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Thursday 23 May 2019

Live Cinema returns to The Civic
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

This year for our 20th Live Cinema screening we’re celebrating the 120th birthday of Alfred Hitchcock with his moody 1927 thriller The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog. The acclaimed Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra once again leads this annual special event at The Civic, with Peter Scholes conducting Neil Brand’s spine-tingling new score. Tickets go on sale from Thursday 6 June.

Our first Live Cinema Hitchcock presentation since Blackmail in 2012, The Lodger finds the young master of suspense cementing his status as one of cinema’s heavyweights with a film that pops with the signature themes of his all-time classics. Centred on an innocent man on the run and shrouded in rich atmosphere and erotic obsession, this is the “the first true Hitchcock movie” according to the iconic filmmaker himself.

Presented in a dazzling 2K restoration by the British Film Institute, The Lodger screens for one-night only at The Civic on Sunday 4 August.

See full details here:The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

Tickets are on sale from Thursday 6th June. Mark it in your diaries in ineradicable ink: this is sure to be an unmissable evening.

The record-breaking La Flor

A decade in the making and the

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Long Day's Journey Into Night

We are delighted to reveal the first five films from our highly anticipated 2019 programme, which will screen in Auckland from 18 July, and in Wellington from 26 July.

Our early announcement is a melange of styles and subjects. A 59-minute 3D tracking shot, a Southern California neo-noir, a space odyssey starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche, a Lord of the Files-style thriller from Colombia, and a deep dive into New Zealand’s flourishing wine industry feature in the line-up.

“We’re excited to finally announce our first titles for 2019. A Long Day’s Journey into Night and Under the Silver Lake will make their long-awaited NZ premieres at NZIFF after premiering at Cannes last year. We’ll also be presenting two of the most striking films from the past year, High Life and Monos, which premiered at Toronto and Sundance respectively and the world premiere of David Nash’s NZ wine documentary A Seat at the Table.” — NZIFF Programme Manager Michael McDonnell.


We present our first five films for the 2019 programme: 

High Life

A forbidding spaceship carrying death row inmates hurtles towards oblivion in Claire Denis’s long-awaited, intensely hypnotic sci-fi opus. “Denis reorients the sci-fi genre around bodies, babies, and black holes

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Haere mai! Meet Marten Rabarts our new Film Festival Director – Kaiurungi
Marten Rabarts

After an international recruitment process that started in December 2018 the New Zealand Film Festival Trust board have confirmed Marten Rabarts (Ngāti Porou / Ngāpuhi), current head of EYE International in Amsterdam, will join the organisation as Film Festival Director – Kaiurungi from October 2019.  

The NZIFF 2019 line-up is taking shape with significant input from Bill Gosden (who retired at the end of March after 40 years of service), and will be delivered by the existing NZIFF programming team which includes Programme Manager Michael McDonnell and Programmer Sandra Reid.

“As so many applicants noted, Bill Gosden left unique and large shoes to fill on his recent retirement after 40 years. From a richly skilled and talented field of applicants, it was such a pleasure to find Marten wished to return to New Zealand and take up the challenge to be the Film Festival Director – Kaiurungi. He brings a wealth of international experience in many aspects of film culture but has always remained firmly connected to his homeland. The NZFFT board were particularly impressed with his passion for creating international opportunities for homegrown talent and amplifying unique voices in cinema, across all his work in sales, production, development and marketing,” says

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Friday 26 April 2019

Our 2019 Poster Artwork
Illustration by Ken Samonte, design by Ocean Design

Join us with a cast of characters in the lobby of NZIFF 2019. Check-in, take a seat and settle in for programme updates from here on in. Many new worlds await and we're excited to reveal the first for 2019: our beautiful poster artwork designed by Ocean Design and illustrated by Ken Samonte. Ken returns for a second year as illustrator for the NZIFF poster and you may spot one or two returning characters from the 2018 florist scene. The artwork also represents Bill Gosden's final direction for us, overseeing the concept and revisions with his stellar eye and attention to detail. Thank you Bill. 

“Ocean has enjoyed 30 years of true creative collaboration and partnership with Bill Gosden and his amazing team. With it being Bill’s last festival as Director we wanted to create a truly memorable image. I think we saved our best for his last! The concept for this year’s image drew on NZIFF-as-a-hotel metaphor that we have explored in previous posters, but this year, were able to envision and realise our most ambitious tableau thanks to the talent of illustrator Ken Samonte.

Working with Bill and the NZIFF has been an incredible ride, and we are

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Thursday 21 March 2019

Bill Gosden's retirement message
Bill Gosden photographed at the Isaac Theatre Royal by The Heather and Doug Records

In December 2018 Bill Gosden, NZIFF Director, announced his retirement after 40 years of service. His retirement message is published here in full.

19 December 2018

Kia ora, te whānau

I am chiming into the December frenzy to let you know that later today we will be announcing my retirement as director of the New Zealand International Film Festival, effective from the end of March 2019. In case you never guessed, retirement at pension age (which I reached last month) has never been my goal. I have long avoided five-year plans, but if ever I had one it might have been to turn 70 before giving anyone else a shot at the job. Unfortunately, cancer is as indifferent to our little schemes as it is to the aspirations of medical science. After 18 months of sticking with my work through surgeries and treatment, I’ve been brought to this reluctant decision by the need for continuing treatment.

The patient support and understanding of NZIFF Trustees and staff have sustained me through the last year, while celebrating NZIFF’s 50th year in Auckland provided me with a welcome focus. Best-ever attendances for our programme there (and across the country) see me leaving on

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