Next up on our docket of national day celebrations is Waitangi Day. Waitangi Day is a national holiday in New Zealand commemorating the Treaty of Waitangi, the founding document of New Zealand. It is celebrated each year on February 6 (unless February 6 lands on a weekend, then it’s observed the following Monday or Tuesday).
In honor of Waitangi Day, we’re asking you to submit your best content on New Zealand cinema. New Zealand actually houses one of the oldest running theaters in the world (The Roxburgh, founded in October 1898). The nation shifted from mostly producing documentaries to becoming an international destination for film production with the creation of the New Zealand Film Commission in 1978. Now, the country is known for producing great films from directors like Jane Campion, Peter Jackson, and Lee Tamahori. Studios around the world flock to New Zealand for production because of the diverse landscape, making New Zealand an integral part of international cinema.
Here’s how it works. Send firstname.lastname@example.org your links on everything New Zealand cinema (reviews, editorials, retrospectives, interviews, etc.) by midnight EST on February 5. I confirm all submissions, so please e-mail me again if you haven’t heard back in a couple days. On February 6, I’ll round up all the links and post them just in time to celebrate Waitangi Day.