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June 2013

Friday, 14 June 2013

Welcome to our June Newsletter

Anna Cahill


We would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to our colleague and friend Anna Cahill.  Anna passed away on Saturday after a short illness.  We know many of you will have worked closely with Anna and, like us, will have benefitted from her commitment and energy, including in her role as Executive Director of the Screen Directors' Guild NZ.

The guild has posted a tribute on its website, and you can read it here.

Our thoughts at this time are particularly with Anna's friends and family.

In this Issue

Industry Networking Evenings NZFC Staff News Professional Development Update Shorts Update Giselle and the NZIFF White Lies Premiere Shopping Premiere Te Whai Ao The Weight of Elephants Funding Decisions for May and June 2013


Industry Networking Evenings

The NZFC is aiming to hold Industry networking events in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland in the first two weeks of July.  There will be an open invitation for anyone involved in the screen industry to come together, discuss recent goings-on and developments over some drinks and nibbles.  We'll update you with the exact dates and RSVP information shortly.


NZFC Staff News

Development Executive Katherine Fry has resigned to return to Melbourne with her family.  We want to thank Katherine for the fantastic job she has done over the past few years and wish her all the best.

We are currently advertising for a new Development Executive and you can read more about that here.


Professional Development Update

The NZFC seeks training and professional development opportunities that progress careers and help to grow our overall industry.  We are pleased to be able to support individual filmmakers as well as work alongside industry organisations to provide valuable training opportunities.  Here are details of some recent initiatives.

The F.E.U.C.

Shorts Update

We're pleased to announce the Premiere Shorts Executive Producers have agreed to do the job for a second year.  It's fantastic to be able to retain both continuity for the scheme and their expertise, and we'd like to thank them for their commitment to Premiere Shorts.

The Shorts Update page on the News and Events page on our website is frequently updated, so we'd like to encourage you to keep checking in.  You can read the Shorts Update here.

Image: The F.E.U.C.



Giselle and the NZIFF

It has recently been announced that Toa Fraser’s feature film interpretation of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s performance of Giselle (pictured), will have its world premiere in the opening weekend of the New Zealand International Film Festival in Auckland. You can read more about the premiere here

The NZIFF also recently announced a number of other New Zealand films and the six finalists for New Zealand's Best Short Film 2013.  You can read more about the shorts here.

Keep an eye on the NZIFF's own website with the full schedule, including many other great New Zealand titles, still to come. Here's the link to their website.

White Lies

White Lies Premiere

White Lies, written and directed by Dana Rotberg, based on the novella Medicine Woman by Witi Ihimaera, and produced by John Barnett and Chris Hampson will premiere in Auckland ahead of its general release in cinemas on 27 June.


Shopping Premiere

Shopping premiered in Wellington on 29 May and has got some great reviews.  Congratulations to writing and directing team Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland, producers Sarah Shaw and Anna McLeish, and to everyone who worked on the film.

Te Whai Ao

We'd like to remind you that applications to Te Whai Ao, our new fund for emerging and experimental documentary makers will close on Tuesday.  Please see details about the fund and how to apply here.


The Weight of Elephants

The Weight of Elephants

Congratulations to the team behind The Weight of Elephants, which is currently on the top 20 films in release list in Denmark.

The Weight of Elephants is due to be released here in July.

Funding Decisions


Funding Decisions for May and June 2013

Please read the details of our funding decisions for May and June here.


Feel free to send any questions, feedback or comments regarding this newsletter info@nzfilm.co.nz.

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