We're looking forward to 2021 and will soon be revealing more about what's in store for the film festival this year.
Film Festival Trust Founder Dies
It’s with great sadness we acknowledge the passing of Bill Sheat – founder of the New Zealand Film Festival Trust which runs NZIFF, and the founding chair of the New Zealand Film Commission. Bill (CNZM OBE) passed away early on Wednesday 20 January. Bill (90) will be remembered for the massive contribution to film and the arts over 60 years and particularly for his foresight in the founding not only of the NZFFT, but of Creative New Zealand and Wellington’s Downstage Theatre, the establishment of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and New Zealand Film Commission, and leading the fight to save Wellington’s Opera House and Embassy Theatre. Read more here
You Told Us ... and We're Listening
Our 2020 audience survey was the most in-depth survey we have ever done. Thanks to those who took the time to tell us about their experiences with the film festival in 2020. Of those who responded, 80% watched films online or in a cinema and of those who watched online, 74% rated the experience as excellent or very good. Overall, half said they watched fewer films than in the past, but 27% watched more, and many online viewers said they hoped we would continue with an online format in the future. The opportunity to experience international cinema, and a specially selected/curated programme of films topped the list of what was important to you about the film festival, while experiencing different culture and communities, and exposure to new ideas and experiences were also important.