The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has cancelled the Auckland leg of this year’s festival due to the city’s current COVID-19 restrictions, Newshub reveals. “It is with very heavy hearts that we make this announcement today,” said NZIFF Chair Catherine Fitzgerald. She said the festival team “held out as long as possible but had to make [the Auckland] decision to be fiscally responsible”. Last year, the festival took place with a hybrid virtual and physical version, but in 2021 announced it was moving back to an entirely in-cinema format.