Isaac Theatre Royal
Screenings are held on Mondays at 7:30pm, February–October. Doors open 7pm for socialising, food and drink.
Metered street parking is free after 6pm in the central city.
See Christchurch City Council's car park map for nearby on- and off-street options.
The Canterbury Film Society (CFS) is a non-profit incorporated society and registered charitable organisation. We’re a member of the New Zealand Federation of Film Societies (NZFFS), a non-commercial distribution network that’s been screening films throughout Aotearoa New Zealand for over 70 years. There are also film societies in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Dunedin, Timaru and Hamilton, as well as in several smaller centres. Each year our combined programmes screen to an estimated total audience of 25,000.
The Canterbury Film Society (CFS) began over 60 years ago in 1954. We’re rightfully proud of where we’ve come from and – through the thick and thin of the last decade – what we continue to achieve. Many of the films in the CFS programme are superb films that never gain commercial release in cinemas or on television. Each year is the start of a creative journey for our Committee to curate a programme of top-quality international and local films – documentary, animation, musicals, comedy, war, romance, foreign-language, rare films, classics and more. This year’s programme has thirty-seven events, including one double-feature, two mini film festivals and eleven open events. Join us for the film feast we’ve prepared for 2020!
We’ve made joining easy. Film society membership is open to everyone, and there are subscriptions to suit every budget, from 3-film pass to full-year membership, along with ways to pay by instalment. We operate on a subscription basis because screening rights restrictions dictate that we screen to a specified audience. Membership subscriptions contribute to programming services, venue hire, and administration costs. We also run regular open events for the public, which are usually non-ticketed and koha/donation-based. See this year’s online programme for more information or pick up a brochure from the Christchurch Art Gallery or a city library.
CFS is run by a committee elected at its AGM every March. This is a bunch of film-enthusiasts who give their talent and time for free because they delight in great cinema and are excited about being part of the central-city’s rich film-loving community.
Our mission statement explains it all: ‘Film has long held the capacity to captivate, inspire, and inform. The Canterbury Film Society aims to provide its diverse audiences with regular access to top-quality film in the cultural heart of Christchurch-Ōtautahi. It seeks to enliven and enrich the community, share under-represented perspectives, and actively collaborate with other educational and cultural groups that are committed to the city’s artistic evolution.’
We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, the Rātā Foundation, Quakers in Aotearoa, Lumière and Alice Cinemas, the Goethe Institut and Institut Français, the Workers’ Educational Association (W.E.A.), the Christchurch Consulate of Japan, Amnesty International, Christchurch Heroes, El Dorado Films, Larn Films and Human Rights Documentary Screenings New Zealand, Fiddlesticks Restaurant, Ballantynes & Co., and Scorpio Books.