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NZIFF’s best local short films are now available online
NZ’s Best and Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts are now online.
Too good to choose: two NZ short films share top award at NZIFF
“There was a high benchmark set by these films – deliberation was long and hard.”
Aileen O’Sullivan tells about Māori navigation doco Whetū Mārama – Bright Star
Māori waka building and navigational skills are the focus of a new documentary.
Win a copy of The Gosden Years, a magnificent tribute to an NZIFF legend
The book honours the legacy of late NZ International Film Festival director Bill Gosden.
The Gosden Years honours the legacy of former NZIFF director Bill Gosden
An exclusive extract shows what to expect in The Gosden Years.
Julien Temple tells us about his Shane MacGowan doco Crock of Gold
Legendary music filmmaker pairs Shane MacGowan with yet more legends.
Milked director tells us about her film’s unflinching look at NZ’s dairy industry
The documentary exposé is playing as part of Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival.
NZIFF 2021 Q&A with the directors of short film programme NZ’s Best 2021
Find out more about the six finalists selected by Kerry Fox.
We hear from the directors of fulldome planetarium film Path 99
NZIFF hits a Wellington planetarium with a uniquely immersive film experience.
Sisters with Transistors director on her doco about the pioneers of electronic music
Lisa Rovner’s doco explores ten pioneering, yet undersung, women in the history of electronic music
NZIFF 2021 Q&A with the directors of Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts
Find out more about the short films in this year’s Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts.
Kathleen Gallagher on Rohe Kōreporepo – The Swamp, the Sacred Place
NZIFF doco on Māori and Pākehā kaitiaki repo (swamp guardians).
Jim Speers on Japanese whaling village doco Ayukawa: The Weight of a Life
Post-whaling and post-tsunami, work in Ayukawa has dried up and the population is in decline.
Annie Goldson shares the personal journeys of New Zealanders in A Mild Touch of Cancer
David Downs and other Kiwis share their experiences with cancer – including an innovative treatment.
Lula Cucchiara on doco Fiona Clark: Unafraid, photographer of NZ’s 1970s queer scene
New doco examines an Aotearoa photographer’s vital early work and the controversy accompanying it.
Luit Bieringa on Signed, Theo Schoon, his doco portrait of a maverick artist
Theo Schoon, legendary artist and outsider that shook the culture of New Zealand.
Jan Oliver Lucks on his real-life relationship film There Is No “I” in Threesome
Documents a Kiwi couple trying to make a sexually explorative, open relationship work.
Michelle Savill on her Ana Scotney-starring comedy-drama Millie Lies Low
Savill’s film follows someone trying to bluff their way out of a tricky predicament.
Briar March on anti-nuke activism doco Mothers of the Revolution
NZIFF doco tells the story of the 19 year-long Greenham Common women’s peace camp.
Peter Brook Bell tells us about UFC champ Mark Hunt doco The Fight of His Life
“Mark has had to fight for everything he has in life.”
10 possibly under the radar picks for NZIFF 2021
Need a hand navigating the NZIFF programme? We’re here to help.
Shirley Horrocks on new doco about the PM’s Chief Science Advisor
Started before COVID-19, Juliet Gerrard: Science in Dark Times captures the pandemic.