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

Awards & Prizes

"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

Rules & Terms

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.
Entry fees are non-refundable
NO FEE WAIVERS - please don't ask.

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

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.

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

I have read and accept the above regulations.

"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

12 Reviews

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    Sarah Gampel

    This is a great festival. Even since I didn't have the opportunity to travel to the festival to attend the screening of my short film 'The Bus Trip' the festival did a great job promoting my film both on site irl and on-line. The communication was fast and really helpful. And even after the festival I got information of the audience feedback from my film, which is something I value a lot! Thank you Arohanui Film Festival!

    December 2016
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    Ilai Amir

    Although we weren't personally able to be at the festival some of our documentary's cast attended and had a really good time. As film-makers we really appreciated the personal communication we received from this festival. Top notch. It felt like a warm and welcoming home to have your film screened at. Thanks very much AFF!

    November 2016
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    Chris Hanlon

    I loved having film premiering at Arohanui Film Festival! The atmosphere is relaxed, and intimate, and I really got the chance to talk in the breaks with other filmmakers from around the world, and discuss potential future collaborations.
    Joe and his team were very welcoming and looked after us, and the quality of the films shown this year were fantastic.
    Joe has agreed to put aside a session next year specifically for networking of filmmakers which was my only comment.

    November 2016
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    Peter Young

    Unfortunately I couldn't attend this years festival due to commitments, but my feeling from the communication prior and during, and also the quality of the website - was that it was very well run, a boutique festival with good heart, a strong appreciation of the filmmakers, and I'm sure the folk of Te Aroha would make everyone feel very welcome. .

    November 2016
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    Morgan Stewart

    A very fun, informative, and well done little festival. I'm looking forward to next year already.

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for joining us Morgan!