Festival highlights NZ cinema variety
(In)visible New Zealand Film Festival, opening in Hamilton next week, has been designed to showcase the wealth of New Zealand cinema, some you may have not heard of.
The festival is dedicated to exploring and celebrating the films that demonstrate New Zealand’s diverse sociocultural landscape and heritage. Films range from the iconic comedy Came a Hot Friday to award-winning documentaries such as Voices of the Land, and recent Cannes award winning short films such as Night Shift and Blue.
The film festival is not for profit and is a collaboration of Arezou Zalipour, Andrea Haines, Graham Haines and John Mandelberg. It is sponsored by University of Waikato, Hamilton Film Society and Wintec.
The film festival is also associated with the launch of Onscreen New Zealand Diversity, an initiative based on Arezou Zalipour’s research and practice in New Zealand and her ongoing community and industry contributions.
Onscreen New Zealand Diversity aims to explore and promote the question: ‘Is NZ ready for the real diversity on screen?’
Onscreen New Zealand Diversity invites people to comment on the films before and after screening.
There will also be a Q&A session after each film screening.
“This is my belief that as more people from different backgrounds commit to a future in New Zealand, some feel the need to reflect publicly on their experience of migration, diaspora and multiculturalism. The desire to shape their related experiences and perspectives into various films and TV shows will help make New Zealand screens more diverse and inclusive,” Ms Zalipour said.
Voices of the Land will kick off the festival on Wednesday, October 4.
■ (In)visible New Zealand Film Festival, The Meteor Theatre. Films screen at 7pm, followed by Q&A session.