After a year of curating, programming and corralling our team of experts, we could not be more excited to launch this year’s NZIFF. If you’re still filling your Wishlist, we’ve highlighted a few special events below that you will want to add to your calendar.
The Look of Silence
Oscar-nominated film director Joshua Oppenheimer has worked for over a decade with militias, death squads and their victims to explore the relationship between political violence and public imagination. His debut feature length film,The Act of Killing (2012), was named 2013 Film of the Year by The Guardian and Sight & Sound and has won 72 international awards along with an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary. The Look of Silence has screened in festivals around the globe since it premiered in competition at the 71st Venice Film Festival, where it won five awards including the Grand Jury Prize and the international critics award (FIPRESCI Prize).
Thursday 6 August, 8.45pm at Paramount
Friday 7 August, 1.30pm at Paramount
Brad Barber & Scott Christopherson
Brad has worked in Los Angeles as an editor, cinematographer and director/producer of documentaries.He was nominated for an Emmy for his work as an editor on the HBO documentary Resolved. Scott has won multiple awards locally and internationally for his student ﬁlms, and his ﬁrst ﬁlm was broadcast internationally for over a year. They join forces for the ﬁrst time with Peace Ofﬁcer, a feature documentary about the increasingly militarised state of the American police.
Wednesday 29 July, 8.45pm at Paramount
Thursday 30 July, 11.00am at Paramount
Bryan studied ﬁlm at the University of Southern California where he placed second in the Undergraduate Writers Conference for ﬁction and was awarded the James Bridges scholarship for Excellence in Directing. Finders Keepers marks Bryan’s feature directorial debut. Previously he directed videos for Adriano Goldschmied, JVC and Scott Weiland.
Friday 31 July, 4.00pm at Paramount
Saturday 1 August, 8.45pm at Paramount
From Scotland With Love
Born in New Zealand, acclaimed writer and director Virginia’s assured visual style and expressive vision are strongly inﬂuenced by her origins. Virginia has had a number of short ﬁlms shown at many international ﬁlm festivals. Relativity was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlinale and won the UIP/European Film Academy Prix. Virginia has made many arts documentaries for Channel 4 which have screened around the globe. From Scotland with Love was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland Award.
Tuesday 28 July, 1.00pm and 6.15pm at Paramount
Margot has produced, written and directed a number of award-winning ﬁlms. Her credits include the experimental shorts Shadow Panic and We Aim to Please, the feature documentary For Love or Money and the feature dramas Vacant Possession and Call Me Mum. During a Filmmaker in Residence at Zurich University of the Arts in 2012, her desire to embark on a discovery-driven process led to the development of The Silences, a personal essay compilation about family secrets.
Friday 24 July, 2.00pm at Paramount
Saturday 25 July, 12.45pm at Paramount
Wednesday 5 August, 1.15pm at Penthouse Cinema
Western and Tchoupitoulas
Turner is one half of the Ross brothers. Bill and Turner, who work in tandem as documentary ﬁlmmakers, won the 2009 SXSW Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary, 2010 Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award along with other accolades, including nominations for editing and cinematography for their ﬁrst feature 45365. Their second feature, Tchoupitoulas, premiered in 2012 at SXSW where it won Special Mention, and Emerging Artist at the HotDocs Festival. Their third documentary, Western, is a glimpse of life in a Texas border town at a time of change. It premiered in Sundance, taking out the Special Jury Prize.
Monday 27 July, 6.15pm at Paramount
Tuesday 28 July, 3.30pm at Paramount
Sunday 26 July, 6.15pm at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
Monday 27 July, 2.00pm at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision