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.
In 2018 the festival is holded in various cities:
Certificate of participation. A certificate of participation is issued for every film screened by NZIFF.
National premiere required.
Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch
Regular mail address:
New Zealand Film Festival Trust
PO Box 9544
Wellington 6141, NZ
Phone: +64 4 385 0162Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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New Zealand short films under 20 minutes.
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.