All The Winners of the WIFT Awards 2022

For those who may have missed the announcements, here are the recipients for the 11 award categories of the WIFT NZ Awards 2022, held Friday 8 July at the ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland.  SAE Award for Outstanding NewcomerPresented by Dr Suzette Major, Director SAE Institute, and Dr Maria Walls, Academic Manager, SAE InstituteTo Cian Elyse White (Te Arawa, Ngāti Pikiao) for creating a variety of outstanding work as a writer, director, producer and actor. Fulcrum Media Finance Woman to Watch AwardPresented by Sharon Menzies, Managing Director, … Continue reading All The Winners of the WIFT Awards 2022

New Zealand International Film Festival Announces 2022 Lineup

Seventy feature films and four short film collections are slated for screenings in 2022’s NZIFF lineup, with the full programme announced today. Auckland will be the first to get a peek at the world’s latest film talent from 28 July to 7 August, before the rest of the country. “We couldn’t be prouder of our 2022 programme – as well as having an outstanding collection of films from Aotearoa, our international selection is packed with award-winning, critically acclaimed films from all around the world. … Continue reading New Zealand International Film Festival Announces 2022 Lineup


Independent Kiwi musicians got together to attend the annual Taite Music Prize at Q Theatre tonight. The Taite Music Prize was announced alongside the NZ On Air Outstanding Music Journalism Award, IMNZ Classic Record and the Independent Spirit Award recipients. Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of New Zealand’s most respected music journalists, the coveted Taite Music Prize recognises outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained in one recording. The award highlights outstanding New Zealand albums released in the past year. The award is open to all genres of music … Continue reading KIWI MUSIC CONTINUES TO BE CELEBRATED THIS NZMM AT THE TAITE MUSIC AWARDS


Equaliser (EQ) is a networking and grants initiative that provides professional development and an ongoing network to female* music and screen sector professionals. It is produced and presented by Auckland UNESCO City of Music, Women In Film & Television and supported by SAE Creative Media Institute, Auckland Live, the NZ Music Commission and NZ On Air. *The words ‘women’ and ‘female’ are inclusive of gender non-conforming, transgender & intersex. On Saturday, members of the Screen and Music communities came together to hear from women leading the way in their fields, thanks to … Continue reading THE INAUGURAL EQUALISER NETWORKING HUI


Featured on shortoftheweek recently, Steven Chow’s ‘Munkie’ is a confronting, thrilling short, reminiscent of ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ in its ability to allow space for audiences to empathise with immorality. We’ve been keeping quiet for a while here at Smithstreet – but with good reason! With the post-lockdown recovery of the Creative sector, we’ve all been hustling away and working towards quite the slate of projects. Smithstreet’s Amber Leigh “Stevie” Stevens had a hand in ‘Munkie’, advising on Health and Safety for the shoot. … Continue reading THE LATEST: ‘MUNKIE’

Calls for Action After Loss of Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the Set of Rust

Filmmakers are calling for a ban on having guns on set after the Cinematographer of Rust, Halyna Hutchins, was tragically shot and killed during a misfire while shooting. Director Joel Souza was also seriously injured. Inquiry over the following days has uncovered that concerns over safety were raised multiple times prior to the tragedy, including a walk-out, after the prop gun in question misfired on several occasions. But this isn’t the first time a cast or crew member has been hurt or killed during … Continue reading Calls for Action After Loss of Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the Set of Rust

#VAXFORLIVE Encourages Kiwis to Get Vaccinated So we Can Get Back to What We Love

CALLING ALL KIWIS… The Aotearoa live music, entertainment and concert sector needs your help! With the current COVID-19 Delta outbreak our much-loved traditional summer of music, entertainment and festivals is in danger, and we are urging music fans and those who love going to any form of gigs to go get vaccinated now so we can all enjoy some awesome live tunes together again asap! Aotearoa has been lucky in the fight against COVID-19 to say the least. The first half of 2021 has … Continue reading #VAXFORLIVE Encourages Kiwis to Get Vaccinated So we Can Get Back to What We Love

The iPhone 13 Is Here with Internal ProRes in Your Phone

With the new iPhone 13 Pro, filmmakers finally get access to a real recording format without the drawbacks of H.265 in camera. Today, Apple rolled out a new iPhone, the iPhone 13 Pro, that has a feature we’ve been waiting for for a long time: better recording formats for video. Right now, even if you use a great app like FiLMiC Pro (which is the best way to record video on your phone and comes with the least processing), you are still stuck recording into the … Continue reading The iPhone 13 Is Here with Internal ProRes in Your Phone

PRIDE MONTH: 10 Local LGBTQ+ Artists You Should Follow

Aotearoa / New Zealand is a hub for creative talent, and representation is important. We asked the Smithstreet team about some of their favourite local queer talent – read about them here: PICKLE DARLING Ōtautahi / Christchurch musician Lukas “Pickle Darling” Mayo is making waves with their unique sound. Their latest album release, Cosmonaut, is aptly named, with an out-of-this-world spacey indie-pop sound, with a distinctive Kiwi twang. A talented singer-songwriter, Pickle Darling shows an incredible ability to shoehorn complicated, messy emotions into hushed, … Continue reading PRIDE MONTH: 10 Local LGBTQ+ Artists You Should Follow

10 of Our Favourite Kiwi Music Videos to Enjoy this New Zealand Music Month

New Zealand Music Month is a great time to celebrate the immense musical talent that comes out of our country. We asked our residents about their favourite kiwi music videos of the last few years, and selected a few for you to enjoy: 10. The Beths – ‘Jump Rope Gazers’ 9. Departure Party – ‘Doing Better’ 8. Balu Brigada – ‘Nightshift’ 7. Villainy – ‘Beggar’ 6. Eliezer – ‘Down’ 5. Chelsea Jade – ‘Laugh it Off’ 4. beachware – ‘the Arcade’ 3. Reb Fountain … Continue reading 10 of Our Favourite Kiwi Music Videos to Enjoy this New Zealand Music Month

NEW RELEASE: HeavyEyed (Mitch Cramer) Talks Audio in Games

Smithstreet resident Heavyeyed (Mitch Cramer) discusses how Silent Hill 2 changed the audio game not only for horror, but for the medium as a whole and even beyond. This video looks at what makes good sound design and why Silent Hill 2 was the ‘ushering in’ of a new era. Check out Mitch’s other work here.

VF 48 Hours 2021 Grand Finals – Winners

The VistaFoundation 48 Hours Competition is a staple of Aotearoa / New Zealand’s Screen Industry at this point. Operating since 2003, teams who compete have just one weekend to write, shoot, edit, and deliver a short film, with the added curveball of technical and story elements that must be included. This year, an extra challenge was thrown competitors’ way – Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland were plunged into a Level 3 lockdown the week of the competition weekend. So, being the great crisis managers the … Continue reading VF 48 Hours 2021 Grand Finals – Winners


This weekend marks the annual 48 Hours Furious Filmmaking Challenge for its 18th year. Teams from all around the country are preparing for the madness of writing, shooting, and editing a short film in just one action-packed weekend. However, the snap announcement from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that Auckland would spend seven days at Level 3 after the emergence of several community cases of COVID-19 in Papatoetoe, has thrown a spanner in the works for Auckland teams competing in the 48 Hours. See their … Continue reading VISTAFOUNDATION 48 HOURS 2021: AN UPDATE


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