• October 16, 2017From NZ On AirIn September 2017 NZ On Air invited drama production professionals to come together and discuss a wide range of issues and questions facing NZ On Air in a fast-changing environment.Around 130 people took up the opportunity: producers, directors, writers, actors, guilds, broadcasters and other platforms. Presentations and a panel in […]

  • A New Hire Sell Film Space October 12, 2017From ScreenspaceWe have started a free website called ScreenSpace ( which we have set up for the New Zealand film industry to provide a place where people can hire/sell their filmmaking resources and services. The website operates as a classified ads service, where members can list ads […]

  • October 4, 2017From #NZFCChange and Challenge New Zealand Film Commission CEO, Dave Gibson, talks about recent changes in the film business and suggests some challenges for the futureThe following is a transcript of Dave Gibson’s speech given on Saturday, 30 September 2017 at the Big Screen Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand“Tīhei Mauri ora Ko Aoraki te […]

  • August 1, 2017New Zealand On Air Dates Click Here ###

  • June 23, 2017Last year, a record number of women and girls directed films in the HP48HOURS Filmmaking Competition. This year, organisers are looking to attract even more.Event organiser Ant Timpson says: “There’s been a noticeable shift within the competition, a positive reflection of the recent focus on gender equality in the director’s chair. Last year […]

  • June 20, 2017New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) Chair, Kerry Prendergast, announced today that CEO Dave Gibson would step down from the role at the beginning of next year, after four years leading the agency.Speaking after the June Board meeting, Prendergast said the Board had reluctantly accepted Gibson’s resignation, “The change Dave affected during his tenure […]

  • June 16, 2017We are excited to announce the successful applicants for this year’s piloted Interactive Development Fund. The programme supports concept development of original narrative-focused interactive and games content delivered on any platform (including mobile, online, console as well as virtual reality (including 360) and augmented reality).The funding provided will allow the teams to develop […]

  • June 4, 2017WAIROA MAORI FILM AWARDS 2017 PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 3 2017:The Wairoa Maori Film Awards were held  on June 2 at the Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa. Here are the award winners:T-TAHITI PRIZE – return trip to Tahiti to travel to the T-Tahiti Film Festival Award to: TAMA by Jared Flitcroft & Jack O’DonnellMoana […]

  • March 13, 2017Special free screening of O LE TULAFALE (THE ORATOR), followed by a Q&A panel session with director Tusi Tamasese, producer Catherine Fitzgerald and members of the cast. The event will be moderated by filmmaker Sima Urale. O LE TULAFALE (THE ORATOR)The first truly Samoan feature film, O LE TULAFALE tells the story of Saili, a […]

  • NZFC GPS 2026 Project March 1, 2017Want to explore the power storytelling in VR, AR and MR? Join renowned Australian artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth and Australian multidisciplinary writer/producer Mike Jones for a nationwide series of masterclasses focused on storytelling in an immersive environment.Brought to you as part of the New Zealand Film Commission’s GPS […]

  • March 2017 March 1, 2017Upcoming Festival DeadlinesNZ Festival Deadlines:Show Me Shorts 1 April (Earlybird)Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival 15 AprilNew Zealand International Film Festival 21 AprilNext Deadlines in March:AFI FESTHawaii International Film FestivalPalm Springs International ShortFestNew Orleans Film FestivalLeeds International Film FestivalThanks DEGNZ for the headsup! ###

  • Over two-days multi-award winning filmmaker and NZ Arts Laureate Leanne Pooley will share the lessons she's learned in her 25 years as a director.

  • Many voices, many stories, many screens February 28, 2017Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 9:42 amPress Release: Loading DocsLOADING DOCS 2017 SHORTS: DIVERSITY Many voices, many stories, many screens.ANNOUNCING TEN BRAND NEW DOCUMENTARIES READY TO GET BOOSTED ON THEIR LOADING DOCS JOURNEY For Release: Tuesday 28th February 2017The team behind New Zealand’s preeminent documentary initiative LOADING DOCS […]

  • One of only two 100 million plus female directors February 21, 2017Disney’s Mulan will be helmed by Kiwi and ‘Whale Rider’ director Niki Caro, as reported by the The Hollywood Reporter but this is not the animated version you just pictured from 20 years ago; it’s live action.Caro, who has directed films such as “Whale Rider” (2002), […]

  • February 20, 2017The NZFC is looking to fund at least one distinctive, edgy and compelling short film to be part of an international horror short film anthology by frighteningly talented women directors.This is a one-off initiative aimed at providing women filmmakers the opportunity to make their genre short film and potentially have the chance to be […]