Auckland shooting: New Zealand International Film Festival to continue after CBD incident

The Auckland leg of Whanau Marama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2023 is going ahead on Thursday in the CBD after three people were killed in a shooting.

The festival confirmed to Newshub in a statement it cancelled a planned NZIFF For Schools screening which had been due to take place in the morning at the Civic Theatre after the gunman's attack.

It also confirmed the planned 11.15am screening of Mexican film Totem at the ASB Waterfront Theatre was going ahead, and the first public screening at Auckland's Civic Theatre at 12.45pm of Wim Wenders' highly anticipated Perfect Days would not be affected.

However, General manager of the festival Sally Woodfield said if people felt unsafe, they could exchange their tickets for another session.

"We have been monitoring the situation in Tāmaki Makaurau this morning as it has unfolded and, in liaison with our school partners, cancelled our NZIFF For Schools screening at the Civic. We will reschedule this programme," Woodfield said.

"Our first public screening today is at ASB Waterfront Theatre at 11.15am with the first screening at The Civic not until 12.45pm. 

"As such we do not plan on cancelling any public screenings today, and people are invited to attend at their discretion. If you cannot attend for any transport or personal safety reasons, you are welcome to transfer to another session. Please contact Ticketmaster on 0800 111 999 or through or Ticketmaster app.

"We are continuing to monitor the situation and send our sincere thoughts to the loved ones of those who have been lost in this tragic event."