The NZ Film Festival Trust is a not-for-profit organisation that is only possible with the support of passionate volunteers and a small team of dedicated staff. Our head office is based in Wellington and is complemented by an Auckland office. We also have fabulous personnel in Christchurch and Dunedin who help in making NZIFF a success in the main centres.
Stay tuned for 2016 opportunites which will be posted below as they become available.
NZIFF offers a handful of unpaid work-experience placements every year in our Wellington and Auckland offices. The programme is opened to both New Zealand and international applicants.
Interns carry out nice-to-have services at NZIFF but are not essential to the operation of NZIFF, and are not expected in any way to stand in for or supplant paid staff or contract appointments. In Wellington interns can expect to assist with external communications, expanding our outreach programmes to local community organisations. This can involve research, establishing contacts and developing targeted information and marketing material. Interns also assist in such routine tasks as schedule and website content checking, for example, gaining insight into key areas of our operation in the process. They participate in department planning meetings and full staff meetings and briefings throughout the period. Interns are often able to attend selection screenings.
NZIFF staff and contractors provide ongoing support for the interns: the training and supervision of interns is included in their job descriptions. This may add to staff workloads on occasions, but the sharing of skills and experience (and the obligation to be setting a good example) are seen as entirely positive elements in our office culture by all concerned.
The Wellington office is a small, busy and crowded one and provides privy to every aspect of running an event in a way that placement at a more lavishly resourced event might not. Placement in the Auckland office provides an immersion in the logistics of event delivery. All interns receive full staff privileges.
Over nine years NZIFF and its interns (one, most years, and never more than three) have benefited greatly from this programme. Interns of diverse dispositions and nationalities have added considerable value to the work we do. Many have stayed in touch and have subsequently found full time work, here and abroad, in exhibition, sales, distribution, publicity, event management and at NZIFF.
The application period for the NZIFF 2016 internship programme closes on Sunday, 17 January 2016.
To apply please e-mail your current CV along with a filled application form to Lisa Bomash, Assistant to General Manager, .
Look forward to hearing from you!
- NZIFF 2016 Internship Application Form pdf, 274 KB
Poppy Granger, New Zealand (2015)
“Working as a Publicity Intern at the Wellington head office during the 2015 festival was like no other experience I’ve had before. From the first day I knew that I was going to get along with everyone, and that we were on the same wave-length. The other intern was amazing and I have made a lifelong friendship with her which goes the same for everyone else in the office. I gained hands on experience with various facets of publicity, event assisting, and sub-editing website content, along with a behind the scenes look into publications, programming, content management, and ticketing. The atmosphere within the office was kind and supportive and I felt like part of the team from the get go. I also met filmmakers, writers, and many important media industry professionals which gave me more of an insight into the logistics of organising such a large scale event, as well as the motivation to start my own creative projects. It’s been a valuable opportunity and I feel lucky to have had it!”
Cianna Canning, United Kingdom (2015)
“This was my first experience of a film festival outside of the UK, having moved to New Zealand from England for the NZIFF internship. Based in the head office in Wellington, I was part of the close knit team immersed in the organisation of nationwide scheduling and publicity. Although mainly focused on audience development, they ensured I gained an invaluable insight and experience across all of the festival departments including events management, social media and online content. I would recommend this internship without hesitation to anyone wanting to develop their career in film exhibition whilst being made to feel like a valued additional member of the festival family.”