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Major international film festivals, markets and events provide a vehicle for sales agents to launch and promote films to the international marketplace.

Reviews will be written, audience reaction gauged, awards may be won, and buzz created. In the world of independent film, festivals are likely to be an integral part of a feature film’s launch strategy.

Film markets are essentially trade events where distributors (buyers) and sales agents (sellers) congregrate in one space to deal in film.  Many of the world's leading festivals operate a formal market alongside the festival itself. 

We regularly attend major international film festivals and markets.  Our primary role there is to promote New Zealand films and filmmakers to the broader international film industry and facilitate international partnerships.

We also offer support to New Zealand filmmakers to travel to major international festivals and markets to pursue future career opportunities.  More information on this can be found in the Funding for Career Development section.