Screenings at the Film Archive in Wellington

Posted Wednesday 29 Jan 2014


Siapo Documentary

mediatheatre 6pm

NZ, 110 min, Exempt, Siapo Cinema festival

A programme of vibrant documentary films that explore various forms of Pasifika art and expression. Includes: Savage Symbols (Makerita Urale, 2002), Velvet Dreams (Sima Urale, 1997) and Fat Freddy's Drop - Behind The Scenes Mother Mother (Sarah Hunter/Transmit Media, 2013).

$8 / $6


Pollywood 2013

mediatheatre 4.15pm & 6pm

100 mins, PG - Low level violence, Siapo Cinema festival

A 100 minute line-up of inspiring recent short film and multimedia work, fresh from the 2013 Pollywood festival in Auckland. The Pollywood programme presents films by grass roots through to established practitioners, and is a showcase of Pasifika stories and ideas on screen. The films are presented courtesy of Craig Fasi. Pollywood film maker Chantelle Burgoyne will introduce the 6pm screening.

$8 / $6


The Dam (O)

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Daily (except Sunday)

Gavin Hipkins' short film The Dam (O) - which showed at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival and New Zealand International Film Festival last year - screens at the Film Archive. The Dam (O)incorporates naturalist and abstracted footage from Auckland's five dams built during the 1920s. Navigating the metaphor of the dam as a psychological block, this poetic film explores the potential of drama, absurdity, and suspense.

Free admission



A moving image exhibition by 2014 Film Archive Curator-at-Large, Gareth Watkins, about New Zealanders and their pets. From children playing with the cat in the backyard to the whole family washing the dog in a large tub; there are hundreds of everyday moments that are lovingly photographed. What is perhaps more surprising are other types of pets - a tiger playing with its human family; a cow eating at the kitchen table; a pet magpie and cat enjoying each other's company. The various screens in the exhibition offer up a number of themes - pet and calf days, parades, group and individual pets and curiosities. Alongside these playful moments are a number of sequences that show another side of human/animal relationships - the chimps tea party, the organised dog fight and what society does with unwanted pets.

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Academy Award winning writer of "The King's Speech" to appear at AnimfxNZ!

Posted Wednesday 29 Jan 2014

You heard it here first Animfxers! Literally - because they haven't told anyone else yet.

They have just confirmed David Seidler, multi-award winning writer, as a speaker at this year's AnimfxNZ.
David will be speaking on Thursday at the main conference and during the workshop day on Friday so register now!

AnimfxNZ 2014 is an animation, games and visual effects conference held in Wellington from 13-15 February 2014. It brings together some of the biggest and brightest names in the global digital entertainment industry for three days of learning, sharing and networking.

Wellington is an epicentre for world-class game, animation and FX industry specialists. Since Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy put the sector on the map, international projects head over here in search of high-calibre creative and technical talent to help tell their stories. The burgeoning VFX industry also developed alongside a dynamic and innovative local games industry which is garnering more international attention, kudos and commercial success.

The AnimfxNZ team suggests you stay tuned for more awesome announcements......