2023 News

We'll be taking a short break over the Christmas period, closing our office from 22 December 2023, and re-opening on 8 January 2024. Meri Kirihimete and Happy Holidays! See you in the new year.

NZIFF Update: Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival, a 10-year Strategy

The strategic document outlines a 10-year strategy of the Board of The New Zealand Film Festival Trust as it works to deliver and reconfigure Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival to ensure the festival’s continuance, the retention of core values and commonalities and to continue a rebuild into the future.

Planning for 2024 and beyond presents the opportunity for a strategic reinvigoration. Following a series of challenging years, the Board acknowledges that it must confront tough decisions to secure the festival’s future viability. For the NZFFT Board and the Festival team, the last four festivals have not been alike, nor are they representative of how the Board expects to operate in 2024 or over the next decade.

While individual challenges such as the once-in-a-generation pandemic, and once-in-a-decade economic shock, may continue to bear down on society, the Board and Festival staff must plan ahead to grow new audiences and experiences that not only ensure its economic viability but deliver a Festival event that holds its place in New Zealand and internationally.

Together with the Festival team and a number of partners, the Board met for a strategy hui and following this collaborative discussion, the Board developed Te ahua o

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NZIFF 2023 Audience survey results

As the curtain closed on NZIFF 2023 we asked you to tell it to us straight. What you liked, what you didn’t like, and more than 1200 of you generously took the time to share your thoughts with us. There was a lot to digest and we’re ready to spill the beans.

There were some recurring themes in your feedback and like always there was agreement and some disagreement. Our challenge for 2024 is to digest, reflect and action, what we can. Mostly we were heartened that 93.3% of you said that you satisfied or very satisfied with NZIFF 2023, we know that 100% satisfaction is hard to achieve but we’ll keep trying!

What you loved

The shared love of the festival was deeply heartening. Your appreciation makes all the effort worth it.

  • Amazing to have the festival back in full force! Best time of the year, loved the programme and had such a great experience this year.
  • Lovely! Amazing vibe, love people coming together to see films. Such a buzz
  • I always enjoy the experience. The NZIFF is a cultural highlight of winter!
  • It's one of the highlights of my year - the venues are great, the crowds are

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Annie Goldson named recipient of 2023 Dame Gaylene Preston Award for Documentary Filmmakers
Annie Goldson

The New Zealand Film Festival Trust is proud to celebrate the recipient of the Dame Gaylene Preston Award for Documentary Filmmakers and new Arts Laureate for 2023, Annie Goldson

The award was announced by Te Tumu Toi | The Arts Foundation at a ceremony at the Aotea Centre on Friday 1 September.

The Dame Gaylene Preston Award for Documentary Filmmakers was created as part of the Arts Foundation Laureates Awards and is a partnership with the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, the New Zealand Film Commission, Vista Foundation and the New Zealand Film Festival Trust. The $35,000 award is made biennially to an outstanding New Zealand documentary filmmaker.

Previous recipients are Pietra Brettkelly (2019) and Florian Habicht (2021) and this year’s award was selected by a panel comprising Phil Bremner, Kay Ellmers, Libby Hakaraia and Habicht.

Of this year’s recipient, the selection panel said:

“Annie Goldson is a fearless and committed documentary filmmaker with an international focus, both in terms of reflecting international issues in a New Zealand and Pacific context and bringing New Zealand and Pacific stories to the international stage. Over her career she has created a large and diverse body of work in the field of documentary

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