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NZ International Fraud Film Festival’s 2019 Line-Up

The third NZ International Fraud Film Festival programme explores the themes of scams, corruption, tax evasion, and art forgery and takes place on 13 & 14 November at ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland.

Among the films celebrating their New Zealand premieres at the Festival are The Kleptocrats, a documentary on Malaysia’s $4.5 billion 1MDB corruption case. Also premiering is The Panama Papers, directed by Alex Winter (perhaps best known for his lead role in the Bill and Ted movies). Winter’s documentary delves into the global dirty money scandal that wound up on New Zealand’s doorstep.

Other films playing in New Zealand for the first time are Inside Lehman Brothers, a scathing indictment of corporate culture and There Are No Fakes, a documentary that exposes an art forgery ring counterfeiting indigenous art for big bucks.

More information on the films and links to buy tickets can be found to the left. Each film will be followed by panels with industry experts.

 

About the Festival

13 and 14 November 2019

ASB Waterfront Theatre

138 Halsey St, Auckland

The NZ International Fraud Film Festival will deliver two full days of films and documentaries about fraud and its prevention, followed by live discussions, to inspire awareness and debate around these issues. While New Zealand has consistently become known as one of the least corrupt countries in the world, the reality of fraud and its impacts may not always be as we have perceived it. The aim of the festival is to increase public awareness about fraud and foster cross-industry collaboration in the fight against it.

On Wednesday 13 November, the event is a full-day session with more of a business focus. On Thursday 14 November, tickets to movies and panel sessions can be purchased individually.

 

OUR MISSION

Fraud is wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain.

The mission of the NZ International Fraud Film Festival is to stimulate and increase awareness about the impact of fraud by bringing together different networks from the public and private sectors, and showing inspiring documentaries to stimulate debate and awareness.

Fraud is big business! The earnings are high as are the risks. By showing films and documentaries about it and engaging in conversations, this complex and intriguing subject will be brought to the attention of a large audience.

New Zealand International Fraud Film Festival Inc is an incorporated society dedicated to the organisation of the Fraud Film Festival. The Fraud Film Festival is affiliated with the Dutch Fraud Film Festival, which was first held in the Netherlands in 2014.

Location

A Festival that wishes to inspire, needs an appropriate setting. That is why the Fraud Film Festival takes place at ASB Waterfront Theatre.


138 Halsey St, Auckland

Themes

Corruption

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Corruption

Corruption typically occurs where someone has been entrusted with power and has abused it for personal gain. We examine the pervasive effect that corruption can have on some of our most valued and important institutions.

Technology

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Technology

As the way we use and interact with technology has changed and evolved over time, so too has the exploitation of technology in fraud and other criminal activity. As long as we have had computers, there has been abuse of computers and their technology, and this is becoming increasingly pervasive, as we connect with more people, through more devices than ever. But technology also has a role to play in exposing fraud.

Dishonesty

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Dishonesty

Dishonesty itself is not uncommon, but for a small percentage of people, it forms a core part of how they operate on either a personal or professional level. It also underpins a majority of criminal offences relating to fraud and strikes at the heart of the trust required for basic human interactions to take place. We look at the complex impact that dishonesty has on our lives and everyday society.

Movies

The Kleptocrats

Documentary on the world’s biggest white-collar heist, Malaysia’s $3.5 billion 1MDB scandal. It involved government corruption at the highest level, abuse of power, international money laundering – not to mention lavish parties, Hollywood A-listers, and even the ironic financing of The Wolf of Wall Street. Click for more info.

Directors: Sam Hobkinson, Havana Marking
UK, 2018

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13, 9:30am
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Documentary on the world’s biggest white-collar heist, Malaysia’s $3.5 billion 1MDB scandal. It involved government corruption at the highest level, abuse of power, international money laundering—not to mention lavish parties, Hollywood A-listers, and even the ironic financing of The Wolf of Wall Street.

A hot-shot financier embezzles 3.5 billion US dollars from Malaysia’s wealth fund 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad); money from the audacious scam flows into New York and Hollywood, where the thieves court A-list celebrities and eventually finance Leonardo DiCaprio’s passion projectThe Wolf of Wall Street.

But investigative journalists from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The Hollywood Reporter trace the money trail and unravel the scheme, the US Department of Justice gets involved, the Prime Minister and his inner circle are implicated, assets are frozen, money is seized and the Malaysian people fight back.

Offical distributor: iwonder, online destination for top documentary & current affairs programmes. Find the next great documentary to watch at iwonder.com.

Inside Lehman Brothers

The corporate culture of Lehman Brothers is examined through the stories of staff who tried to sound an alarm about suspicious transactions and subprime mortgage abuses. Instead of examining these practices, these staff found themselves fired or harassed, and Lehman Brothers eventually filed for the largest ever US bankruptcy. Click for more info.

Director: Jennifer Deschamps
Canada, 2018

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13, 12:30pm
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The corporate culture of Lehman Brothers is examined through the stories of staff who tried to sound an alarm about suspicious transactions and subprime mortgage abuses. Instead of examining these practices, these staff allegedly found themselves fired or harassed, and Lehman Brothers eventually filed for the largest ever US bankruptcy.

In 2008, Matthew Lee, vice-president of Lehman Brothers, refused to approve suspicious financial transactions, amounting to tens of billions of dollars. He was fired. Six months later, Lehman Brothers sank with $631 billion dollars of debt.

Linda Weekes, Sylvia Vega-Sutfin and Cheryl McNeil also tried to sound the alarm. They were employees at BNC Mortgage, a subsidiary of Lehman Brothers. They wanted to alert the world to the subprime mortgage abuses. They were allegedly victims of a harassment campaign by their superiors. Lehman Brothers’ collapse is well-known — but the human cost isn’t.

The Panama Papers

Documentary on the massive data leak (and journalists’ investigation that followed) into a global corruption scandal exposing NZ as a desired destination for foreign trusts suspected of potentially hiding funds from tax and other agencies. Directed by Alex Winter (Deep Web, star of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure). Click for more info.

Director: Alex Winter
USA, 2018

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13, 3:45pm
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THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14, 1:00pm
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Documentary on the massive data leak (and journalists’ investigation that followed) into a global corruption scandal exposing NZ as a desired destination for foreign trusts suspected of potentially hiding funds from tax and other agencies. Directed by Alex Winter (Deep Web, star of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) and narrated by Elijah Wood.

Hundreds of journalists around the globe worked in secret, at great personal risk, to reveal a scandal involving corrupt power brokers, the uber-rich, elected officials, dictators, cartel bosses, athletes and celebrities who had used the Panamanian law firm of Mossack Fonseca to hide their money for any number of illegal reasons.

The reports detailed tax evasion, fraud, cronyism, bribing government officials, election meddling, and murder. The investigation proved that the system is rigged, and cracked the vault of well-kept secrets and ill-gotten wealth, revealing vast and coordinated corruption among the world’s elite.

The significance for the average, tax-paying, law-abiding citizen is enormous; with the leaks showing that at least $32 trillion was hiding in more than 80 tax havens in 2010 alone. But breaking the story was only the beginning. There was immediate blowback from many of the named and accused, who are using every tactic imaginable to silence the journalists.

There Are No Fakes

In this feature-length documentary, a painting – thought to be the work of an iconic Indigenous artist – leads the rock star who buys it into the tragic, brutal (and sometimes darkly comical) world of a Canadian art forgery ring. Followed by live panel discussion about art forgery. Click for more info.

Director: Jamie Kastner
Canada, 2019

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14, 3:45pm
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In this feature-length documentary, a painting – thought to be the work of an iconic Indigenous artist – leads the rock star who buys it into the tragic, brutal (and sometimes darkly comical) world of a Canadian art forgery ring. Followed by a live panel discussion about art forgery.

Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies buys a painting by indigenous art star: Norval Morrisseau the self-taught, self-destructive native Canadian genius Chagall once dubbed ‘The Picasso Of The North,’ and creator of the Woodland School – one of three major strains of indigenous art.

Hearn begins to doubt his painting’s authenticity and sues the gallery that sold it to him. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of two factions, all white people, who claim to be the true defenders of the native artist’s legacy. At stake is the value of a tranche of 3,000 Morrisseau paintings worth some $30,000,000.

Scam Prevention Session with Fair Go

In this special morning session (free to attend), investigative reporters Garth Bray and Gill Higgins from Fair Go join us for an insight into their work helping Kiwis in the fight against scammers. This session will include video interviews, produced by the Festival, with Kiwis who have been the victims of scams. Click for more info.

In this special morning session (free to attend) investigative reporters Garth Bray and Gill Higgins from Fair Go join us for an insight into their work helping Kiwis in the fight against scammers.

Watch some of their best stories which expose online scams, deceptive practices and catching the bad guys. Then hear more from the reporters themselves about the scammers, victims, and their work on NZ’s most popular consumer affairs show (airing Mondays, 7.30pm on TVNZ).

This session will include a series of video interviews, produced by the Festival, of Kiwis who have been the victims of scams. They will be followed by a panel discussion and information on how people can better identify and protect themselves from fraudsters.

Free to attend – click here to RSVP by email and confirm your seats. Session includes a complimentary morning tea.

Wednesday 13 November, 2019

Day 1 – Wednesday November 13

09:15am

Welcome and speeches

09:30am

Film
The Kleptocrats NZ Premiere. Documentary on the world’s biggest white-collar heist, Malaysia’s $3.5 billion 1MDB scandal. It involved government corruption at the highest level, abuse of power, international money laundering, and even The Wolf of Wall Street.
Click here for more info
12:30pm

Film
Inside Lehman Brothers NZ premiere. The corporate culture of Lehman Brothers is examined through the stories of staff who tried to sound an alarm about suspicious transactions and subprime mortgage abuses.
Click here for more info
3:45pm

Film
The Panama Papers NZ premiere. Documentary on the massive data leak (and journalists’ investigation that followed) into a global corruption scandal exposing NZ as a desired destination for foreign trusts suspected of potentially hiding funds from tax and other agencies.
Click here for more info

Thursday 14 November, 2019

Day 2 – Thursday November 14

10:00am

Special free session
Scam Prevention with Fair Go In this special morning session (free to attend), Garth Bray and Gill Higgins from Fair Go join us for an insight into their work helping Kiwis in the fight against scammers. Also includes video interviews, produced by the Festival, with Kiwi scam victims.
Click here for more info
1:00pm

Film
The Panama Papers Documentary on the massive data leak (and journalists’ investigation that followed) into a global corruption scandal exposing NZ as a desired destination for foreign trusts suspected of potentially hiding funds from tax and other agencies.
Click here for more info
3:45pm

Film
There Are No Fakes NZ premiere. In this feature-length documentary, a painting - thought to be the work of an iconic Indigenous artist - leads the rock star who buys it into the tragic, brutal (and sometimes darkly comical) world of a Canadian art forgery ring.
Click here for more info

Tickets

DAY 1 (WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13)

Day-long registration $250 (includes goodie bag, a full day of films and refreshments, and drinks after final film).

Early Bird tickets just $187.50 until October 1st.

Buy Tickets

 

 

DAY 2 (THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14)

Individual films $15

The Panama Papers (1:00pm) Buy tickets

There Are No Fakes (3:45pm) Buy tickets

 

Special free session – Scam Prevention with Fair Go (10:00am)

Free to attend – click here to RSVP by email and confirm your seats.

 

Day 2 full ticket (both films and a goodie bag) $25

Buy Tickets

Partners

As New Zealand’s largest litigation firm, we regularly see the often devastating consequences of fraud. We have in-depth experience in complex fraud, and in assisting and supporting the investigative process, and are regularly involved in sensitive and difficult cases where criminal, civil, employment, and recoveries law intersect.  Any initiative that shines a light and increases transparency on the serious effects of fraud in New Zealand, and delves into the ways we can prevent it, has our full support. Meredith Connell is proud to be a founding sponsor of the New Zealand International Fraud Film Festival.

 

 

Deloitte is very proud to be one of the founding partners of the New Zealand International Fraud Film Festival. Collaborating with our public and private sector industry partners, we believe that this festival provides us all with a unique forum to engage directly with the realities of fraud, to innovate together across sectors, and to ultimately make a difference through better prevention and detection – and why not have some fun along the way!

Our Forensic Team delivers leading financial crime advisory and investigation services that are totally focused on improving protection from financial crime risks and responding when issues arise. With 33 full time experts working in the fields of Counter-Fraud, Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Anti-Money Laundering and Cyber-Crime, our wider Risk Advisory team is firmly committed to improving New Zealand organisation’s defence from financial crime risks.

We look forward to joining forces with our partners and festival participants again this year to find new and innovative ways of fighting fraud together.

 

The SFO is the lead law enforcement agency for investigating and prosecuting serious or complex financial crime, including bribery and corruption.  The presence of an agency dedicated to white collar crime is integral to New Zealand’s reputation for transparency, integrity, fair mindedness and low levels of corruption.  New Zealand’s cultural, social and financial landscape is rapidly changing and this potentially increases the threats.  To counter challenges in our environment, the SFO believes that one of the ways to prevent financial crime is by educating and interacting with the community which is why we support the New Zealand International Fraud Film Festival.

 

ACC’s vision is to create a unique partnership with every New Zealander to improve their quality of life by minimising the incidence and impact of injury.  To achieve this, ACC must have efficient and effective systems, processes and partnerships in place to help deliver services and bring about better outcomes for clients while maintaining their financial sustainability of the actions.

The New Zealand International Fraud Film Festival provides an excellent opportunity to network with other agencies and organisations, and to share insights in this area.

 

The Financial Markets Authority is the independent crown agency tasked with maintaining fair, efficient and transparent markets for New Zealanders. We are both guard dog and guide dog for the financial markets. We enforce the law when that is required but we also ensure consumers are well informed about the risks and potential scams that can occur within, and at the edges, of the regulated markets. Taking part in the New Zealand International Fraud Film Festival is an important way to raise awareness about the impacts of fraud. It’s important to bring these issues to life, to stimulate debate, and find ways to combat fraud and scams.

 

Anti-Fraud Award

Tuesday September 17th, 2019

NZIFFF Student Essay Award

ENTER & WIN the inaugural NZ International Fraud Film Festival – Student Essay Award! The NZ Fraud Film Festival – Student Essay Award aims to foster and reward undergraduate research and writing on fraud and related themes such as financial crime, bribery and corruption, and dishonesty. Simply submit an essay which addresses some aspect of......

ENTER & WIN the inaugural NZ International Fraud Film Festival – Student Essay Award!

The NZ Fraud Film Festival – Student Essay Award aims to foster and reward undergraduate research and writing on fraud and related themes such as financial crime, bribery and corruption, and dishonesty.

Simply submit an essay which addresses some aspect of fraud or a related theme by 5 pm 25 October 2019 to nzifff@gmail.comMinimum word count is 1,500 words and the maximum word count is 10,000. Please submit your entries in PDF format.

The NZ Fraud Film Festival – Student Essay Award is open to Auckland University students ONLY.

A panel of industry professionals (to be determined) will review the entries and select the top three essays which engage with fraud or a related theme. The three finalists will then be invited to attend the second day of the NZ Fraud Film Festival, where the winner of the 2019 NZ Fraud Film Festival – Student Essay Award will be announced. A short video of the three finalists discussing their essays will be prepared in the week prior and played before the winner is announced.

The winner will receive a prize of $500 and the winning entry will be published on the NZ Fraud Film Festival website.