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NZIFF returns to cinemas this winter under 2024 Artistic Director Paolo Bertolin

We’re thrilled to announce that Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival will be returning to cinemas this winter. Under the guidance of our newly appointed Artistic Director for 2024, respected international film festival programmer, film critic and producer, Paolo Bertolin, NZIFF will screen in four cities in eight venues across Aotearoa.  

NZIFF 2024 will screen in The Embassy, Roxy Cinema and Light House Cinema Cuba in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington (31 July – 11 August), The Civic, Hollywood Avondale and ASB Waterfront Theatre in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland (7 –18 August), The Regent Theatre in Ōtepoti Dunedin (14 – 25 August), and Lumière Cinemas in Ōtautahi Christchurch (15 August – 1 September).  

Paolo brings with him a wealth of film festival experience from all corners of the globe, with credentials including his ongoing association with the Venice International Film Festival and past affiliations with Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, the Locarno Film Festival, the Doha Film Institute, Mumbai Film Festival, and Nyon Visions du Réel, amongst others. He has a strong appreciation for Aotearoa film, having visited New Zealand regularly over the past decade as part of his programming remit for Venice International Film Festival.  

Bertolin says, “I feel deeply honoured by this appointment as Artistic

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