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Thursday 20 July 2017

New Zealand's Best Jury Announced
New Zealand's Best jury members Armagan Ballantyne, Toby Manhire and Andrew Cozens

We are pleased to confirm Armagan Ballantyne and Toby Manhire as jury members for our New Zealand’s Best Short Film Competition.

Armagan Ballantyne and Toby Manhire will join Andrew Cozens, representative for Madman Entertainment, to judge six short films selected by Gaylene Preston, at a public screening of New Zealand’s Best 2017 on Saturday 29 July in Auckland.

The jury will select the winner of the $5,000 Madman Entertainment Jury Prize, while a $3,000 Wallace Friends of the Civic Award will be awarded by donors the Wallace Foundation and Wallace Media Ltd, to the film or contributor to a film they deem to merit special recognition.

The winners will be announced during the closing weekend of the Auckland leg of NZIFF. The six finalists are Do No Harm (dir: Roseanne Liang), Laundry (dir: Becs Arahanga), Thicket (dir: Julian Vares), Untitled Groping Revenge Fairytale (dir: Catherine Bisley), Waiting (dir: Amberley Jo Aumua), and The Dregs (dir: Matt Campbell).

Guest selector Gaylene Preston selected the six finalists from a shortlist of 12. Festival programmers Bill Gosden and Michael McDonnell viewed 83 entries to prepare the shortlist.

New Zealand’s Best competition also includes an Audience award. Audiences in Auckland and Wellington will be

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Monday 17 July 2017

Special Guests in Christchurch
BBC Journalist Kate Adie

This year we are delighted to welcome homegrown filmmakers and international guests at our screenings in Christchurch. You can find more information about these sessions on the film pages.

100 Men

Paul Oremland will be in attendance for a Q+A following both screenings
Wednesday 16 August, 8.30pm at Hoyts Northlands
Thursday 17 August, 2.00pm at Hoyts Northlands

6 Days

Reporter Kate Adie will be in attendance for a Q+A following the first screening
Thursday 10 August, 8.30pm at Isaac Theatre Royal

Bill Direen: A Memory of Others

Simon Ogston and Bill Direen will be in attendance for a Q+A following both screenings
Saturday 19 August, 6.00pm at Hoyts Northlands
Sunday 20 August, 5.30pm at Hoyts Northlands


Luke Korem will be in attendance for a Q+A following the screening
Friday 11 August, 8.30pm at Hoyts Northlands

Free Theatre

Shirley Horrocks will be in attendance for a Q+A following both screenings
Monday 14 August, 6.30pm at Hoyts Northlands
Tuesday 15 August, 1.45pm at Hoyts Northlands

Human Traces

Nic Gorman will be in attendance at the premiere screening on 4 August, Nadia Maxwell will be in attendance for the 15 August screening
Friday 4 August, 8.15pm at Isaac Theatre Royal  WORLD PREMIERE

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Second World Premiere Confirmed for Christchurch
One Island of Good

One Island of Good, a documentary made by and about the Christchurch YMCA, will have its world premiere at NZIFF in Christchurch on Tuesday 8 August at the Isaac Theatre Royal.

In One Island of Good, local filmmaker Tim McInnes follows 22 young people (aged 13-16) traveling to Nepal under an alternative education programme which is struggling to survive.

These teenagers were all excluded from schools for bullying, selling weed and other misdemeanours. Unwanted by mainstream educators, YMCA staff and volunteers decide to take the kids to earthquake-stricken Nepal, hoping a sense of generosity and responsibility will teach the children skills for life.

 “In Nepal, you see the small staff own up to the strain. They struggle to temper the wild reflexes of charges described as ‘part five-year old, part MI5,’ yet find the wherewithal to rouse the better instincts the trip was designed to nurture. There are no feel-good turnarounds in this impressively frank film,” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.

Director Tim McInnes says One Island of Good was logistically complicated and at times defeating, but ultimately worth the headaches to bring a raw account of the lives of at-risk youth and their education specialists to the screen.


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Wednesday 28 June 2017

We Expand NZIFF Online with VOD
Love Story by Florian Habicht

We are expanding NZIFF online with the launch of an online screening platform supported by SHIFT72.

Films from the back catalogue of Florian Habicht, Summer Agnew, Adam Luxton, Jeremy Dumble, Simon Ogston, and Rebecca Tansley are now available to rent on NZIFF’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform The VOD initiative has been made possible with sponsorship from platform provider SHIFT72. SHIFT72 are leading providers in Secure Video On Demand Technology, powering large entertainment brands such as SXSW Film Festival, Austin (TX) and Cannes Film Festival, France.

“Seeing how limited the opportunities for post-NZIFF life can be for some of our favourite films, we are expanding our screening capabilities to include Video On Demand. A small initial selection of previous NZIFF titles is now available anywhere in NZ that internet allows. In the future we anticipate making much more use of this new platform, with simultaneous NZIFF premieres online and in the cinema. NZIFF On Demand will also provide the opportunity to extend the availability of many titles currently confined to big city screens,” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.

SHIFT72 is a New Zealand Video Technology company that provides Secure Video on Demand Platforms to the Entertainment Industry. SHIFT72’s Technology

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Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Brings Classic Comedy to Life
Our Hospitality

Canterbury’s film lovers are in for a cinematic treat with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra set to play the score live for iconic Buster Keaton silent comedy, Our Hospitality.

The Live Cinema event will be held at the Isaac Theatre Royal as part of our Christchurch line-up in August. The original orchestral score by Carl Davis will be conducted by Marc Taddei.

First released in 1923, Our Hospitality tells the story of Willie McKay (Buster Keaton), a young man who is inadvertently caught in a family feud as he makes his way from New York to the South to collect his inheritance.

“This will be an unforgettable experience. The CSO playing beneath the stage of the Isaac Theatre Royal as one of the most ageless silent comedies ever plays on the big screen. Our Hospitality is gripping – its famous waterfall scene is truly thrilling. Keaton was a fearless stuntman and this is considered one of his masterpieces. It’s even more amazing when you consider that the man performed all his own stunts exactly as you see them,” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden, “The Press reviewer described last year’s live cinema event at the Isaac Theatre Royal as ‘sheer joy’. It is

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