Professional Development Funding Decisions
• Producer Fraser Brown, recently undertook a producer internship working alongside producers, Andro Steinborn and Skady Lis on Atomic Falafel in Germany. Following his return to New Zealand, Fraser is spending six weeks alongside the film’s New Zealand producer Matthew Metcalfe. The NZFC contributed $16,922 towards the costs associated with this internship.
• Director Sam Peacocke, is currently engaged in a director internship in India working alongside director, Pan Nalin on the New Zealand/India co-production, Beyond the Known World. The NZFC contributed $13,200 towards the costs associated with this internship.
• Emerging producer Dena Kennedy, is due to head to India shortly to engage in a producer internship work with New Zealand producers, Matthew Horrocks and Kristian Eek, on Beyond the Known World. The NZFC contributed $17,150 towards the costs associated with this internship.
Professional Development Grants
• Actors agent Tim Gordon, was supported to travel to Toronto and LA to further develop relationships with US agents and managers. A key focus for Tim’s trip was to grow his understanding and experience of the international scene and to investigate opportunities for New Zealand actors. He received a grant of $5,000.
• L.A.-based New Zealand producer Inge Rademeyer, is being supported to attend the Film Independent Forum in L.A. in October. She received $350 towards her attendance.
• Screenwriter Michael Bennett, is being supported with $3,890 to attend the Asian Project Market (APM). Pokarekare Ana: Yeon-Ga is the first New Zealand project to be selected for this prestigious co-production market in October.
• Producer Andrew Cooper, was supported with $2,500 to attend the MPA Film Immersion Workshops in L.A. and the American Film Market (AFM).
• Ngā Aho Whakaari has been supported with $3,960 to send board representative, Tui Ruwhiu to imagineNATIVE to represent Māori films and promote Māori filmmakers.
NZFC Lower Budget Events
The NZFC recently hosted a lower budget filmmaking discussion in Auckland. This event was for filmmakers who have recently produced or are shortly to produce their first feature film. This practical discussion was followed by a workshop with Sheri Candler, an American digital marketing and independent film distribution expert. The NZFC contributed $6,000 towards both initiatives.
Short Film Travel Grants
• Writer/director Matthew Saville, was supported with $3,900 to attend the Telluride Film Festival with Dive.
• Producer Tui Ruwhiu, was supported with $1,950 to attend the Hawaii International Film Festival with Pumanawa.
• Writer/director Richard Curtis, and producer Jillian White, were supported with $6,869 to attend imagineNATIVE with Ahi Ka.
• Writer/director Alex Backhouse, and director of photography/associate producer Matt Henley, were supported with $7,240 to attend the Locarno International Film Festival with Unnatural History.
Short Film Post Production Grants
• Producer Mina Mathieson, received a short film post production grant of $3,382.41 enabling Home to screen at imagineNATIVE.
• Associate producer Matt Henley, received a short film post production grant of $11,7822.50 enabling Unnatural History to screen at the Locarno International Film Festival.