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Please note the Festival Archive is a work-in-progress. Further years will be archived throughout 2018 and beyond.

2017
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2017

Ruben Ostlund’s jaw-dropping satire The Square opened NZIFF in Auckland at the Civic. Audiences fell in love with the blossoming friendship of JR and Agnes Varda on a tour de France in Faces, Places (Visages villages) and Gaylene Preston’s My Year with Helen was one of our most popular titles of the year. Our debut Secret Screenings, simultaneously presented for Incredibly Strange audiences in Auckland and Wellington, proved to be a winning formula even if the film The Belko Experiment divided opinion.
We screened our largest contingent of NZ-made films ever with 15 feature-length films. Jane Campion and Gerard Lee welcomed full houses for their six-part, six hour TV series Top of the Lake: China Girl for audiences at the Embassy Theatre and our gleaming new Auckland venue, ASB Waterfront Theatre.

171 feature-length programmes from 46 countries screened at NZIFF in 2017. We travelled to 13 towns and cities around New Zealand from July to September.

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2017 Autumn Events
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2017 Autumn Events

Big screen events at Autumn Events 2017 included Terrence Malick's journey through space and time, a return to the peace and love of Woodstock 1969, Herzog's exploration of the insanity of an entrepreneur in Fitzcarraldo, Woody Allen's love letter to New York, and Judy Garland and James Mason playing Hollywood’s archetypal view of showbiz coupledom in a landmark musical drama from 1954.

Along with screenings at Embassy Theatre, Hoyts Riccarton, Regent Dunedin, and the Civic, the programme expanded to the Academy Cinema to accommodate two classics that we just couldn't live without.

2016
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2016

NZIFF 2016 opened with an ode to joy: World Premiere screenings of Tearepa Kahi’s Poi E. Phil Keoghan’s Le Ride had its World Premiere in Christchurch ahead of a whirlwind tour of the NZIFF circuit. Terence Davies in person turned out to be much more cheerful and a lot funnier than his marvellous films. His compatriot Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake moved one patron to organise a screening at Parliament. A much less responsible direct-from-Cannes selection, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle put our closing night in the hands of someone as perpetually youthful as NZIFF itself, Isabelle Huppert.

168 feature-length programmes screened at NZIFF in 2016. We travelled to 13 towns and cities around New Zealand from July to September.

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2016 Autumn Events
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2016 Autumn Events

The 2016 Autumn Events line-up presented a lively mix of restored big screen classics, freshly minted documentaries – and an unforgettable skirmish with hellfire and damnation (The Witch).
Tickled, a funny, dramatic and totally surprising exposé conducted by David Farrier and Dylan Reeve, had its New Zealand premiere at the glorious Civic Theatre.

In April and May six classics and seven premieres screened in Auckland and Wellington, and six classics and three premieres screened in Dunedin and Christchurch.

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2015
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2015

NZIFF 2015 opened with Yorgos Lanthimos’ supremely deadpan black comedy The Lobster, direct from its Cannes premiere. A surprise hit was Hou Hsiao-hsien’s stunning The Assassin, which amazed and bemused festival audiences. Australian filmmaker Jennifer Peedom visited with her documentary Sherpa, which also christened our newest festival venue: the restored Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch.

163 feature-length films screened at NZIFF in 2015. The festival travelled to 13 towns and cities around New Zealand from July to September.

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2015 Autumn Events
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2015 Autumn Events

New digital restorations gave us the best possible reason to celebrate A Hard Day’s Night and Bertolucci’s ravishing The Conformist. We revelled in freshly minted studio digital transfers of Walt Disney’s Pinocchio and two very different Kubrick epics. Christopher Pryor and Miriam Smith debuted a fresh new classic, The Ground We Won.

In 2015 Autumn Events screened in Auckland at The Civic Theatre, in Wellington at the Embassy Theatre and Paramount, the Regent Theatre in Dunedin, and Hoyts Riccarton in Christchurch.

2014
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2014

NZIFF 2014 opened with the World Premiere of James Napier-Roberston’s The Dark Horse. Gerard Johnstone’s Housebound was the other homegrown cause célèbre. It was a bumper year for long movies with Boyhood, twelve years in the making, a popular hit and Cannes winner Winter Sleep clocking in at three and a quarter hours.

150 feature-length films screened at NZIFF in 2014. The festival travelled to 13 towns and cities around New Zealand from July to September.

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2014 Autumn Events
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2014 Autumn Events

Digitally restored classic movies lit up the second Autumn Events programme, alongside the New Zealand premiere of highly anticipated Studio Ghibli animated feature The Wind Rises. A 4K digital presentation of Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront, Carol Reed's The Third Man, and Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face screened in the main centres.

In 2014 Autumn Events screened in Auckland at The Civic Theatre, in Wellington at the Embassy Theatre, and expanded to the Regent Theatre in Dunedin, Hoyts Riccarton in Christchurch, and the MTG Century Theatre in Hawke's Bay. A total of seven features screened in the different cities.

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2013
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2013

NZIFF 2013 opened flamboyantly with Michael Douglas's Liberace in Behind the Candelabra and closed with the cool melancholy of Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive. The world premieres of two New Zealand documentaries, Antarctica: A Year on Ice and Gardening with Soul, were hits nationwide.

150 feature-length films screened at NZIFF in 2013. The festival travelled to 12 towns and cities around New Zealand from July to November.

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2013 Autumn Events
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2013 Autumn Events

Giant screen digital presentations of Lawrence of Arabia and Guys and Dolls, New Zealand premieres of Kon-Tiki and The ABCs of Death, and retrospectives of Jean-Luc Godard and Asghar Farhadi's work were the tentpoles of the inaugural Autumn Events.

20 feature-length films screened at Autumn Events in 2013. The screenings were held in April and May at The Civic Theatre and Academy Cinemas in Auckland, and at the Embassy Theatre and Paramount cinema in Wellington. Autumn Events was established to offer cinematic events in addition to winter's New Zealand International Film Festival.

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2012
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2012

NZIFF 2012 opened with the exhilarating Beasts of the Southern Wild and closed with the wonderfully weird Holy Motors. We had a double dose of The Shining and Peter Jackson brought us Amy Berg’s West of Memphis. The New Zealand selection featured a strong collection of documentaries, inventive features and, straddling both categories, Alyx Duncan’s The Red House.

149 feature-length films screened at NZIFF in 2012. The festival travelled to 11 towns and cities around New Zealand from July to November.

2011
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2011

NZIFF 2011 opened with the joie de vivre of Florian Habicht's Love Story and closed with Lars von Trier's apocalyptic fable Melancholia. We screened 3D marvels from Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders, and Terrence Malick's enigmatic Tree of Life. The retrospective selection included Scorsese's Taxi Driver, the recently found most complete version of Metropolis and a tribute to Merata Mita.

152 feature-length films screened at NZIFF in 2011. The festival travelled to 14 towns and cities around New Zealand from July to November.

2010
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2010

NZIFF 2010 opened in Auckland with Luca Guadagnino’s luscious I Am Love and saw the world premiere of Jason Stutter’s adaptation of R.H. Morrieson’s Predicament in Wellington. Australian filmmaker David Michôd visited with his stunning feature debut Animal Kingdom, while audiences flocked to Banksy’s art world provocation Exit through the Gift Shop. Retro selections included Leone’s Once upon a Time in the West, Visconti’s Senso and Powell & Pressburger’s The Red Shoes.

150 feature-length films screened at NZIFF in 2010. The festival travelled to 13 towns and cities around New Zealand from July to November.

2009
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2009

NZIFF 2009 opened with Jane Campion's Bright Star direct from Cannes and wrapped up with Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces. Festival hits included Audrey Tatou in Coco before Chanel, Miyazaki's animated wonder Ponyo and Warwick Thornton's clear-eyed drama Samson & Delilah. Visiting composer Neil Brand performed his show The Silent Pianist Speaks as well as accompanying silent classics Spies (in Auckland) and The Black Pirate (in Wellington).

147 feature-length films screened at NZIFF in 2009. The festival travelled to 13 towns and cities around New Zealand from July to November.

2008
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2008

Our Festivals still went by their regional names in 2008. We opened in Auckland with the world premiere of Sima Urale's Apron Strings and closed with Ari Folman's fearless animation Waltz with Bashir. James Marsh's documentary Man on Wire wowed audiences with its feat of daring while Vincent Ward's Rain of the Children had its NZ premiere. There was a triple-dose of Harold Lloyd Live Cinema with The Kid Brother screening in Auckland, The Freshman in Wellington and Safety Last! in Dunedin, as well as a comprehensive retrospective of films from the late Edward Yang.

175 feature-length films films screened in 2008. The festival travelled to 13 towns and cities around New Zealand from July to November.

2007
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2007

Guest director Richard King kicked things off with Michael Winterbottom’s A Mighty Heart, launched Olivier Dahan’s Piaf biopic, La vie en rose, still one of our all-time hits, and premiered Taika Waititi’s Eagle vs Shark. Stellar retro programming included the magnificent restoration of This is New Zealand, Auckland Philharmonia Live Cinema presentation of The Cat And the Canary (scored for orchestra and theremin) and a tasty 70s Mavericks lineup, with director Charles Burnett in person to present To Sleep with Anger. Epic Death Note action loomed large at Incredibly Strange.

155 feature-length films screened in 2007. The Telecom 2007 New Zealand International Film Festivals travelled to 16 towns and cities around New Zealand from July to November.

2006
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2006

Ken Loach’s The Wind That Shakes the Barley won the Palme d’Or and opened the festival. Rolf de Heer’s Ten Canoes and Terrence Malick’s The New World celebrated wilderness while Cristi Puiu’s The Death of Mr Lazarescu drew us into the dark dank indoors and signalled the cresting of a new wave from Romania. This was the year An Inconvenient Truth hit home. Maurice Pialat was given a full scale feature retrospective. Andrew Moore’s No More Heroes was a homegrown Incredibly Strange hit.

160 feature-length films screened in 2006. The Telecom 2006 New Zealand International Film Festivals travelled to 16 towns and cities from July to November.

2005
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2005

Michael Haneke shook up opening night with his provocative psychological thriller Hidden. Anime fans were treated to new films from Miyazaki Hayao (Howl’s Moving Castle), Oshii Mamoru (Ghost in the Shell 2) and Otomo Katsuhiro (Steamboy), while Steven Chow’s martial arts extravaganza Kung Fu Hustle animated audiences. Werner Herzog returned to the festival fold with Grizzly Man and The White Diamond. Our retrospective section screened a selection of films from Hollywood maverick Nicholas Ray.

150 feature-length films screened in 2005. The Telecom 2005 New Zealand International Film Festivals travelled to 16 towns and cities from July to November.

2004
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2004

The festival opened with Walter Salles’ biopic of the young Che Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries, but this was the year of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, which sold out in record time. Brad McGann’s In My Father’s Den and Florian Habicht’s Kaikohe Demolition premiered on the very same day, while fans of Asian action had much to savour with Zhang Yimou’s sumptuous Hero and the energetic Ong Bak hitting festival screens along with a retrospective of martial arts classics from Hong Kong. Ant Timpson joined the crew with his “That’s Incredible Cinema” selection, introducing us to guest Edgar Wright and his Shaun of the Dead among other genre treats.

138 feature-length films screened in 2004. The Telecom 2004 New Zealand International Film Festivals travelled to 15 towns and cities from July to November.

2003
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2003

The mockumentary genius of Christopher Guest’s A Mighty Wind opened the festival while audiences flocked to the stunning wildlife documentary Travelling Birds. Florian Habicht bemused and delighted festival audiences for the first time with Woodenhead and the oft-imitated, but never bettered doco Spellbound screened. Retrospective selections included the meticulous comedies of Jacques Tati, a Blaxploitation touchstone Sweet Sweetback’s BaadAsssss Song and silent cinema’s man of a thousand faces, Lon Chaney.

134 feature-length films screened in 2003. The 2003 New Zealand International Film Festivals travelled to 15 towns and cities from July to November.

2002
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2002

Our opening night film in Auckland, Alfonso Cuarón’s Y tu mamá también was almost stopped by a cunningly targeted legal injunction over a censorship review. Alexander Sokurov’s Russian Ark showcased St Petersburg’s fabled Hermitage Museum in one stunning take, while David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive confused and amazed. Future cult favorites Donnie Darko and Ghost World were seen for the first time. We screened a near complete retrospective of the films of 1970s enfant terrible Jean Eustache and remixed Alphaville with multimedia artist Scanner.

130 feature-length films screened in 2002. The 2002 New Zealand International Film Festivals travelled to 14 towns and cities from July to November.