2020 News

Looking back to see ahead

We need your help to shape the future of the film festival. Take our 2020 survey and share your past experiences, and your future dreams for the festival.

Bringing you the 2020 film festival in the time of COVID-19 was, for us, an extraordinary and exceptional experience.

Film-lovers from Kaitaia to Bluff enjoyed the 80 feature films and shorts programmes in our online festival. Once the government lifted restrictions, we brought a special selection of films – including all the New Zealand-made films – from our online festival to 300 screenings in 16 cinemas across the country.

Like you, we are learning to adapt through constant change. The recent outbreak in Auckland has served to remind us that all or any part of our country may be subject to COVID-19 restrictions without warning.

Looking ahead to the coming year as coronavirus still ravages the world, the prospect of presenting any public event is challenging.

Whether you watched films at the festival this year, online or in cinemas, or chose not to take part, we want to hear from you.

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Q&As on YouTube and Podcast Series
New Zealand's Best 2020 Q&A at ASB Waterfront Theatre. Image: Veronica McLaughlin

Relive Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2020 with our series of Filmmaker Q&As - vibrant conversations with directors, producers, writers and actors.

You can find recorded Q&As on our Youtube channel HERE and in-cinema Q&As are available on Anchor HERE, or your favourite podcast platform including Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts and RadioPublic.

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
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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