Wellington, New Zealand, became a UNESCO City of Film in 2019.

What does this mean for Wellington?

Being a part of the international UNESCO Creative Cities Network means that our city can:

  • broaden the national film organization network for New Zealand, with a view to encouraging an exchange of good practice, ideas and experiences;
  • implement new activities to support the creative sector’s small and medium-sized enterprises to create new jobs, particularly for young people
  • developing student training programs within the cultural field, with a particular focus on film and production skills
Capital of New Zealand, Wellington, Aotearoa, known affectionately as “Wellywood”, has produced global blockbusters including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Avengers, Oscar-winning Avatar, and more. The city is home to the New Zealand Film Commission and Ngā Taonga, the National Film Archive.

Want to find out more about Wellington?

Discover more about Wellington's work with fellow Cities of Film and Creative Cities on the International Collaboration pages.

Visit the Wellington City of Film website for the latest on activity in Wellington.