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Film festival theme is Cannes to Kiwis

Jul 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Arts/Entertainment, Latest News

A RECORD number of Cannes films will make this year’s Wellington International Film Festival one to remember.

New Zealand audiences will be the first to see the films outside of the Cannes Film Festival in Europe, says festival director, Bill Gosden.

“We have over 20 films from Cannes, much more than usual,” he says.

“I’m particularly looking forward to seeing Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia and the Italian film La Dolce Vita. ”

The Wellington festival begins two weeks after Auckland’s,  which is the parent organisation of smaller regional film festivals that open around the country in the following months.

The first film to be screened on opening night is Cannes best film Tree of Life, described by Mr Gosden as mind boggling and audacious.

A significant selection of media-themed films is featured at the festival this year.

Page One: Inside the New York Times depicts how newspapers are struggling to keep up with digital media and a decline in advertising.

Another is Miss Representation, film-maker Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s journey to find out why women are under-represented in the media and how this can be changed.

Over the last 20 years, piracy has made a  a difference to festival viewership, Mr Gosden says.

Younger audiences have dropped off: “The area which is most noticed on the programme are the strange films which appeal to the younger male audience.”

This year the festival has budgeted for an audience of 65,000, but is prepared for up to 70,000.

The non-profit charitable trust which runs the festival gets more than 90% of its income from ticket sales.

The aim is to break even: “Other festivals are funded by government grants, but we’re not complaining.”

There are other areas in New Zealand where government grants are needed for things other than film festivals, he says.

The film festival programme will be released this week, with information the New Zealand International Film Festival available HERE>

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