Kia ora Bay of Plenty Film Community.

Ngā mihi manahau ō Te Aranga!  Happy Easter! 

We know many of you have been very busy lately - the Bay of Plenty Film team hopes you have a relaxing Easter break with your loved ones.

The team here is preparing for an action-packed few months ahead - full of opportunities for networking, and learning from national and international industry experts.

We also have a number of film-making competitions coming up - registrations for HP48HOURS and information about preparing for your International Youth Silent Film Festival is available now!

Exciting times!


Coming Up:

6th April:
-Tauranga & Western Bay Creative Communities funding round closes

7th April:
- Unlocking Your Creative Spirit with Jeff Murphy (Screenwriter) in Tauranga

10th April:
- HP48HOURS registrations open

12 April
- Bringing the Bay of Plenty to Auckland Networking Event

14 April:
- Webseries Workshop (Wāhine Only) in Rotorua

25 - 27 April
- International Youth Silent Film Festival Workshop in Whakatāne

5 May
- Te Ata - Bay of Plenty Film Forum

Bay of Plenty Film Forum

Make sure this is in your diary:
Sat 5 May, 8am - 9.30pm
Otamarakau Marae
Te Ata (the Dawn) is a one-day gathering to herald a new beginning for a sustainable screen industry in our region.  Bay of Plenty Film’s vision is for all those who work and contribute to screen and media activity in the Bay to find fulfillment creatively, financially and socially.  

Te Ata film forum is a time for our community to come together to look at the growth potential of our local industry, to explore our strengths as a community, create shared pathways forward and to be inspired and learn from screen legends.  There will be plenty of time for networking and dream casting as well as celebrating our craft in a evening screening of award-winning Bay of Plenty short films.

An invite and full programme will be distributed early next month, including announcing our very special key note speakers.  In the meantime, make sure you block this date out in your calendars now, it is a must for all those who actively want to engage with the development of screen media content here.



Interested in creating web-series?  This workshop is for you (if you're a Wahine).
          Where:         Sat 14th April 10am - 4pm
          When:          Digitial Basecamp, Rotorua
          Presenters: Sally, Minnie, Claris & Elsie from the Candle Wasters
          Focus:         Empowering our local women film-makers with the skills
                                   needed to design and manifest their own web series

          Sponsor:     NZ Film Commission

The Candle Wasters create fierce, funny, feminist web series'. They made their first webseries, Nothing Much To Do in 2014, and have gone on to create Lovely Little Losers, Bright Summer Night, and Happy Playland . These series have had over 5 million views and are watched all over the world. They won the 2017 "SPADA New Filmmakers of the Year Award" and recently received NZ On Air funding for a new webseries and webcomic called Tragicomic being released in 2018.

To register, contact Kristy on 021 481 834 or email



We are super excited to be hosting a screen writing lecture from Bafta award winning, Jeff Murphy! 
          When:  Saturday 7th April; 1pm - 4pm
          Where: Ignition Co-working Space, Tauranga.
          Focus:  Unlocking your creative spirit
Jeff Murphy is an author, screenwriter and script consultant. A Bafta winner for his work on the successful detective show Hinterland, Jeff is involved in a range of projects in both feature film and television.

Jeff has worked with BBC, Universal, New Zealand Film Commission, Film Agency Wales, and is a Random House author.

Registration is $20 - contact Kristy on 021 481 834 or email to secure your place!



Under 20 & wanting to participate in the art of film making? This year as part of The International Youth Silent Film Festival we are offering workshops across the Bay in Whakatāne, Rotorua and Tauranga during the school holidays. 

Industry professionals will guide you right through the film making process…you will collaborate through job sharing processes and together you will make a silent film.  By the end of it students will be ready to create your own entry to the IYSFF NZ Regionals.
          Whakatāne: 25 - 27 April
          Rotorua:      10 - 12 July
          Tauranga:    17 - 19 July

The tutors for the three day workshops are Anton Steel, Bay of Plenty Film CEO who has worked as a Director, 1st Assistant Director and Producer for over 20 years, and specialist tutors: Andrew Taylor, Annie Lawler, Jannine Bishop, Tessa Blackett and Sandi Cutts, who will tutor in their specialist fields - camera operating,  art direction, editing and special effects make up.

For further information, contact the IYSFF Project Manager, Jannine Bishop on 021 056 4009 or email - and to book a places at the workshops, email



While we are hosting a number of Famils, taking key industry people on a tour of key Bay of Plenty locations, we can't bring the whole industry down - so we are taking the Bay to Auckland!  Our food, drink, music and images of our region will be on display to Auckland-based producers, Directors, Location Managers and other key industry influencers. 

If you know of anyone in Auckland that needs to be on our guest list, please reach out to them, and let them know, or let Kristy or Anton know who they are so they receive an invitation!


Bay of Plenty Film is excited to be bringing HP48HOURS to the Bay of Plenty again this year.  If you've never participated in a 48 hour furious film-making competition, it's worth participating in - many a great film-making relationship has sprung forth from the long-running competition, where you have 48 hours to make a unique film from start to finish, including elements and requirements that are revealed on the Friday night, immediately prior to the commencement of the competition.   It's a fast-paced, action packed weekend full of fun and random adventure. 

The video above is last year's moving Grand Final winner, for a bit of inspiration!  

Get your team together now!  Early bird registrations for this year's competition open on Tuesday 10th April.  For more information, you can visit the website, or you can speak with this year's local HP48HOURS coordinator, Annie Lawler on 027 526 6275 or email


The deadline for submissions is Friday 6 April.

The deadline for the Doc Edge annual pitching event, Doc Pitch, is fast approaching. 
If you have a documentary project that you would like to pitch, Doc Edge would welcome your application.
First prize is $5,000 in post production services from Park Rd Road Post. Ka-ching. 😎
Panelists will include representatives from broadcasters, funding agencies, distributors, independent producers and international festival guests.
Visit their website to submit your project.



The New Zealand Writers Guild SEED and SEED ADVANCED funding for script writers closes on Friday 6th April, 12noon.  Grants of up to $12,500 are available for writers to write a feature length script.  

Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami successfully secured this funding back in 2014 and their film "The Breaker-Uperers" is about to hit cinemas!

For more information you can visit their website, or email
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