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8 October 2013 - First 3D Maori Animaton Short to Premiere at NZIFF New Plymouth

The New Zealand International Film Festival returns to New Plymouth in late October with the world premiere of a local short film.

The Rangimoekaus, from local director Helena Bethune, will screen with comic mockumentary hit The Deadly Ponies Gang at NZIFF 2013. 

24 September 2013 - Film Festival Returns to Havelock North

New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) returns to Havelock North for two weeks in October at Cinema Gold Havelock North.

23 September 2013 - NZ Icon to Open Film Festival in Napier

After a three year hiatus the New Zealand International Film (NZIFF) returns to Napier with a special opening event confirmed for the MTG Century Theatre.

Utu Redux will open NZIFF at the MTG Century Theatre on Wednesday 16 October. Director, and recently anointed Arts Icon, Geoff Murphy will attend the special opening night event. Graeme Cowley, Director of Photographer and Utu Redux Producer, will also attend.

22 August 2013 - Film Festival Programme Revealed for Tauranga

13 August 2013 - Film festival Programme Revealed for Nelson

The annual New Zealand International Film Festival returns to Nelson from the end of August with Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing confirmed as the opening night film.

13 August 2013 - Extra Christchurch Screenings for Antarctica: A Year on Ice

The popularity for NZIFF screenings of Antarctica: A Year on Ice has prompted the New Zealand International Film Festival to schedule further screenings in Christchurch this week.

12 August 2013 - Local films screening in Hamilton

Hamilton will screen the latest New Zealand films as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival from August this year, including Paul Judge's Don Driver: Magician.

12 August 2013 - Extra Wellington Screenings Announced

Due to popular demand the following films will have additional NZIFF screenings, extending the Festival by three days

9 August 2013 - Local films screening in Gore

Gore will screen the latest New Zealand films as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival from August this year. 

8 August 2013 - Jon Stephenson to attend Wellington screenings of He Toki Huna

Jon Stephenson will make a guest appearance at the Wellington screenings of a new documentary about the role of media and military in Afghanistan. 

7 August 2013 - Public Help Sough to Meet Final Target

The New Zealand International Film Festival’s campaign to equip the Isaac Theatre Royal for digital cinema has moved significantly closer to target after a funding boost from The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust. 

3 August 2013 - Winner of New Zealand's Best 2013 Announced

A single short film took both the major prizes in the second annual NZIFF New Zealand’s Best Short Film competition announced at Auckland’s Civic Theatre. 

1 August 2013 - Palmerston North programme launched

The annual NZ International Film Festival returns to Palmerston North in August with Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing confirmed as the opening night film. 

31 July 2013 - Extra Auckland Screenings Announced

Due to popular demand the NZIFF has accounted extra screenings of some of this year’s festival hits.

30 July 2013 - Liberace Confirmed for Dunedin

The New Zealand International Film Festival today confirmed Behind the Candelabra has been secured as a late confirmation for the Dunedin programme.

29 July 2013 - Chilean Actress Confirmed to Attend NZIFF

Chilean actress Pauline García will attend the New Zealand International Film Festival to support the Civic Theatre screening of her film Gloria.

24 July 2013 - Wellington Cinemas Cleared for NZIFF

NZIFF organisers are feeling the effects of earthquake jitters with sales slumping, but all venues have been cleared for public occupation.

24 July 2013 - NZ Censors Restrict Elijah Wood Film to Festival-only Screenings

The Office of Film and Literature Classification have classified a New Zealand International Film Festival film to Festival-only screenings, restricting it from further release in New Zealand.

15 July 2013 - Film Festival Programme Revealed for Dunedin

The New Zealand International Film Festival has revealed nearly 80 films will screen in Dunedin and a selection of 20 films will screen in Gore as part of the Festival this year.

 

9 July 2013 - Film Festival Programme Revealed For Christchurch

The New Zealand International Film Festival has revealed over 80 films will screen in Christchurch as part of the Festival this year.

22 June 2013 - Cannes Titles Heading Straight To NZIFF In July

The New Zealand International Film Festival today revealed 18 films that will be screening direct from Cannes in its 2013 programme.

20 June 2013 - NZIFF Announces Two Live Cinema Events For Auckland

The New Zealand International Film Festival today announced two live cinema events to be held in Auckland.

20 June 2013 - NZIFF Announces Live Cinema Event For Wellington

The New Zealand International Film Festival today announced a live cinema event to be held in Wellington.

13 June 2013 - NZIFF Announces Five International Guests

The New Zealand International Film Festival today announced five further international guests to attend the Festival, along with a returning New Zealand filmmaker.

10 June 2013 - Classic Hitchcock In 3D Announced For NZIFF

We have just announced the following two Hitchcock films for this year's Festival:

North by Northwest

Dial M for Murder 3D

8 June 2013 - Feature Film Version Of Giselle To Have Its World Premiere At The New Zealand International Film Festival

Toa Fraser's feature film interpretation of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's performance of Giselle will have its world premiere in the opening weekend of the New Zealand International Film Festival in Auckland.

5 June 2013 - NZIFF Announces Goblin Plays Suspiria Live At The Civic

Italian prog-rock legends ‘Goblin’ will perform their iconic score to Dario Argento’s horror film Suspiria on Friday evening 18 July at The Civic Theatre in Auckland.

30 May 2013 - Finalists For New Zealand's Best Announced For 2013 Film Festival

Six short films have been selected as finalists for the New Zealand International Film Festival’s New Zealand’s Best Short Film Competition.

23 May 2013 - World Premiere For NZ Romeo And Juliet In July

We have just announced the following five films for this year's Festival:

Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song

Much Ado About Nothing

Becoming Traviata

Gebo and the Shadow

What Maisie Knew

16 May 2013 - First Film Festival Announcements For 2013

We have just announced the following six films for this year's Festival:

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

The Deadly Ponies Gang

Gardening with Soul

Soul in the Sea

Dirty Wars

Upstream Color

16 May 2013 - International Director to Select NZ's Best Shorts

International filmmaker Alison Maclean has been confirmed as selector for the New Zealand International Film Festival’s New Zealand’s Best Shorts competition for 2013.

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