Submissions for both The Challenge and the Misty Flicks Film Festival 2024 are open!

Misty Flicks Trust Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Statement 2023-2024

Misty Flicks is committed to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of its activity, employment and operations. The Board of Misty Flicks wishes to set out publicly their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion as a key responsibility and priority. 

Misty Flicks is the overarching organisation of two brands; Misty Flicks Film Festival and Misty Flicks Labs. Both Misty Flicks Film Festival and Misty Flicks Labs celebrate and promote multiculturalism, diversity. Their programmes persistently reflect the breadth and diversity of our audience and continually evolves with the community it serves. 

We believe in championing film as a powerful platform to tell stories, raise awareness of issues, promote active discussion and debate, and deliver positive impact by engaging with both audiences and stakeholders. 

Misty Flicks Labs
Misty Flicks Labs is a year round talent pathway programme focussing on nurturing the careers of writers, directors, producers, actors, head of departments and crew in the central North Island.

Misty Flicks Film Festival
We want to use our platform as a world class festival to showcase a diverse and wide range of lived experiences, voices and perspectives, and ensure that everyone we work with, support and welcome to the festival can enjoy the same opportunities. We think that our biggest impact is the opportunity of educating cinema-goers, stimulating discussion and shining a light on the issues and solutions of climate and social issues, by carefully curating our film programme and outreach activities with the help of Patsy Burke and Mathilda Poasa.

We are committed to fostering an environment both internally and externally that promotes and respects EDI at work and to treating all of our employees, directors, volunteers, stakeholders, artists and the public equally, regardless of age, civil status, disability, family status, gender including gender identity, religious belief, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, religious belief, membership of the Traveller community and/or socio-economic background. 

Our Key Objectives 2023 - 2024


  • Ensure EDI is embedded in our future Misty Flicks Strategy as cross-cutting theme and value.

  • Complete and publish a new EDI Policy and Strategy. 


  • Conduct both internal and external EDI surveys including MF staff and Board, audience, filmmakers, principal stakeholders to identify EDI priorities.

  • Foster an equitable and inclusive professional environment for all staff.

  • Provide EDI training for all staff and board. 


  • Ensure EDI and intersectionality is considered as part of festival selection criteria and programming so that our programme is reflective of the diversity of society. E.g 16.5% Māori, 8.1% Pacific, 10% female, 10% gender equality. 

  • Continue to build programmes and partnerships that support and promote a diversity of voices, experiences and perspectives.


  • Offer a welcoming experience for all visitors from all backgrounds/lived experiences.

  • Actively diversify the staff team and our sector more widely by supporting current, emerging, and future professionals from communities who are currently under-represented in the arts.

  • Explore new ways to improve accessibility of Festival and year-round events 

  • Ensure a diversity of representation and content in all Misty Flicks Labs and Misty Flicks Film Festival promotional, brand & communications materials. 

  • Ensure that artists and arts workers are remunerated fairly and equitably, and in line with the The Screen Industry Workers Act 2022.

Monitoring & Evaluation 

  • Track diversity amongst our programme (countries of production, gender balance for directors/ producers/writers. 

  • Conduct an audit of current recruitment and HR policies, with a focus on EDI


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