Whānau Mārama 2023 has come to an end in Tāmaki Makaurau. We hope you enjoyed this year’s huge and diverse programme as much as we did. Thank you to everyone who came and watched films from Aotearoa and abroad alike. It is always a delight to have the beautiful Auckland venues play host to NZIFF and this year was no exception. Thank you to The Civic, ASB Waterfront Theatre, Academy Cinemas, Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, Hollywood Avondale, and The Bridgeway Cinema for graciously showing the NZIFF selections.
As it's lights down in this city we think Amanda, our Marketing and Communications Coordinator based in Tāmaki sums our Closing Night up best with this excerpt from her blog post, ‘Notes from NZIFF in Tāmaki Makaurau’:
“It’s not often Auckland feels glamorous, but Closing Night of Whānau Mārama this year was an exception. Earlier in the evening patrons had left the Live Cinema screening of Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra accompaniment, and an hour later audiences were streaming in for the Closing Night film, Aki Kaurismäki’s Cannes Jury prize-winning deadpan comedy Fallen Leaves. It is nights like this that make the grey depths of the Aotearoa winter feel worth it.
There’s a warmth to conversations had in the foyer of The Civic, and friendships are forged during the weeks of the festival.”.
Heoi anō tāku mō nāianei. See you in 2024!
Ngā manaakitanga. Hei konā mai,
Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival
Please consider filling out the NZIFF 2023 Audience Survey to voice your opinion and get more of what you loved most in 2024!
Look back on this year’s festival with our galleries (and see if you can spot yourself)!