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Friday 19 July 2019

Extra Sessions in Auckland
Sorry We Missed You

We've added additional screenings of some popular titles in Auckland. Tickets are available online or at the NZIFF box office.


Sunday 21 July

6.30pm Sorry We Missed You (Event Cinemas Westgate)

Masterclass with Thom Zimny at NZIFF 2019
Thom Zimny

Film director Thom Zimny (The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash) will lead a Masterclass for filmmakers in Auckland as part of NZIFF 2019.

This is the second time NZIFF has been able to provide a Masterclass designed for industry practitioners, thanks to an Artistic Development Partnership with Creative New Zealand. The Masterclass will take place on Thursday 1 August and will be run by the Directors & Editors Guild of New Zealand (DEGNZ) on behalf of NZIFF.

Thom Zimny, known for his award-winning documentaries, will take filmmakers inside his process from the research phase through to the edit with special focus on the edit process. Works discussed will include The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley: The Searcher.

Masterclass attendees are encouraged to see The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash at NZIFF beforehand (Tuesday 30 July or Wednesday 31 July).

Limited tickets for the Masterclass are on sale from Ticketmaster.

Masterclass with Thom Zimny, Thursday 1 August 2.00pm to 5.30pm

Venue: WG701, WG Building, AUT City Campus, 55 Wellesley Street East, Auckland Central 1010

Ticket prices: $30 Full price / $20 Industry guild concession

About Thom Zimny

Thom Zimny is an award-winning artist, director, producer and

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Thursday 11 July 2019


We’re thrilled – and frankly a little terrified – to announce director Ari Aster’s buzzworthy follow-up to Hereditary as a late addition to our programme. The story of an American couple whose festive encounter with Swedish pagan cultists slowly but surely descends into madness, Midsommar by all accounts raises the high bar set by Aster’s masterful debut feature, widely considered “the scariest movie of 2018” and an instant horror classic.


“For his second feature… writer-director [Aster] has conjured up an even madder and more ambitious nightmare, set in the remote wilds of northern Sweden and featuring ingredients not usually found in scary movies. The skies are blue. The sun is out. And everywhere are angelic-looking characters, adorned with flowers and dancing merrily. It’s the polar opposite of that bleak, cramped house in Hereditary, yet Aster makes the experience every bit as unsettling, orchestrating the descent from paradise to, well, something else with clinical precision. It’s a virtuoso, bone-shaking, head-spinning [film]… that demands to be seen on the big screen.” — Nick De Semlyen, Empire


Midsommar screens Sunday 4 August, 7.30 pm at ASB Waterfront Theatre.

Tickets are on sale now online and in-person from the NZIFF box office.

Wednesday 10 July 2019

Selling Fast and Sold Out in Auckland
Leftover Women


Monday 22 July

12.00pm Kind Hearts and Coronets (Rialto Cinemas Newmarket)

Tuesday 23 July

6.15pm Leftover Women (Academy Cinemas)

Wednesday 24 July

4.00pm Mr Jones (Rialto Cinemas Newmarket)

Friday 26 July

6.15pm American Woman (Rialto Cinemas Newmarket)

Saturday 27 July

1.30pm In My Blood It Runs (Academy Cinema)

6.15pm New Zealand’s Best (ASB Waterfront Theatre)

6.30pm Amazing Grace (The Civic)

8.45pm A White, White Day (Rialto Cinemas Newmarket)

Sunday 28 July

12.30pm Adam (Rialto Cinemas Newmarket)

5.15pm Vivarium (Hollywood Avondale)

Monday 29 July

4.00pm Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (ASB Waterfront Theatre)

Wednesday 31 July

8.30pm Les Miserables (Rialto Cinemas Newmarket)

Thursday 1 August

6.15pm Who You Think I Am (Rialto Cinemas Newmarket)

Friday 2 August

6.15pm Celebration: Yves Saint Laurent (Rialto Cinemas Newmarket)

Saturday 3 August

3.45pm For My Father’s Kingdom (Rialto Cinemas Newmarket)

8.30pm Herbs: Songs of Freedom (The Civic)

8.30pm The Realm (Rialto Cinemas Newmarket)

Sunday 4 August

1.00pm Kind Hearts and Coronets (Rialto Cinemas Newmarket)

6.15pm The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (The Civic) 


Tuesday 23 July

11.45am Maria by Callas (Rialto Cinemas Newmarket)

6.30pm Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (Event Cinemas Westgate)

Wednesday 24 July

6.15pm Maria by Callas

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Tuesday 9 July 2019

Play it Forward
Image credit: Victoria Vincent

Help us make film more accessible for children who may have never experienced the magic of the collective cinema experience.

The NZ Film Festival Trust is a charitable organisation that supports, encourages and enhances knowledge and understanding of cinema. We present a rich and diverse selection of films that expand the cinematic options of NZ audiences.

With your generous donation we can extend the NZIFF screening experience to a child from a low-decile/high-priority school.

‘Play-It-Forward’ by adding a $5 ticket donation for one school-aged child to attend an NZIFF Shorts For Schools Screening.

‘Play-It-Forward’ + Transport: Make NZIFF even more accessible by adding a $20 donation for one school-aged child to attend an NZIFF Shorts For Schools Screening. This donation helps us pay the ticket price, as well as charter bus fare.

When you complete your Ticketmaster NZIFF ticketing transaction you’ll be prompted to add your donation to your shopping cart.

With every donation of $5 or more you have the option to receive a tax deductible receipt from NZFFT.

The New Zealand Film Festival Trust has offered the NZIFF Shorts for Schools Screenings initiative since 2014, bringing school groups to iconic venues such as the Civic in Auckland, the

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