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The Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival was launched in 2012 with the purpose of presenting the best architecture and design films, to New Zealand cinemas. From the first year, screening only at Rialto Cinemas in Auckland, the festival has significantly grown to now screen across eight regions and ten cinemas, making it a nationwide event and a key annual film festival in New Zealand. The festival is also now one of the largest architecture and design film festival in the world.


The festival was created by Rialto Cinemas and is now managed in partnership with curators Art Dept, who each year secure a selection of the latest and most captivating architecture and design documentaries - both from around the world and locally made - to premiere those films to New Zealand audiences. Each year, the festival programme is comprised into a series of four thematic pods that each provides an exchange of ideas that can’t be missed. Check out our full programme to explore this year’s exciting selection of films!


The festival has been proudly supported by our Naming Rights sponsor, Resene since its inception. Resene share our passion for bringing these inspirational and thought provoking films to cinema screens and we are incredibly grateful for their support.


If you’re interested in submitting a film to our festival or in coming onboard as a festival sponsor, click here.

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