A World of Filmmaker Intros, Q&As and Live Events at NZIFF At Home — Online

Kore-eda Hirokazu, Director of The Truth
This year’s At Home — Online edition of the film festival has come with many technical challenges, but also through the wonders of technology, unprecedented access to filmmakers and special guests.

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This year’s At Home — Online edition of the film festival has come with many technical challenges, but also through the wonders of technology, unprecedented access to filmmakers and special guests.

With the world’s dependence on video calling to stay connected and cross borders in times when international guests would normally be jetting their way to our shores, we’re thrilled to announce a line-up of guest appearances that far surpasses our engagement with filmmakers than any other year before.

At the time of writing, the following films will feature live online events and/or pre-recorded introductions and Q&As with filmmakers and special guests. We will update this list as more content is confirmed:

  • 1982
    - Q&A with director Oualid Mouaness in conversation with festival director Marten Rabarts
  • Before Everest
    - Q&A with director Richard Riddiford in conversation with festival director Marten Rabarts
  • Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
    - Introduction by directors Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross
  • Coded Bias
    - Introduction by director Shalini Kantayya
  • The County
    - LIVE Q&A with director Grímur Hákonarson in conversation with festival director Marten Rabarts (this live Q&A will also be recorded and made available with the Online Rental of The County)
    - LIVE closing ceremony including the announcement of Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts and New Zealand’s Best audience awards
    - Join us on Facebook and Youtube for these live events – streaming links to come
  • Dark City Beneath the Beat
    - Introduction by director TT the Artist
  • Driveways
    - Introduction by director Andrew Ahn
  • Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt)
    - LIVE Q&A with director Monica Zanetti and actors Sophie Hackshaw & Bridie Connell in conversation with guest curator Vicci Ho (this live Q&A will also be recorded and made available with the Online Rental of Ellie & Abbie)
    - Join us on Facebook and Youtube for this live event – streaming links to come
  • Family Members
    - Introduction by director Mateo Bendesky
    - Q&A with Mateo Bendesky in conversation with guest curator Violeta Bava
  • The Girl on the Bridge
    - Introduction by director Leanne Pooley
    - LIVE Q&A with Leanne Pooley and Jazz Thornton in conversation with festival communications manager Sally Woodfield
    - Q&A with Leanne Pooley and Jazz Thornton in conversation with festival director Marten Rabarts
    Join us on Facebook and Youtube for this live event – streaming links to come
  • Hong Kong Moments
    - Q&A with director Zhou Bing (and interpreter Ricky Choy) in conversation with guest curator Vicci Ho
  • Identifying Features
    - Introduction by director Fernanda Valadez
  • If I Were the Winter Itself
    - Introduction by director Jazmín López
    - Q&A with Jazmín López in conversation with Andrew Langridge
  • Instinct
    - LIVE Q&A with director Halina Reijn and actor Carice van Houten in conversation with festival director Marten Rabarts (this live Q&A will also be recorded and made available with the Online Rental of Instinct)
    - Join us on Facebook and Youtube for this live event – streaming links to come
  • Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway
    - Introduction by director Miguel Llansó
  • Just 6.5
    - Introduction by actor Payman Maadi
  • Kubrick by Kubrick
    - Introduction by director Gregory Monro
  • Last and First Men
    - Introduction by New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate Pietra Brettkelly
  • The Last Wave
    - Introduction by director of photography Russell Boyd
  • Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist
    - Introduction by director Alexandre O. Philippe
  • Lessons of Love
    - Introduction by directors Małgorzata Goliszewska & Kasia Mateja and producer Anna Stylińska
  • LOIMATA, The Sweetest Tears
    - Introduction by director Anna Marbrook
  • The Long Walk
    - Introduction by director Mattie Do
  • Martin Margiela: In His Own Words
    - Introduction by director Reiner Holzemer
  • My Extraordinary Summer with Tess
    - Introduction by director Steven Wouterlood
  • My Little Sister
    - Introduction by directors Véronique Reymond & Stéphanie Chuat
  • New Zealand’s Best 2020
    - Introduction by guest selector Tusi Tamasese
    - Introductions by directors Cian Elyse White (Daddy's Girl [Kōtiro]), Anthea Williams (Safety Net), Claire van Beek (Daniel), Calvin Sang (Love Is Real!), Robyn Grace (Oranges & Lemons) and Anna Duckworth (Pain)
  • Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2020
    - Introduction by co-curator Leo Koziol
    - Introductions by directors Kath Akuhata-Brown (Purea), Chelsea Winstanley (Forgive Me), Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer (Kapaemahu), Mark Papalii (Emily), Robert George (I Am The Moment), Isaac Knights-Washbourn (Money Honey), and Gurl (Mika X)
  • No Hard Feelings
    - Q&A with director Faraz Shariat in conversation with festival director Marten Rabarts
  • Paradise Drifters
    - Q&A with director Mees Peijnenburg and actor Jonas Smulders in conversation with festival director Marten Rabarts
  • Perfect 10
    - Introduction by director Eva Riley
  • The Perfect Candidate
    - LIVE Q&A with director Haifaa Al-Mansour in conversation with festival director Marten Rabarts (this live Q&A will also be recorded and made available with the Online Rental of The Perfect Candidate)
    - Join us on Facebook and Youtube for this live event – streaming links to come
  • Relic
    - Introduction by director Natalie Erika James
  • Rūrangi
    - Introduction by director Max Currie, writer Cole Meyers and actor Elz Carrad
    - Q&A with Max Currie, producer Craig Gainsborough, Cole Meyers and Elz Carrad in conversation with festival director Marten Rabarts
  • Sick, Sick, Sick
    - Introduction by director Alice Furtado
    - Q&A with Alice Furtado in conversation with festival director Marten Rabarts
  • Some Kind of Heaven
    - Introduction by director Lance Oppenheim
  • Steelers: The World’s First Gay Rugby Club
    - Introduction by director Eammon Ashton-Atkinson
    - LIVE Q&A with director Eammon Ashton-Atkinson in conversation with festival director Marten Rabarts
    - Join us on Facebook and Youtube for this live event – streaming links to come
    - Q&A with Eammon Ashton-Atkinson in conversation with Marten Rabarts
  • Suk Suk
    - Q&A with director Ray Yeung in conversation with guest curator Vicci Ho
  • The Surrogate
    - Introduction by director Jeremy Hersh
  • Tench
    - Introduction by director Patrice Toye
  • They Call Me Babu
    - Introduction by director Sandra Beerends
  • True History of the Kelly Gang
    - LIVE opening night and film introduction with festival director Marten Rabarts, Tearepa Kahi, Catherine Fitzgerald and director Justin Kurzel
    - LIVE Q&A with Justin Kurzel and Essie Davis in conversation with Marten Rabarts (this live Q&A will also be recorded and made available with the Online Rental of True History of the Kelly Gang)
    - Join us on Facebook and Youtube for these live events – streaming links to come
  • The Truth
    - Introduction by director Kore-eda Hirokazu
  • A Year Full of Drama
    - Introduction by director Marta Pulk
  • Young Hunter
    - Introduction by director Marco Berger
  • Zana
    - Introduction by director Antoneta Kastrati

Live events are available for everyone to view online free. Links to these events will be posted to the respective film pages on nziff.co.nz and athome.nziff.co.nz, where they will begin streaming before and/or after the film’s premiere time and date. Audiences at home are encouraged to interact online with Q&A guests and moderators on Facebook and YouTube.

Pre-recorded introductions and Q&As become available after the purchase of an Online Premiere or Online Rental. They can be accessed on athome.nziff.co.nz under ‘Filmmaker Extras’, located below each film's description.

Selected in-cinema screenings around the country will also feature introductions and Q&As. Please check the In Cinema listings on our website for screenings with filmmakers and special guests in attendance.

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Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival

25 Jul 2020

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival is run by a charitable trust to enhance local appreciation of, and engagement with, global art and culture by providing access to a diverse range of high-quality film.