Free daily events at the Civic will be a new addition to the NZ International Film Festival in Auckland this year. The Civic’s elegant Wintergarden will be transformed into Film Café presented by Show Me Shorts and hosted by NZIFF and The Edge.
Film Café will be an open social space for people to meet and relax in and will be the central venue for free short film programmes, Meet-the-Filmmaker talks and other events to be organised in consultation with industry partners.
“Film Café allows us to provide a fun Festival environment and thanks to the involvement of Show Me Shorts as Film Café’s presenters adds a whole new facet to the Festival’s engagement with short films. The team behind Show Me Shorts know their shorts and we’re very pleased that they will be taking such a leading part in this programme.” says Festival Director Bill Gosden
“We also see the opportunity for Festival goers to meet NZ and international filmmakers in this informal atmosphere, an aspect that makes the Festival such an important cultural event.” says Gosden.
Show Me Shorts Festival Director Gina Dellabarca says, “We think Aucklanders want a place to hang out in between movies at NZIFF. A place to go for a drink when they bump into friends. We are really excited by this opportunity to partner with the iconic NZIFF and deliver Aucklanders short films from some of the hottest up and coming talents in such an opulent venue. We have a great line-up of shorts in store that we know people are going to love!”
Craig Cooper, Associate Director – Arts Programme for The Edge says, “The Civic has long been the Auckland home for the Film Festival. We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Festival to create a boutique cinema experience and café space in the Wintergarden. Festival patrons will be able to meet with each other, mix with the film makers and engage with a free programme of short films in one of Auckland’s much-loved venues.”
The NZ International Film Festival starts in Auckland from Thursday 14 July. Film Café will run from Saturday 16 July until Sunday 31 July (the final day of the Festival).
The Film Café will be open from 12pm weekdays and from 2pm on weekends. Daily film events will be held at 6.30pm as well as weekday lunchtime events at 12.30pm.