Friday 13 December, 2013 While the complete Generation programme won`t be announced until mid-January, twelve titles including two from Australia are teased out pre-Christmas. Although no NZ films are announced today, they`re almost regulars in the section.
Friday 13 December, 2013 Films listing Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, the Russian Federation and the UK as their countries of origin took away awards from the Brisbane-hosted Asia-Pacific Screen Awards last night.
Wednesday 11 December, 2013 Having not produced an Annual Report last year, at least for public consumption, Film NZ has released its year and a half report, predictably Hobbit-heavy in the activity column. Behind the headlines, there`s plenty of other work going on, even if it`s not all apparent.
Wednesday 11 December, 2013 The first major festival of 2014`s shorts programme comes in four flavours: US Narrative, International Narrative, Documentary and Animation. US films dominate three of the strands; NZ titles are selected for none.
Tuesday 10 December, 2013 “Christmas has definitely come early,” said Louis Sutherland, accepting the Best Film award with co-director Mark Albiston at last night`s NZ Film Awards in Auckland. The gong was the seventh the film collected on the night, having gone into the evening with 13 nominations.
Wednesday 11 December, 2013 The second Asian Animation Summit opened on Sunday night, 8 December at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia resort on Karon Beach. The event is attended by over 200 animators, production companies, and distributors and a few investors.
Tuesday 10 December, 2013 Sundance steals a march on Toronto, with The Raid 2 on the list in the out-of-competition Premieres line-up. Of the 27 films announced in the Premieres and Documentary Premieres selections, it`s the only title from beyond the US and Western Europe.
Tuesday 10 December, 2013 Hong Kong`s annual CineAsia bash gets an early look at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and hands out honours to the region`s business leaders, with a dash of regional star-power thrown in.
Monday 9 December, 2013 Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss is in Beijing this week for meetings with Cai Fuchao, Minister for China`s screen regulator, the State General Administration for Press, Publication, Radio and Television, to advance a television co-production agreement to add to the existing film-only co-production treaty.
Monday 9 December, 2013 Singapore-based Beach House Pictures (BHP), into which NHNZ bought some years ago, had half a dozen nominations going into the Asia TV Awards on Friday (NZ Time). Having had good success at the event in recent years, this year it came away with only one Highly Commended Award.
Friday 6 December, 2013 Coming back in February, and hoping to build on a massive boost in audience numbers in the last two years, the Alliance Française French Film Festival (AFFFF) offers up a soupcon of its 2014 programme, with nary a hint of snails or garlic in sight.
Friday 6 December, 2013 Wanaka secondary student Daisy Thor-Poet`s Forever Emily has beaten off 650 films from 28 countries to take the Grand Prix and Screenplay awards at the Kid Witness News (KWN) final in Paris.
Friday 6 December, 2013 Today is the Day, co-directed by Hillcrest High School students Bella Cook, Elizabeth Newton-Jackson, Emma Savage and Nowshin Humayun, took out the Body Shop Standout Winner at The Someday Awards in Auckland last night (Thursday).
Thursday 5 December, 2013 Hunger Games 2 stays top, Doctor Who trips past $250,000, Michel Gondry`s French fantasy drama Mood Indigo takes $27 off 11 screens and, in between, time is mostly marked ahead of the seasonal rush of bigger budget titles.
Thursday 5 December, 2013 Despite its indie credentials, Sundance is not immune to the passing of time. Organisers this year noted an increase in “indie” films led by established acting talent. With the more or less concurrent Slamdance festival drawing the younger crowd, Sundance – now in its 30th year – is showing its age with more mature stories and themes stiffening the backbone of many of its selections.
Wednesday 4 December, 2013 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced 15 films still being considered for Oscar love. The list represents an almost 90% cull of the 147 titles qualified for consideration in the feature doco category.
Wednesday 4 December, 2013 One of the better-kept industry secrets is now out in the open with the announcement this morning (Tuesday) of Gibson Group founder Dave Gibson as the NZFC Chief Executive for the next five years.
Tuesday 3 December, 2013 NZ`s highest earning local title this year, Tearepa Kahi`s Mt Zion, is one of 25 titles nominated for awards at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival`s (APFF) 56th edition, to be held in Macao next week.
Monday 2 December, 2013 Ahead of SPADA`s AGM and annual awards, outgoing SPADA President Matt Emery presented to an audience predominantly made up of producers on the state of play for the replacement to the Pink Book.
Friday 29 November, 2013 Despite the absence of a conference this year, SPADA held its annual awards in Auckland last night following its briefing on the Performers Agreement with Equity and the organisation`s AGM. At an informal event, Tammy `Munter` Davis did the MC-ing honours, which saw filmmaker Jackie van Beek, producer Matthew Metcalfe and the late Anna Cahill celebrated.
Friday 29 November, 2013 Entirely predictably, the latest instalment of The Hunger Games takes the top spot in its opening week. Less predictably, Doctor Who`s 50th anniversary bash takes third. What do we want? Time travel! When do we want it? It doesn`t matter.
Wednesday 27 November, 2013 Film Independent has announced the nominations for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Leading the pack were Steve McQueen`s 12 Years a Slave and Alexander Payne`s Nebraska with seven and six nods respectively.
Monday 25 November, 2013 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 titles, selected from 120 qualified live action short films, which will be considered for Oscar nomination. Among the 110 casualties to date are two NZ titles.
Monday 25 November, 2013 Singapore`s Ilo Ilo was the surprise winner of the Best Film gong at the weekend`s Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan. Ilo Ilo, seen here in this year`s NZIFF, won Cannes` Camera d’Or earlier this year and is selected Singapore’s submission for the Foreign Language Oscar.
Friday 22 November, 2013 Shona Grundy`s Auckland-based Trigger Happy has this week updated its animation app, Toon Hero, adding the ability to share animations to social media sites including YouTube, Tumblr and Facebook.
Friday 22 November, 2013 Following last week`s meeting in Auckland of the nascent screen industry forum, organisers are pulling together a more wieldy group to advance their activities in support of the industry.
Friday 22 November, 2013 At a Vodafone NZ Music Awards ceremony dominated, entirely predictably, by Lorde, Special Problems` Joel Kefali picked up his third consecutive Best Video Award for the teen`s Royals.
Friday 15 November, 2013 Auckland-based producer Philippa Campbell (Top of the Lake, Black Sheep, No. 2) returns to India shortly as a mentor for the Work-In-Progress Lab at National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) Film Bazaar in Goa. The event runs alongside the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
Friday 15 November, 2013 Yesterday`s Screen Industry Forum passed three resolutions designed to establish a pan-industry body and call on government to consult, then respond quickly to the issues facing the industry. The meeting was attended by over 400 people, according to organisers.