Nine New Zealand feature films announced for NZIFF 2022

Four dramas and five documentaries have been announced as the first selection of New Zealand films featuring at NZIFF 2022.

  1. New Zealand Premiere: A Boy Called Piano – The Story of Fa'amoana John Luafutu
    Dir: Nina Nawalowalo

    The courageous and remarkable journey of a man from his time as a state ward and the intergenerational impacts of his experiences. Read more, here.
  2. World Premiere: Geoff Dixon: Portraits of Us
    Dir: Glenis Giles and Clare O’Leary

    Environmental issues and pop-culture collide in vibrant textural colours and forms in this intimate portrait of the life, loves and friendships of Aotearoa New Zealand artist Geoff Dixon. Read more, here.

  3. Auckland Premiere: Juliet Gerrard: Science in Dark Times
    Dir: Shirley Horrocks

    Science in Dark Times follows the work of a remarkable woman, Dame Juliet Gerrard, Jacinda Ardern's Chief Science Advisor, through three years of dramatic crises, including the Whakaari White Island eruption and the unfolding of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more, here.

  4. World Premiere: Kāinga
    Dir: Michelle Ang, Ghazaleh Golbakhsh, HASH, Nahyeon Lee, Angeline Loo, Asuka Sylvie, Yamin Tun, Julie Zhu

    Eight Pan-Asian female filmmakers’ powerful anthology film illuminates the immigrant experience in Aotearoa New Zealand through the lives of eight Asian women connected by the house they call home. Read more, here.

  5. Auckland Premiere: Path 99
    Dir: Grayson Cooke, Dugal McKinnon

    Path 99 combines planetarium immersion with an enveloping electronic soundtrack, showing us how, now more than ever, it is crucial that we all have our heads in the clouds. Read more, here.

  6. World Premiere: Punch
    Dir: Welby Ings

    Seventeen-year-old boxer Jim carries the hopes and dreams of his father on his shoulders, but his growing relationship with local takatāpui Whetu forces him to confront the truth about his sexuality and choose his own future. Read more, here.

  7. New Zealand Premiere: We Are Still Here
    Dir: Beck Cole, Danielle MacLean, Dena Curtis, Tim Worrall, Richard Curtis, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Chantelle Burgoyne, Tracey Rigney, Renae Maihi

    To sit, to listen to witness. Starting points for a multi-layered journey bring you to the brink of interaction between cultures, then, now, and what may be. Set in various flashpoints in time. Read more, here.

  8. World Premiere: When the Cows Come Home
    Dir: Costa Botes

    Costa Botes' gentle, yet eye-opening new documentary delves into bovine life on a Cambridge farm where offbeat cow whisperer Andrew Johnstone tends the herd in his own idiosyncratic ways. Read more, here.

  9. Auckland Premiere: Woodenhead
    Dir: Florian Habicht

    Florian Habicht’s debut feature film screened at NZIFF in 2003 and has become a cult classic. This new colourised print had its Aotearoa premiere in Wellington at NZIFF 2021. Read more, here.


Fantastic news for film lovers!

Here's the news you've been waiting for – Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival will open in Auckland at the majestic Civic Theatre on July 28. As well as The Civic, NZIFF 2022 in Auckland will also be at ASB Waterfront Theatre.

NZIFF 2022 will feature 50-60 films in the programme, with the potential to also have some additional films from the 2021 programme. 

The 2022 festival has a strong focus on festival films direct from Cannes and other major global festivals, together with providing an all-important showcase for New Zealand films – documentaries, features and the well-established shorts selections, New Zealand’s Best and Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts.

The NZIFF programmers have been busy over the summer attending a variety of global film festivals including Sundance and Berlin, in search of the best films for NZIFF 2022. We look forward to announcing some of the films for NZIFF 2022 in coming weeks.

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Last updated: 25 June 2020