The Wellington Film Society Inc, PO Box 1584, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Registered as a charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005, with donee status
approved by Inland Revenue. Registration No. CC41407
he Wellington Film Society enables you to see in a cinema a range of
international cinema you are unlikely to see elsewhere. Membership
gives you free entry to all our screenings. Full year members also
qualify for generous discounts at the annual New Zealand International
Film Festival held each year in July/August, as well as discounts at
Wellington cinemas and Aro Video.
We are a non-profit incorporated society, affiliated to the New Zealand Federation
of Film Societies, which has been screening films in Wellington for over 60 years.
As well, there are film societies in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Nelson,
Canterbury and Dunedin, and several smaller centres. Membership also gives you
free entry at any of these other film societies in New Zealand.
Film Society membership is open to everyone. However, we operate on a
subscription basis because (with just a few exceptions) we have non-commercial
screening rights, and must screen to members only. It is easy to Join, and
membership runs for 12 months from month of joining. We also offer an
upgradeable "Three Film Sampler" to make it easier for potential members to
sample our films. Guests cannot be admitted, unless specifically stated in the
Schedule, in which case visitors are admitted as members’ guests and a donation
is payable at the door.
The Wellington Film Society is run on behalf of its members by a voluntary
committee elected at the Annual General Meeting held in March each year.
All screenings are at the Paramount, 25 Courtenay Place, 6.15pm Mondays from
the beginning of March to the end of November (except for public holidays and
during the annual NZ International Film Festival). The Schedule is on the following
page. As with any list, it is subject to change due to circumstances outside the
Our annual programme, as well as appearing on this web site, is published in a
colour brochure which is distributed widely from mid-February around the
Wellington area. You will find it on the counters of most movie theatres, libraries,
book shops, cafes and other venues.
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We are sometimes asked Where Our Films Come From. Click on the link for a
summary of the process.
Thanks are due to the following: In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut we
have the remarkable Dreileben Trilogy in June/July, and in September, The Joyless
Street and Kinshasa Symphony. The Institut Francais for the Claire Denis films,
and three recent documentaries: Nostalgia For the Light, The Ballad of Genesis
and Lady Jaye, and Free Radicals: A History of Experimenmtal Film. Also to the
Confucious Institute for The Piano in a Factory and Mr Tree, and to Reel Brazil for
sharing with us one of their films. And to Cinema Paramount Limited for generously
making their facilities available.
As a fund-raising exercise we offer the Wellington edition of the Entertainment
Book. This offers great discounts at many establishments in the Wellington region
and pays for itself with only two or three nights out. With a face value of $60.00,
the Film Society receives $12 each which goes towards acquiring films. Order on-
line, with postal delivery - or pick up before our screenings. The 2013-2014 edition
will be launched on 3 April. Order your Book before that date and you will be
elligible for bonus offers worth over $160 that you can use straight away (subject to
availability). So order yours now by clicking on the graphic at bottom right.