Measuring Success

26 June 2015 With the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) just around the corner, I thought it interesting to look at what parts festivals and box office play in the working lives of directors and editors. While television does find a place in some festivals, it’s more usually accorded accolades at awards ceremonies such […]

Talking Documentary

10 June 2015 Documentary is a hot topic at the moment. I recently attended the Documentary Edge Festival’s Screen Edge Forum in Auckland, opened with an address by Chris McDonald, the president of the second largest documentary film festival in the world, Hot Docs in Toronto. Chris highlighted the growth of Hot Docs from its […]

That Old Chestnut Copyright

29 May 2015 As Dotcom seemingly inches closer to extradition, copyright has raised its head here at the guild enough times recently for me to decide to write about it. And before your eyes glaze over at the thought of reading boring copy about copyright, I can assure you that there are a number of […]

Are You Ready?

15 May 2015 An old boss of mine used to say that with great change came great opportunity. It would seem that the opportunity in New Zealand is finally arriving from the shakeup in the screen industry predominantly driven by new digital models for distribution, the shift of creative endeavour from film to TV, and […]