May 05, 2019

Doc Edge and Rei Foundation funding docos for a youthful audience

Making documentaries for the younger generation.

Doc Edge, in partnership with Rei Foundation Limited, is excited to announce the Doc Edge Rei Foundation Rangatahi Film Fund, an innovative new fund for short documentaries for the next generation – our rangatahi – youth aged between 11 to 17 years old.

Documentaries must be 40 minutes or less in length. Animation is acceptable.

May 05, 2019

New book boosts diversity, cultural consciousness in NZ film making

Nicola Agusa, PMC Editor -  April 10, 2019

For any film maker, their aim is to create engaging work that connects with its audience. For film makers in New Zealand of migrant background, getting screen time can be difficult.

Pioneering research by Associate Professor Dr Arezou Zalipour, presented in her book Migrant and Diasporic Film and Filmmaking in New Zealand, asks whether film makers from migrant backgrounds have enough support and how New Zealand screens could reflect better contemporary New Zealand.


April 18, 2019

NZ Film Commission's 'Power of Inclusion' summit to take place in October

News Hub by Kate Rodger and Daniel Rutledge

A summit that aims to tackle topics of representation and inclusion will take place in Auckland in October, the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) has announced.

The Power of Inclusion will feature a number of speakers from Aotearoa and abroad, including the likes of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern along with filmmakers Niki Caro, Haifaa Al Mansour and Phillipa Boyens.

April 07, 2019

Falling Inn Love is the 1st Netflix romcom shot entirely in NZ

Stuff by Matt Shand

A Kiwi love story takes centre stage in the latest Netflix romantic comedy filmed entirely in New Zealand.

Falling Inn Love is the first film to be 100 per cent shot in New Zealand by the Netflix production juggernaut and mixes some big Hollywood names with local actors and crew.

Director Roger Kumble – of Cruel Intentions, The Sweetest Thing and Suits fame – is leading international stars Christina Milian (Be Cool, The Pulse) and Australian construction worker-turned-actor Adam Demos (UnREAL) in the rom-com.

They are joined by local Shortland Street talent, Anna Julienne and Claire Chitham.

January 23, 2019

Film Auckland Morgan Leigh Stewart and Ngaire Fuata heading to Berlinale

A record number of New Zealand women directors are among the filmmakers to have films selected for the 2019 Berlin Film Festival.

In total there are ten New Zealand films in official selection with a delegation of 28 New Zealand filmmakers attending. This includes two New Zealand filmmakers chosen for Berlinale Talents, one as the New Zealand NATIVe Fellow and one presenting in the co-production market. Two New Zealand short films, both directed by women, Hush and Ani will screen In Competition in the festival’s Generation section.

Film Auckland Executive Office, Morgan Leigh Stewart has been chosen to attend  Belinale Talents.

Film Auckland Board Member, Ngaire Fuata produced the short film Lili in the NATIVe section which this year focuses on films from the South Pacific region.

NZ Features Vai and For My Father’s Kingdom will have their world premieres at the festival, as will short films Liliu and Toa’ipuapugā Strength in Suffering. Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen will follow its international premiere at Sundance with a European premiere in Berlin. One Thousand Ropes, which had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2017, will screen as a retrospective along with short films Snow in Paradise and Va Tapuia.

January 01, 2019

Film Auckland Board 2019

At the 2018 AGM in December, a new Film Auckland Board for 2019 was elected:

Chair: Alex Lee

Deputy Chair: Grant Baker

Secretary: Annie Dodman

Treasurer: Pieter Holl

Board:  James BrookesGraham Dunster,Sioux Macdonald, Alice Shearman, Marg Slater, Sam Ramlu, Gabriel Reid, Mike Rehu, Michael Urban

Advisors: Dave Rowell (past Treasurer) and Tony Johnson (Board Member) will be working in Wellington in 2019 and has accepted joining our Advisory Board. Other Advisors are Chloe Smith and Tim Coddington