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The New Zealand International Film Festival hits town in August


Christchurch cinephiles of all stripes are preparing to turn down evenings out, call up babysitters and get their entire lives reorganised, because the annual NZIFF is back in town for another year from 7 – 24 August to enliven winter and keep us glued to the screen for two and a half weeks.

90 films will feature in the Christchurch festival programme, with the usual lively international blend of comedy, drama, genre pics, docos, shorts, and the bizarre (thanks Strange Film guru Ant Timpson, you diabolical genius!) providing plenty to inspire and entertain.

Typically there’s so much on offer this year that it’s impossible to get to everything, with a record number of films playing in Christchurch this year, but Cityscape will be keeping an eye out for Frank (pictured above), sci-fi pic Snowpiercer, and Housebound – the Kiwi horror-comedy that's winning mad plaudits overseas – among others. We also dug Swedish 80s punk coming-of-age tale We Are the Best! at the Christchurch programme's launch last night.

The festival has screenings at both Hoyts Northlands and Hoyts Riccarton over the two and a half weeks. Popular films are sure to sell out quickly, so it's best to get in fast to avoid disappointment. Thankfully the festival website makes planning easy with a wishlist tool that helps to schedule your film-going for you. Tickets are on sale from the 18th of July, so get to the website and then get to the movies!

New Zealand International Film Festival
Hoyts Northlands and Hoyts Riccarton, 7 – 24 August
Tickets available at and from July 18th




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Guest 18 January 2018