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December 2012

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Welcome to our final newsletter of 2012

No. 2

Looking back on 2012

I'd like to take this opportunity at the end of the year to congratulate the many, many talented filmmakers who work so hard to give us the films New Zealand can celebrate.  Whether the films be independent or projects we've financially supported, tiny or large budget, released this year or yet to be released - the New Zealand film industry continues to make films that catch the eye of top film festival selectors and capture audiences here and all over the world.

It was great to see so many of you at the recent Sorta Unofficial Film Awards and to see so many fantastic projects on finalist lists or taking home a Moa. Special mention, of course, must go to The Orator, which won a slew of awards including Best Film.  Once again I'd like to thank Ant Timpson and Hugh Sundae for organising what was a great celebration of New Zealand films.

2012 has seen 11 NZFC financially supported films and a number of independents released in cinemas, a great line up of shorts, world-wide attention for the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and New Zealand films screening at top film festivals from here to Cannes, Berlin to Sundance, Goa to Melbourne and a huge number of others inbetween. Sione's 2: Unfinished Business was the hit on domestic screens this year and we're already getting excited about the films set for release in the year ahead.

I'd like to thank all those people who help New Zealand films get made and seen - the crews, the people involved in making sets, costumes and props, digital effects people, post production people, distributors, exhibitors and many more.  I'd also like to thank those who have partnered with us to offer training and development opportunities during the year.  We've been privileged to be involved in a large number of initiatives and we believe that helping to grow individual careers is integral for growing a strong film industry overall.

Finally, I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and well-earned safe and happy holidays.


(Graeme Mason - NZFC CEO)

In this Issue

Annual Survey Annual Report Congrats to the Moas winners Premiere Shorts short list Ang Lee, David Magee, Jim Hart and Claire Dobbin Professional Development Update Office closing dates Sundance December 2012


Annual Survey

It’s the end of the year and once again we’d like to hear about your experience of working with the NZFC in 2012, and your thoughts on how we can work together even more effectively in 2013.

We would greatly appreciate your valuable feedback and your time in completing the short annual online survey here.

The survey will run until the end of Friday 21 December.

Thank you!

Annual Report

We were pleased to be able to release our Annual Report at the end of November.  If you haven't read it but would like to do so, you can download it here.


Congrats to the Moas winners

The Sorta Unofficial Film Awards was a great event that celebrated people, films, and the film industry as a whole.  Congratulations to the long list of deserving finalists. 

You can read the complete list of winners here.


Premiere Shorts short list

Thirteen short films have been selected for the New Zealand Film Commission 2012 Premiere Shorts shortlist.  More than 100 projects were submitted in this funding round and the Executive Producer groups were impressed with the quality of applications and the variety of projects being put forward.

You can read the full list here.

Life of Pi

Ang Lee, David Magee, Jim Hart and Claire Dobbin

20th Century Fox New Zealand in conjunction with the NZFC is hosting a formal event to welcome director Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain, Sense and Sensibility and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) in Auckland on the 20th of December.  Numbers are strictly limited and attendance is by Fox's invitation only.

Script to Screen and the NZFC are also presenting a special screenwriters’ discussion tonight in Wellington.

Australian script adviser/editor Claire Dobbin talks to American screenwriters Jim Hart (Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula) and David Magee (Life of Pi, Finding Neverland, Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day) about establishing and maintaining a career as a screenwriter, staying engaged with your craft and the fine art of adaptation.

Read more 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 working with industry organisations in order to provide valuable training opportunities.  Details of recent initiatives can be found here.


Office closing dates

Our office in Wellington will be closed from 12pm on Friday 21st December and will reopen on Monday 7th of January.


Director Zia Mandviwalla and DOP Ari Wegner in production on NIGHT SHIFT


Feature film Shopping, short film Night Shift (pictured), Jane Campion's significant television project Top of the Lake, and a three minute documentary by David White are all off to screen at Sundance in January.

You can read more about New Zealand's presence at Sundance here.

Funding Decisions


December 2012

See details of the latest funding decisions here.


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

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