Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival

This year's festival is jam-packed with cinematic treats for all - international films, documentaries, New Zealand works, short films, Hollywood royalty, and even one film from the ever-popular Incredibly Strange programme. We are thrilled to bring this selection of titles to the big screen.

Programme highlights include Mardi Gras Film Festival 2020 Audience Award winner Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt) featuring New Zealand actor Rachel House (Bellbird, NZIFF19), Venice Film Festival 2019 Best Actor and Toronto International Film Festival 2019 Best Film (Platform) winner Martin Eden and Palme D’Or winning director Kore-eada Hirokazu (Shoplifters, NZIFF18) returns to the Festival with French language feature The Truth, starring Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke.

This year’s homegrown selection includes four documentaries: the last voyage of waka maker, sailor & mentor Ema Siope is honoured in Anna Marbrook’s powerful doco LOIMATA, The Sweetest Tears, Richard Riddiford’s compelling documentary Before Everest unpacks Sir Edmund Hillary’s harsh words about fellow mountaineer (and the director’s father) Earle Riddiford, Tupaia’s Endeavour – director Lala Rolls freely re-imagines Tupaia’s experience with the help of actor Kirk Torrance as Tupaia, and Leanne Pooley’s fearless doco The Girl on the Bridge tracks Jazz Thornton’s journey from suicide survivor to mental-health advocate.

Short films from local talent include the collections New Zealand’s Best: Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro) (director Cian Elyse White), Daniel (director: Claire Van Beek), Love is Real! (director: Calvin Sang), Oranges and Lemons (director: Robyn Grace), Pain (director: Anna Duckworth), and Safety Net (director: Anthea Williams) and the Ngā Whanaunga Māori and Pasifika Shorts: Purea (director: Kath Akuhata-Brown), Forgive Me (director: Chelsea Winstanley), Kapaemahu (director: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson), Emily (director Mark Papalii), I Am The Moment (director: Robert George), Money Honey (director: Isaac Knights-Washbourn), and Gurl (director: Mika X).

Tickets on now on sale, click on the below posters to be taken to each booking page which has details about the films and online ticketing links.

Ticket prices for the Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival - Roxy Cinema Screenings:

Adults: $17.00
Concession: $15.00
Students: $13.50
Seniors (65+): $13.50
Child: $11.00

$1.50 Booking Fee per ticket applies for online sales.

Box Office Hours – 10am – 9pm Tuesday - Sunday

No Phone Bookings (except wheelchair required bookings)

Wheelchair bookings must be made in person or over the phone (04) 388-5555 ext. 2

All seating is allocated and we will not take any unpaid bookings sorry.

Concession pricing applies to the following groups: Film Societies, Industry Guilds, Emergency Services, Nurses, Teachers and Charity Volunteers, all upon valid ID.

Please do not come in and try and buy tickets for City Gallery sessions. We can only sell tickets to screenings happening at here The Roxy. Head to to purchase tickets.  

Helpful booking tips when booking multiple films:

 - After you select get to 'Personal Details' page click 'CONTINUE SHOPPING' this will take you back to the main page, but will hold that current ticket in the basket.
 - Go into next NZIFF film you want to buy tickets for and do the same.
 - Repeat until you have got tickets for each film then put in your personal details and click 'NEXT'. This should take you to a credit card form. Finish this and soon after you should receive details of your booking in your email. Click on the below posters to be taken to each booking page.
 - The Roxy website is optimised for regular Roxy trade (buying tickets to one film at a time). As a result  your transaction may not complete as wanted. It is recommended if buying many tickets for many sessions to do this onsite at The Roxy Box Office.

Refunds and cancellations with be in line with The Roxy's standard Terms & Conditions

Click on the posters below to be taken to booking pages

The Truth

Friday 24th July - 5:45pm SOLD OUT

True History of the Kelly Gang

Friday 24th July - 8:00pm SOLD OUT
Saturday 1st August - 8:00pm SOLD OUT


Friday 25th July - 10:30pm

If Only

Saturday 25th July - 1:00pm

In the Name of the Land

Saturday 25th July - 3:00pm

Tupaia's Endeavour

Saturday 25th July - 5:00pm SOLD OUT
Thursday 30th July - 8:00pm SOLD OUT

Corpus Christi

Saturday 25th July - 8:00pm

My Extraordinary Summer with Tess

Sunday 26th July - 11:15am

While at War

Sunday 26th July - 1:00pm

New Zealand's Best 2020

Sunday 26th July - 3:00pm


Sunday 26th July - 5:00pm SOLD OUT
Friday 31st July - 7:45pm SOLD OUT


Sunday 26th July - 7:30pm


Tuesday 28th July - 6:00pm

The Last Wave

Tuesday 28th July - 8:15pm

The Perfect Candidate

Wednesday 29th July - 6:00pm

Martin Eden

Wednesday 29th July - 8:00pm


Thursday 30th July - 6:00pm

Ellie & Abbie

Friday 31st July - 6:00pm

Before Everest

Saturday 1st August - 1:30pm

The Girl on the Bridge

Saturday 1st August - 3:30pm

Once Were Brothers

Saturday 1st August - 6:00pm

Nga Whanaunga

Sunday 2nd August - 3:15pm SOLD OUT

The County

Sunday 2nd August - 5:45pm SOLD OUT