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New Zealand International Film Festival

20 Jul 2017 - 06 Aug 2017

Poster by illustrator Tom Simpson and designer Ponui Patuaka

Thursday 20 July 2017, 8.00pm - Sunday 6 August 2017, 10.00pm

This year's Auckland venues include:

  • The Civic Theatre, cnr Queen & Wellesley streets, CBD 
  • ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Hasley St, Wynyard Quarter
  • Academy Cinemas, Central Library Building, 44 Lorne St, CBD
  • Event Cinemas Queen Street, Metro Building, Level 3, 291-297 Queen St, CBD
  • Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, 167-169 Broadway, Newmarket


From $12.50


09 378 6100 

Auckland tickets go on sale Friday 30 June, 9am (due to high demand on the day, we recommend building your NZIFF Wishlist on the website ahead of this date)



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New Zealand International Film Festival – 20 July - 6 Aug 2017.

As the days get darker, the warm haven of a comfortable cinema is the perfect respite.

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) is a beacon in the midst of your winter, bringing different worlds to explore in the company of friends and strangers.

More than 150 features and documentaries curated by a team of programmers, who attend premier festivals in North America, Australia and Europe of the latest and brightest of national and world cinema, will be shown on the grandest screens in 13 towns and cities around New Zealand.

NZIFF proudly presents world premieres of many New Zealand films and remains dedicated to presenting the New Zealand premiere screenings of every film shown.

"An indie festival that loves film more than hype" – Wall St Journal.

NZ’s Best short film competition

For the sixth-year running, NZIFF will present its NZ’s Best short film competition. This year, we received 83 submissions, which programmer Michael McDonnell and festival director Bill Gosden have shortlisted for this year’s guest selector, Gaylene Preston.

Five to six selected New Zealand shorts will premiere in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch, where audiences are encouraged to vote for their favourite short from Preston’s shortlist.

Previous guest selectors have included Lee Tamahori (2016), Christine Jeffs (2015), Andrew Adamson (2014), Alison Maclean (2013), and Roger Donaldson (2012).


NZIFF was founded on the principle of sharing box-office income with filmmakers, providing them with the all-too-rare opportunity to launch their works locally and derive some income in the process.

Run by a charitable trust, NZIFF proudly maintains a rich tradition of diverse choice in a curated selection of expertly crafted films – features, documentaries and short films too – that deserve to be experienced with an audience.

NZIFF thrives on lively interactions between films, filmmakers and New Zealand audiences, and is held annually, starting in Auckland on 20 July in 2017. 

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