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Wednesday 19 September 2018

How Was Your Festival?
I Used to be Normal Photo credit: Elisenda Russell

We want to hear from you. How many films did you see? What were your NZIFF highlights this year? Did you travel to another city to experience NZIFF? What can we do to improve? It's annual survey time and we're eagerly awaiting your comments on NZIFF 2018. This feedback is crucial to help us improve and plan for 2019 and beyond. 

Closing soon: complete the survey online now Our annual survey takes approximately ten minutes to complete. Everyone who finishes the survey goes into the draw to win a fabulous prize pack or a marvellous spot prize (full details below). The survey will remain open until midnight Sunday 23 September. Complete the survey now

MEGA Prize Pack (MEGA value, one to be won)

  • One NZIFF Ten Trip Pass (valued at $155)
  • One 2019 Film Society membership (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch or Hamilton)
  • One Flicks.co.nz Golden Ticket for a year of Flicks preview screenings One DocPlay.com 1 Year Premium Pass. Stream the best documentaries from around the world in one place
  • Two tickets to see Disney's Aladdin the Musical in Auckland at The Civic from 3rd January 2019 (transfers not included)
  • One Resene $100 voucher
  • An assortment of excellent Madman Entertainment Blu-rays,

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NZIFF 2018 Breaks Records in Auckland
Photo by Veronica McLaughlin Photography

You've done it again, Auckland. NZIFF 2018 has broken records with the biggest ever total attendances for Auckland in its 50th year.

Auckland audiences attended 525 screenings across seven venues over 22 days resulting in a record-breaking 109,560 admissions for NZIFF 2018. The previous record year was in 2015 with 105,406 admissions to the festival.

“To see audiences embrace the film festival experience, when competition for that attention is at an all-time high, is completely gratifying for the NZIFF staff and the NZ Film Festival Trust board. 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 endorsement from Auckland audiences, in the year of our 50th birthday, means we’re still connecting and entertaining after all these years. We’ve never felt more energised,” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.

An extra four days were added to the programme to cater to demand for popular films such as Three Identical Strangers, Celia, Dog’s Best Friend, and Burning. Animation NOW!, NZIFF’s special animation festival, screens 10 - 12 August at Academy Cinemas.

NZIFF is dependent on ticket sales with 90% of its income coming

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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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