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NZIFF announces Matakana Cinemas as a new venue for 2021!

We are delighted that our friends at Matakana Cinemas will be hosting a range of our 2021 NZIFF Programme. Situated just 50 minutes out of Auckland, this is a lovely three-theatre boutique cinema located in the heart of Matakana Village.

If you're coming from Auckland, why not make it a day trip? You can see all the films lined up for Matakana under regions on our website, so start planning your lineup today!

Award-winning Actress & Filmmaker Kerry Fox takes on role of Guest Selector for NZIFF’s short film competition

We're delighted that acclaimed actress and filmmaker Kerry Fox will be the Guest Selector for New Zealand’s Best short film competition at NZIFF 2021!

Fox has selected six short films for New Zealand's Best which will screen nationwide. Previous Guest Selectors have included Tusi Tamasese (2020), Jane Campion (2019), Leon Narbey (2018) and Gaylene Preston (2017). 

One of New Zealand’s most internationally successful actors, Fox was propelled to global prominence following her award-winning portrayal of writer Janet Frame in Jane Campion's An Angel at My Table. The actress went on to work with world-renowned directors, including Danny Boyle (Shallow Grave) and Michael Winterbottom (Welcome to Sarajevo) and earned a Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival for her role in Patrice Chéreau’s Intimacy.

In 2009, Fox reunited with Campion for Bright Star, for which she received Best Supporting Actress nominations from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards and the British Independent Film Awards. While much of Fox’s career takes her offshore, the Wellingtonian has returned to Aotearoa to star in locally produced films, including Mr Pip and The Rehearsal.

117 submissions were received this year with the NZIFF programming team shortlisting 12 films for Fox to

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Announcing 12 New Zealand films screening at NZIFF 2021

Homegrown features films join the NZIFF 2021 line-up

An impressive 12 feature-length New Zealand films have been selected to screen at the film festival this year ... with more to come!

Portraits of disruptors and change-makers, explorations of cures for climate change and cancer, reflections on revolutionary moments of modern history, and tales of deep-seated traditions are just some of the themes explored by the films to screen at the festival.

“NZIFF has a long history of supporting New Zealand filmmakers and we’re extremely proud to provide a platform that brings their world-class films to audiences around Aotearoa,” – NZIFF Director Marten Rabarts.

The New Zealand films announced today include eight documentaries, two dramas and two retrospective films, and seven films will have their world premieres at NZIFF 2021, including Michelle Savill’s drama Millie Lies Low, while Jan Oliver Lucks' There Is No I in Threesome has its theatrical world premiere following its critically acclaimed US premiere on HBO Max. 

The line-up of documentaries spans an examination of the legacy of artist Theo Schoon, a profile of “Super Samoan” MMA fighter Mark Hunt, the story of how women made a stand against nuclear proliferation and changed the world, alongside a sensitive

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New Zealand International Film Festival announces first films

Our first films announced today!

Today we are excited to announce the first films from the highly anticipated NZIFF 2021 programme! It's been a while in the making, but we think it's been worth the wait.

Fiona Clark: Unafraid, Flee, Memoria, Nine Days, Undine and Zola are the first of many extraordinary international and local films set to entertain you when we bring our celebration of cinema to 13 towns and cities around the country this spring opening in Auckland on 28 October with Christchurch opening on the following day, Wellington and Dunedin running from 5 November and the remaining nine centres to follow.

“Decorated critic favourites from Cannes and Sundance, Memoria, Flee and Nine Days will make their eagerly awaited New Zealand premieres, as will much-hyped off-beat comedy Zola and Christian Petzold’s mythical romance Undine. In addition to these international titles, we’re also proud to present the world premiere of Lula Cucchiara‘s fascinating documentary, Fiona Clark: Unafraid – an intimate portrait of the ground-breaking New Zealand photographer.” - Director Marten Rabarts.

We present our first six films for the 2021 programme:

Fiona Clark: Unafraid (World Premiere)
Photographer Fiona Clark shocked 1970s New Zealand with her documentary images of Auckland’s burgeoning

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NZIFF Presents Psychological Thriller at Cannes Marché du Film
The Rule of Jenny Pen - Image created by Maria Rubinke, Open Minded, 2011, porcelain - Courtesy of the artist and Martin Asbaek Gallery

Excitement is mounting in the global film industry as Cannes Film Festival gets underway in two weeks time on 6 July. And this year, for the first time ever, NZIFF is presenting a film project in the prestigious Fantastic 7 finance market of the Cannes Marché du Film.

The market is the film industry’s biggest get-together with more than 12,500 participants and 1600 buyers.

Fantastic 7 spotlights upcoming productions in the global genre industry presenting them to international co-producers and distributors during the Cannes Film Festival in July.

The initiative, now in its third year, is a highly-curated showcase of only seven projects presented by seven different festivals from all over the planet – from 2021 onwards NZIFF joins the Fantastic 7 alongside SXSW (USA), Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (Catalonia), Toronto International Film Festival (Canada), Cairo International Film Festival (Egypt), Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mexico) and BIFAN – Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (South Korea).

NZIFF will present James Ashcroft’s feature film in development, The Rule of Jenny Pen, selected in consultation with Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC).

The film will follow Ashcroft’s success earlier this year with his debut feature film Coming Home in the Dark

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