The NZ Film Festival Trust is a not-for-profit organisation that is only possible with the support of passionate volunteers and a small team of dedicated staff. Our head office is located in Wellington and is complemented by an Auckland office. We also have fabulous personnel in Christchurch and Dunedin who help in making NZIFF a success in the main centres.
2017 opportunites are posted below as they become available.
NZIFF offers a handful of unpaid work-experience placements every year in our Wellington and Auckland offices. The programme is open to both New Zealand and international applicants.
Interns carry out nice-to-have services at NZIFF but are not essential to the operation of NZIFF, and are not expected in any way to stand in for or supplant paid staff or contract appointments.
NZIFF interns can expect to assist the communication team with external communications, expanding our outreach programmes to local community organisations. This can involve research, establishing contacts and developing targeted information and marketing material. Interns also assist the event management team with logistical tasks such as roster & schedule checking, for example, gaining insight into key areas of our operation in the process.
The Wellington office is a small, busy and crowded one and provides privy to every aspect of running an event in a way that placement at a more lavishly resourced event might not. Placement in the Auckland office provides an immersion in the logistics of event delivery. All interns receive full staff privileges.
Over ten years NZIFF and its interns (one, most years, and never more than three) have benefited greatly from this programme. Interns of diverse dispositions and nationalities have added considerable value to the work we do. Many have stayed in touch and have subsequently found full time work, here and abroad, in exhibition, sales, distribution, publicity, event management and at NZIFF.
The application period for the NZIFF 2017 internship programme closes on Sunday, 12 February 2017.
To apply please e-mail your current CV along with a completed application form to Lisa Bomash, Assistant to General Manager, .
- NZIFF 2017 Internship Application Form pdf, 323.2 KB
Rosie Jones, United Kingdom (2016)
“I loved my time at NZIFF. I felt so lucky to experience the process of producing an International Film Festival from start to finish, and it gave me knowledge that I will carry with me later in life. I can't believe how quickly the time went from publicising each of the films to watching them!
NZIFF is great opportunity to work with an amazing team, to learn about all the different elements of creating of festival and of course, to be immersed in films!"
Collette Wright, United Kingdom (2016)
“Being an NZIFF intern gave me the opportunity to fully experience the behind the scenes of a film festival. As well as learning new skills I was able to utilise my own qualities and transfer them to an area of massive interest. I took part in the internship with the aim of finding more direction and confidence in the work place, both of which I feel I have achieved. It was a wonderful and rewarding experience that has only confirmed my love for film.”
Andrew Harrison, New Zealand (2016)
“Becoming the Auckland intern for NZIFF was the best experience of my 2016. As a lover of film, I was exposed to the nuts and bolts and all the moving pieces that go on behind the scenes to make NZIFF the great festival that it is. I was introduced to a wide range of aspects including publicity, outreach, ticketing, event management and many others. The most beneficial thing from the internship was this wide range - I got to learn so much and meet some incredible people throughout the ten weeks. There is nothing that beats a day of working toward making the festival as good as possible, then going into the screenings in the evening and seeing how well the audiences are responding. The internship was an extremely rewarding experience and I recommend this for anyone who is a fan of film, publicity and event management. I can't wait to help out in 2017.”