NZ to hold first international Fraud Film Festival

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NZ to hold first international Fraud Film Festival
Fraud and other forms of financial crimes take the limelight with the inaugural New Zealand International Fraud Film Festival (NZIFFF), which will be held at Auckland’s Q Theatre on 18-19 November, coinciding with Fraud Awareness Week, which will begin on 18 November.

The NZIFFF aims to use film as a medium for raising awareness about fraud and other forms of financial crimes in New Zealand, using themes including cybercrime, dishonesty, investigative journalism; as well as to encourage the industry and the public to fight against it.

Ian Tuke, NZIFFF chair, said: “Fraud in New Zealand can occur on a large or small scale but ultimately it harms the victims and our economy, impacting livelihoods, and reducing trust. This festival is the product of a diverse group of private and public sector partners who have worked together to bring this fantastic initiative to New Zealand to create a forum for debate around how we can collectively counter fraud.”

The NZIFFF will feature film and commentaries, including “Deep Web,” a movie about cyberspace as a notorious area for criminal activity; “The Captain and the Bookmaker,” a documentary on South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje’s on-field fraud prompted by bookmakers; and “Chancers,” about how film making was used to evade tax.

Many of the films will be followed by a live panel discussion about fraud and its prevention participated by a range of expert speakers. The festival will host a counter-fraud industry on 19 November, with all sessions open to the public.
The NZIFFF will also recognise an individual or organisation that has distinguished itself in the fight against fraud with an anti-fraud award on the evening of day one. Nominations can be made on the Fraud Festival website.

The festival will be held in partnership with Deloitte, Meredith Connell, ACC, ASB, Financial Markets Authority, MBIE’s Consumer Protection team, Omega Investigations, Serious Fraud Office, Transparency International, Dave Clark Design, and VISA New Zealand, among others.

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