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We are delighted to reveal the first films from our highly anticipated 2019 programme, which will screen in Palmerston North from 22 August.  

Our early announcement is a melange of styles and subjects.

A space odyssey starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche, a Lord of the Files-style thriller from Colombia, and a deep dive into New Zealand’s flourishing wine industry feature in the line-up.

We present our first  films for the 2019 programme:

High Life

A forbidding spaceship carrying death row inmates hurtles towards oblivion in Claire Denis’s long-awaited, intensely hypnotic sci-fi opus. “Denis reorients the sci-fi genre around bodies, babies, and black holes in her masterfully mystifying event-horizon nightmare.” — Jessica Kiang, Variety

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Monos

Like Lord of the Flies by way of Yorgos Lanthimos, this bold, bizarro Sundance sensation takes the feral power struggles of youth gone wild to the misty mountains and lush jungles of Colombia. “Nothing short of an aesthete’s dream; a film crammed with visual bravado that… echoes Kubrick, Malick, and Coppola’s Apocalypse Now.” — Rory O’Connor, Cinevue

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A Seat at the Table

Savour 100 minutes of eye-popping camera work, picturesque vineyards and gratuitous grape-fondling shots in this glorious

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Haere mai! Meet Marten Rabarts our new Film Festival Director – Kaiurungi
Marten Rabarts

After an international recruitment process that started in December 2018 the New Zealand Film Festival Trust board have confirmed Marten Rabarts (Ngāti Porou / Ngāpuhi), current head of EYE International in Amsterdam, will join the organisation as Film Festival Director – Kaiurungi from October 2019.  


The NZIFF 2019 line-up is taking shape with significant input from Bill Gosden (who retired at the end of March after 40 years of service), and will be delivered by the existing NZIFF programming team which includes Programme Manager Michael McDonnell and Programmer Sandra Reid.


“As so many applicants noted, Bill Gosden left unique and large shoes to fill on his recent retirement after 40 years. From a richly skilled and talented field of applicants, it was such a pleasure to find Marten wished to return to New Zealand and take up the challenge to be the Film Festival Director – Kaiurungi. He brings a wealth of international experience in many aspects of film culture but has always remained firmly connected to his homeland. The NZFFT board were particularly impressed with his passion for creating international opportunities for homegrown talent and amplifying unique voices in cinema, across all his work in sales, production, development and marketing,” says

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Friday 26 April 2019

Our 2019 Poster Artwork
Illustration by Ken Samonte, design by Ocean Design

Join us with a cast of characters in the lobby of NZIFF 2019. Check-in, take a seat and settle in for programme updates from here on in. Many new worlds await and we're excited to reveal the first for 2019: our beautiful poster artwork designed by Ocean Design and illustrated by Ken Samonte. Ken returns for a second year as illustrator for the NZIFF poster and you may spot one or two returning characters from the 2018 florist scene. The artwork also represents Bill Gosden's final direction for us, overseeing the concept and revisions with his stellar eye and attention to detail. Thank you Bill. 

“Ocean has enjoyed 30 years of true creative collaboration and partnership with Bill Gosden and his amazing team. With it being Bill’s last festival as Director we wanted to create a truly memorable image. I think we saved our best for his last! The concept for this year’s image drew on NZIFF-as-a-hotel metaphor that we have explored in previous posters, but this year, were able to envision and realise our most ambitious tableau thanks to the talent of illustrator Ken Samonte.

Working with Bill and the NZIFF has been an incredible ride, and we are

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Thursday 21 March 2019

Bill Gosden's retirement message
Bill Gosden photographed at the Isaac Theatre Royal by The Heather and Doug Records

In December 2018 Bill Gosden, NZIFF Director, announced his retirement after 40 years of service. His retirement message is published here in full.

19 December 2018


Kia ora, te whānau

I am chiming into the December frenzy to let you know that later today we will be announcing my retirement as director of the New Zealand International Film Festival, effective from the end of March 2019. In case you never guessed, retirement at pension age (which I reached last month) has never been my goal. I have long avoided five-year plans, but if ever I had one it might have been to turn 70 before giving anyone else a shot at the job. Unfortunately, cancer is as indifferent to our little schemes as it is to the aspirations of medical science. After 18 months of sticking with my work through surgeries and treatment, I’ve been brought to this reluctant decision by the need for continuing treatment.

The patient support and understanding of NZIFF Trustees and staff have sustained me through the last year, while celebrating NZIFF’s 50th year in Auckland provided me with a welcome focus. Best-ever attendances for our programme there (and across the country) see me leaving on

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Wednesday 16 January 2019

What is NZIFF On Demand?
How Far is Heaven

Rent previous NZIFF premiere titles online with our online screening platform supported by SHIFT72.

Films from the back catalogue of Florian Habicht, Shirley Horricks, Clive Neeson, Costa Botes, Summer Agnew, Adam Luxton, Jeremy Dumble, Simon Ogston, and Rebecca Tansley are now available to rent on NZIFF’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform ondemand.nziff.co.nz. The VOD initiative has been made possible with sponsorship from platform provider SHIFT72. SHIFT72 are leading providers in Secure Video On Demand Technology, powering large entertainment brands such as SXSW Film Festival, Austin (TX) and Cannes Film Festival, France.

Seeing how limited the opportunities for post-NZIFF life can be for some of our favourite films, we have expanded our screening capabilities to include Video On Demand. A small initial selection of previous NZIFF titles is now available anywhere in NZ that internet allows. In the future we anticipate making much more use of this new platform, with simultaneous NZIFF premieres online and in the cinema. NZIFF On Demand will also provide the opportunity to extend the availability of many titles currently confined to big city screens.

SHIFT72 is a New Zealand Video Technology company that provides Secure Video on Demand Platforms to the Entertainment Industry. SHIFT72’s Technology focuses

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