About us

The Wellington Film Society (WFS) is a non-profit incorporated society and registered charitable organisation. We have been screening films in Wellington for over 75 years and were one of the founding members of the New Zealand Federation of Film Societies (NZIFF), New Zealand’s only alternative non-profit network of film exhibitors.

Film Society membership is open to everyone and there are subscription options from a 3-Film sampler to a 12-month membership.  Full membership also gives you free admission to screenings of other federated NZ film societies, generous discounts at the New Zealand International Film Festival, and the Embassy Theatre, Light House Cinemas, Penthouse Cinema (Monday to Thursday only), and The Roxy Cinema.

We operate on a subscription basis to comply with screening rights restrictions. Most screenings are members only, however some sponsored screenings are open to the public with koha/donation-based entry. (Censorship ratings apply to all screenings.)   

Membership subscriptions contribute to programming services, venue hire, and administration costs.

Wellington Film Society Inc. is registered as a charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005, with donee status approved by the Inland Revenue Department. Registration No. CC41407

The screenings are held in the Grand, Level 1 at the Embassy Theatre, 10 Kent Terrace, on Mondays at 6.15 pm.   

The Wellington Film Society wants everybody to be able to enjoy our programme of great movies on the big screen. So the front row as you come in, Row F, is reserved for people with mobility issues. There are ‘reserved’ notices on the seats. Self-recognition is the order of the day.   If you have mobility issues or have a temporary injury and find the steps too taxing, sit in one of these seats and enjoy the film. There is a lift to the left of the entrance foyer so that the whole experience can be step-free! 

For those of you that require hearing assistance, there is a hearing assistance system in place at the Embassy which is linked to the projection equipment. The refreshment bar can provide amplified infra-red headphones (used without hearing aids) that are returnable after the screening. If you have any feedback on how we can make Monday nights more accessible, then do not hesitate to get in touch.


The Wellington Film Society is run by a committee of volunteers elected from the general membership at our Annual General Meeting. The 2023 AGM was held on 6 March 2023.

The Committee 2023
President: Harry Evans
Vice President: Johnny Crawford
Vice-President: Harriet Wild
Vice President/Co-Secretary: David Jenkinson
Secretary: Sarah Leslie
Treasurer: Alan Collins
Membership: Elizabeth Ridder
Film Handler: Miles Buckingham
Asst. Film Handler: John Leggott

Other Committee Members: Barend Buchler, Michael Donn, Susan Freeman, Adam Glucksman, Chris Hormann,  David Lindsay, Mica Mick, Chris Mitchell, Pamela Morgan, Brian O’Brien, Amanda Reid, David Summerfield

Life Members
Alan Collins
David Jenkinson
David Lascelles
David Lindsay
Elizabeth Ridder
Lindsay Shelton 

 Wellington Film Society Inc
 PO Box 1584
 Wellington 6140
 New Zealand

Phone:    027 3132 338
Email:     filmsociety@gmail.com

 Production & Management:  Bill Beale
 Email:     website@wellingtonfilms.nz