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April 2013

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Welcome to our April Newsletter

Kia ora,

Welcome to our newsletter updating you on the latest from us and from our recent board meeting.

We are pleased to have funded some more exciting projects in this round including committing production funding to Taika Waititi's next feature film project Jojo Rabbit and to two documentaries Hip-Hoperation and Gardening with Soul.  

We'd like to congratulate Tom Hern and the rest of the team behind Genesis (aka The Dark Horse) as they head into production next week.

We are delighted to be able to welcome two new (or familiar to many) faces to the Film Commission.  

Paul Davis will be joining us as a consultant until the middle of the year, working in the area of sales and marketing.  Paul will be known to many of you as a recent local producer with credits including Sione's 2: Unfinished Business and My Wedding and Other Secrets. Paul has more than 20 years experience in international sales and marketing.  Please contact Paul if you have specific questions on sales or contact Jasmin with general sales and marketing enquiries.

We're also really pleased to have writer/director Chantelle Burgoyne joining us as Fresh Shorts Assistant 2013.  Chantelle joins us at the end of the month.

We are currently finalising producer round-tables with international partners to be held at Cannes in May.  We'll be running a number of other initiatives too and would like to encourage you to get in touch if you are going to be there - details below.

Back here Mt. Zion is coming to the end of a fantastic run in cinemas. The independent film The Red House, is in release, is being well-reviewed and is capitalising on its New Zealand Film Festival 2012 success. There are just a couple of episodes left of Jane Campion's absorbing Top of the Lake (pictured above and supported by SPIF) - it is screening on UKTV on Monday nights. And watch out for the release of Shopping at the end of May and White Lies in mid-June.

We'd also like to congratulate the talented team behind the independent New Zealand-shot remake of Evil Dead.  Check out this story on the NZ Herald's website about it taking out the number one spot at the US Box Office.

In this Issue

New Documentary Fund - call for proposals Te Whai Ao - call for proposals Feature films drive screen growth Shorts Update Professional Development Update Cannes 2013 - final reminder MIFF 37° South early-bird applications Filmmakers report back from entrepreneurial course Funding Decisions for March and April 2013


Topp Twins; Untouchable Girls

New Documentary Fund - call for proposals

The New Zealand Film Commission and NZ On Air are calling for proposals to the new $2.5m documentary fund.

The collaborative fund aims to support one-off feature length documentaries (typically 80 minutes or longer) to screen in cinemas, on television and online.  There are no restrictions on treatment or style.

Each proposal must plan for theatrical distribution in at least three New Zealand cities, and have a free-to-air broadcaster attached.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for talented New Zealand documentary makers to develop and make top quality documentaries likely to catch the eye of international film festival programmers” says Graeme Mason.

“We want to fund projects with clear New Zealand relevance that will interest and challenge a prime-time television audience” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

You can read about the fund here or for details of eligibility and how to apply, please see here.


Te Whai Ao - call for proposals

We are also calling for proposals to Te Whai Ao - an exciting new fund for emerging and experimental documentary makers.

The $250,000 fund complements the Documentary Fund with NZ On Air, and is expected to fund around five projects.

“We want to support emerging New Zealand documentary filmmakers or those with particularly innovative ideas to get their next project off the ground,” says Graeme.  “This fund aims to support those who don’t already have a TV or theatrical documentary credit to their name or whose experimental project doesn’t yet fit with other funding avenues.”

To find out more about the fund please see here or to find out about eligibility or making an application please see here.

Statistics New Zealand logo

Feature films drive screen growth

Statistics New Zealand has just released its annual data on the screen business - Screen Industry Survey 2011/12, which covers the year to March 2012.  Once again the numbers reflect major growth in feature films  - up 47 per cent to $1.04bn.  You can read highlights of the survey on our website here or read the full information on the Statistics New Zealand website here.

Snow in Paradise

Shorts Update

We recently published two of the Premiere Shorts Executive Producer groups' chosen projects for the year and look forward to making another announcement soon.

And we congratulate a number of shorts (including Snow in Paradise (pictured)) on international screenings and awards.

Please read the full Shorts Update for April here.

Professional Development Update

We seek 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.  You can read about the latest initiatives here.



Cannes 2013 - final reminder

Online registrations for the film market close on 27 April, but it is not too late to register under the NZFC umbrella at the early bird rate of 297.80 Euros.  Please email jasmin@nzfilm.co.nz for a registration code.

We have organised a series of producer roundtables, networking sessions and other events during Cannes, focusing on building person-to-person and industry-to-industry connections and market knowledge, with the goal of stimulating production opportunities, investment and market exposure for the New Zealand screen industry.  We are currently accepting RSVPs for producer roundtables with Denmark, Canada, Australia and Israel, with further initiatives to be announced shortly.

To be kept informed about these events you must let us know you will be in Cannes and your dates.  There are number restrictions on some of the events so avoid disappointment by emailing chris@nzfilm.co.nz for further details and to register.

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MIFF 37° South early-bird applications

37° South is an invaluable market for NZ filmmakers, giving them an opportunity to attend a major international event just over the ditch.

Last year saw more than a hundred producers and some 50 film financiers attending roundtables, panel discussions and networking events.

If you're interested in going to Melbourne this year - please read more about it here.

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Filmmakers report back from entrepreneurial course

We are proud to be supporting Carthew Neal and David White in partnership with SPADA to attend the year long Entrepreneurial Producing for the Creative Industries course, which is run by the National Film and Television School, in London.

In our last newsletter David shared some thoughts and now it's Carthew's turn to give us an update.  You can read his report here.

Funding Decisions


Funding Decisions for March and April 2013

You can read the full list of funding decisions for March and April here.


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

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