Increase in filming sparks film industry roadshow

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To help connect local people with upcoming film career opportunities, Bay of Plenty Film will be delivering a series of free Film Industry Pathways Workshops Bay wide.

Targeted at anyone interested in working in the film industry, the workshops help develop career paths.

“Most people dream of becoming directors, actors, cinematographers or producers, but you can’t just jump into these roles,” says Bay of Plenty Film CEO Anton Steel. “It takes quite a few steps to get there, and we can help budding film makers navigate these steps.”

Anton says the industry nationwide is set to get very busy later on this year. “We are in talks with productions outside of the region to help get Bay people film experience”.

The workshop will cover an introduction to BOP Film and its role in the region, the nature of the film industry and what range of skills are required, and the short-term needs in the Bay of Plenty region.

The film industry provides numerous opportunities for employment, not only for the directors, producers, and actors, but to those providing catering, transport and logistics, construction, electrical, visual art, animal wrangling, and more.

“This series of workshops will give participants an understanding of the many and varied roles on a feature film, such as ‘grip’, ‘best boy’, and ‘gaffer’, and how to map out the pathways from entry level right through to the dream jobs.”

For more information contact Kristy Robinson on 021 481 834 or email