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Directing Masterclass with Debra Granik at NZIFF 2018
Debra Granik

Film director Debra Granik (Leave No Trace, Winter’s Bone) will lead a Directing Masterclass for filmmakers in Auckland as part of NZIFF 2018.

This is the first time NZIFF have been able to provide a Masterclass designed for industry practitioners, thanks to a new Artistic Development Partnership with Creative New Zealand. The Masterclass will be a half day course on Friday 27 July and will be run by the Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand (DEGNZ) on behalf of NZIFF.

Debra Granik, known for her social realism film style, will take filmmakers through an interactive discussion of her work with a focus on Leave No Trace and Winter’s Bone. She will also share examples from her filmmaking influences and past and current documentary work.

Masterclass attendees are encouraged to see Leave No Trace at NZIFF beforehand (Friday 27 July, 10.45am at the Civic).

Limited tickets for the Directing Masterclass will be on sale from Ticketmaster at 9.00am on Monday 23 July.

Directing Masterclass with Debra Granik, Friday 27 July 2.30pm to 6.30pm

Venue: AUT City Campus, 55 Wellesley Street East, Auckland Central 1010

Ticket prices: $25 Full price / $15 Industry guild concession

About Debra Granik

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Meet Nic Marshall: The Big Kid Putting Together NZIFF’s All Ages Programme
Nic Marshall

Every year NZIFF showcases a series of All Ages films for the whole family to enjoy. There’s documentaries for discerning teens and tweens, animated shorts for the teeny tinies, and boundless movie magic, nostalgia and mayhem packed into a concise programme of viewing for mums, dads, grandparents and their smaller companions to enjoy.

Big kid at heart-cum-programmer Nic Marshall, always at the helm of the all ages ship, shares some highlights from this year’s wonderfully whimsical, thought-provoking series of films:

What can our young and young-at-heart audiences look forward to in this year’s All Ages programme of films?

NZIFF once again offers artistically distinct, thought-provoking, engaging and culturally diverse new features and animated short film collections for the next generation of film fans, including two terrific documentary films, Science Fair and Liyana.

What’s extra special about this year’s programme?

My favourite part of the NZIFF year is sharing the Animation for Kids collections of short films in our most glorious cinema venues. These shorts, from all over the big wide world, are always particularly close to my heart – it’s terrific to see which films resonate with a full theatre and to share the audience reaction with the filmmakers.  

Animation for

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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Selling Fast and Sold Out in Auckland

Selling Fast 

Tuesday 24 July

6.15pm Bludgeon (Event Cinemas Queen St)


Thursday 26 July

6.15pm Eight Uneasy Pieces (Event Cinemas Queen St)


Friday 27 July

6.30pm And Breathe Normally (Rialto Newmarket)


Saturday 28 July

6.00pm New Zealand’s Best 2018 (ASB Waterfront Theatre)


Sunday 29 July

8.15pm Mega Time Squad (Hollywood Avondale)


Saturday 4 August

8.45pm The Third Murder (Academy Cinema)


Sunday 5 August

3.00pm Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (Rialto Newmarket)

3.45pm And Breathe Normally (Academy Cinema)

6.15pm The General (The Civic)

Sold Out 

Monday 23 July

6.15pm The Cleaners (Event Cinemas Queen St)


Thursday 26 July

6.15pm Kusama - Infinity (Rialto Newmarket)


Saturday 28 July

9.00pm You Were Never Really Here (Event Cinemas Queen St)


Sunday 29 July

1.30pm Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (Rialto Newmarket)

5:30pm Shoplifters (Event Cinemas Westgate)


Monday 30 July

6.30pm Monterey Pop (Event Cinemas Queen St)


Thursday 2 August

6.15pm Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (ASB Waterfront Theatre)


Friday 3 August

8.45pm The Guilty (Rialto Newmarket)


Saturday 4 August

1.00pm Foreign Correspondents (Academy Cinema)


Sunday 5 August

11.30am Celia (ASB Waterfront Theatre)

8.00pm Three Identical Strangers (Event Cinemas Westgate)

Meet Malcolm Turner: Programmer for NZIFF’s Animation NOW! Festival
Malcolm Turner   photo credit: Veronica McLaughlin Photography

Animation NOW! returns to Auckland for three days from August 10-12, showcasing some of the year’s best and brightest animated shorts from around the globe.

Programmer Malcolm Turner, who is also at the helm of the Melbourne International Animation Festival, shares a bit about New Zealand’s newest (and only) animation festival and dishes up some ‘must see’ suggestions to rookies of the genre.

Tell us a bit about this year’s Animation NOW! festival.

In a nutshell, there will be six programmes of shorts that give a comprehensive window into the best new independent animation and all its diversity. These are: International Showcase, Dark Hearts, Morph ‘n’ Move, Handmade, Fresh Eyes on Estonia and Crazy Towne.

However, true animation fanatics should lock onto the ‘totality’ of the festival – think of it as one giant programme with some thoughtfully provided meal and sleep breaks.

What are some of the highlights?

I’m pretty thrilled to have Bill Plympton’s latest film Cop Dog feature in the Crazy Towne programme and the Oscar-nominated Negative Space, by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, as the opening film in the Handmade programme.

Which of your six programmes of animated shorts is best suited to animation rookies?

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Friday 13 July 2018

NZIFF Extra Days in Auckland

We will go in to extra days in Auckland. Tickets are available online or at the NZIFF box office. For added sessions during scheduled Festival time, see Extra Sessions in Auckland.


Monday 6 August
6.15pm at ASB Waterfront Theatre featuring a Q+A with director Amanda Millar