Festival Programme

Films by Strand


We proudly present a slate of powerful local films that illuminate and challenge our national character. Featuring 10 World Premieres, the 2023 selection includes new documentaries which shine a light on artists, musicians (including a post-screening gig) and personalities, while feature dramas bring distinctly New Zealand stories to the screen.

We continue to celebrate the short film format with two curated programmes collecting the best new shorts from Aotearoa and the Pacific community in New Zealand’s Best 2023 and Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts.

See also Bread and Roses and Billion Dollar Heist

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Gwen Isaac

As the nation plunges into pandemic, Gwen Isaac’s observational documentary delves into the trenches with Siouxsie Wiles, the fuchsia-haired microbiologist who emerged as a national hero and a satanic witch in the minds of a divided New Zealand.

Tiki Taane in Session with CSO

Tiki Taane

Fans of dub musician Tiki Taane are in for a treat with the film of his one-off 2021 concert extravaganza, ‘Otautahi Proud’.