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


December 23, 2018

Plans to film $1 billion Lord of the Rings television series in NZ under threat


The Government has held a crisis meeting with Amazon TV executives as the network threatens to pull plans to film the Lord of the Rings series in New Zealand.

At US$1 billion (NZ$1.49 billion), it is touted as the most expensive television series in history – and accordingly, the most lucrative for the country where it is filmed. 

Earlier this year, production company boss Jennifer Salke confirmed New Zealand was being considered as the location – but now, that's in jeopardy.

Amazon executives met this week with Economic Development Minister David Parker to express their concerns about a lack of studio capacity in Auckland.  Both parties were tight-lipped about the high stakes negotiations, when contacted this weekend. 

December 07, 2018

Wellington film industry added $260m to economy in 2017, provided 2500 jobs - report

Wellington has long been regarded as a film-making mecca, and now new figures show just how big the benefits are for the capital.

Government subsidies may have cost New Zealand taxpayers $550m since 2010, but a report prepared by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research shows film-making has created thousands of jobs in the region, and added an estimated $260 million to the capital's economy last year alone.

The report found that in 2017 the business of bringing things to the silver screen provided about 2500 jobs and generated $705m in revenue for Wellington-based film-making businesses.

Nearly two-thirds of that - $449m - comes from post-production work....


November 23, 2018

New Zealand’s film industry has always been about location, location, location, but what about everything else? What about all the stuff that comes after filming? Jihee Junn talks to Department of Post’s Katie Hinsen at the company’s new state-of-the-art headquarters about her mission to make Auckland into a post-production powerhouse....


November 15, 2018

The winners of three prestigious annual SPADA (Screen Production and Development Association) Screen Industry Awards for 2018 were announced at the 26th Annual SPADA Conference in Wellington on Thursday 15 November...