2nd Annual

Arohanui Film Festival

October 26, 2018 to October 29, 2018

Film Market
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13 Boundary St
Te Aroha Waikato 3320
New Zealand

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Short Films (International)
Short films under 20 minutes, produced or filmed outside of New Zealand.
Short Films (Made in New Zealand)
Short films under 20 minutes, made in New Zealand.
Feature Films (International)
Any film over 45 minutes that was made produced or filmed outside of New Zealand.
Feature Films (Made in New Zealand)
Productions originating from New Zealand that are over 45 minutes in duration.
Feature Documentary (International)
Documentaries over 45 minutes, produced or filmed outside of New Zealand.
Feature Documentary (Made in New Zealand)
Documentaries over 45 minutes, produced or filmed in New Zealand.


Arohanui Film Festival showcases entertaining, unique and adventurous independent films in Te Aroha, a vibrant and historic spa town in rural New Zealand.


"This Waikato town may have the country's best little film festival" - TheWireless.co.nz

The event attracts film enthusiasts to the scenic town for a weekend of screenings, workshops and discussions, as well as some unique premieres.

"Some of these films are presented by the film-makers and will not be available to see in New Zealand again." - Flicks.co.nz

Te Aroha is fifteen minutes from Hobbiton Movie Set (Lord of the Rings), surrounded by the serene countryside seen in Ash Vs Evil Dead, while the cinematic Kaimai mountain range surrounding us leads to the beaches where the Pevensie children arrived in ancient Narnia (Prince Caspian). 

"The Arohanui Film Festival is held at the Future Te Aroha Centre, Te Aroha. The building was once home to about 100 sewing machines and their operators, owned by Bendon." - Stuff.co.nz

"Living up to its name (which means “big love”), the festival is non-competitive, so everyone’s just there to kick back and enjoy the films." - The Wireless.co.nz

Although we are non competitive, in 2016 we gave away prizes to audience members including a waterproof tough camera. We work with our selected film-makers to get local press and reviews, and all films get mini reviews from the audience. We have also assisted some films get television distribution, which is an area we aim to expand on.

"Documentary Drive will be featuring coverage of some of the fantastic documentaries screening at this year’s fest." - DocumentaryDrive.com


Future Te Aroha (Festival Registrar); Joe Hitchcock; Lyn Renwick; Lyn Renwick (Director)


NO FEE WAIVERS - please don't ask.

All non-English language films must have English language subtitles.

Online Screener must be uploaded no later than the deadline date to qualify for the respective entry fees.

Due to the expensive nature of New Zealand's classification system, we cannot pay screening fees.

Accepted entries will receive one Full Festival Pass for the film's director or a nominated representative of the film.

"The Arohanui Film Festival is not just another small town event in search of an identity. It is characterised by an ability to grapple with the cultural, political and spiritual. Much thought and love has been invested here." - girasolstudionz.com


Entry fees are non-refundable.

Participation in Arohanui Film Festival implies understanding and acceptance of above regulations and requirements of this application.

The Festival reserves the right to complete any information not supplied by the filmmaker from whatever source available and will not be responsible if incorrect information is entered.