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Women in Film & Television Awards Winners 2022

Click Studios celebrated a long list of attendees, nominees & winners for the 2022 WIFT awards brought to you by our Click 1 members of WIFTNZ. An evening hosted by Antonia Prebble that shines a spotlight on the women who are pathing the way of New Zealand cinema and television.

Click 2 members, StaplesVR saw Krystal Paraone up for the Wingnut and Wētā Companies Creative Technology Award and Staples CEO, Aliesha Staples took out the award for Imagezone Entrepreneurship Award as a pioneer of emerging digital media and co-founder of Click Studios, bringing together creative companies.

A frequent collaborator of various Click Studios members, Shoshanna McCallum took out the Fulcrum Media Finance Woman to Watch Award for winning an International Emmy Award and her ongoing
work creating and writing genre-smashing narratives.

Congratulations to all, it was a wonderful evening to be had by all.

Click Studios and Media Design School host live Q&A about the Digital Foundations Course

Bridie Thomson, Click Studios Community Co-ordinator joined 6 of Media Design Schools staff and students to speak about Clicks partnership with MDS and the DCF course available to study free from Click 2.

If you missed the chance to come down to Click 2 in Avondale and listen in on the Q&A hosted by Media Design School then you can check out the entire live stream here! It’s not secret we are excited to be partnering with Media Design School to create more accessible pathways in to Creative Tech for the future generations of West Auckland.

Study Creative Tech for free in West Auckland

Watch: The Media Design School Digital Creative Foundations Showreel for 2021

In July you can study alongside industry at Click Creative Studios in Avondale!

Click Creative Studios recently partnered with the multi-award winning Media Design School, to bring fees-free study in creative tech to West Auckland.

There are two incredible opportunities available at Click Studios starting on 18 July 2022:

The first is a 12 month foundation course – the Digital Creative Foundation programme, Level 4. Suitable for rangitahi living in West Auckland and the surrounding areas wanting to pursue a career in creative tech. This programme introduces learners to game development, animation and digital design and sets them up for a career in creative technologies.

The second is a 24 month part-time graduate certificate course – the Graduate Certificate in Creative Technologies, Level 7. Ideal for full time working adults with either a bachelors degree or relevant professional experience in a creative technologies domain. This programme combines elements of design, software, computing and art to enable learners to refine their skills in 3D animation and visual effects, interactive, web design, graphic design, motion graphics or VR/AR.

Both programmes are eligible for fees-free, and loans/allowances.

The sky is the limit with these programmes and we are so excited to make our space and technology available to those who want to study. Taught by Media Design School’s industry experts via Click Studios in Avondale, you will be provided with the learning space and technology to support your studies.

All you need to bring is that can do attitude and an ambition to learn.

For more info you can email [email protected] or if you’d just like to check out the space, we’re always here to chat.

Details on these programmes can be found via Media Design School’s website:
Click Studios Press Release: https://clickstudios.co.nz/click-studios-partners-with-media-design-school/
Digital Creative Foundation Programme (FEES FREE): https://www.mediadesignschool.com/courses/undergraduate-studies/digital-creativity-foundation-programme
Graduate Diploma of Creative Technologies: https://www.mediadesignschool.com/courses/postgraduate-studies/graduate-diploma-creative-technologies

The Outlook for Someday launch Give a Little page

The Outlook for Someday are building a platform where young people can learn, share and be heard.

The Outlook for Someday are seeking help to reach audiences even further so these stories can become a staple in communities across Aotearoa. Your support can help amplify the thoughts, feelings and concerns of the next generation. You can donate to the Give a Little fund here.

MHM Productions release Boosted Campaign for ‘Vivie’

MHM Productions next project: A heartwarming story about a woman and her vagina.

Amy has a love/hate relationship with her vagina. Every time she tries to have sex with a new lover, her vagina – Vivie, will not give her the pleasure to do so. Amy gets increasingly frustrated with Vivie for that, and equally, Vivie is frustrated with Amy for not listening to her. It all comes to head when Amy is in mid-coitus, and Vivie, again refuses to allow her the intimate moment she so desires.

To donate to the campaign, check out MHM’s boosted page here.

Manaaki Ukraine: Aotearoa’s Creative Businesses Helping Ukraine Now

Manaaki Ukraine is inviting all Creatives in New Zealand to come together and support the World Central Kitchen providing Kai to Ukrainians fleeing war.

The Manaaki Ukraine Campaign was launched on Tuesday the 29th of March 2022.

“Sam Witters, CEO of TORO and AMO has been in contact with close friend and colleague Izabella Wiley, GM of Arts and Entertainment Networks (A&E) Eastern Europe, who, with a group of amazing women, is at the frontline in Poland helping provide supplies to the people flooding the borders. Her stories from on the ground are heart-breaking as you can imagine – women and children arriving in Poland frozen, physically, and emotionally, after queuing at the border for over 50 hours. There have also been great acts of courage and kindnesses, big and small. Like so many of you, we have been compelled to act and tomorrow, on behalf of all of us in the creative industries, we are launching the MANAAKI UKRAINE campaign, which I wanted to give you a preview of, and to personally ask for your support to get it out there.”

Felicity Letcher – The AMO Group

Manaaki Ukraine are asking Aotearoa’s creative businesses, sectors, and communities to help by supporting fundraising for World Central Kitchen, which provides kai to refugees.  They have chosen to put their weight behind World Central Kitchen because they are clearly doing the mahi on the ground and feeding people in need is so close to everyone’s hearts and completely resonates with the desire to provide manaakitanga from Aotearoa.

To donate click here.
To check out their campaign website, click here.
You can follow Manaaki Ukraine on Instagram and keep up to date with World Central Kitchen here.

Manaaki Ukraine provide a tool kit of banners and social media posts for anyone who wishes to spread awareness of this incredible campaign with their communities.

Click Studios Partners with Media Design School!

Click Studios are excited to be partnering with Media Design School, to deliver their Digital Creativity Foundation (DCF) program and Graduate Diploma in Creative Technologies online to learners who will be based at Click Studios Avondale hub.

Click here to learn more about the DCF course
Click here to learn more about the Graduate Diploma

After Media Design School successfully partnered with Digital Natives Academy in Rotorua, we are proud to also be linking up with MDS to provide more learners access to study digital and creative tech away from the Auckland city center.

“This partnership provides an innovative way to reach learners, many of whom may not have the means or funds to study in (central) Auckland or are less confident in studying from home. This approach also enables the community to play an active role in supporting these learners, which is critical to their success.” – Ruth Cooper, MDS Country Director – NZ

MDS delivers the Digital Creative Foundation program (120 credits at Level 4 NZQA) fully online with their industry experienced lecturers based at their Auckland City Centre campus. Learners opting to study from the Click Studios hub will receive additional support from the Click Studios team, with access to high-quality computers, software, and pastoral care.

“To engage more Māori and Pacific learners in Creative Tech, delivering our DCF programme regionally makes sense. This initiative opens opportunities for more Māori and Pacific learners in other regions, with their communities and whānau part of their educational journey”
– Bonnie Kea, Programme Coordinator – Digital Creativity Foundation.

Click Studio’s vision is to inspire the next generation of digital creatives and get them in to the industry, using those skills to not only create a fulfilling career but answer a long time call for more qualified developers in the ever-growing Creative Tech sectors of the world. Click endorses the DCF course that allows learners to try multiple facets of the creative tech world and additionally offers the option to study the Graduate Diploma of Creative Technologies as a progression on from the DCF.

“Click Studios is committed to doing things differently to enable more equitable access to the Creative Technologies industry and are excited by the opportunities the partnership will bring to West Auckland” – Bridie Thomson, Community Coordinator for Click Studios

Click Studios firmly believes in making these options of study in a successful industry openly accessible to our rangatahi as to not create bias surrounding the Creative Tech world and those who can create a successful future within it. Click understands that making this course accessible to those who otherwise may not have the opportunity to travel to and from the Auckland central city every day is important for the future of not only our rangatahi but also the creative tech industry on a whole.

 Learners who choose to study MDS’ Digital Creative Foundation course from Click Studios will study from a co-shared working space that is home to all walks of Creatives – from game developers to film makers. Learners will be exposed to a community that supports and nourishes their creative endeavors while providing space for growth and connection within the creative tech industries.

The course is eligible for the Fees Free initiative and Studylink for student loans and allowances.

Visit MDS here to apply now!

Check out Click Studios here

StaplesVR Founder Aliesha Staples gives keynote at NYWIFT Tech Talk

Join NYWIFT for their inaugural 2022 NYWIFT Tech Talks discussing digital advances and the people behind these new inventions.

New York Women in Film & Television are proud to host their inaugural NYWIFT Tech Talks in partnership with Company 3 and Entertainment Partners (EP). A 4-day virtual conference with media professionals revolutionizing the tech industry and how it’s helped our industry and everyday life adjusting to the current world.

NYWIFT aims to provide case studies, present new ideas, and demonstrate what lies ahead for women working and developing creative projects with digital technologies. WIFTNZ is represented by Aliesha Staples, who is giving a keynote on day four (Saturday 19 March at 9am New Zealand Time) with a panel of IBM executives, on Emerging Technology in Gaming/VR and AI. Click here to register.

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