Marlborough movie hub rejected as council votes for capital funding plan

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Marlborough movie hub rejected as council votes for capital funding plan BY ANAN ZAKI TAMZIN GOLDSWORTHY The Cape Campbell Lighthouse featured in the 2016 film The Light Between the Oceans starring Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender.  Marlborough has decided against establishing its own movie hub, opting instead to rely on Wellington to promote the region as a location for international and domestic …

Director Toolkit Workshops Confirmed for Region

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DIRECTOR TOOLKIT WORKSHOPS CONFIRMED! The New Zealand Film Commission has confirmed funding for the Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand to host two fully-funded Director Toolkit workshops exclusively for Top of the South Film Production Society members this year! One workshop will be hosted in Blenheim and one workshop will be hosted in Nelson. We value the opportunity to educate our society members and our …

Talent Development Funding for Filmmakers

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The Talent Development Fund supports filmmakers to develop their career. The New Zealand Film Commission can fund individuals and businesses who wish to develop their talent. What they fund Help to cover the costs of a professional development opportunity. We offer a grant of up to $5,000 for an individual to cover costs of: Attending a workshop Being mentored through …

Submissions have Closed!

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Entries for the Top of the South Film Festival 2017 have officially closed and we are pleased to announce that we received a whopping 19 Short Film Submissions and for the first time, 1 Feature Film submission! The films have now been sent to Film and Video Labelling Body New Zealand for both classification as well as selection by our …

Shooting a TVNZ “New Blood” Webisode Pilot

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Shooting a TVNZ “New Blood” Webisode Pilot By Tim Hawthorne Dawn Marron wrote Bananaruma as a play for the Nelson Fringe Festival 2016. It was extremely well-received with many people commenting that it would make a great TV series so when a friend told Dawn about TVNZ “New Blood” web series competition (https://www.tvnz.co.nz/webseries-comp), she thought, why not? She hadn’t written …

Film writer needs young star for pivotal role

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BY PAULA HULBURT | THE MARLBOROUGH EXPRESS A film writer is searching for an aspiring actor to play a pivotal role in her latest production. Dramatist and director Claudia Dallarosa is ready to begin filming her newest work which she hopes to enter in the Top of the South Film Festival. But first, she needs to find a 10-year-old boy to play …

Filmmaking – Follow Your Heart

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Filmmaking – Follow Your Heart By Aaron Falvey For some time now I thought it would be great to do a series of blogs, which follows my journey as a filmmaker. The experiences I have encountered have been so varied, some good, some bad, some tragic! I thought it would be nice to start with how I got into film-making. …

BOP Film | Making the Pitch for a Film Industry

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Using the Bay of Plenty’s idle kiwifruit storage spaces in summer is being promoted as a way to overcome a lack of film studio space, that is seeing the country miss out one lucrative overseas film projects, says BOP Film. Auckland and Wellington have insufficient production and facilitation capacity to accommodate the scale of demand from international film production companies …