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Wattie’s Cans Film Festival

26 October 2004

Over 400,000 Cans To Date For Wattie’s Cans Film Festival Festival Night: Monday 15 November 2004

The Hoyts Wattie’s Cans Film Festival is back on again. In the past 10 years the Festival has donated more than 400,000 cans of food to The Salvation Army to help needy New Zealand families over the Christmas period.

Carolyn Robinson, TV3’s Nightline news presenter, has happily stepped up again as the Hoyts Wattie’s Festival Patron, and encourages even more festival moviegoers this year to take along a can of food in exchange for a seat on the night.

“Last year was their most successful Festival ever, with more than 50,000 cans donated to this incredibly worthy cause,” says Carolyn.

“Christmas is a time for giving, and there are some families which find this time particularly difficult. It’s causes such as The Salvation Army that truly make a difference with providing such simple necessities as cans of food through this difficult time.”

Gerry Walker, Media Liaison for The Salvation Army says, “For The Salvation Army, the build up to Christmas is always a very busy period. The Hoyts Wattie’s Cans Film Festival plays a huge part in relieving the holiday season pressure placed on The Salvation Army food banks. We are thrilled the Festival is in its eleventh successful year and grateful for the continued support of Hoyts, Village Skycity and Wattie’s and the generous contributions made by New Zealanders.”

Gerard McAleese, Business Manager, Flavour Solutions at Heinz Wattie’s says, “Wattie’s is proud to be associated with this charity event and to help the less fortunate enjoy some Christmas cheer. The success of the campaign is obvious given the number of cans New Zealanders have donated over the past ten years.”

This year the festival will host more than 125 screenings of recent movies including; Harry Potter 3, Shrek 2, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Spider Man 2, Mean Girls, The Prince and Me, You Got Served and King Arthur. The movie screenings commence from 5.00 to 7.00pm on Monday 15 November nationwide.

“It is a privilege to support this fantastic community event,” says Elizabeth Trotman, Hoyts Marketing Director. “The Hoyts Wattie’s Cans Film Festival is a great way for people to have a fun night out while supporting The Salvation Army. We are grateful to our film distributors, Village SKYCITY, Reading and Independent cinemas who generously provide the films and venues to help make the event a success.”

Moviegoers are encouraged to collect their tickets in exchange for a can from their local cinema from Wednesday 8 November to secure a seat. Hurry, seats are limited!


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