Peter Jackson and Roger Donaldson are both announced for this year’s NZIFF, the former’s West of Memphis screening in the main programme, the latter a guest selector for the inaugural shorts competition.
West of Memphis was one of four titles announced this week, along with Lee Hirsch’s Bully, Bess Kargman’s First Position and Richard Linklater’s Bernie.
Donaldson will sift through a short list of twelve short films to select a programme of finalists in the hunt for the new cash awards.
The Festival will begin in Auckland (19 July – August 5), run simultaneously in Wellington and Dunedin (27 July – August 12), and in Christchurch (9 – 26 August). Other regional dates will be advised as confirmed.
The Festival has already announced Marley, Frederick Wiseman’s Crazy Horse and Lynn Sheldon’s Your Sister’s Sister. The full Auckland programme will be announced 26 June, with the Wellington programme following three days later.