2024 News

Special Screening to Welcome Artistic Director Paolo Bertolin in Te Whanganui-a-Tara

Last night we gathered at NZIFF partner venue, Roxy Cinema, in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington to celebrate the arrival of 2024 Artistic Director Paolo Bertolin, who selected Paola Cortellesi's There's Still Tomorrow for a very special screening, attended by film industry moguls, patrons, sponsors, NZIFF staff and friends of the festival. 

Paolo personally introduced the film and greeted our guests beginning with a pēpeha, before going on to say: 

“I am truly humbled and grateful to be given the opportunity of working here as Artistic Director at Whānau Mārama. As a budding film buff in my teens, my cinematic upbringing was profoundly influenced by the emergence of great Antipodean filmmakers like Jane Campion and Peter Jackson in the late Eighties and early Nineties. It feels so serendipitous that after working for several years at the Venice International Film Festival, where Campion and Jackson won acclaim and awards respectively with An Angel at My Table and Heavenly Creatures, I am now in New Zealand to bring the best of international cinema to Aotearoa audiences. At the same time, I feel that this is an exciting moment to showcase and give prominence to NZ content, as a new generation of filmmakers is emerging

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Six more regions added to 2024 festival line-up

We’re thrilled to announce the addition of six more regions for NZIFF 2024 with the festival set to screen in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, Ahuriri Napier, Whakatū Nelson, Ngāmotu New Plymouth, Whakaoriori Masterton, and Tauranga-moana Tauranga this August and September.

Following the announcement of our 2024 seasons in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Ōtepoti Dunedin, and Ōtautahi Christchurch last month, the festival has been working closely with a collective of independent cinema owners, operators, and local film societies with a view to including them in this year’s festival run.

We are delighted to bring NZIFF 2024 to the LIDO Cinema in Hamilton, MTG Century Theatre in Napier, State Cinemas in Nelson, Len Lye Cinema in New Plymouth, Regent 3 in Masterton and Luxe Cinemas in Tauranga and we’re immensely grateful to the cinemas and the local film societies for coming together to positively support and help facilitate a wider delivery of the festival.

Ross Churchouse, Partner in The LIDO Cinema Hamilton says, “We are dedicated to working in partnership with the NZIFF to secure the NZIFF in Hamilton in 2024 and beyond. This positive support and dedication to provide the festival to other provincial locations is reflected in the collective efforts

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Farewelling Five NZIFF Programmers - A Tribute
L-R: Ant Timpson, Malcolm Turner, Nic Marshall, Vicci Ho and Sandra Reid

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival is sad to say goodbye to a group of programmers who have made incalculable contributions across decades to the festival. The New Zealand Film Festival Board and the NZIFF team, on behalf of audiences, gratefully acknowledge their mahi. 

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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