for the film’s post-screening Q&A session. The films was selected to screen in the highly regarded ‘Real to Reel’ programme of the [ Read More ]

NEW ZEALAND AND INDIA SIGN FILM CO-PRODUCTION AGREEMENT

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John Key and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed an official film co-production treaty in India during his visit this week. The pact allows approved film and television projects to gain the status of official co-productions, which gives them the benefits of domestic films in each of the co-producers’ countries. “We already know of a [ 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 ]