June 15, 2020

Film Auckland hosts a Screen Industry Election Forum 2020

With less than 100 days to go until the 2020 General Election, it's important for the screen industry and its associated partners to understand the vision and commitment of the parties towards facilitating a robust and sustainable economy for the screen industry.

Film Auckland will once again assemble the screen industry election forum. We have invited MPs and spokespersons from Labour, National, NZ First, Maori Party, and the Greens.

SAVE THE DATE - Wednesday, 12th August

Here’s an opportunity to have an open dialogue between the parties and the screen practitioners. This will enable both sides to work towards ensuring a vital and healthy screen industry that will benefit the economy and the taonga of the nation.

The bar will open from 5 pm and the Forum will begin at 5.30 pm. After the Forum there will be an opportunity for you to network and socialise.

Our 2014 and 2017 Election Forums were well-attended, so be sure to get in early to secure your seat. Keep an eye out for our emails in July, when we open for registration.

May 27, 2020

New Zealand's newest, largest & most flexible studio space

New Zealand’s screen sector is set to take another leap forward with the opening of X3 Studios, the country’s newest large studio complex.

Situated only 30 minutes’ drive south of Auckland’s city centre, X3 Studios are the most flexible turnkey studios in New Zealand and have been specifically designed for large scale ‘build the world’ productions. The studio complex comprises more than 11,725m2 (126,200 sq/ft) of clear span high-stud studio and flexible production space offering multiple configurations of up to four studios, including the X3 Mega Stage - the largest clear span mega stage in the Southern Hemisphere.

X3 Studios was developed by Xytech Studio Management Co, part of the Kiwi-owned technology company Xytech Group.

Xytech’s owner, Stephen Pryor, says the new studio complex is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the local screen sector: “New Zealand is internationally renowned as a production location - we have terrific screen production incentives that make us an attractive destination for international studios, not to mention some of the best crews and views in the world. However, as the country has become a more popular destination for large scale film and television projects, we’ve almost become a victim of our own success and the lack of local studio infrastructure has been a hindrance to increasing New Zealand’s capacity as a screen production location. Xytech is thrilled that our investment in X3 Studios will contribute the growing health of our local screen sector by attracting more of those big international productions, creating hundreds of local jobs, and, in turn, giving a boost to the New Zealand economy.”

X3 Studios are located on a secure, 2.4 hectare site with easy access to coastal, forest and rural scenic wilderness. Xytech Studio Management Co. expects the first production on-site in coming months and is now accepting inquiries from interested parties: www.x3studios.co.nz

May 23, 2020

Taking the Pulse of Auckland Sreen Sector (virtual discussion)

Enjoy this highly relevant conversation, moderated by Carol Hirschfeld, with a range of perspectives.

The forum reflects on the tremendous growth spurt Auckland is experiencing and how the sector has responded to the COVID-19 shock so far. It highlights a cohesive, collective awareness on key directions, and brings a focus on what we need to do now for a sustainable and thriving Auckland screen sector.

FEATURING GUEST SPEAKERS:
Annie Dodman, Line Producer
Felicity Letcher, Chair of the Screen COVID-19 Action Group
Jasmine Millet, Manager of Screen Auckland
Kelly Lucas, Executive Officer of the Screen Guild Aotearoa
Malcolm Lawry, Head of Investment, Development ATEED
Ngaire Fuata, Director of SunPix Ltd. 
Sam Ramlu, Managing Director, Method Digital

May 08, 2020

New requirements for film permits under COVID-19

As New Zealand adapts to alert levels in response to COVID 19, Screen Auckland is in advanced planning for the industry’s return to screen production work. 

In conjunction with national authorities including WorkSafe and ScreenSafe, they are focusing on how safety on set can be assured and once that is clear, how we can expedite permits for film shoots in the weeks ahead.

Screen Auckland is working remotely, and will consider and facilitate the approval of permits to film in Auckland Council public places throughout Alert Levels 3, 2, and 1.

But there are some new permit requirements under all alert levels in response to COVID-19.

Click here to read through the details

April 29, 2020

ScreenSafe Health and Safety COVID-19 Standards and Protocols

WorkSafe is liaising with ScreenSafe to develop the base Standards and the full Protocol guide for the Screen Sector. These will be endorsed by WorkSafe and will represent minimum expectations. It is important in order to eliminate Covid19 that all productions or workplaces in the wider screen sector align with these.

Each production is required to have a Covid19 site-specific plan. If you intend to go ahead with production under Alert Level 3, it is advised you submit your Covid19 specific protocols, health and safety plans, and site-specific plan to WorkSafe for auditing. 

Email: Melanie Dale 

Attached is the Standard and Alert Levels awaiting endorsement from WorkSafe and further updates will be provided as we receive them.

COVID-19 Standard for New Zealand Screen Sector Operations

ScreenSafe COVID-19 Protocols

April 02, 2020

Business Finance Guarantee – applications open

Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the scheme, businesses with annual revenue between $250,000 and $80 million can apply to their banks for loans up to $500,000, for up to three years. The scheme will offer a total of $6.25 billion in loans to New Zealand businesses.

Read the full details here.