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Kia ora!  Spring is here in the Bay of Plenty, and it's fantastic to enjoy the sun after a wet Winter. 

We have some great festivals coming up - the grand finale event for the International Youth Silent Film Festival, the inaugural Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival, and the Taupō Halloween Festival.

Anton was over in Los Angeles last month for the 2018 Cineposium, and while he was there he had the opportunity to go to Netflix HQ, which he found very enlightening.  We will be submitting our images shortly to the Netflix location library, which is pretty exciting!

Finally, we have our AGM coming up this month on Tuesday 16th October.  This will be a great opportunity to see exactly what we've been working on over the past year, and what our focus will be for the year to come!  The AGM itself will be brief, followed by networking drinks and nibbles, and then afterwards we are hosting a special screening of Bay of Plenty made feature film "The Z-Nail Gang".

Coming Up:

Tuesday 16th October:
- BOP Film AGM 2018

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

26-27th October:
- Big Screen Symposium

Sunday 28th October:
- Taupō Halloween Film Festival

Wednesday 31st October:

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

Friday 9th November:
- Film Industry Pathways Workshop - Waikato 

Tuesday 13th November:
- Networking Event - Whakatāne

2 - 6 December:
- NZ Inc Week in LA

Tuesday 11th December:
- BOP Film Christmas Party



Just a reminder to RSVP here for our 2018 AGM, networking drinks & nibbles, and Z-Nail Gang screening.
Tuesday, October 16th at 5:00 PM
The Daily Cafe, 3 Commerce Lane
Te Puke, Bay Of Plenty 3119
The AGM starts at 5pm, followed by networking drinks & nibbles at 6pm.

After the AGM & networking, you are invited to attend a special free screening of Bay of Plenty feature film The Z-Nail Gang at 7pm, at Capitol Theatre, Te Puke.

To bring a public motion before the AGM (which must be submitted in writing by Monday 8th October), email

A member of the public who wishes to bring any public motion before the Annual General Meeting ("Public Motion") shall give written notice thereof to the Secretary of the Trust at least 7 days before the date of the meeting and no motion shall come before the meeting unless notice has been given in accordance with this clause.  No other business shall be considered unless the same is specified in the notice convening the meeting unless it is deemed a matter of extreme urgency by a majority of the Trustees at the meeting or authorised by the rules.

Any public motions shall be debated and considered by the body of the AGM.  However, the Trustees have sole voting rights.



It's getting close to the International Youth Silent Film Festival (IYSFF) awards night!  It is happening the day after our AGM, on Wednesday 17th October, 5pm at Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga. 

If you've never attended an IYSFF awards night, it is well worth grabbing yourself a ticket!  You'll get the chance to walk the red carpet, be snapped by the paparazzi, and view a range of top quality short films made by the talented youth of New Zealand.

Being the national finals, young people and their friends & family from all around the country are travelling to Tauranga, to find out if they have made it through to the IYSFF Global Awards next year in Portland, Oregon.  At the last IYSFF Global Awards, the team that took out second place in New Zealand went on to take out second place at the grand finals! 

Beniah Dunn, who is part of the winning team, will be attending this year's national grand finals, as well as Nathan Avarkian, the Wurlitzer organist, and composer of the competition's theme songs.  Also attending this year's event is the IYSFF founder, JP Palanuk!

Get your tickets for this exciting event here and check out this facebook event for more information about the top 12 films.



Bay of Plenty Film is proud to support the inaugrual Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival (RIFF), which is taking place from the 1st - 3rd November this year.  The event is the brainchild of Piripi Curtis, Mike Jonathan and Lara Northcroft of Steambox Collective, a group of Rotorua-based film makers.

The event is intended to honour the memory of Merata Mita, a Te Arawa film and television pioneer, and to showcase a film created by her son, Heperi Mita about his Mum's life.  Audiences will also be treated to a special screening of Maui’s Hook, produced by Karen Waaka-Tibble.
In addition to these feature length films, over 18 Māori led short films will screened alongside films from other indigenous people from Canada, Australia, Scandinavia and the Pacific Islands. There will be opportunities for film makers to network and attend workshops on how to create comedy, screen writing and accessing markets.
The festival will open with a pōwhiri at Tama-te-kapua Marae, and will conclude with a gala function at Mitai Māori Village. Films will be screened at the Old Odeon theatre, and local hotels will be hosting national and international guests.
As well as honouring Merata Mita, the Steambox Collective have organised this festival out of a desire to develop indigenous cultural and arts projects throughout New Zealand; adding to the cultural well-being of their community. They wish to support opportunities for people to participate, to learn and to experience film; arts, media and cultural projects within New Zealand.  Some of the proceeds from the Festival will be used to purchase emergency response kits for use during catastrophic weather and environmental events throughout the South Pacific Islands.
Tickets for Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival events can be purchased from the RIFF website at, and for further information, email



Adam Smith is a man with a rather impressive resume.  He is a facial motion editor, and has worked on films such as Avatar, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  He also worked as a SR facial animator on the video game Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

Adam will be in the Bay of Plenty this Thursday 4th October, and will be joining us for lunch at Astrolabe from 12-1.30pm, in Nana's Bar.  You are welcome to join us!  For more information, check out this facebook event!   A massive thanks to Rosalie Liddle Crawford for making this opportunity happen.



Entries have closed, and the Taupō Halloween Film Festival is looming!  It will be held 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.  Dust off your spookiest attire for photo ops, and get ready to be frightened!

Visit the Taupō Halloween Festival facebook page, and their website for more information.



Thanks to all who attended our September networking event!  We had lots of fresh faces along, and it was awesome to kōrerorero about what everyone's doing and wanting to do in our local film industry.  We also had the opportunity to check out a couple of locally made short films, thanks to Jimi Colzato and Rosalie Liddle Crawford!

This month our networking event will be incorporated into our AGM (see details above).

Our November networking event will be at the Whakatāne Information Centre on Tuesday 13th November, 7-9pm!

Make sure you keep Tuesday 11th December free in your diary - our Bay of Plenty Film Christmas Party will be happening then!  More details to come!



After a successful tour of the Bay of Plenty, our Film Industry Pathways workshop is travelling further afield! 

The Waikato Film Hub will be hosting Paula Jones and Anton Steel at the new Creative Waikato facility in Garden Place, Hamilton on Friday 9th November, 6-8pm.  For tickets, visit Eventbrite.



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