New Zealand International Film Festival


Years running: 16 (since 2009)

New Zealand International Film Festival

A non-competitive festival taking place across the country.


The Festival is a national event bringing a variety of new films in different styles and genres straight from the international festival circuit to the giant screens of New Zealand. The consolidation of several separately evolved Festivals into a single event known as The New Zealand International Film Festival occurred for the first time in 2009 and since then it is held annually starting in Auckland, original home of the Festival, before travelling to towns and cities around the country.

The festival's purpose is to demonstrate the development of the art and contribute to a knowledge of new styles and trends in film-making, to encourage the screening of films which might not otherwise be brought to New Zealand and to encourage and promote widespread discussion of these films. The main strand of the Festival is non-competitive and all participating films receive a measure of financial reward.


Certificate of participation. A certificate of participation is issued for every film screened by NZIFF.


  • The Festival will only screen films which have not previously been screened in New Zealand and are not available for purchase or rental on DVD or BluRay. The only exemptions are for invited archival and retrospective programmes.
  • We return 25% of the box office from all feature-length screenings to entrants
  • You may submit online or physically on DVD/Blu-ray. We prefer entrants to submit their secure online links via Vimeo.
  • Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

National premiere required.



New Zealand
Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch

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Regular mail address:

New Zealand Film Festival Trust
Attn. Submissions
PO Box 9544
Marion Square
Wellington 6141, NZ

Courier address:

New Zealand Film Festival Trust
Attn. Submissions
Level 2, 2 Majoribanks St
Wellington 6011, NZ

Phone: +64 4 385 0162


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    March 31, 2023
  • Event Dates
    19 July — 10 September 2023
Categories & Fees

New Zealand short films under 20 minutes.

  • Deadline — free

Animated films are selected for NZIFF by Malcolm Turner. You can submit your film to Malcolm though the standard submission procedure. Please just make sure to indicate that your film is an animation by using the appropriate tick box on the entry form.

  • Deadline — free
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