At Wellington Independent Film Festival we are looking for unique and standout works of the independent film industry, to showcase in front of a live audience at Time Cinema Wellington.

The challenges independent filmmakers face, the large competition for viewers’ attention, finding funding and getting a distributor can only be overcome by the industry coming together and creating opportunities for those who need and deserve it. Our festival’s aim is to create an opportunity for filmmakers to show their work to the right audience at this intimate and cosy event, and get one step closer to success by receiving recognition for their art.

Our festival is confirmed to take place at the Time Cinema on the 15th of February. We look forward to welcoming you to Wellington, NZ.

Wellington Independent Film Festival runs this festival in association with HF Productions, who partners with humanitarian groups on social impact causes and organizes film festivals around the world.

The films screened at Wellington Independent Film Festival will be carefully selected by our festival programmers, whose goal is to create an inspiring, wide selection of films that all have at least one thing in common: they are made by artists who live and breathe for cinema.

Winners will also be awarded with online distribution deals with our streaming partner,

Our judges will award the best films of each category, who will receive winners laurels and award certificates.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Thriller
Best Animated Film
Best Production Design
Best Director
Best Editor
Best Writer
Best Cinematographer
Best Producer
Best Music Video

By submitting to the festival you give the rights to Wellington Independent Film Festival to screen your film at the selected venue in front of a live audience.
All films must be in English or uploaded with English subtitles.
Film production year must not be earlier than 2016.
If selected to be screened you will be requested to provide all available promotional materials of the film for the promotion of the event.
By submitting to this Film Festival you agree to the terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals. We will never sell your information to 3rd parties.

Overall Rating
  • delightful to deal with. My only wish, is that I could have attended...

    May 2019
  • I'm devastated I couldn't attend in person, especially when I saw all of the wonderful coverage on social media. Sorry it's taken me so long to leave a review! Thank you very much for the opportunity and the Best Writer award for my script Kayfabe, the project is very dear to me and I'm ecstatic at its reception. I look forward to seeing more from the festival in the future!

    May 2019
  • WIFF is an intimate and wonderful film festival made for the filmmaker, a truly unique and special experience!

    Thank you WIFF! It was amazing to attend the festival and meet you all! I was honoured to win BEST DIRECTOR for THE HUNTED!!

    March 2019
  • Thank you so much to the Wellington team for organizing a great festival and sharing the story of The Black Mambas with the NZ audience. The power of film is really amplified by a great festival, and we deeply appreciate not only being awarded the top prize in our category, but most especially that you recognize and celebrate the work of these incredible women whose story this is.

    February 2019
  • David J Schroeder

    Thank you Wellington IFF! This was the New Zealand premier for THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT, winner off Best Thriller.

    February 2019