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Spreading Green Film

14 May 2008

Spreading Green Film

Over 50 independent films will make their New Zealand or world premiere in Palmerston North at Reel Earth – the Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival, which opens Thursday 22 May.

Our dedicated selectors have previewed over 300 entries from thirty-three countries, from which the best have been selected for screening at Reel Earth.

Jury panellists have considered and conferred awards for New Zealand and International films in Best Feature, Best Short, Best Micro, and Best Young Filmmaker Categories in competitive fields. These awards will be announced at the Festival.

Opening Thursday 22 May, the first three nights are hosted at the Globe Theatre, with the red carpet out to welcome visiting filmmakers from Auckland and Sydney on the Friday and Saturday nights. These gala sessions will also include a range of films from the Festival as a foretaste of the fortnight of premieres. After those first three sessions, the Festival migrates to Downtown Cinemas from Sunday 25 May - Saturday 7 June for two weeks of hosted premieres, and second screenings of the more popular films.

Reel Earth is a not-for profit project run by an enthusiastic team of volunteers. The Festival is sustained by our principal sponsor the Palmerston North City Environmental Trust, and supporting sponsors including Creative Communities New Zealand, Palmerston North City Council, Envirochoice, Bruce McKenzie Booksellers, Outpost Digital Media, Kingsgate Palmerston North, InspireNet, Advantage Computers, and the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand.

First launched in 2005, Reel Earth aims to connect audiences with today’s best films focused on the environment. Subject matter ranges from natural history to environmental & social justice, including stories that inspire and challenge.

Tickets for the Globe Sessions are $15 ($10 concession), available now at Bruce McKenzie Booksellers in George Street or on the door if not sold out prior. Tickets for the Downtown Cinemas sessions opening 25 May will be available at the venue from 15 May.

The best way to stay in the Reel Earth loop is to visit online at for a full Festival programme, and watch out for flyers and media reports.


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