2018 News

Meet Malcolm Turner: Programmer for NZIFF’s Animation NOW! Festival
Malcolm Turner   photo credit: Veronica McLaughlin Photography

Animation NOW! returns to Auckland for three days from August 10-12, showcasing some of the year’s best and brightest animated shorts from around the globe.

Programmer Malcolm Turner, who is also at the helm of the Melbourne International Animation Festival, shares a bit about New Zealand’s newest (and only) animation festival and dishes up some ‘must see’ suggestions to rookies of the genre.

Tell us a bit about this year’s Animation NOW! festival.

In a nutshell, there will be six programmes of shorts that give a comprehensive window into the best new independent animation and all its diversity. These are: International Showcase, Dark Hearts, Morph ‘n’ Move, Handmade, Fresh Eyes on Estonia and Crazy Towne.

However, true animation fanatics should lock onto the ‘totality’ of the festival – think of it as one giant programme with some thoughtfully provided meal and sleep breaks.

What are some of the highlights?

I’m pretty thrilled to have Bill Plympton’s latest film Cop Dog feature in the Crazy Towne programme and the Oscar-nominated Negative Space, by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, as the opening film in the Handmade programme.

Which of your six programmes of animated shorts is best suited to animation rookies?

That has

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Friday 13 July 2018

NZIFF Extra Days in Auckland

We will go in to extra days in Auckland. Tickets are available online or at the NZIFF box office. For added sessions during scheduled Festival time, see Extra Sessions in Auckland.


Monday 6 August
6.15pm at ASB Waterfront Theatre featuring a Q+A with director Amanda Millar

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Extra Sessions in Auckland

We've added additional screenings of some popular titles in Auckland. Tickets are available online or at the NZIFF box office.


Saturday 21 July
8.40pm at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Meet Stephen Gallagher: composer and music producer on She Shears
Stephen Gallagher

Wellington-based composer Stephen Gallagher took a moment to answer a few questions ahead of the world premiere of his latest film industry project, She Shears, on 1 August.

What was your official role on She Shears?

I composed and produced the original music for the film’s score. I also made the tea. Working on Jack’s film has been a joy. He and producers Georgina Conder, Ainsley Gardiner and editor Gretchen Peterson have been brilliant to collaborate with.

Tell us about a few of your biggest achievements.

 At 11 years old, I read The Hobbit for the first time. I would have never, in my wildest imagination, have guessed that some years later I would be writing and recording the music for the song ‘Blunt The Knives’  to be used in the movie adaptation and watched by millions of people worldwide. That entire experience was surreal.

Tell us a bit about the process of composing the music for She Shears and how the score evolved.

I started by recording a range of musical and non-musical sources and sending Jack material to review. The early stages of composing, when you and the director are working out the sound world of the score,

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Selling Fast and Sold Out in Auckland

Selling Fast 

Friday 20 July

4.45pm You Were Never Really Here (Event Cinemas Queen St)


Saturday 21 July

11.15am Dog’s Best Friend (Academy Cinema)

4.00pm The Price of Everything (Rialto Newmarket)

6.30pm Shoplifters (The Civic)

8.30pm Disobedience (Rialto Newmarket)


Sunday 22 July

12.30pm The Wild Pear Tree (Rialto Newmarket)

6.00pm McQueen (Hollywood Avondale)

7.45pm The Guilty (Event Cinemas Westgate)

Thursday 26 July

6.15pm Kusama - Infinity (Rialto Newmarket)


Monday 30 July

6.30pm Monterey Pop (Event Cinemas Queen St)


Thursday 2 August

6.15pm Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (ASB Waterfront Theatre)


Friday 3 August

8.45pm The Guilty (Rialto Newmarket)


Saturday 4 August

1.00pm Foreign Correspondents (Academy Cinema)


Sunday 5 August

11.30am Celia (ASB Waterfront Theatre)

3.00pm Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (Rialto Newmarket)

Sold Out 

Sunday 22 July

4.00pm Woman at War (Rialto Newmarket)


Sunday 29 July

1.30pm Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (Rialto Newmarket)

5:30pm Shoplifters (Event Cinemas Westgate)


Sunday 5 August

8.00pm Three Identical Strangers (Event Cinemas Westgate)