Square Eyes is a registered charitable trust established to present imaginative and diverse collective viewing experiences for young and young-at-heart audiences. 

About Square Eyes Film Foundation

SQUARE EYES presents cinema from around the world, introducing children to new ideas and different cultural perspectives through a familiar medium. Although primarily dedicated to those between five and twelve, SQUARE EYES events are suitable for all, presenting films that are ageless, celebrating a wide array of complex visions by filmmakers and artists who are dedicated to creating work for young audiences.

A not-for-profit organisation, SQUARE EYES was formally launched at the 2005 New Zealand International Film Festival by Nic Marshall, and has continued this partnership with the All Ages section within NZIFF ever since. 

Outside of NZIFF season, SQUARE EYES present a school holiday timed Mini-Sized Square Eyes programme for those aged 3-12, and the adults who accompanying them, along with previews and premieres of new releases.



Nic Marshall, Square Eyes Film Foundation Executive Director has been in discussion with the New York based Jim Henson Legacy regarding the Jim Henson Retrospectacle since 2009, and together they have developed this New Zealand-first presentation.

Jim Henson (1936 – 1990) was a brilliant innovator who inspired, delighted and brought joy to millions through his extraordinary artistry and performing genius. His Legacy lives on through an incredibly committed and talented creative team who are widely acknowleged for their ongoing expression of friendship, magic and love. 

Now thanks to huge support from a family of supporters, including MBIE, WREDA and Wellington City Council, Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop and Bret McKenzie, in 2018 Wellington, New Zealand will host a 21 day one-time-only event to honour Jim, his work, his characters and his colleagues.

The Jim Henson Retrospectacle offers a rare opportunity to marvel at the scope and appeal of Jim Henson’s work for its groundbreaking artistry; engage with an extensive music and film back catalogue; reflect on the continued relevance of this material for audiences today; and consider the impact of Jim’s unique imagination and distinct outlook within New Zealand’s own creative community.