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Film and futures feature in big Festival weekend

The New Zealand International Film Festival and the Festival for the Future both open in Wellington this Friday.

The late, great Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky

Tickets for the Wellington Film Festival are selling fast, with only a few seats available for the opening night film Birds of Passage, and many other sessions through to closing night on Sunday 12 August sold out.

However, the flexibility that director Bill Gosden now has with the screens available at Readings Cinema Courtenay means that extra screenings have been able to be scheduled for popular films like Lucky and The Guilty.

Check the website for the latest information, and use the user-friendly NZIFF Wishlist tool to select your programme if you haven’t already done so.

Across town at the TSB Arena, the Festival for the Future kicks off an action-packed weekend on Friday.

Described as New Zealand’s most inspiring event, it attracted more than 1,300 delegates to the three days of talks, workshops, seminars and networking in 2017.

The Festival is run by Inspiring Stories, the charity that backs young New Zealanders to change the world. Since launching in 2011 the organisation has built an impressive track record of programmes and partnerships that have supported thousands of Kiwis to build their social entrepreneurship and leadership capability, and their ideas to make a difference.

Talks range from the future of work, technological revolution, social enterprise, philanthropy and relationship building to why we should embrace the F-Word (farming).

Now in its eighth year, the Festival attracts participants from every region of New Zealand, and increasingly the wider Asia-Pacific Region, ranging in age from 13 to 75.

Full details of the programme are on the website, along with booking details ($395 +GST for professionals, $245+GST for students, with bulk discounts and options for those for whom the cost is  real barrier).