Buying Tickets

Bookings open on Thursday 5 July at 10.00am

Tickets can be purchased through our website, by phone or at the NZIFF Box Office downstairs at Reading Cinemas Courtenay Place.

Advance bookings will be available for all NZIFF screenings. You can select your own seats if you book online. Book early to secure your favourite seats, and to ensure your tickets for screenings at the smaller venues.

Online Bookings

Ticketing links can be found on the film pages or on the schedule page. To purchase multiple tickets in a single transaction, use the Add to Wishlist buttons to create a shopping cart.

You have the option to select your own seats if you book online, using the ‘CHANGE SEAT’ button before you complete your purchase.

Tickets purchased online will be emailed to you, allowing you to print them at home. Please ensure you print your ticket, not just your confirmation letter, and bring your ID if you have booked concession discount tickets. You may also present your ticket on your mobile. Please ensure your ticket is loaded and ready for presentation

Accessible Online Booking

Wheelchair accessible seats, spaces and companion seats can be purchased online. After adding tickets to your order, you can select your own seats using the ‘Change Seats’ button. Accessible seats are indicated on the seat maps with the International Symbol of Access, with companion seats coloured in blue.

In Person Before NZIFF

From Thursday 6 July to Thursday 27 July, advance tickets for all NZIFF screenings will be available at the NZIFF box office dowstairs at Reading Cinemas, 100 Courtenay Place.

10.00 am – 6.00 pm Monday to Friday, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

In Person During NZIFF

Embassy, Reading Cinemas Courtenay, Penthouse Cinema, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Light House Petone: From Friday 27 July tickets to all NZIFF screenings are available from these box offices. Each box office will open 45 minutes prior to the first NZIFF session of the day and close 15 minutes after the start of the final NZIFF session.

Roxy Cinema: The box office at the Roxy Cinema can only sell tickets for their own NZIFF screenings. The box office opens 45 minutes before each NZIFF session commences and closes 15 minutes after each session starts. Box office closed between sessions.

Please note: Patrons buying tickets for sessions about to start may be given priority over patrons seeking advance bookings.

Mail Bookings

Download the booking form below. Once completed, post to: New Zealand International Film Festival, PO Box 9544, Marion Square, Wellington 6141. Alternatively, you can call (04) 802 2579 and we can post you a booking form.

Telephone Bookings

Please note that we have very limited phone booking services.

Hours before NZIFF (from Thursday 5 July to Thursday 26 July)

10.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Friday, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm Saturday and Sunday.
Ph: (04) 801 8054

Hours during NZIFF (from Friday 27 July to Sunday 12 August)

10.30 am – 5.00 pm daily.
Ph: (04) 801 8054

Schools and Group Bookings

For groups of 20 or more people, contact Alice Vilardel on (04) 802 3140 or

Method of Payment

Cash: Accepted for box office and venue bookings.
EFTPOS: Accepted for box office and venue bookings.
Visa/Mastercard: Accepted for all bookings.
Cheque: Personal cheques are accepted for mail bookings only, and must be received five working days prior to your first screening. Cheques payable to NZ Film Festival Trust.

Ticket Collection

For phone and mail bookings, tickets can be mailed or couriered out if booking is received at least nine days prior to your first screening. Otherwise they will be held for collection at the cinema box office of your first screening. Please bring your reference number and/or credit card and any concession ID as verification of your ticket purchase.


Please note that NO REFUNDS will be given for tickets (either unused, uncollected, or collected late) and Ten-Trip passes (either part or in full).
Bookings once made cannot be altered. Please choose carefully as there are no seat swaps, exchanges, or refunds except as required by law.

General Enquiries

Before NZIFF
Ph: (04) 802 2579, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Friday
During NZIFF
Ph: (04) 801 6483, 10.30 am – 8.00 pm daily (from 27 July to 12 August).

All ticket sales are processed in New Zealand Dollars.

The New Zealand Film Festival Trust is located at Level 2, 2 Majoribanks Street, Central Wellington 6011