Wellington Scoop

Another record for film festival in Wellington

Attendances at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival in Wellington have reached another record.

Festival director Bill Gosden announced at last night’s closing night screening that admissions had totalled over 83,000.

This is the first time in the festival’s 47 year history that ticket sales have exceeded 80,000.

The previous record was 79,000 admissions, which was set last year.

And this year the festival has scheduled a series of extra screenings, which will further increase the record attendance over the next three days.

NZIFF is dependent on ticket sales with 90% of its income coming from tickets. The remaining 10% is made up of funder support and corporate sponsorship. The NZ Film Commission is the major supporter of NZIFF.

The Film Festival’s main Wellington venue is the Embassy, with screenings this year for the first time in Reading Cinemas, replacing the Paramount which disappointingly shut its doors last year (and has been empty ever since.).

The Paramount was the original home of the film festival when it was first established (with five features) in 1972.

The film festival this year screened more than 160 features, all of them Wellington premieres.


  1. Michael Gibson, 13. August 2018, 6:20

    Top of my list was “The Song Keepers”.

  2. Filmy, 13. August 2018, 9:51

    My favourites were many of the documentaries – some astonishing stories from NZ and overseas.