Vive le cinéma

After last year’s hiatus thanks to Covid-19, the French Film Festival Aotearoa returns to Christchurch next month. Returning for its 15th year, the country’s second largest film festival invites Kiwis to come along for a glass of red and a very French night at the movies.


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The Christchurch season runs from June 24 to July 7.

The programme is a carefully curated selection of more than 20 of the best French film releases from 2020/21 put together by festival director, Fergus Grady. The new team at the helm has worked closely with the French Embassy to bring great films to the French community in New Zealand as well as Francophile Kiwis.

“We are about bringing a world of stories to our corner of the Pacific and we’re thrilled to be bringing the best of French films to New Zealand cinema-goers,” says Grady.

The programme has been designed to take audiences on an incredible journey through cinéma français, showcasing the crème de la crème of French cinema and its filmmakers.

From comedies and thrillers, to dramas and documentaries, the 2021 French Film Festival Aotearoa is a proud celebration of French culture and storytelling.

The ‘tour de cinema’ kicks off in Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga, Masterton and Nelson on June 10. Spanning four weeks, the festival will visit 12 cities and towns across both the North and South Islands.

Tickets and the full programme are available now at


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