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NOFOMO Film Festival

Welcome to the NOFOMO Film Festival!

We love Kanopy, but sometimes it’s not simple to decide what to watch, especially when you have over 30,000 films and documentaries to choose from. But help is at hand with our ongoing NOFOMO Film Festival – every week we’ll be hand-picking our favourites and sharing them with you – so you’ll have No Fear Of Missing Out on great films.

Get started with our featured film below, or click here to see the list of all the previous films from the Festival.

Featured Film


You Were Never Really Here

I love this Scottish film director’s work (Ratcatcher, we need to think about Kevin). It is often disturbing, violent, but also quite mesmerising. This one is no different.

It has been described as a “nightmarish vision of a killer’s quest for redemption” as the man in question cares for his elderly mother, while taking on a job to reunite a stolen child with her father, using any method he can.

Not for everyone, with the Johnny Greenwood score ramping up the tension throughout.

Reviewed by Nicola


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Previous NOFOMO Film Festival Featured Films


A very short film (13 mins) but it packs the punch of a feature length movie.

Set in Germany during the war, it tells the story of a mother trying to protect her son from the looming horrors around them.  

Her courage and compassion keep this story from becoming morbid and the powerful ending keeps these images memorable for a long time

Reviewed by Diana


A candid look inside the big business of Spookers - the haunted house empire 50kms south of Auckland. In this film we meet the owners and discover their personal journey on the way to success, and also the stories of some of the performers, all of whom find a unique sense of community within this unusual team environment. 

It's a story of love, support, togetherness, and code browns, all mixed in with some fright! 

Reviewed by Dan


A science fiction black comedy with great lead roles.  Anne Hathaway plays Gloria, a city smart but emotionally immature alcoholic who is forced to return to her backwater childhood home and into the orbit of her left-behind friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis). A giant monster starts attacking Seoul, Gloria realises it’s connected to her, and then things really start going wrong!

The premise may sound far-fetched, but the emotional life of the characters has real substance, and it all adds up very convincingly.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) - IMDb

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

This is the story of a disturbed teenager who ingratiates himself into the family of a surgeon who once operated on his father.  Barry Keoghan (as the teenager) is both brilliant and utterly chilling. All the cast give great performances although there are times the characters can be difficult to relate to as their behaviour and reactions are often strange.    The film initially appears low key but gradually spirals into a tragedy.  It is beautifully filmed but not for the faint hearted.   

Reviewed by Diana


No Men Beyond This Point

What if all our leaders were female? This hilarious mockumentary explores a world in which, because of an evolutionary twist back in the 1950s, men were ruled out of the childbirth equation and all babies born were female. By 2015, few men remain - most of them elderly and living in male sanctuaries. The extinction of men is looking certain. I found this film to be a light-hearted escape but it raised many good questions. How would our planet be different if we had all female leaders for the last 60 years? Would we be facing the same or different world problems? This film is sure to give men and women lots to talk about. 

Reviewed by Mitzi


A Ghost Story

A brilliant and haunting meditation on death and life. A man dies young and returns as a ghost to console his grieving wife. Great direction and performances in this haunting – excuse the pun - and considered film. It’s all very atmospheric and brooding as our main character travels through the lives of others while waiting for.... something.  

 Reviewed by Dan



Be inspired by watching this thought-provoking and entertaining documentary on urban design, featuring stunning examples of how community engagement and consultation has transformed cities around the world – and a very personable Columbian Mayor!

Reviewed by Jodie


The Endless  

Two brothers escape a “UFO cult” but struggle to live normal lives. They dislike their jobs, are behind on payments and haven’t made any real friends or relationships. One brother convinces the other to go back after they receive a strange videotape. One last visit for closure reveals something not quite right and it’s not until they decide to leave the story unveils. The Endless has hints of a favourite TV show Lost, and I felt unravelling this mystery to be very satisfying. How bad can the cult life be?

Reviewed by James


Finding Vivian Maier 

 An intriguing documentary about a woman who spent her life taking beautiful photos that were only discovered after her death. As her work is assessed by the art world and increasingly appreciated by the general public, the documentary maker seeks out information about who this woman was and tries to answer the question ‘why did she take these photos and then never show anyone?’ 

Reviewed by Clare


Rosalie Blum

A charming, warm-hearted French comedy of Vincent who leads a life of quiet desperation until a chance encounter at a grocery store one day. The cast of characters are quirky and varied but totally believable, which makes for a wonderfully entertaining movie. If you have never watched French cinema before this is a wonderful start.  Highly recommended. 

Reviewed by Diana



A stunning film from Aotearoa following two young people recently released from separate institutions for reasons that will be drawn out across the story. Superbly shot in the mountain regions of NZ it uses silence to incredibly good effect. Two lost souls drawn together under their own different and difficult circumstances. A great piece of kiwi cinema. 

Reviewed by Dan

Kedi (2016) - IMDb


A delightful documentary which showed at the International Film Festival in Nelson a few years back. A city explored through its very colourful cats. The city is Istanbul, and if you have been there, or dream of being there, this is a wonderful way to conjure up the character of the place and its people. It is occasionally a bit cute, but overall a lovely feel-good film for these times.

Reviewed by Nicola