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 In Rochester, Kodak has appointed Christian Richter to the new role of film lab and studio relationship manager. The big black K is not giving up on sprocket holes. Can justice be done in the dusty streets of the new frontier?
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.
Wednesday 8 May, 2013 VFX and animation legend Ray Harryhausen died 7 May in London, aged 92. Born in 1920 in the US, Harryhausen was intrigued by stop-frame animation from an early age after seeing the 1933 King Kong, and went on to create some of the most memorable screen sequences using the technique.
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.
News Feature by: Tony Forster Wednesday 24 April, 2013 Last year, the Screen Edge Forum closed with a panel discussion titled Mind the Gap, about the dearth of funding opportunities for doco filmmakers in NZ. This year`s Closing the gap featured a much smaller panel, reps from the NZFC and NZ On Air, whose recent announcements of targeted doco funds will – hopefully – close that gap.