This is a fantastic opportunity to hear direct from international filmmakers about how they bought their film to the screen. For more information about the films they will be discussing, and their screening times as part of the festival, see below:

Sophie Hyde – 52 Tuesdays.

Australian born Sophie Hyde won Sundance’s World Cinema Director Award, and Berlin’s youth jury award, the Crystal Bear, with this striking first feature. Set in Adelaide on 52 consecutive Tuesdays, the film follows a year in the life of Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) who, along with the usual social and sexual questioning that 16-year-olds go through, is also responding to the gender transition being undertaken by her mother (played by non-gender-conforming Del Herbert-Jane).
Please note if you want to see Sophie’s film the screenings are on the 2 days PRECEDING this event.

Screening times: 52 Tuesdays
22-Jul-14              6:15 p.m.             SKY CITY
23-Jul-14              3:00 p.m.             SKY CITY

Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine – The Galapagas Affair
Almost improperly entertaining, this documentary who-dunnit spins a tale of utopian ideals, sexual intrigue
 and murderous jealousy – all on tiny Floreana, one of the Galapagos Islands. The events it describes were a media sensation in the 30s, thanks in large measure to the enthusiastic on-film cavorting of the story’s flamboyant femme fatale. Filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (Ballets Russes) have restored a cornucopia of reportage, archival film and photography and enlisted top-line voice talent, including Cate Blanchett, to explore this bizarre tale anew.

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden
24-Jul-14              6:15 p.m.             SKY CITY
25-Jul-14              1:45 p.m.             SKY CITY

Please remember to RSVP to to secure a place to ‘Meet The Directors’, and bring along your membership card for your free entry!We hope to see you there!

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Find an Audience: Monetise Your Work
Come and hear these industry heavyweights demystify distribution and discuss new ways of working together to reach new audiences.

MICHAEL ELDRED is currently a distributor with Madman NZ, having worked also at Dendy, Polygram and Hoyts Distribution in Australia and in New Zealand as an independent distributor. Local films he has released include OUT OF THE BLUE, the smash hit BOY, THE ORATOR (which he also associate produced) and WHITE LIES. Presently he is working with the team releasing WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS.
CHRIS MATTHEWS is a committed film buff, currently Head of Programming for Event Cinemas. Previously he has worked for Hoyts. Chris is known in the industry for his love of cinema and his uncanny instinct for picking winners.
ELIZABETH TROTMAN started her career with Disney in NZ and Hong Kong, then worked for Warner Brothers in London with industry giants such as William Friedkin on the re-release of The Exorcist and Stanley Kubrick on the release of Eyes Wide Shut. She moved to Australia to work for BBC Worldwide, before moving back to NZ in 2002 to take a job with Hoyts. Over the past 10 years she has distributed more than 100 movies and worked with a number of NZ directors. She is now the General Manager of STUDIOCANAL NZ.
DAVID WHITE is an expert in digital film distribution and CEO of independent film VOD provider,, an online marketplace filmmakers use to sell directly to independent film lovers. David advises filmmakers, distributors and festivals on digital distribution, sales and marketing strategies. He is also CEO of, which creates software used by companies around the world to power their own branded VOD platforms.
JASMIN MCSWEENY (panel moderator) is responsible for the promotion of New Zealand films in New Zealand and internationally. She is NZ Film Commission’s first point of contact for film media enquiries and international festivals and markets. Since joining the NZFC, she has worked on the marketing campaigns for films such as Black Sheep, Boy, The World’s Fastest Indian and The Orator (O le Tulafale).

When: Thursday 10 July 2014 7pm-8.30pm
Where: The Academy Cinemas, 44 Lorne Street, Auckland

Free to members
Non members $20

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