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October 2012

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Kia Ora and welcome to the new look Newsletter from the New Zealand Film Commission.  We've been busy with a number of changes lately - the biggest of which is our new website www.nzfilm.co.nz

 NZFC Website


We are very pleased to be able to draw your attention to our new website.  We surveyed many of you last year and the website received a lot of comment.  We too were aware of the previous site's limitations and have given a new site top priority.   There will also be a number of extra features added in the year ahead.  We hope you find the new website interesting and useful.

In this Issue

At the cinema Reel Choice iPhone app Welcoming Briar Grace-Smith Important dates David Carson-Parker American Film Market Hawaii International Film Festival Chicago International Film Festival Filmmaker supported travel Further Congratulations to... Funding Decisions for October 2012


At the cinema

Two Little Boys and Kiwi Flyer are both currently screening at cinemas around the country with Fresh Meat opening this week and How To Meet Girls From A Distance next week.

Two Little Boys has taken $775,000 at the box office and Kiwi Flyer $160,000.

Reel Choice iPhone app

Reel Choice iPhone app

The NZFC, Digital NZ and NZ On Screen are pleased to launch a new iPhone app called Reel Choice.

Reel Choice is an exciting collaboration between the three organisations and puts thousands of New Zealand film and television gems and music videos at people's fingertips.  The selection includes trailers and behind the scenes features from Kiwi films.

The free app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.


Welcoming Briar Grace-Smith

We are thrilled to be able to welcome Briar Grace-Smith to her new role as Development Executive here at the New Zealand Film Commission.  Briar has a long list of filmmaking credits to her name and will already be known to many of you.

Read more about Briar here.

Important dates

We'd like to remind you that the deadline for submissions for our December Board Meeting is Tuesday, 30th of October.

Full details of submission deadlines and the Board Meeting dates for 2013 are available here.

David Carson-Parker

We note with sadness the passing of arts patron David Carson-Parker.

Mr Carson-Parker was an early investor in New Zealand film and has been recently involved in the restoration of Utu project.  He was a benevolent supporter of many arts initiatives, including in his role as the Deputy Chair of the Embassy Theatre Trust.

NZFC International News


American Film Market

Our Head of Sales and Marketing, James Thompson, and Marketing Executive, Jasmin McSweeney, will continue our annual attendance at the American Film Market in Los Angeles from October 31st to November 7th.

Read details here.

Snow in Paradise

Hawaii International Film Festival

Congratulations to Fresh Meat and the five New Zealand shorts that screened in Hawaii (including Snow in Paradise, which is pictured).

Read the full list here.

Ellen is Leaving

Chicago International Film Festival

Congratulations to the three short films selected to screen at the Chicago International Film Festival (including Ellen is Leaving, which is pictured).

Read more here.


Angela Littlejohn & Stuart McKenzie

Filmmaker supported travel

Over the last couple of months we have supported a number of filmmakers to attend training and networking opportunities in order to develop their careers, slates and specific projects.

More details are here.

Further Congratulations to...

Kiwi Flyer, who won the Audience Award at Schlingel in Germany and received a special mention in the main event – the Children's Competition.

The Most Fun You Can Have Dying, which screens at the Hof International Film Festival (Germany) and Cockatoo Island Film Festival (Australia) this week.

Costa Botes, Bret McKenzie and Tusi Tamasese, who are all finalists in the Arts section of the Wellingtonian of the Year awards.

Funding Decisions

Funding Decisions for October 2012

See details of the latest funding decisions including production financing for feature film The Patriarch here.


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

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