French Film Festival Aotearoa hits screens in June – and we’ve got your chance to win tickets!

While many of us are dreaming of a time when we can return to overseas travel, the French Film Festival Aotearoa – which runs between 9 June and 14 July in cinemas around the country – is hoping to do the next best thing: virtually transporting us to Paris and the South of France.

The French Film Festival Aotearoa will bring 21 films from around the French-speaking world to 11 locations around the country – Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Havelock North, Masterton, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin. With comedies, thrillers, and dramas, the programme promises something for every film buff.

Festival Director Fergus Grady says he is thrilled to bring the best of French film to cinemas around the country. “Our programme has been carefully curated to profile films that tell rich stories, amplify new perspectives and entirely encapsulate the joie de vivre that can only be experienced from watching French cinema on le grand écran (the big screen).” 

While Fergus wouldn’t pick a favourite (“they’re all brilliant, of course!”), he did mention three films that he thought were particularly special this year:

  • Opening night film Antoinette in the Cévennes is a brilliant comedy selected for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, that follows a woman on a journey of self-discovery in somewhat unexpected circumstances.
  • The Man in the Hat is a road trip story with a twist. Setting off from Marseilles in a small Fiat 500 with a framed photograph of an unknown woman, The Man in the Hattravels North through France, encountering a plethora of characters along the way – all the while, being followed by the Five Bald Men.
  • Breathless is one of the greatest and most influential movies ever made, ranked as number 13 in the 2012 Sight and Sound Greatest Films of All Time poll – and now you can watch the 1960 classic newly restored in 4K.

Explore all 21 films in the French Film Festival Aotearoa programme by visiting

All Gold Card holders get discounts on tickets (check your closest cinema for prices) or why not get a group together for a fun day or evening out? A group of 10 or more would only pay $11.50 per person.

Win tickets to the French Film Festival Aotearoa!

Thanks to the French Film Festival Aotearoa, we’ve got three double passes to giveaway to a film of your choice at any one of the 11 locations around the country.

To enter, simply tell us: Which movie would you like to see and where in New Zealand would you like to see it?

Email your answer to by June 7 to be in the draw – good luck!

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