New Zealand International Film Festival

Digital Cinema for the Isaac Theatre Royal

Choose a theme

Copy (Ctrl C) the code below

The New Zealand International Film Festival have already raised $250,000 of the estimated $280,000 costs for the projectors, the screen and the audio system. Now movie lovers across New Zealand are invited to help us to bridge the funding gap to embed the art of cinema in the artistic hub of resurgent Christchurch.

The substantial post-quake rebuild of the Isaac Theatre Royal provides the perfect opportunity to bring back a sense of occasion to movie going and celebrate the art and artists of the giant screen in Christchurch.

Our fundraising to date includes generous grants from the following:

  • Christchurch City Council
  • Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust
  • Southern Trust
  • The Trusts Community Foundation
  • Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Trust

Christchurch audiences have seen NZIFF diced up into multiplex venues since the Regent Theatre was quartered in 1995. The city has been without a fitting venue for a Gala Premiere since the electrifying first screening of Heavenly Creatures in 1994. With its 1250 seats, ample foyers and elegant proportions, the Isaac Theatre Royal has the potential to become a truly multi-purpose venue, and a much needed home for NZIFF.

We need your support

"The earthquakes have taken so much. But just sometimes there are silver linings. Let's bring the Festival into the heart of the re-imagined city. Let's make the very beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal home to the Christchurch leg of the New Zealand International Film Festival." - Gerard Smyth, Director, When a City Falls

"I can't think of a better place to give the NZIFF a home in Christchurch than the historic Theatre Royal. This is a wonderful opportunity to add something special to the new Christchurch." - Peter Young, Director, The Last Ocean

"The proposal for the Isaac Theatre Royal to be upgraded and made available as a dedicated Festival venue really warms my heart - both as a filmmaker and a film lover." - Gillian Ashurst, Director, Snakeskin

For further information about the project visit the NZIFF and Isaac Theatre Royal websites.


  • Thank You: We’re Boosted


    The NZIFF Take 2 Boosted Campaign for Christchurch has met its target with two days to run. We’re absolutely thrilled to know that we are so much closer to equipping the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch for digital cinema.

    Thank you everyone for your donations.

    If you have friends and family who would still like to donate they have until 11.59pm Friday. (Remind them every donation over $5 is tax deductible).

    Please share this link for the campaign:

    Thank you from the NZIFF crew!

  • NZIFF: 10 Days to Go! And We’re Nearly There


    The NZIFF Take 2 Boosted Campaign for Christchurch has only 10 days to run AND we’re almost there! Current donations have us sitting at 73% of our total target of $12,000 to equip the Isaac Theatre Royal for digital cinema.

    We’re encouraging all Film Festival fans to give the price of a movie ticket for Christchurch. Thank you to everyone who has donated to date. We’re so close to the dream of a majestic Festival venue like the mighty Civic in Auckland, Embassy Theatre in Wellington and the glorious Regent Theatre Dunedin.

    Please share the campaign link with friends and family to help us reach that target.

  • We're Nearly There for Christchurch: 30 Days To Go


    Our rebooted Boosted campaign is just one strand in a major funding drive to equip Christchurch’s resurgent Isaac Theatre Royal for digital cinema. The good news is that we are closing in on our target. On the Boosted front we’re 57% of the way towards the $12,000 we are seeking from public donations. Thank you for your help to date. Check out our progress here.

    For the price of a movie ticket we can each help bridge the funding hap to embed the art of cinema back into the artistic hub of Christchurch. In fact, if every NZIFF attendee gave one dollar each we would reach our target tomorrow. (We encourage donors to share at least $5 though and qualify for tax deduction). 

    Please share this link with friends and family.