Newsletter 1907

Welcome to our July newsletter

We’ve been very much enjoying the shows that came in ahead of our Regular deadline. Our Late Deadline is approaching, so – if you have a NZ show – why not take advantage of our Matariki discount before it expires on 3 July? Go here and use the code MATARIKI2019

Wherever you are, if you have a show for kids or a AR/VR/360 show, we have fee discounts coming up before our 31 July deadline. Follow our social media channels to get the codes for those offers.

Far from home

June saw the 2019 editions of Valencia’s Cinema Jove and our partner Die Seriale. We’re excited to announce our fourth swap selection will be the pilot for German show Hinterher.

This month sees fests in Lima, Melbourne, New York (Stareable) and Toronto run out, with a strong showing for NZ titles in the mix at Melbourne and Toronto. Germany’s WebFest Berlin has announced its line-up for September’s outing here.

Sadly there’s no NZ title in the mix. Having better luck with selections overseas is short Vaspy, by Hweiling Ow (NZWF winners AFK and Ao-terror-oa). Vaspy will have its world premiere screening in Montreal later this month, at Fantasia.

The Web Series World Cup table is starting to take shape, and that shape is large with almost 600 shows having picked up ranking points so far this year.

He Ao Kotahi: Pai in Palestine

Congrats to all the teams who made it through the 48Hours shoot weekend. Heats are now ongoing. City Finals run through much of July, followed by the Grand Final in mid-August in Auckland.

Hot on the heels of the city final in Auckland will be the opening of this year’s NZIFF. The festival’s Auckland programme is now released, including Hamish Bennett’s Bellbird and Ant Timpson’s Come to Daddy. Among the short films playing in the Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts programme is Yellow Roses by Paula Whetu Jones, whose He Ao Kotahi: Pai in Palestine was a finalist at #NZWF17.

Among the projects supported under the NZFC’s Catalyst He Kauahi initiative is Rachel Ross’ Green, produced by Morgan Leigh Stewart, whose K’ Rd Stories was a finalist at #NZWF16.

We’re starting to add more editorial content to our site more regularly, so do have a nosey at our news page now and then. In the last few weeks we’ve added pieces on recent releases K Rd Chronicles and Millennial Jenny. We’ve also looked under the hood of the latest set of WSWC rankings, so here’s a shout out to Roberto Nascimento, whose Sui Generis is currently the highest-placed of the NZ shows.

Jack of All Trades
Wrap Your Eyeballs Around

The Spaceman, the latest episode of Cirkus’ long-running if somewhat sporadic series Jack of All Trades (a finalist at #NZWF16) has recently launched. Take 1 minute and 57 seconds out of your day to enjoy it.

Naashon Zalk’s excellent K Rd Chronicles is now just about complete on Stuff. Read more about how the show came about here.

More of Holly Shervey and Emmett Skilton’s snack-size treats of Millennial Jenny are now rolling out via Instagram (@millennialjenny).

Check out Rose McMahon’s In the Rainbow (top image). Based on coming of age stories of LGBTQ+ youth in New Zealand, it’s now on TVNZ OnDemand.

Coming later this month, season 3 of Aroha Bridge (fka Hook Ups) will play on Maori TV, which gives you plenty of time to revisit the show first series here and second series there.

Check out our calendar for upcoming application and submission deadlines, festivals, and NZ industry events.

Several festivals have submission deadlines this month, including ourselves, so get in to win.

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Published on 1 July 2019