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The Fraud Film Festival is designed to bring the issue of fraud, and other forms of financial crimes, alive in the New Zealand context through the medium of film.  The festival is affiliated with the Dutch Fraud Film Festival which first took place in 2014. The inaugural version in New Zealand will take place at the Q theatre in Auckland, with professionals from all around the world in attendance.

Credits: www.fraudfilmfestival.co.nz

The festival is the brainchild of anti-fraud expert Ian Tuke, a partner from Deloitte, who attended the Dutch film festival in Amsterdam, and decided New Zealand would benefit from having a similar festival.

Tuke quotes,“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.”

Credits: www.saga.co.uk

The festival is scheduled to coincide with the November’s Fraud Awareness week. November 18th and 19th will be hosting the counter-fraud industry on the first day, followed by public viewings on day two. Seven movies on topics like match-fixing, tax evasion and cybercrime will screen in November as part of the two-day event.

The festival will be showcasing films to indicate the far-reaching impacts of fraud and the various forms it comes in. These include cybercrime, investigative journalism and corruption.The films being shown include Deep Web about crime in cyberspace, The Captain and the Bookmaker about Cronje’s on-field fraud prompted by bookmakers, Sour Grapes about Kurniawan and Chancers about using film-making to dodge tax.