Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2023 Auckland Programme Announced

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2023 Auckland programme announced

Following selected early announcements, Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has tonight revealed the full line-up of films screening in this year’s Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland programme. 

Published: Monday 26 June, 2023

The NZIFF 2023 programming team attends film festivals around the world to bring audiences in Aotearoa the very best of global cinema, with the Auckland programme featuring 129 full-length films and seven short film collections, with films hailing from 39 countries, including Uganda, Senegal, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Estonia, Jordan, Iran, Brazil, and of course Aotearoa. The films will screen in six venues and cinemas in Auckland from 19 July to 6 August with the festival rolling out to 15 regions across the motu. 

General Manager Sally Woodfield says, “We’re immensely proud of this year’s programme. Coming together for our annual film festival unites, connects and transcends people in cinemas across the country. We forget, in the thick of the everyday grind, how much humans need to share culture, language and experiences, and how bridges can be built and boundaries crossed through the stories we experience in film. We can’t wait to welcome Aotearoa back to the 2023 festival.” 

The 2023 programme comprises features, Cannes Film Festival winners, documentaries, shorts, retrospectives, films for kids, animation, and the ‘incredibly strange’. Nine films are celebrating their world premiere and all films are making their New Zealand premiere at NZIFF 2023.  

Also announced tonight was the festival’s visiting International filmmakers who will travel to Aotearoa for the festival headed by Celine Song (Past Lives), along with Laha Mebow (GAGA), Soda Jerk (Hello Dankness), Elegance Bratton (The Inspection), Christoffer Guldbrandsen (A Storm Foretold), and Rolf de Heer (The Survival of Kindness). 

“It’s been four years since we have been able to bring a contingent of international filmmakers to our shores and we are very excited to announce these six guests who span diverse styles of filmmaking,” Woodfield says. 

The NZIFF team presented the Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland programme at a special event tonight. The programme announcements for Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara Wellington, Ōtautahi Christchurch and Ōtepoti Dunedin and the remaining 11 centres will follow in the coming weeks. 

NZIFF 2023 opens in Tāmaki Makaurau on Wednesday 19 July with the festival closing on Sunday 6 August

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