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Thursday 24th July
Season's Greetings from Film New Zealand
Film New Zealand's office will be closing 24 December 2010 and will reopen on Monday 10 January 2011. We will be checking emails, so you can contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org.
For urgent assistance please contact Sandra Clark (Projects Manager) on +64 21 449 851. More
NHNZ’s New Production Facilities Officially Opened
International television production company NHNZ‘s new purpose-built premises in Dunedin have been officially opened by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, during a function attended by television industry representatives from New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Singapore. More
Omnilab Media and Oktobor open Oktobor Animation Studio
Omnilab Media and Oktobor, its award winning visual effects, animation and digital creative convergence studio, have officially opened their new Auckland-based Computer Generated (CG) animation studio - Oktobor Animation, which it has created and launched in conjunction with Backyard Animated Pictures (USA). More
New Zealand Director en route to Hollywood
The Screen Directors Guild of New Zealand (SDGNZ) has invited New Zealand director Jason Stutter to bring his feature film Predicament to Hollywood for a ‘Director’s Finder’ screening. This is a partnership between SDGNZ and the Directors Guild of America (DGA) through their joint membership in IAESDO - the International Association of English Speaking Directors Organisations. More
New Zealand shows its commitment to the film industry
Film New Zealand says the whole country has clearly shown its commitment to the international film industry by easing the way for blockbuster projects like The Hobbit to be filmed here. Chief Executive Gisella Carr says with the industrial issues settled, New Zealand has reinforced its place as a straightforward and great place to film and, remarkably given New Zealand’s size, a country where the most ambitious blockbuster films in the world can be safely made.
Green light for The Hobbit
New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. and MGM have announced that the two films based on “The Hobbit” are now greenlit and will begin principal photography in February 2011, under the direction of Peter Jackson. Read on for the full press release. More
NZ must maintain commonsense approach
Film New Zealand is warning New Zealand’s reputation in the international film community is at stake as an employment dispute involving actors in The Hobbit films gains profile.
Chief Executive Gisella Carr says as the national agency charged with marketing New Zealand as a top country in which to make international film and television, Film New Zealand is concerned about the potential long-term damage to New Zealand’s reputation. More
Film New Zealand is shifting offices on Monday 27 September.
For much of this day we will be unable to respond to emails or phone calls, but we'll get back online as soon as possible.
Our exciting new offices are situated on the top floor of 163 Tory Street, Wellington. All other contact details remain the same. More
New Zealand director goes to Hollywood
The Screen Directors Guild of New Zealand (SDGNZ) has invited New Zealand director Jason Stutter to bring his feature film ‘Predicament’ to Hollywood for a ‘Director Finders’ screening. This is a unique partnership between SDGNZ and the Directors Guild of America (DGA), and Film New Zealand is proud to be a sponsor. More
Congratulations to New Zealand agencies and production companies who won Cannes Lions 2010 awards
New Zealand had its best year ever at the Cannes Lions, picking up 25 Lions in total (compared to 23 in 2008, the previous best year) , including a Grand Prix and 7 Gold Lions.
The awards included a Grand Prix for Special Group’s “Orcon + Iggy Pop" campaign on behalf of Orcon Broadband and 7 Gold Lions. More
Success for New Zealand short film Poppy
James Cunningham's short film Poppy has been awarded the Computer Animation Festival's Jury Prize ahead of the SIGGRAPH 2010 International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, which is being held in Los Angeles on the 25th – 29th July. More
“You’re Welcome” says Film New Zealand at Locations Trade Show
A new Screen Production Guide and series of Fact Sheets welcoming filmmakers to make New Zealand their next production location will have its international launch at the 25th Locations Trade Show in LA mid-April. More
New Zealand production wins International Digital Emmy Award
Film New Zealand congratulates KHF Media's David Stubbs and Thomas Robins on winning an International Digital Emmy Award (IDEA) on Tuesday 13 April 2010 for their online interactive show for TVNZ, Reservoir Hill. More
Film NZ announces new CEO Appointment
Gisella Carr has been appointed Chief Executive of Film New Zealand, the national film office based in Wellington. More
Screen Production Industry strategy regarding Department of Conservation
Film New Zealand invites the screen production industry to attend meetings being held in Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown to discuss a strategy to engage with the Department of Conservation on the challenges currently facing the industry. More
The Location Guide feature on why Avatar filmed in New Zealand
The Location Guide on Thursday, December 24, 2009 ran this article on why James Cameron chose New Zealand to help him create Avatar. More
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