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Dhaakad trailer launch: Kangana Ranaut takes on the enemy, this time in the 21st century

Dhaakad trailer launch: Kangana Ranaut takes on the enemy, this time in the 21st century After the period piece about a freedom fighter, Manikarnika, Kangana Ranaut doing an action film should not come as any surprise. Dhaakad (a forceful person to contend with; formidable) brings you a few centuries forward and places the action in a modern-day setting, with hi-octane action of the James Bond ilk. The trailer was screened recently for the media at the high-profile PVR Phoenix Mall auditorium...

Arohanui Film Festival calls for submissions!

Submissions are now open for the 2nd Annual Arohanui Film Festival, to be held October 26 – 30, 2016 in Te Aroha, New Zealand. In it’s first year, AFF screened 20 films with a mix of national and international premieres, pairing feature films with short films. In 2016, Arohanui Film festival is aiming for a larger selection of films and more events for attendees.  Film programming gives priority to projects that have not been released in NZ, although the festival also runs a r...

DP Robbie Ryan's Take on Shooting "Slow West"

For Slow West, debut director John Maclean tapped veteran cinematographer Robbie Ryan to make it a visual bonanza. I caught up with Ryan several weeks ago, when the film was screening at the Tribeca Film Festival. Click below for his insights:   ...

Documentary Edge Festival

Documentary Edge Festival is Australasia's premiere international documentary festival held annually in Auckland and Wellington around April - June. The Festival showcases the very best in documentary films from New Zealand and around the world. It also includes a Gala Awards, Q & A Sessions with filmmakers, various social functions and special events.

Documentary Edge Festival is a contemporary cutting edge festival that seeks to bring documentaries that:

  • Are thought provoking and challenge the audiences.
  • Provide a valuable insight into the topics and issues that confront our society.
  • Build bridges of understanding.
  • Ensure that the works of emerging, independent and low budget films continue to be celebrated.

Documentary Edge Festival embraces the latest trends in documentary filmmaking and seeks to expose New Zealand audiences to these developments.

The 2013 Documentary Edge Festival programme showcased the following sections: World Cinema, Culture Vultures, Human Rights, The American Dream, Generation Next, Game On, Sign of the Times, and special presentations.

The 2014 Documentary Edge Festival will be held at Q Theatre in Auckland 22 May - 1 June. The dates in Wellington TBA.

Submissions for Doc Edge Festival 2020

An Oscar-qualifying, Australasia’s premiere international documentary film festival. Held annually in Auckland and Wellington, the Festival showcases the best films from New Zealand and around the world. It includes Doc Edge Awards, Doc Edge Schools (free screenings for students Year 5-13), Doc Edge Forum + Doc Edge Pitch (industry events), Doc Edge Exhibition for interactive digital projects and special events.   The 15th edition of Doc Edge will be held in and in Auc...


Meet Joseph Reedman. He has the supporting father, the 9-5 job and a girlfriend on the horizon. He is a god in his own eyes, but to everyone else he is a professional idiot. When his estranged brother Liam lands on his doorstep asking for help, life starts to take an unexpected turn and Joseph is faced with decisions that will alter his structured existence and maybe get him the woman of his dreams....

American Express Queenstown Winterfestival

Since first being staged in 1975 by Queenstowner’s who thought the arrival of snow was a ‘great excuse for a party’, the Festival has evolved to forge a unique identity as New Zealand’s premier celebration of all things winter.  Now an iconic event cemented on New Zealand’s calendar, it attracts 60,000 attendees and injects a whopping $45 million back into the local economy.

Film festivals in New Zealand

Are you looking for film festivals in New Zealand? Use our country festival search engine to search by Call for entry, Date and Submission Fee. You can also search festivals accepting film submission on If your festival is not yet listed in our festivals directory, please click here. ...

Show Me Shorts

New Zealand’s only Academy Awards® accredited festival. Screening the best short films from New Zealand and around the world in cinemas nationwide every November. Now also accepting music videos from New Zealand. Films must be between 2-20 minutes (1-10 minutes for music videos) and made within the last two years. More info at Entry via