Festival FAQs

When does Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2022 happen?

NZIFF 2022 will take place nationwide from Thursday 28 July to Wednesday 31st August and regionally as follows:

Auckland: 28 July to 7 August
Wellington: 4 to 14 August
Christchurch: 11 to 21 August
Dunedin: 11 to 21 August
Matakana: 18-28 August
Hamilton: 18-31 August
Tauranga: 18-28 August
Whakatāne: Special Screening (Muru) 30 July
Hawke’s Bay: 18-28 August
New Plymouth: 11-28 August
Palmerston North: 18-28 August
Masterton: 17-31 August
Nelson: 17-28 August
Timaru: 18-28 August
Gore: 18-25 August

When will the programme be announced?

The full programme for 2022 will be announced on Monday, 4 July 2022

Will there be a printed programme this year?

Yes - we will be printing and distributing our programme catalogue in all centres. Programme catalogues will be available from mid-July.

Auckland venues will have programme catalogues available from Friday 8 July.
Wellington venues will have programme catalogues available from Monday 11 July, and from Monday 18 July at the pop-up box office in Allen St.
Christchurch venues will have programme catalogues available from Wednesday 13 July.
Venues at all other festival locations will have programme catalogues available from Wednesday 13 July

When can I purchase tickets?

Tickets will go on general public sale from mid-July, but you can purchase multi-trip passes for Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin now and will have the option to secure your seats in advance of the general public sale.

On sale dates per festival location:

Auckland - Thursday 14 July
Christchurch - Friday 15 July
Wellington - Monday 18 July
Dunedin - Monday 25 July.

Other Regions: TBC

Why is the film festival not in the town where I live?

We currently present the film festival in 13 towns and cities around New Zealand and are continually reviewing our options.

Will I get the same discounts or concessions which I have received in the past?

Yes – we will continue to offer great value for money with concessions, discounts for specific groups, and our popular multi-trip passes.

Will there be an online option this year?

We continue to review the online option, but we will not be presenting the film festival in 2022 online. At the heart of NZIFF is the collective experience of watching a film together. 
There are also a number of complex issues around presenting online:
- Except for a very small number of retro films and an even smaller number of special exceptions, films programmed at NZIFF are New Zealand premieres. Additionally films which have further release plans or which already have streaming agreements would not be available for us to screen online.
- NZ simply does not have the population base which enabled other film festivals around the world to present online (eg Sundance was available for the whole of the US) and gearing up an online platform that is accessible to our whole audience for the volume of streams we might achieve, was not viable. 
- An online option would be in competition with all of our beautiful partner venues and cinemas across the motu, who also need support during this difficult time for the industry. Our filmmakers have made their work for the big screen, and the focus for our team is to present their works as best we can, in person.

When will you start telling us about films for this year?

We have begun announcing films from our 2022 programme and our full 2022 programme will be available on our website from 4 July 2022. Stay tuned to hear about what films are going to be screening and see here for films that have already been announced.

Will you be having international filmmakers coming as guests?

We are looking at options to bring a small number of international filmmakers to join us at the 2022 festival. We will also be celebrating a wide range of New Zealand filmmakers in the festival and including Q&As and other events in the programme to enable audiences to meet filmmakers.

Will we get our money back if you cancel?

If a film screening is cancelled for any reason, including changes to lockdown levels, our cancellation policy regarding refunds will apply. Click here for more information on terms and conditions.

How can I submit a film?

We accept submissions from all over the world. Submission deadlines differ for New Zealand/Australia/Pacific Islands and international applicants and have closed for NZIFF 2022. For information, please visit the Submit a Film page.

Is there any fee to enter a film?

There is no fee for submission to Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival .

Is Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival a competitive festival?

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival does not currently host a competitive category for feature length films. We do, however, have two short film competitions within the festival: New Zealand’s Best short films, and Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts. Details on submitting for these collections can be found here.

How can I volunteer for the festival?

Currently, we are not taking any more applications for the 2022 Festival - if you would like to be added to the waitlist, please complete this form in case the situation changes.