2022 News

Meet the Filmmakers - Dunedin
Welby Ings and Tearepa Kahi are among the filmmakers discussing their films in Dunedin

We're delighted to present introductions and Q&As with filmmakers at selected screenings in Ōtepoti Dunedin for NZIFF 2022.

You can hear filmmakers and other creatives involved with the films, discuss the film and their work at these sessions.

A Boy Called Piano – The Story of Fa'amoana John Luafutu
Q&A with filmmakers together with Fa'amoana John Luafutu, Matthias Luafutu and other members of the Luafutu aiga and creatives involved with making the film.
Sun 14 Aug 10.30am in the Longroom

Kāinga
Q&A with filmmakers
Mon 15 Aug 5.00pm

Muru
Introduction by director Tearepa Kahi with cast and crew attending the screening
Thu 11 Aug 7.00pm

Punch
Q&A with director Welby Ings
Sun 14 Aug 3.45pm

We Are Still Here
Q&A with filmmakers
Sat 13 Aug 3.45pm

Announcing the winner of Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts Best Film Award for 2022
Smog

We're pleased to announce the winner of this year's Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts Wellington UNESCO City of Film Award for Best Film ($3000 cash prize) is Smog, directed by Alex Liu.

The award was presented to Liu at The Roxy Cinema, Wellington on Saturday 13 August following a screening of the competition’s six finalists’ films. The competition was judged by a three-member jury featuring broadcaster Claudette Hauiti, screenplay writer Tere Harrison and Māoriland producer Matilda Poase.

The jury said: “A multi-layered non-linear approach to a challenging kaupapa of tukino wāhine, me tukino whenua (domestic violence). The treatment of taiao and wahine were inextricably entwined and to abuse one is to abuse the other.”

The jury also awarded a Special Mention to the film A Morning with Aroha, written and directed by Nicholas Riini.

The jury said: “The joyous spirit of aroha is shared by a kotiro who experiences bullying. But aroha conquers all.”

In addition to Liu and Riini, Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts film competition’s 2022 finalists are Karin Williams (Burning of the Gods), Morag Brownlie (Perfect Storm), Jade Jackson (Raids), and Tajim Mohammed-Kapa (The Difference Between Pipi & Pūpū).

The six finalist films were selected by Ngā Whanaunga

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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 Flicks.co.nz editor Steve Newall. 

“As a jury, we acknowledge

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NZIFF 2022 Dunedin Tickets on sale NOW!
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Tickets for NZIFF 2022 in Dunedin are NOW on sale!

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

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

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

Here's the news you've been waiting for ... announcing the full programme for NZIFF 2022 in Dunedin with the festival screening at Rialto Cinemas from 11-21 August.

“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.

As previously announced, Muru will open the 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.

Additional titles direct from Cannes Film Festival 2022 joining the line-up include Charlotte Wells’ directorial debut Aftersun, starring Normal People’s breakout star Paul Mescal, David Cronenberg’s sci-fi spellbinder Crimes of the Future, staring Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart, Queer Palm winner Joyland, a trans love story from first-time Pakistani director Saim Sadiq, and blacker-than-black Norwegian comedy Sick of Myself, directed by Kristoffer Borgli and from the producers of The Worst Person in the World.

Award winners

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