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Tēnā koe! 

It's been another action-packed month, with our Film Industry Pathways roadshow, and our stall at  the CANVAS Careers Expo.  Thanks to all of you who came out to attend these events, and special thanks to those who helped make it happen! Also, a warm WELCOME to those of you who have just signed up for our newsletter!

We are doing a lot of behind the scenes preparation for the shoots that are hitting our region in the next few months, and these workshops were a fantastic way for us to connect with people who are keen to get involved, and find a place in our local film industry (and potentially be a part of these productions that are coming to town). 

If you weren't able to make it to our workshops, but want to know more about being involved in these upcoming opportunities, please either call Anton on
027 437 6377 or Kristy on 021 481 834

Please also make sure that you share this newsletter, and/or shoulder-tap people who you know are looking for work (they don't need to have experience in the film industry to be a runner or a PA - they just need to be available & have the right attitude!).  Also, if you haven't already, send us through your CV & 
register for free on our directory!

Coming Up:

Saturday 1st September:
- International Youth Silent Film Festival Submissions Close
- Animation College open day (ROT)

Wednesday 12th September: 
- Trustpower Community Awards

Friday 14th September:
- Registrations for Someday Challenge close

15th - 16th September:
- DEGNZ Director's Toolkit (AKL)

Tuesday 18th September:
- BOP Film Networking Event (TGA)

Thursday 20th September:
- Taupō Halloween Film Festival entries close

Wednesday 17th October:
- International Youth Silent Film Festival Awards Night

Sunday 28th October:
- Taupō Halloween Film Festival

1st - 3rd November:
- Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival

Cult Cinema Screenings

1 September: Pretty in Pink

15 September: Spinal Tap

22 September: People's Choice
                                  (vote here)



Entries are closing on the 1st of September for the International Youth Silent Film Festival NZ national finals! 

Later in September the first round of judging will take place.  This year's local jury includes:
  • Tanya Horo (TMH Management Director)
  • Jannine Bishop (IYSFF Project Manager)
  • Alison Titulaer (Actor/Director, HP48HOURS Best Female Director 2018)
  • Hunter Wells (Executive Producer)
  • Chris King (Producer, Director)
  • Jolene James (The Breeze, Tauranga)
The local jury will select the top 10 entries, and the final judging will be undertaken by Anton Steel (Director & BOP Film CEO) and Manu Bennett (Actor - Sparticus, Arrow, The Shannara Chronicles), who will select the top 3 finalists, as well as Best Director, and Best Actor.

The NZ National Finals will be held at Baycourt on Wednesday 17th October.  It will be a red carpet affair with paparazzi, glitz and glamour. The IYSFF founder, JP Palanuk from Portland, Oregon, will be attending this year's NZ Nationals, along with Wurlitzer organist, and composer of the competition's theme songs, Nathan Avakian from New York.  Nathan will be performing the theme songs live on the Baycourt Wurlitzer along to the top 10 finalist's films on the night.

Visit for more information!



In November this year, the Bay of Plenty will see it's first ever Indigenous Film Festival - RIFF (Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival).  Organised by Bay of Plenty Film board member, Piripi Curtis and his Steambox Collective colleague Mike Jonathan, the festival will showcase indigenous feature and short films from across New Zealand and around the world, and includes a series of workshops.  Bay of Plenty Film will be proud supporters of the event.  Check out this article in the Rotorua Daily Post.

If you want to help make this inaugural event a great success, voluntary positions as runners, drivers, ushers, ticketing people or admin supporters are available. Please touch base with us - if you want to be a part of this exciting event!



Our Film Industry Pathways workshop roadshow was a huge success!  Around 150 people attended the 6 workshops we held across the wider Bay of Plenty to hear Paula Jones and Anton Steel speak about the realities of working in the film industry, gain guidance to plan their career paths in the industry, and discover the exciting opportunities coming up for Bay film makers. 

We are currently in discussion with the Waikato Film Hub to deliver the workshop in Hamilton, so if you missed out, there may be another chance to gain this valuable insight.  We will share details as they are confirmed.

In the meantime, if you are eager to get a foot in the door on a large scale production, please contact us - call Kristy on 021 481 834 or email


The NZ International Film Festival is on now in Tauranga, and runs through until the the 16th of September.  Many of the sessions are sold out, and extra screenings have been added to the schedule.

Of the 11 New Zealand made films screening at the festival, a number of Bay of Plenty film makers are included in the line-up: Heperi Mita's Merata: How Mum Decolonised the ScreenShe Shearsproduced by Ainsley Gardiner of Whakatāne; Māui's Hook, produced by Karen Waaka Tibble of Rotorua; Todd Karehana's My Brother Mitchell is screening as part of the Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pacifika Shorts screening; Dog's Best Friend, directed by Eryn Wilson (who grew up in Papamoa); and there is also a screening of Yellow is Forbidden, which was directed by Pietra Brettkelly from Whakatāne.

Check out the schedule for session times!



Last month our Film Industry Pathways workshops replaced our monthly networking event, but it's back  again this month!  It will be at Ignition Coworking Space, 29 Grey Street, Tauranga on Tuesday 18th September, at the usual time: 7-9pm.

The October networking event will be in Whakatāne on Tuesday 16th October, so you can put the date in your calendar now too!



The animation college in Rotorua had an open day on the 31st August, and has another one on the 1st of September, running from 10am - 1pm at their Rotorua Campus - Level 3, 1220 Eruera Street, Rotorua.

You can book here for this free event.  If you have any questions, you can email or call 07 460 1131 or 022 315 0114.



The Department of Conservation has recently updated their guidelines for using drones in their conservation areas.

"Anyone using a drone over public conservation land, for any reason, must have a concession from DOC. Last edition we mentioned our new recreational drone use and commercial drone use pages with information for applicants.

We have now also developed pages on Areas we recommend you apply to use a droneUsing a drone in National Parks (including information on which parks we recommend you apply), Drone safety and Flying your drone near birds and Marine mammals".

If you're looking for more information on using drones around the Bay of Plenty, you can visit the "Drone Use in the Bay of Plenty" page on our website.



There's still time to get your entry in to the Taupō Halloween Film Festival 2018.  There are some great prizes up for grabs, including camera gear and Rubber Monkey vouchers.  Entries close on the 20th of September, and the festival event is on:

Sunday 28th October, 6-9pm at Starlight Cinema Centre, Taupō.

Get your tickets for the festival event from Starlight Cinema Centre by calling them on (07) 3771085, and start planning your costume!  There's a "Haunted Walk" to get through to get to the cinema, which is frightfully fun, and plenty of photo opportunities to be had.

Keep up to date with festival activities by following the Taupō Halloween Festival facebook page, and visit their website.



We want to know what workshops you'd like to see us facilitate over the coming year! 

Let us know what your 'unmissable' workshop would be, and we'll do what we can to make it happen!  It could be anything, from producing to props making, special fx to stunt work, animation to production accounting. 

Email to share your ideas!



Executive Producer, Tracy Hampton, has joined the Bay of Plenty Film team!  She has been contracted to be our new Accounts person, so if you've got any accounts enquiries, you can email Tracy:

We are happy to have her warm, savvy self as a part of our team!



The Outlook for Someday Challenge is another great opportunity for young film makers (under 25) to win acclaim and prizes for producing a sustainability-based film. 

The winning 20 films from this competition will be entered in to at least one international film festival.  Other prizes include a trip to Weta Digital, camera equipment and vouchers.

Here’s a link to previous winning entries, and for more information visit the Outlook for Someday website.  



If you have any news you'd like to share in our monthly newsletter, please email, or call 021 481 834.

Also, please share/forward this newsletter with your film industry friends, subscribe to our monthly newsletters if you haven't already, and feel free to check out our previous newsletters

Visit our website for information about filming in the Bay, and register for free on our directory if you haven't already. 

We also have a Facebook page, and a closed facebook group for local film-makers to connect with each other.  Feel free to follow us on Instagram too!

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