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Directing Masterclass with Debra Granik at NZIFF 2018
Debra Granik

Film director Debra Granik (Leave No Trace, Winter’s Bone) will lead a Directing Masterclass for filmmakers in Auckland as part of NZIFF 2018.

This is the first time NZIFF have been able to provide a Masterclass designed for industry practitioners, thanks to a new Artistic Development Partnership with Creative New Zealand. The Masterclass will be a half day course on Friday 27 July and will be run by the Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand (DEGNZ) on behalf of NZIFF.

Debra Granik, known for her social realism film style, will take filmmakers through an interactive discussion of her work with a focus on Leave No Trace and Winter’s Bone. She will also share examples from her filmmaking influences and past and current documentary work.

Masterclass attendees are encouraged to see Leave No Trace at NZIFF beforehand (Friday 27 July, 10.45am at the Civic).

Limited tickets for the Directing Masterclass will be on sale from Ticketmaster at 9.00am on Monday 23 July.

Directing Masterclass with Debra Granik, Friday 27 July 2.30pm to 6.30pm

Venue: AUT City Campus, 55 Wellesley Street East, Auckland Central 1010

Ticket prices: $25 Full price / $15 Industry guild concession

About Debra Granik

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Meet Nic Marshall: The Big Kid Putting Together NZIFF’s All Ages Programme
Nic Marshall

Every year NZIFF showcases a series of All Ages films for the whole family to enjoy. There’s documentaries for discerning teens and tweens, animated shorts for the teeny tinies, and boundless movie magic, nostalgia and mayhem packed into a concise programme of viewing for mums, dads, grandparents and their smaller companions to enjoy.

Big kid at heart-cum-programmer Nic Marshall, always at the helm of the all ages ship, shares some highlights from this year’s wonderfully whimsical, thought-provoking series of films:

What can our young and young-at-heart audiences look forward to in this year’s All Ages programme of films?

NZIFF once again offers artistically distinct, thought-provoking, engaging and culturally diverse new features and animated short film collections for the next generation of film fans, including two terrific documentary films, Science Fair and Liyana.

What’s extra special about this year’s programme?

My favourite part of the NZIFF year is sharing the Animation for Kids collections of short films in our most glorious cinema venues. These shorts, from all over the big wide world, are always particularly close to my heart – it’s terrific to see which films resonate with a full theatre and to share the audience reaction with the filmmakers.  

Animation for

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Thursday 19 July 2018

Films to See With...

The 2018 NZIFF programme is now out in the world and with more than 150 films screening around the country there’s no doubt you’ll be feeling overwhelmed by choice. To make your selection just that little bit easier, we’ve narrowed down a bunch of our favourites for you to consider. Whether you need a charming watch for a first date, want to challenge your thinking, need a jolly good laugh, or just want someone else to choose a film for you, we’ve put together a collection that’s sure to tick any or all of those boxes:

Ease the awkwardness of a first date

Looking for the perfect film to accompany your first date, minus the mushy love scenes? These five films will give you plenty to talk about outside the cinema and have you feeling just the right amount of film-fuelled amour:

American Animals


Brimstone & Glory

Cold War

In the Aisles

Keep the Change


Take yourself on a date

A date for one is just as fun! A great film can be all the company you need. Here’s a handful guaranteed to draw you into their own special worlds:

3 Faces

The Ancient Woods


Djon África


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Selling Fast and Sold Out in Wellington
The Guilty

Selling Fast 

Friday 27 July

4.30pm A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot (Embassy Deluxe)


Saturday 28 July

1.30pm RBG (Penthouse Cinema)

2.30pm The Ancient Woods (Light House Petone)

3.00pm The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Roxy Cinema)

3.00pm The Wild Pear Tree (Reading Cinema 9)

7.00pm Rafiki (Reading Cinema 5)

9.15pm You Were Never Really Here (Reading Cinema 9)


Sunday 29 July

1.30pm Māui’s Hook (Reading Cinema 5)

8.00pm A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot (Embassy Deluxe)


Monday 30 July

6.15pm Bombshell: The Hedy Lamar Story (Reading Cinema 5)

8.15pm You Were Never Really Here (Light House Petone)


Wednesday 1 August

6.15pm Woman at War (Light House Petone)

8.15pm Arctic (Light House Petone)

9.00pm The Guilty (Reading Cinema 5)


Thursday 2 August

6.15pm And Breathe Normally (Reading Cinema 10)

6.15pm Celia (Embassy Theatre)


Friday 3 August

3.00pm Lucky (Embassy Deluxe)

3.45pm Shoplifters (Penthouse Cinema)

9.00pm You Were Never Really Here (Reading Cinema 9)


Saturday 4 August

11.00am RBG (Embassy Theatre)

12.00pm The Ancient Woods (Penthouse Cinema)

3.15pm Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (Reading Cinema 9)

6.30pm Kusama - Infinity (Penthouse Cinema)

9.00pm The Guilty (Reading Cinema 5)


Sunday 5 August

2.00pm Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (Embassy Deluxe)


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Friday 13 July 2018

NZIFF Extra Days in Wellington
Three Identical Strangers

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

Three Identical Strangers

Monday 13 August
6.15pm at Embassy Theatre

Tuesday 14 August
4.00pm at Embassy Theatre