2021 News

New Zealand Short Film Collections Available Online
When We Were Kids 

Whānau Mārama: New Zealnd International Film Festival has today announced that its two shorts collections are available for viewing online until 5 December 2021 on the NZ Film Ondemand platform.

 “Plans to make the collections available online have been underway for the past month and following the closing nights of the festival in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, these two collections are now available.” said NZIFF General Manager Sally Woodfield.

NZIFF was committed to ensuring these short films were seen widely in cinemas around the country, and both collections are still screening in regional centres, but the film festival has also been working to provide opportunities for the wider community to see these films.

“A big thanks goes to the filmmakers who have provided us the rights to screen these films online.”

This year has been an exceptional year for the shorts programmes with four talented wāhine scooping major awards. In New Zealand’s Best 2021, the Vista Group Award for Best Short Film was jointly awarded to When We Were Kids and Washday. Auckland director Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu and Wellington director Kath Akuhata-Brown shared the cash prize of $7500.

Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu also received the Auckland Live Spirit of The Civic

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Audience Choice Award Winners Announced
Audience Choice Award winners Disconnected and Datsun 

Congratulations to the winners of the Audience Choice Awards in New Zealand's Best 2021 and Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2021.

The Audience Choice Award for New Zealand's Best 2021 went to Datsun, directed by Mark Albiston, and the Letterboxd Audience Choice Award for Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2021 went to Disconnected, directed by Maruia Jensen.

Mark will receive a 25% share of the box office takings from the New Zealand's Best 2021 screenings in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, while Jensen takes home a cash prize of $1000.

The awards were decided by audience voting at screenings in Wellington and Christchurch and were announced live last night at Wellington's Embassy Theatre ahead of the sold-out Closing Night screening of Palme d'Or winner Titane.

Ngā Whanuanga Māori Pasifika Shorts has screenings to come in Tauranga, Hawke's Bay, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Nelson, and a sold-out screening in Encore Week in Wellington. 

New Zealand's Best 2021 has screenings to come in Hawke's Bay, Masterton,and New Plymouth, and a sold-out screening in Encore Week in Wellington. 

Announcing the winner of Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts

Congratulations to filmmaker Maruia Jensen who was last night awarded the Wellington UNESCO City of Film Award for Best Film in the tenth annual Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts competition, for her film Disconnected.

Selected by the jury comprised of renowned playwright Victor Rodger, journalist and filmmaker Jodi Ihaka and aspiring filmmaker Oriwa Hakaraia, the award was announced live at Wellington's Roxy Cinemas, following a sold-out screening of the film collection.

The jury also awarded a special mention to cinematographer Elise Lanigan for film fire in the water, fire in the sky.

Of her win, filmmaker Maruia Jensen said, “Wow - this is amazing! It’s still sinking in. The film is based on real events and is very personal to me, so this is very special.”

In addition to Disconnected, the finalists, selected by curators Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka), Director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, and Craig Fasi (Niue), Director of the Pollywood Film Festival, were Disrupt (dir: Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand), fire in the water, fire in the sky (dir: Mīria George), Sista (dir: Chantelle Burgoyne), and True Love (dir: Ray Edwards).

2021 marks the second year that Ngā Whanaunga, in its 10th year, has been

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Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival Director Marten Rabarts Steps Down

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival officially ends its Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin seasons on Sunday and with it, announces the departure of Festival Director Marten Rabarts.

Rabarts (Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi) was appointed Director in 2019 following the retirement of long-time director Bill Gosden due to ill health. Marten has directed the last two festivals and his decision to leave the role was made some months ago, but he was fully committed to seeing the 2021 festival delivered to its loyal audiences.

NZFFT Chair, Catherine Fitzgerald, said Marten was appointed with a vision to bring new and exciting developments to the festival, however with the emergence of the global Covid-19 pandemic, these became impossible and simply delivering the 2020 and 2021 festivals was an all-encompassing challenge.

“We thank Marten for his energy, drive and tenacity which ensured that in 2020 we were able to deliver a hybrid festival for audiences, and that this year, despite having to cancel the Auckland and Hamilton legs, we have been able to present a festival – with an outstanding programme – in 11 centres around the country under Alert Level 2 restrictions.

“It has been a very challenging time and we acknowledge that this hasn’t

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Encore screenings for Wellington announced
Hot Mother

Encore screenings of 11 films have been added to the Wellington schedule between Monday 22 – Wednesday 24 November, with additional screenings of both short film competitions, New Zealand's Best 2021 and Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2021.

You will have further opportunity to see a raft of critically acclaimed and popular titles, including Drive My Car, Shiva Baby (preceded by New Zealand short film, The Girls), Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes, Writing with Fire, Nine Days, The Innocents, Memoria, Karen Dalton: In My Own Time, Zola and Mandibles.

Full details of additional sessions below. Tickets are now on sale online or at the NZIFF box offices!

Monday 22 November

Tuesday 23 November

Wednesday 24 November