Cinema Classics at the Civic

Posted Thursday 13 Feb 2014

Please see below a cheery note from the NZIFF team�

Here at the NZIFF office we're spending summer putting some heat into your autumn and winter. Intrepid NZIFF programmer Sandra Reid is braving the February temperatures at the gigantic Berlinale, as we get serious about selections for our own mid-year extravaganza. In the meantime the home team prepare for our NZIFF 2014 Autumn Events, coming soon to the nation's finest giant screen venues (and favourite NZIFF hangouts). We are proud to announce a programme of newly restored cinema classics alongside the premiere screenings of the latest (and purportedly final) film from the great Japanese animator Miyazaki Hayao. Recent restorations of these great films provide the perfect opportunity to make the most of the state-of-the-art digital technology at key NZIFF venues.

Auckland tickets are on sale Friday February 14 from Ticketmaster: session times and ticketing information appear on our website.

We've also packed our first update for the year with great giveaways from local distributors. Please support their releases at your local cinema, and send us your reviews if you're attending a preview. Join the discussion on our Facebook page.

And while we are talking NZIFF selections, we encourage any New Zealand filmmakers whose work is ready for our attention to submit now. It's true you have until April 17, but why not catch us now, ahead of the tsunami.

Bill Gosden - NZIFF Director

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The Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014 - call for entries

Posted Thursday 13 Feb 2014

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014, is one of the largest short film festivals in the UK. Call for Entries is now open, presenting a fantastic opportunity for WIFTNZ members to engage with a wider, international audience and interact with some of the biggest personalities in the film industry today.

Last year's festival included films from over 30 different countries across the world and they are really keen to engage even further with filmmakers in New Zealand in 2014.

In addition to screenings throughout the ASFF weekend, prizes include �500 for the Festival Winner, �250 for the People's Choice Winner, screenings at a number of other UK festivals and editorial on the Aesthetica and ASFF blogs. The time limit is 30 minutes and categories for entry are: Drama, Comedy, Thriller, Animation, Documentary, Artists' Film, Music Video and Experimental.

ASFF have also announced two exciting new strands for 2014 - Advertising and Fashion. It is the only UK film festival to represent these genres, presenting a rare opportunity to showcase films that drive aesthetic innovation to those that debate contemporary issues.

ASFF 2014 will take place in 15 unique and iconic locations across the historic city of York, including medieval halls and boutique cinemas, during the weekend of 6 - 9 November 2014. In addition to four days of screenings, there will also be a variety of opportunities to engage with leading industry figures and fellow filmmakers throughout an exciting series of masterclasses, workshops and networking sessions; last year's attendees included representatives from BAFTA, Channel 4, Film4, Warp Film, Raindance and Sheffield Doc/Fest.

CLICK HERE to view last year's trailer. Entries close 31 May. Visit for more information and to enter.

For more information contact:

Rebecca Bowery

Aesthetica Magazine

PO Box 371?York

YO23 1WL

01904 479168