Wednesday 22 May, 2013 Film Auckland has joined a three-party MOU with China`s Mili Pictures and the government of Wuhan, capital of China`s Hubei province. The MOU includes plans to develop a US$1.6 billion facility in Wuhan and have a (presumably less expensive) presence in Auckland`s Wynard Quarter.
Wednesday 22 May, 2013 The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has turned to Boosted as part of its efforts to raise $210,000 to fit out Christchurch’s Isaac Theatre Royal for film screenings.
Wednesday 22 May, 2013 Reed Midem, which runs the MIP conferences, has plunged into the digital world with the purchase of LeWeb, a strand of conferences. The next, in London on June 5th and 6th, is enticing wandering Australians with a fifty percent discount, but only until May 23rd.
Monday 20 May, 2013 The successful New Zealand Make My Movie initiative has returned, and reconfigured itself as Make My Horror Movie. It is almost as if the idea itself is sentient, pulling a film community towards the dark side. And the possibility of international sales.
Friday 17 May, 2013 For those who like their entertainment to hit the heights, Wanaka`s Mountain Film Festival has whittled down its 143 entries to 58 in-competition finalists, with the full programme due at the beginning of June.
Friday 17 May, 2013 Search the NZFC site for `deadly ponies`, which this writer did while looking for background on the NZIFF`s recently-announced Zoe McIntosh feature, and the return asks: Did you mean “deals cronies”? Not really, but the response feels apt in a week that sees two of the larger deal and crony fests, Cannes and the LA Screenings, under way.
Friday 17 May, 2013 The latest in a long line of Star Trek titles takes over from Iron Man 3 at the top, while titles offering more local interest come towards the end of their runs or, in the case of a couple, are unreported.
Thursday 16 May, 2013 The NZIFF has announced Alison Maclean as selector for this year`s New Zealand’s Best Shorts and the first six features to play in the festival. Four of the features are local, three of them documentaries.
Friday 10 May, 2013 Dates are set for the 2013 NZ Game Developers Conference, PikPok`s Into the Dead achieves world domination, Ninja Kiwi grows its relationships in Scotland and a NZOA-funded game hits the beats.
Friday 10 May, 2013 Melanie Bridge will direct the first feature to be produced under a partnership arrangement between the commercial specialists The Sweet Shop and Andrew Adamson`s production company Strange Weather Films.
Friday 3 May, 2013 NZOA has released the responses to its call for submissions on its discussion paper about online rights for funded TV programmes, along with its own commentary and information on the next steps.
Wednesday 1 May, 2013 Pietra Brettkelly`s feature doco Maori Boy Genius continues the developing trend of local documentaries going for wider releases, following festival appearances in the NZIFF, Berlin, Sydney and New York last year.
News Feature by: Tony Forster Monday 29 April, 2013 Screen Edge offered a session on crowd-finding and -sourcing, with Anna Guenther, the “brain & inspiration behind PledgeMe” and filmmaker Karl Sheridan.
News Feature by: Emmanuel Samoglou Monday 29 April, 2013 The world of transmedia, an exciting and increasingly viable creative outlet for filmmakers, was explored in a lively future-forward session at the Screen Edge Forum.
Monday 29 April, 2013 Beneath the headline numbers of a largely static year for local programming in 2012, the death by a thousand cuts from the sinking lid of capped support for NZOA by government continues.