This year's International Film Festival in Dunedin is in
doubt because the Regent Theatre does not have the digital
technology needed to screen the films.
New Zealand International Film Festival director Bill Gosden
said this year's films required 4K digital projection
equipment and, without it, the festival would not be held in
Dunedin on August 8-25.
''We're hoping they [the Regent Theatre] will have 4K digital
technology in time for the International Film Festival,'' he
The absence of the technology also meant there would be no
screenings in Dunedin from the World Cinema Showcase, the
precursor to the film festival.
Although next month's nationwide showcase event was cancelled
this week because it was unprofitable, some old films
restored for 4K technology would still be played in Auckland
and Wellington, Mr Gosden said.
He was disappointed the showcase had to be cancelled.
''It had a good following in Wellington and Dunedin, but we
had trouble finding an audience in Auckland because of all
the other events.
''Christchurch had a good following until the earthquake
knocked our venue over.
''Everyone knows the International Film Festival, but we had
trouble getting people to recognise the World Cinema
Showcase,'' he said.
Otago Theatre Trust chairman Garry Gibson said the necessary
equipment would cost about $120,000 and the trust was trying
to attract potential sponsors and donors.
''We're hoping like anything to get some funding before the
festival begins so we can implement the technology.
''It will be a permanent asset which will get used a lot.
We'll be able to hold a lot more film screenings.''
The trust had contributed about $40,000 towards the purchase,
but if the remaining funds could not be secured, the festival
would not go ahead, he said.