February 12, 2020

Jacinda Ardern questioned about filming subsidies

An article by Matt Nipple published in the Herald has once again sparked discussion regarding whether the film industry incentives are justifiable compared to other New Zealand industries. 

Hayley Holt interviews Jacinda Ardern on the Breakfast show. Most of the show is about Waitangi Day, but around 7:43 am (at 1:16:00), they talk about Jacinda's position on the topic. 

Jacinda explains, "Treasury do not like incentive regimes. Fullstop. And as I've said, this is ultimately just an industry where if you don't have them, you don't exist."

She continues in support of our film industry by clarifying, "I should just acknowledge the way our incentive regime works; is you get a rebate on what you spend in NZ. So it's all based on if you spend a certain amount, you get a rebate on that, so it requires investment in NZ in order to qualify for that rebate scheme".

You can watch the full interview here

January 25, 2020

SWAG - The Screen Industry Sexual Harassment Prevention Project

SWAG was set up in response to the global #MeToo movement, which shook the entertainment industry and demanded a higher standard of workplace care. They partnered with ScreenSafe, the screen industries' Health and Safety initiative with the aim to contribute significantly toward ensuring safe, creative, respectful, and happy workplaces are the norm in the screen industry nationwide.
 
In response to feedback from successful pilot training courses, there will be a one-day Professional Respect Training Course primarily for Heads of Departments but open to anyone from the screen sector. Offered from early 2020, the course will address prevention, definitions, disclosures and respectful behaviors in the workplace. NZOA and NZFC will be contributing to funding and alongside the industry, guilds are supportive of these courses as essential to Health and Safety in the screen industry.
 
ScreenSafe/SWAG will also be rolling out a Respect Online Module from early 2020 that will address Sexual Harassment, Harassment, and Bullying for all practitioners in the Screen Sector. This course can be undertaken at any time.  ScreenSafe/SWAG is looking for support from all the guilds and industry organisations to encourage their members to undertake this enhanced training.
 
There are more resources available on ScreenSafe and SWAG’s websites  
www.screensafe.co.nz or www.swag.org.nz

January 25, 2020

Auckland's Creative Industries Strategy 2030

This project’s purpose is to develop a strategy to support and drive the growth of Tāmaki Makaurau’s creative industries.  The project will consolidate diverse thinking on the creative economy, explore those ideas with Auckland’s creative communities, and then translate the results into action. One of the specific areas of focus under the strategy is screen - including film, television, gaming, immersive technologies, and digital content. 

You can find out more about the project, or have your say here

January 25, 2020

2020 Screenrights Cultural Fund - now open for applications

The 2020 Screenrights Cultural Fund is now open for applications. This year's focus is 'New Voices' - if you have a project that supports new voices in the screen industry in Australia and New Zealand, you can apply for up to $50K funding. Applications close 29 April, see their website for further information.

Find out more here 

January 25, 2020

Big Screen Symposium 2020

Big Screen Symposium is returning for 2020 on 3 & 4th April in Auckland. Be immersed in two-days of conversations, workshops, panel discussions and case studies with a stellar line-up of local and international speakers. There’s less than two weeks left to secure your earlybird tickets at a discounted industry concession rate! Earlybird sales end midnight, 31 Jan 2020 or until sold out. 

Buy tickets here

December 20, 2019

ATEED release the results of the HOD skills shortage survey

In August, ATEED circulated a survey asking heads of departments (HODs) to predict likely shortages in their current and future workforce. The survey was conducted with key screen industry partners including New Zealand Screen Industry Guild (NZSIG), the New Zealand Cinematographers Association (NZCS), Women in Film and Television (WIFT), The Data Book, and Crew List.

They received a great response, with more than 190 Auckland-based HODs among the 302 HODs nationwide who completed the survey: questions covered skills shortages, internships and traineeships, opportunities and obstacles for success in the screen industry.

To view the results, click here