Welcome to a new and exciting three-day cinematic event at the Mercury Twin Cinemas in Whitianga. The event will include internationally acclaimed works by the best and brightest of our Coromandel filmmakers, as well as films about the Coromandel, making it a must-attend for all film lovers and artists.

CoroCine is not just a film festival but a celebration of Coromandel’s artistic talent. This inaugural event of an annual celebration recognises the best of the Coromandel in cinema, promising a one-of-a-kind experience!

This year’s event has a wide range of themes that highlight the depth and diversity of life in the Coromandel.

“We are thrilled to provide a platform for both established and upcoming filmmakers who may have never shown a film before” says Anne-Maree McDougall, joint owner of the Twin Cinemas with her husband, Matt. This is a unique opportunity for artists to share their work with a broader audience and gain recognition in the industry.

“The CoroCine festival will also be a place for artists who work in other media and may like to move towards sharing their work on the big screen.  We hope it will be an ongoing and annual event that will catalyse filmmakers, artists and film lovers to come together and enjoy the best of Coromandel film.  There is such a wealth of talent in the Coromandel, and it deserves to be celebrated.”

An impressive range of films has already been confirmed, including some well-known names in the industry.  “Mauri o te Kauri” by James Muir, “Milked” by Amy Taylor and “The House of Champions” by Kirsty Griffin and Viv Kernick are all international award winners and are not to be missed.

The Z Nail Gang” from Anton Steele will be our feature for the opening night. Described by NZ on Screen as “Greenies meet The Castle”, it tells the story of locals planning to fight plans for an open cast gold mine in a nearby bush. Also showing is “Starry Starry Night” by local photographer Ian Preece, whose first entry on the big screen has sold out twice already at the Twin Cinemas and “Pirates of the Coromandel: a surfing and sailing mini voyage”  from Atawhai Charteris.

We are also thrilled to kick off the coromandel artbeat spring festival with the inaugural CoroCine. The artbeat festival, running from September to December 2024, celebrates the rohe’s rich artistic and cultural tapestry: it captures the “artbeat” of our communities, from artists’ open studios, workshops, exhibitions, musical performances, theatre and many other creative events who sign up to be part of the online artbeat programme.

Fiona Cameron, Chair of Creative Coromandel | He Mana Toi Moehau Trust and the coromandel artbeat spring festival project manager, says, “Innovation is at the heart of the creative process, and we are delighted to welcome and highlight an event for the Coromandel that showcases a new  medium for our local creatives and artists to be involved in.”

The coromandel artbeat spring festival offers visitors the chance to explore our community’s creative artbeat while enjoying our rohe’s beautiful outdoor spaces. From pristine beaches and lush forests to charming towns and welcoming communities, the Coromandel provides a perfect backdrop for a cultural journey. We love to welcome visitors so they can enjoy the natural, creative spirit of our landscapes, people and places.”

Grand Launch Party 06 September

CoroCine Film Festival and the coromandel artbeat spring festival are teaming up for a spectacular grand launch party on Friday, the 6 September. This is an event you won’t want to miss, so keep an eye out for more information as we get closer to this date!

For more information about the CoroCine Film Festival, contact Anne-Maree at Mercury Twin Cinemas via the email button below.

Milked movie poster shwoinga balck cow with a factory on her back
film poster for the Z-Nail Gang movie showing several people in what looks like a wooden shelf
black and white movie poster showing bold words Mauri and Kauri with roots growing around them
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