Inside a theatre at Embassy Cinemas, located in Te Aro, Wellington. There are vaulted ceilings, pillars and most of the seats are occupied by audience members. 'Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festiva' is projected on the large screen.

Screened across four cities, Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) brings global films to local cinemas. A highlight of the winter event calendar, the festival kicks off in Wellington in late July. It then travels to Auckland, Dunedin, and Christchurch through August.

Covering a wide variety of genres and formats, the festival also brings Q&A discussions, panels and a few surprises. Directors and producers from around the world often take to the stage to introduce and speak about their work. This is the biggest event in the New Zealand film-lovers calendar.

With a new artistic director, Paolo Bertolin, in place, 2024’s festival is set to once again bring quality films from international festivals to New Zealand audiences.

NZIFF 2024 will screen in The Embassy, Roxy Cinema and Light House Cinema Cuba in Wellington.