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Thursday 18th September
Hobbit Trailer Released
Fans around the globe can get a taste of Peter Jackson's upcoming 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' in the trailer released today. The film is due for release in late 2012. More
Hobbit trailer about to be unveiled
New Zealand named one of top ten filming locations in the Universe
Telecommunications CEO, renowned actor and producer join Film New Zealand Board
Hollywood Reporter Features New Zealand Special
A recent write up in The Hollywood Reporter details the rise and rise of the New Zealand Film Industry and the man who helped start it all. More
Production Video #4 from the set of The Hobbit
Learn how Jackson is using 3D to make The Hobbit the most immersive venture in to Tolkien's world so far. More
Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake to be filmed in NZ
Top of the Lake, the new miniseries from See-Saw Films, is to be directed by Campion and filmed in Queenstown late next year. More
Foreign TV Commercial Makers are Reaping the Benefits of Filming in New Zealand
The deepening world financial crisis is attracting more top international brands to New Zealand to film big-budget TV commercials. More
More films to qualify for Screen Production Incentive Fund
Changes to a production funding scheme will enable more New Zealand feature films to be brought to production over the next two years and will support the sustainability of the local screen industry, says Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Chris Finlayson. More
Internationally renowned director to film in New Zealand
Peter Webber, director of the acclaimed “Girl with a Pearl Earring” has announced that he is to film his new production in New Zealand in January 2012. More
Tintin does extremely well in opening weekend
Early signs are promising for the new film from Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg. More
Wellington to Host Hobbit World Premiere
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of two planned Hobbit films by Peter Jackson, will have it’s worldwide premiere screening in Wellington in November 2012. More
Hands-On Celebration of New Zealand Film at The Cloud a Huge Success
The local film industry made a scene down on the Auckland waterfront with a two-day event at The Cloud during the world cup to showcase New Zealand’s screen talent. More
Government Announces Changes to Immigration Policy
Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman outlines changes to visa processes which he says will provide a simpler, more streamlined system for the entry of temporary entertainment industry workers into New Zealand. More
Florian Habicht To Take His New York Love Story To Hollywood
Director Florian Habicht is the recipient of the 2011 DGA/SDGNZ Director’s Finder Series Screening, for his film Love Story. More
New Zealand film industry to get a boost in Los Angeles
Film New Zealand and Park Road Post Production are upping their presence in the American home of film-making, Los Angeles. The two organisations are partners in a new initiative that will see Vicki Jackways, Head of Marketing at Park Road Post Production working for Film New Zealand as well when she goes to Los Angeles on a semi-permanent basis from 2012. More
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Behind the Scenes Featurette
Off the back of an overwhelmingly positive response to their latest special effects effort, Weta give us a brief behind the scenes look at how they achieved the visual effects brilliance in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It is once again a testement to the abilities to the abilities of Weta and, of course, Andy Serkis. More
Rise of the Planet of the Apes plaudits for Weta Digital
The wizardry of the team at Weta Digital and artistry of Andy Serkis are being credited with raising the bar once again as Planet of the Apes garners rave reviews worldwide. More
Film and TV Classics to be Showcased During the Rugby World Cup
Magic moments from screens big and small, and a programme of classic New Zealand short films, are coming to New Zealand centres during the Rugby World Cup. Auckland and Wellington will see state of the art interactive cinema installations come to their respective waterfront areas and a souped-up retro kiwi caravan will tour 19 South Island towns showing classics of NZ film and TV. More
AFCI Competition Winner Announced!
Acclaimed American film and television producer Ron Bozman will soon be winging his way to New Zealand, courtesy of Film New Zealand. More
The Adventures of Tintin: the Secret of the Unicorn trailer released
Paramount Pictures have released a new trailer for the film directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson. More
Asia-Pacific Producers Forum comes to Auckland
Hosted by Film Auckland, the annual symposium of the Asia-Pacific Producers Network (APN) is being held in New Zealand for the first time from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 November 2011. More
Peter Jackson releases Hobbit Production Video #3
Peter Jackson has released another video blog entry showing more great behind the scenes footage from the Hobbit set. More
Latest Video Diary from The Hobbit
Peter Jackson has released the second video diary from The Hobbit showing his latest location recce around New Zealand.
Air NZ/Heritage Hotels help New Zealand rock the AFCI Locations Tradeshow in LA
The consensus among the New Zealand team was that this year’s AFCI Locations Expo, held at Disney Studios, was the best yet. For the first time the show was linked in with the (PGA) Producers Guild of America ‘Produced by Conference’ which may for some great connections. The Air New Zealand/Heritage Hotels competition to win a trip to New Zealand meant that the New Zealand stand was a real focal point.
New Zealand animation company signs multi-million dollar production deal with US studio
New Zealand animation company Huhu Studios has signed a multi-million dollar production deal with a leading American studio which produces children’s and family programming.
The US Studio, Big Idea Entertainment’s best-selling animated series VeggieTales is the top home video animated series in the US with mums of pre-schoolers. Since 1993, VeggieTales has sold more than 54 million videos, 13 million books and more than 7 million CDs.
New Zealander Wins International Locations Scholarship
Film Otago Southland Executive Manager Kevin (KJ) Jennings was awarded a prestigious professional development scholarship at the AFCI Locations Expo in Los Angeles last week. Jennings – also a Film New Zealand board member – has won funding to attend AFCI’s 2011 Cineposium conference in France in September. More
‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ director praises Weta’s digital wizardry
Last month, The Hobbit started shooting in Wellington, New Zealand. Today, Peter Jackson released his first on-set video diary. Follow this link to get an insider’s view of the sets, costumes and other behind-the-scenes activities!
Screen Industry Survey 2009/10
Statistics New Zealand has released its screen industry survey results for 2009/10. The survey shows that the value of the New Zealand screen industry has held steady at just under $3 billion. More
Employment Opportunity: Communications and Marketing Manager
Film New Zealand is seeking a dynamic, sophisticated, relationship and media-savvy new Comms & Marketing Manager. More
Screen community helps Christchurch clean-up
The New Zealand screen community is doing its bit for the people of Christchurch as they try to put their shattered lives back together. Film New Zealand CEO, Gisella Carr says 21 portable showers used on location shoots have been sent to welfare centres in the city and two additional shower units have been installed for the army of construction workers to use.
Christchurch Earthquake, February 22, 2011
Film New Zealand joins all New Zealanders and others around the world in extending its heartfelt sympathies to those affected by yesterday’s tragic earthquake in Christchurch.
Congratulations to Dr Mark Sagar of Weta Digital on his Oscar win
Dr Mark Sagar of Weta Digital is set to receive his second sci-tech Oscar for his work on the film Avatar.
New Zealand emerges as an entrepreneurial powerhouse
New Zealand has begun the 2011 year as one of the most entrepreneurial countries on the planet. It is "an entrepreneurial powerhouse," according to The Economist. The World Bank ranked New Zealand first for starting a business in 2010 and Forbes pegged New Zealand at third on its new "Best Countries for Business" list in 2010, up two notches from the year before. More
NZ Short Films Finalists For VES Awards
Auckland's Media Design School is leading the student section at the VES (Visual Effects Society) Awards in Los Angeles this year - considered the 'Oscars' of the visual effects world.
Two films animated by advanced 3D students at the school, Das Tub and Time For Change, have been selected as two of four finalists in the category Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project. Avatar took out the most awards at the 2010 VES Awards, nabbing six wins including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture.
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