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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

Extra Sessions in Wellington
Jasper Jones

We've added additional screenings of our most popular titles in Wellington. Tickets are available online or at the NZIFF box office at Paramount.

The Teacher

Saturday 5 August
3.00pm at Paramount Bergman

Jasper Jones

Saturday 5 August
5.00pm at Paramount Bergman


Saturday 12 August
4.30pm at Embassy Deluxe

The Future Perfect

Sunday 13 August
12.30pm at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Selling Fast and Sold Out in Wellington
China's Van Goghs

Selling Fast

Friday 28 July

4.45pm Multiple Maniacs (Paramount Bergman)
8.30pm The Love Witch (Paramount)

Saturday 29 July

11.15am Kedi (Paramount)
2.45pm Stalker (The Roxy Cinema)
5.00pm Newton (Paramount Bergman)
6.30pm Beatriz at Dinner (Paramount)
7.15pm Hostages (Paramount Bergman)
8.00pm The Lost City of Z (Light House Petone)
9.15pm Tragedy Girls (Paramount Bergman)

Sunday 30 July

12.15pm The Farthest (Embassy)
3.00pm A Monster Calls (The Roxy Cinema)
3.30pm Marjorie Prime (Embassy Deluxe)

Monday 31 July

6.30pm The Ornithologist (Embassy Deluxe)
8.15pm I Am Not Your Negro (Penthouse Cinema)

Tuesday 1 August

1.00pm My Year with Helen (Embassy)
6.15pm Starless Dreams (Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision)
6.30pm BANG! The Bert Berns Story (Embassy Deluxe)

Wednesday 2 August

6.15pm New Zealand's Best 2017 (Paramount)
6.30pm Super Dark Times (Paramount Bergman)

Thursday 3 August

4.15pm My Friend Dahmer (Paramount Bergman)
4.30pm The Future Perfect (Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision)
6.30pm The Untamed (Paramount Bergman)

Friday 4 August

6.30pm Marjorie Prime (Embassy Deluxe)
8.15pm Mountain (Light House Petone)
8.30pm Hostages (Paramount Bergman)

Saturday 5 August

1.45pm Austerlitz (Embassy Deluxe)
4.00pm In Times of Fading Light (Penthouse Cinema)
4.30pm China's Van Goghs (Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision)

Sunday 6 August

3.45pm China's Van Goghs (Ngā

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Where to Find the 2017 Programme in Wellington

Printed programmes are now available at Embassy Theatre, Paramount and Unity Books. Following delivery, programmes will also be available at the following locations:

  • City Library
  • City Gallery
  • Wellington i-Site (in front of Michael Fowler Centre)
  • Penthouse Cinema
  • Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • The Roxy
  • Light House Petone
  • Te Papa
  • Aro Video
  • The Dowse
  • Lower Hutt Library
  • Pataka
  • Porirua Library
  • Porirua Information Centre
  • Tawa Library

More locations will have programmes as further distribution takes place over the weekend.

The NZIFF printed programme has always been our main method of sharing our full programme line-up.

In the past few years mailing costs have escalated and the postal service no longer offers the immediate delivery that NZIFF patrons once enjoyed. Accordingly we have cut back on posting programmes to Wellington city and suburban addresses. We think providing information through our website, as well as our broad distribution of the brochure to over 500 locations around Wellington, is now money better spent for a not-for-profit organisation such as ours.

From the morning of Friday 30 June brochures will be available at Embassy Theatre, Paramount and Unity Books, with further locations receiving programmes over the weekend.

We’re interested in your feedback around this change in policy, and should you wish to discuss further please email us at .