Festival Programme

Films by Strand



We proudly present a slate of powerful local films that illuminate and challenge our national character. New documentaries shine a spotlight on personalities, cultural practices, artistic endeavours and influential industries that have shaped the unique face of Aotearoa. From deeply personal narratives of toil and triumph to provocative examinations of the forces that mold our society, these films illuminate the connections between past and present with power, ingenuity and humour.

Our fresh crop of homegrown feature films showcase the diversity and strength of local creatives, fearlessly delving into themes prescient to contemporary Aoteroa, such as alienation, belonging, sex and social media.

And we continue to celebrate the short film format with two curated programmes collecting the best new shorts from both Aotearoa and the Pacific community in New Zealand’s Best 2021 and Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts. Plus we selected seven additional short films from New Zealand filmmakers which will screen ahead of feature films throughout the festival and have been matched with films that have thematic or tonal commonalities.

See also The Power of the Dog, Ayukawa: The Weight of a Life, Night Raiders, Mothers of the Revolution and Snakeskin


Amy Taylor

The biggest player in the New Zealand economy is put on notice in this spirited documentary that sees a young activist from rural Northland go up against the powerful dairy industry.

New Zealand’s Best 2021

Check out the year’s best New Zealand short films as chosen by this year’s guest selector, Kerry Fox, from a total of 117 submitted entries.

Signed, Theo Schoon

Luit Bieringa

Tracing the story of one of our more complex characters, this layered portrait re-examines the exploits of influential outsider, Dutch immigrant artist Theo Schoon, told in his own words and through first-hand accounts.