‘Lucky’ to get films into cinemas

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The New Zealand International Film Festival is back this year but with some changes.

For the first time the festival will be run online as well as in theatres.

Dunedin festival publicist Dallas Synnott said it was a win to be going ahead given the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We weren’t sure whether the festival would happen at all,” Ms Synnott said

Getting films to the silver screen was a lengthy process,

“We’re very lucky we could get films into cinemas.”

This year the selection of films was smaller.

However, running the event online as well meant people throughout the country would be able to access and enjoy them.

“It’s quite cool.”

The SBS St James Theatre would be screening a range of the festival’s films from Friday until August 3.

Theatre manager Paul McPhail said the big screen would still be popular.

“A lot of people would rather go along and see a film how it should be seen.”

Part of the fun was also discussing the film with other viewers, he said.

An opening night gala would be held on Friday from 5.30pm.

“We welcome people with a glass of wine,” Mr McPhail said.

The film True History of the Kelly Gang would then be screened.

He was pleased with this year’s line-up.

In the past the theatre screened about 30 films during the festival but this year only about 18 would be shown, Mr McPhail said.

While limited it was still a good selection, he said.

“There’s a lot of interesting ones.”

The Ensign is giving away free passes to watch festival films online. To be in to win visit The Ensign‘s Facebook page.