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Film Festival breaks attendance record – again

Admissions to the New Zealand International Film Festival in Wellington this year are up 5000 on 2017 – and that’s before extra post-Festival screenings scheduled for this week.

At last night’s Closing Night screening of Polish film Cold War (pictured above), Festival director Bill Gosden announced that admissions this year totalled over 83,000, compared to last year’s 79,000 admissions (also a new admission record).

A series of extra screenings this week will further increase the record attendance.

The film festival this year screened a total of 160 features, all Wellington premieres, with multiple screenings for most films.

The NZIFF in Auckland has also broken records with the biggest ever total attendances for Auckland in its 50th year: a record-breaking 109,560 admissions. The previous record year was in 2015 with 105,406 admissions to the festival.

NZIFF is dependent on ticket sales with 90% of its income coming from tickets. The remaining 10% is made up of funder support and corporate sponsorship. The NZ Film Commission is the major supporter of NZIFF.

There are extra screenings this week in Wellington of some of the most popular NZIFF films.

The extra screenings today of Celia and Three Identical Strangers have sold out already, but tickets are still available for afternoon and evening screenings of Burning (3:30pm, Reading Cinema 9), The Cleaners (4:15pm, Reading Cinema 5), Dog’s Best Friend (6:30pm, Reading Cinema 9), Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (8:15PM, Reading Cinema 5), The Guilty (8:30pm, Embassy Theatre), and Mandy (8:30pm, Reading Cinema 9).

Full details of screenings in Wellington today, tomorrow, Wednesday and Sunday are here: