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Perianayaki, 2022

The winners of our 11th annual New Zealand’s Best short film competition’s jury-awarded prizes were announced this evening, with the accolades presented live following a sold-out screening of the five finalists’ films at ASB Waterfront in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Director Bala Murali Shingade’s film Perianayaki earned him both the Flicks Award for Best Short Film (a cash prize of $7500) and the Creative New Zealand Emerging Talent Award (a cash prize of $4000), an award presented to a fresh voice: filmmaking that gives life to stories of those less often represented in film, or that speaks to new or existing audiences in different ways. Perianayaki actor Jeyagowri Sivakumaran’s performance also earned a Special Mention.

The Auckland Live Spirit of The Civic Award (a cash-prize of $4000), awarded to a filmmaker whose work indicates the possibility of a feature made by them being of the stature and quality to open a Festival at Auckland’s The Civic in the future, was awarded to Trees directors Ben Bryan and Tom Scott. 

The awards were judged by a three-member jury featuring filmmaker and writer Tim Wong, filmmaker and past Best Short Film award-winner Chelsie Preston-Crayford and editor Steve Newall. 

“As a jury, we acknowledge

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Marcel The Shell with Shoes On

The following sessions in Auckland are SELLING FAST:

Wednesday 3 August
A Boy Called Piano – The Story of Fa'amoana John Luafutu 6:15PM (ASB Waterfront Theatre)

Saturday 6 August
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On 3:45PM (Hollywood Avondale)
New Zealand's Best 2022 6:00PM (ASB Waterfront Theatre)

Sunday 7 August
Triangle of Sadness 7:45PM (The Civic)

NZIFF 2022 Masterclasses with Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine

Film directors Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine (Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song) will lead a Masterclass for filmmakers in Auckland and Wellington as part of NZIFF 2022. 

NZIFF is delighted to welcome Dan and Dayna back to New Zealand to present these Masterclasses designed for industry practitioners, thanks to an Artistic Development Partnership with Creative New Zealand and in association with the Directors & Editors Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand (DEGANZ).

The Auckland Masterclass will take place on Saturday 6 August and the Wellington Masterclass takes place on Wednesday 10 August and is supported by Wellington UNESCO City of Film.

Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine will take filmmakers inside their craft and uncover how their filmmaking process shifts from project to project.

For more than 25 years, the Emmy-award winning directors-producers have created critically-acclaimed multi-character documentary narratives that braid their characters’ individual personal stories to form a larger portrait of the human experience.

In addition to Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song, their credits include acclaimed The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (NZIFF 2014), the award-winning Something Ventured (NZIFF 2011) and Ballets Russes (NZIFF 2006). Dan and Dayna were admitted to the Documentary Branch of The Academy

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Tickets for NZIFF 2022 in Auckland are NOW on sale!

Find all the details on how to book your tickets HERE. We recommend you book early to secure your seats.

Ticketing links can be found on the film pages or on the schedule page.

To purchase multiple films in a single transaction, click HERE and load up your shopping cart before checking out.

Note: Due to changes in Ticketmaster's services, we are not able to offer a NZIFF Wishlist to Shopping Cart integration this year.

10-Trips are available to purchase in advance and can be redeemed online. Find out more about how to redeem your 10-Trip pass HERE

NZIFF 2022 Full Programme Announced for Auckland
Fire of Love, directed by Sara Dosa

Here's the news you've been waiting for ... announcing the full programme for NZIFF 2022, with the festival making its highly anticipated return to The Civic for the Opening Night Gala in Tāmaki Makaurau on Thursday 28 July.

 “We couldn’t be prouder of our 2022 programme – as well as having an outstanding collection of films from Aotearoa, our international selection is packed with award-winning, critically acclaimed films from all around the world. We look forward to presenting our programme to audiences around the country and we thank New Zealanders for their continued support of the festival,” says NZIFF General Manager Sally Woodfield.

“It feels particularly momentous to celebrate NZIFF’s return to Tāmaki Makaurau at the city’s iconic venue The Civic after a pandemic-inflicted hiatus, and we’re thrilled to be kicking off proceedings with the World Premiere of local filmmaker Tearepa Kahi’s much anticipated action-drama Muru.”

As previously announced, Muru will open Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin festivals, while Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s Palme d'Or-winning Triangle of Sadness will bookend the festival programme in all centres.

In total, 70 feature films and four short film collections will screen at NZIFF 2022 in Auckland at The Civic, ASB Waterfront Theatre, Hollywood Avondale

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