Buying Tickets

Tickets will go on sale from 18 July.

Advance bookings can be made for all NZIFF screenings. As the Regent and Rialto are unfortunately unable to offer allocated seating, we recommend arriving early to your session to secure the best seats.

Online Bookings


From Thursday 18 July. A $1.50 booking fee per ticket applies. Please note that concession pricing (excluding Seniors and Children) is not available online, and only with valid ID presented in person at the box office.


From Thursday 18 July. A $1.40 booking fee per ticket applies.

In Person

Advance ticket sales are available for all sessions and can be made from the venue where the film is screening. As these box offices are operated for NZIFF by the venues themselves, they are not equipped to sell tickets for other NZIFF venues.

Regent Theatre: Thursday 18 July – Sunday 25 August, 9.00 am – 5.30 pm Monday to Friday; 10.30 am – 1.00 pm Saturday. Open Sundays during NZIFF.

Rialto Cinemas: Thursday 18 July – Sunday 25 August, 10.30 am – 9.00 pm daily.

Telephone (Regent Theatre screenings only) - (03) 477 8597

9.00 am – 5.30 pm Monday to Friday;

10.30 am – 1.00 pm Saturday;

closed Sundays.

Booking fee: $8.50 per transaction.

Mail Bookings

A booking form is available on our website. Once completed, post to: NZIFF Bookings, Regent Theatre, PO Box 5036, Dunedin 9058.

Booking fee: $8.50 per transaction.

At the Venue on the Day

Regent Theatre: From 9.00 am on the day of the NZIFF screening, Monday to Friday; from one hour before the first NZIFF screening on weekends.
Rialto Cinemas: From 15 minutes before the first NZIFF screening of the day, through until 15 minutes after the start of the day’s final NZIFF screening.

Methods of Payment

Cash/EFTPOS: Accepted for box office and venue bookings.

Visa/Mastercard: Accepted for all bookings.
Cheque: Personal cheques are accepted for mail bookings only, and must be received five working days prior to your first screening. Cheques payable to TicketDirect.

Ticket Collection

For phone and mail bookings, tickets can be mailed out if booking is received at least seven days prior to your first screening. Please note: tickets cannot be replaced if they are lost in the post. If you paid for your tickets by cheque, they will be held at the Regent box office. All other tickets will be held for collection at the cinema box office of your first screening. Please bring your credit card and any concession ID as verification of your ticket purchase.


Please note that NO REFUNDS will be given for tickets (either unused, uncollected or collected late) and Five-Trip Passes (either in part or in full). Bookings once made cannot be altered. Please choose carefully as there are no seat swaps, exchanges or refunds, except as required by law.

Wheelchair Access/Special Requirements

Please advise the ticket seller when purchasing your tickets if you have difficulty with stairs, or have any special requirements.

General Enquirers

Regent Theatre: 17 The Octagon, ph (03) 477 8597.

Rialto Cinemas: 11 Moray Place, ph (03) 474 2200.