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Thinking of Beirut – A Disaster Relief Benefit Screening of Acclaimed Film 1982
1982 - Oualid Mouaness

In response to the disaster in Lebanon, we have arranged for FREE screenings of Oualid Mouaness' beautiful film 1982 starring Nadine Labaki (renowned actress and Director of the Cannes-winning Capharnaüm, NZIFF18).

Set in Beirut, 1982 opens a personal and intimate window on the daily lives of ordinary people living through extraordinary circumstances. The near and present danger of Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon is the nerve-wracking backdrop to this coming-of-age tale centred on one boy's all-consuming crush amid the encroachment of war.

With the support of Director Oualid Mouaness and Distributor WAZABI FILM, we are honoured to share this Beirut story to help raise funding for disaster relief.

Friends of NZIFF in Beirut recommend donating to Impact Lebanon or The Lebanese Red Cross. Both these organisations ensure your donation goes directly to the care of thgose directly affected by this disaster.

1982 is available to watch on At Home – Online from 10am Friday 7 August until 11pm Sunday 9 August.

Encore Screenings for NZ Films
Rūrangi returns for encore screenings

We're bringing back New Zealand films for special encore screenings this weekend.

Nine titles will return or be extended into this weekend with the following available as Online Rentals from 10am Friday 7 August – 11pm Sunday 9 August. Once rented, films are available to watch for 48 hours.

Art Shorts
Before Everest
Kiwi Shorts

LOIMATA, The Sweetest Tears
New Zealand's Best 2020
Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts
Rūrangi
The Girl on the Bridge
Tupaia's Endeavour

Audience Choice Awards Winners Announced
Director Mika X's film Gurl wins the inaugural Ngā Whanaunga CineMāori Audience Award

Drum roll please ... announcing the winners of the Audience Choice awards for New Zealand’s Best and Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts.

The winner of the New Zealand’s Best Audience Choice Award is Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro). Director Cian Elyse White will receive 25 per cent of the box office from the online screenings.

The winner of the Ngā Whanaunga CineMāori Audience Award is Gurl. Director Mika X receives the $1,000 cash award sponsored by CineMāori, the new online platform for Māori cinema.

The Audience Choice awards were decided by the combined votes from audiences at the in-cinema screenings at ASB Waterfront Theatre in Auckland, The Roxy Cinema in Wellington, and online audiences.

Previously announced were the winners of the jury prizes in New Zealand’s Best and Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts.

In New Zealand’s Best, the Creative New Zealand Jury Prize for Best New Zealand Short Film was awarded to Oranges & Lemons. Director Robyn Grace receives a cash prize of $4,000. The Madman Entertainment Emerging Talent Award was awarded to Daniel. Director Claire van Beek receives a cash prize of $2,000.

The Wellington UNESCO City of Film Award for Best Film in Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts is Money Honey.

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Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts Best Film Award Winner Announced

The Wellington UNESCO City of Film Award for Best Film in Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts goes to Money Honey. Director Isaac Knights-Washbourn receives a cash prize of $3,000.

The award was announced on stage today following the screening of the films at The Roxy Cinema in Wellington.

The award was judged online by an international three-member jury: Elma Tataragic, screenwriter (God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya – NZIFF19) and head programmer of the Feature and Shorts Competitions – Sarajevo Film Festival (Sarajevo – UNESCO  City Of Film 2019); Meenakshi Shedde, renowned film critic and Berlin Film Festival delegate selector for South Asia from Mumbai (Mumbai – UNESCO City of Film 2019), and from Wellington Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School director and well-known New Zealand actor and arts professional Tanea Heke (Ngā Puhi).

The jury said: “A sensitively told story of enduring friendship – where hope and aroha and optimism live in spite of circumstances. Knights-Washbourn explores the tenacity of the human condition to see and create a positive narrative and space even when things are at a low point.”

The jury also made special mention of Kapaemahu by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson.


Kapaemahu is an animated film which tells of

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Film Festival Announces 2020 Masterclasses With Renowned International and Local Guests
Jennifer Kent on the set of The Nightingale. Credit: Matt Nettheim

Leading international film directors and curators feature in two masterclasses during Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2020.

The masterclasses, which this year will take place online, are designed for film industry practitioners and presented thanks to an Artistic Development Partnership with Creative New Zealand.

The two masterclasses are:

Saturday 1 August 11.00am: An Artist’s Journey from The Babadook to The Nightingale and Beyond Celebrated Australian film director Jennifer Kent in conversation with Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival Director Marten Rabarts discusses her creative process through development and production of her landmark films.

Sunday 2 August: 11am: Archives and Film Museums. Treasure Chest or Mausoleum?

Film Archives play an essential role in preserving and restoring (inter)national film heritage but increasingly they also contribute to the creation of new films made from archive material such as They Call Me Babu and State Funeral in this year’s festival selection. Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, New Zealand National Film Archive Chief Executive – Tumu Whakarae Honiana Love, with international guests Sandra Den Hamer, Director EYE Film Museum, The Netherlands, and Rajendra Roy, Chief Curator – Film, MoMa, Museum of Modern Art New York, in conversation with Marten Rabarts.

Festival Director Marten Rabarts said

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