New Zealand International Film Festival cancels this year’s Auckland edition

October 4, 2021, Jacinda Ardern has pledged a gradual end to Covid-19 restrictions in Auckland. From midnight Tuesday, the bubbles will be able to mix, but only outdoors and with some restrictions still in place.


The Auckland stop of Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival will not take place this year, with organizers saying the current alert level does not allow it.

The festival requires uncapped indoor capacity and the recently announced roadmap to easing restrictions does not allow this.

New Zealand Film Festival Trust President Catherine Fitzgerald said the board and management had worked tirelessly to consider all possible options, but had to make the announcement with a heavy heart,

She said they held on as long as possible before making the decision to cancel.

“With Auckland in Tier 3 form for a few weeks to come, and the uncertainty as to when the capacity limits will be lifted, it is no longer possible for us to move forward with the Auckland edition. of this year’s festival.

“The team, led by Director – Kaiwhakatere Marten Rabarts and Managing Director Sally Woodfield, worked under extraordinary circumstances to do everything possible to bring this year’s festival to all 13 towns and villages, and our program confirmed for 2021, with an exceptional line – of award-winning films from around the world, is one of which we are extremely proud. “

The trust is working to have the festival in the rest of the country under current Alert Level 2 restrictions.

Fitzgerald said public safety is paramount and the trust works with sites to ensure this.

“We are working with venues and cinemas on presentation logistics under Level 2 restrictions with the removal of the capacity cap, but with various ongoing Level 2 requirements, including physical distancing.

The festival opens in Christchurch on October 29, Wellington on November 4 and Dunedin on November 5, followed by nine regional centers.

The full program will be announced in the coming days.

Darcy J. Skinner

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