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Thursday 16 August 2018

A Record Breaking Year in Wellington
Image credit: Victoria Vincent

You've done it again, Wellington. NZIFF 2018 has broken records with 84,218 attendances, the biggest ever total for Wellington. The previous record set in 2017 has been exceeded by more than 5,000 admissions.

Wellington audiences attended 605 screenings across six venues over 20 days resulting in a record-breaking 84,218 admissions for NZIFF 2018. The previous record year was in 2017 with 79,030 admissions to the festival.

“To see audiences embrace the NZIFF experience, when competition for that attention is at an all-time high, is completely gratifying for the staff and the NZ Film Festival trustees. We pride ourselves on presenting a diverse line-up of films to entertain, to inspire, and to show us worlds we might never have the chance to otherwise experience. This growing support from Wellington audiences suggests we’re still connecting and entertaining year after year,” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.

“While a compelling programme has long been a key success factor, we believe our easy-to-use online ticketing system, with low booking fees, has been a major factor in our success again this year. We recognise that the ability to bring in our own ticketing system to manage thousands of bookings across six venues is an advantage that

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New Zealand’s Best 2018 Winners Announced
Falling Up

Congratulations to the winners of the seventh annual New Zealand’s Best 2018 short film competition. The winning shorts were announced on stage at the Civic Theatre in Auckland on Saturday night.

The Madman Entertainment Jury Prize for the Best New Zealand Short Film at NZIFF 2018 was awarded to Falling Up.

Director Chelsie Preston Crayford received a cash prize of $5,000.

The Jury citation follows:

“It's days later and we're still thinking about Falling Up, a film that effortlessly unravels not only the exhaustion and heartache and grief of being a recently-separated young mum, but the mundane joy, the unending love, and the moments of quiet triumph.

Chelsie Preston Crayford balances roles as mother, writer, director, and performer in a film that captures a rare emotional complexity. Falling Up had us laughing one moment and close to tears the next. A masterful, stand-out film in this year's line-up.”

The inaugural Creative New Zealand Emerging Talent Award was awarded to Charmer.

Director Judah Finnigan receives a cash prize of $4,000.

The Jury citation follows:

“It's astounding that Charmer is Judah Finnigan's first foray into film: his direction is assured and his writing is sharp as hell. Matt Henley's cinematography and Chris

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Meet the NZIFF Interns: Zoe Pattinson Fan, Publicity Intern 2018
Zoe Pattinson Fan

How did you score your role at NZIFF?

I’ve always wondered what goes into the workings of organising a large-scale film event, so when I came across the call for applications on the NZIFF website I immediately sent in my CV and hoped for the best.

What does your role involve?

I assist the communications manager and team (both in Wellington and in Auckland) with all things related to getting the word out about films. I help to organise media releases, respond to inquiries, archive interviews, and coordinate publicity material for the films we’re screening during this year’s festival.

What are your must-see films during NZIFF 2018?

The Wild Pear Tree, Woman at War, Wildlife, First Reformed, Burning.

Aside from getting to see loads of films, tell us why you signed up for the gig?

Having recently graduated from university, I was eager to gain access to the film industry and NZIFF is the perfect beast to kickstart that experience for me.

What’s it like at NZIFF?

One thing I’ve definitely learnt is that women rule this office! Girl power all the way. It’s lovely being part of the team, everyone has a great comradery to just get the job

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Meet the NZIFF Interns: Liam David Reid, Outreach Intern 2018
Liam Reid

How did you score your role at NZIFF?

If I’m being honest, pure chance. One of the staff here asked if I’d be interested in joining the team…always the way in Wellington – you never know when you’ve met someone who a few months later will bring you onboard the coolest little film festival in New Zealand.

What does your role involve?

I’m an intern for the Outreach team, which means I’m essentially helping the wider public to become aware of the wonderful array of films on offer at this year’s NZIFF.

What are your must-see films during NZIFF 2018?

Mandy, Rafiki, Climax, Mirai and Virus Tropical.

Aside from getting to see loads of films, tell us why you signed up for the gig?

To learn more about the film industry and how to get your work in front of a cinemagoing audience. Ultimately, these audiences are the most important people in the industry because the films are made for them – it’s their support that allows more stunning movies to be made. Helping to bolster this support is an absolute honour.

What’s it like at NZIFF?

I’ve met a range of truly lovely and friendly people during my time here with

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Meet the NZIFF Interns: Jean Teng, Auckland Intern 2018
Jean Teng

How did you score your role at NZIFF?

A friend sent me a DM on Instagram of the advertised role saying, “You should apply for this.” If I was a believer in signs, that surely was one.

What does your role involve?

I help the Comms team by doing things like creating and setting up cinema and library displays, designing targeted Outreach campaigns and sending them (if you got one for French or Japan films – that was me!), assisting at events, helping out with media-related publicity stuff, researching and reaching out to community contacts, and doing a bit of admin here and there.

What are your must-see films during NZIFF 2018?

Angels Wear White, Happy as Lazzaro, Little Woods, Skate Kitchen, New Zealand’s Best and more…

Aside from getting to see loads of films, tell us why you signed up for the gig.

The role includes a lot of things that I love and am interested in – film, marketing, community, people. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about what goes on behind a film festival from great people who know what they’re doing and have tonnes of knowledge.

What’s it like at NZIFF?

The team here are all superwomen

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