Our Mission

Guiding Statement: To be New Zealand’s best film school, providing excellent training in film-making.

We will achieve this by recruiting well, delivering a quality programme, producing work-ready graduates, maintaining strong links to the film industry. The School will self-assess its performance and operate in a financially viable and sustainable way.

The New Zealand Film and Television School (The Film School) has been operating in Wellington since 2000. Senior members of the film industry recognised the need for a film school which would be able to respond to industry training needs.

Graduates of the Film School will be sought-after filmmakers committed to the art of storytelling, who contribute to the quality and growth of New Zealand film.

Our highest priority result is the selection and cultivation of active film originators who have the character, craft skills and personal voice to actively produce original, insightful and entertaining films.

The Film School’s objectives are to:
  • meet the demand for film-based education and training sought by those wishing to make a career in film
  • ensure that new entrants into the industry are adequately and realistically prepared to follow a career path
  • ensure that industry-based standards are established and maintained.
We aim to turn out the producers, directors and technical crews of the future; graduates who are well prepared to make a career in film and/or television.

The course is hands-on and practical. Teaching is project-based and we teach on both digital video and 16mm film. Students make a range of individual projects that may include music videos, documentaries and short digital dramatic films. The focus of the year is the production of two or three short films, shot on film and made collectively by the whole crew.

The Film School is listed on the Ministry of Education Prospectus and is registered as a private training establishment by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). To read their latest external quality assurance report, go here.

The most recent performance report of the Tertiary Education Commission on the private training establishment sector, and The Film School in particular, can be found here.