Meet our 2017 Festival Patrons

With the holidays (and the 2017 Festival) just around the corner, we have plenty to celebrate with the return of New Zealand actress Antonia Prebble as a 2017 Festival Patron. Antonia gained a passion for all things French while living for a time in Paris, and following sterling patronage of the 2016 Festival, she returns to her role as a much-valued patron this year. A stalwart of stage and screen, Antonia is known for starring in New Zealand favourites such as Outrageous Fortune, and Westside.

The Festival Team is also thrilled to welcome Peter Calder as a 2017 Festival Patron. Peter’s reputation as an esteemed film, theatre and restaurant critic speaks to his talent and expertise in dissection, comprehension and appreciation of art in all its mediums. Known for judicious, eloquent reviews and articles, Peter has had an illustrious career including a strong influence within the New Zealand Herald.

“We feel very honoured to have two high profile Festival Patrons supporting the 2017 Alliance Française French Film Festival: Francophile New Zealand actress Antonia Prebble will be our Festival Patron again this year and will be joined by renowned film critic Peter Calder.

Their view on the films of the programme, their exchange, will reflect the joy that is experiencing cinema: discussing and reflecting on film, living stories through others and with others.” says Festival director Dorothée Basel.

The full AF FFF 2017 programme will be available online and in print from Thursday 2 February 2017. We look forward to sharing the joy of French cinema with you from 1 March – 12 April 2017 in 12 cities across New Zealand. Visit our Dates and Venues page for details.

For further information, keep an eye on your inbox, and our official online channels.

A très bientôt au cinéma,
The Festival Team