Call for Entry

New Zealand International Film Festival – Call for Entry 2023

Dear Asian filmmakers, the New Zealand International Film Festival is accepting International Films until March 31, and New Zealand, Australian, and Pacific Islands Films until April 21, 2023.

About the festival:
The New Zealand International Film Festival is a national event extending the cinematic options of audiences and filmmakers throughout New Zealand. The Festival has grown significantly since the merger in 1984 of the Auckland International Film Festival (founded in 1969) and the Wellington Film Festival (founded 1972).

Eligibility (International Films):
– The festival accepts feature films, documentaries, and short films.
– Films must have been produced after January 1, 2022.
– Films must have New Zealand Premiere.
– Films must screen in their original language with, where appropriate, English subtitles.
Submission Fee: FREE
Deadline: March 31, 2023

We recommend filmmakers to read the full Rules and Regulations here:

To submit to the festival please visit:

We remind readers that the New Zealand International Film Festival will take place July/August 2023 in various cities around New Zealand.

To see other Call for Entries please follow the next link: “Call For Entries

2 replies »

  1. Kia Ora

    I am enquiring into te whanau marama submissions for next year but do our short films have to premiere at NZIFF? Or is their other ways of having a film screened at other festivals before hand? I only ask because I heard that the whanau marama category doesnt necessarily have to have an NZ premiere at the NZIFF or if it is premiered elsewhere before NZIFF does it have to be re-edited?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Nga mihi


    • If you are applying for next year films must not have screened publicly in New Zealand prior to NZIFF. You can Premiere and screen it in other festival outiside NZ but not in the country. Hope this answer your question.


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