Announcing the 2014 Programme!
The volume of great short films submitted to us this year was staggering, which made our job tough but the resulting standard of short films in our programme is sky high. We are excited to share them with you.
The final selection is not only great fun, but according to our festival director:
“Full of intricately crafted characters that are reaching out for a connection with their community. Sometimes finding it and sometimes not, just like in real life, but crafted by master storytellers to elicit our every possible emotion.”
Show Me Shorts will screen at 20 cinemas around New Zealand this November, stretching from Matakana to Stewart Island.There are 41 short films and six music videos in the programme, divided into six themed sessions: Art Will Save the World, Bromance, In the Neighbourhood, Listen Up, Time Travellers, and My Generation. Countries represented are: New Zealand, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Germany, Israel, Australia, USA, China, UK, Czech Republic, Switzerland and France.
The Show Me Shorts team will host Chinese writer/director Han Yu during the festival. His film 家 (Home) will make its world premiere on 8 November. Han Yu will also present his film at the Yoobee Short Film Talks, where audiences have the opportunity to hear filmmakers talk about their experience and ask questions.
Furthering the cause of audience development, Show Me Shorts is making short films accessible to children and young people by offering a selection of films for them. The My Generation selection is recommended for children and families, as well as being offered to school groups along with a specially developed education pack of curriculum-based questions for students and teachers.
Show Me Shorts launches with the Rialto Channel Opening Night & Awards Ceremony on Thursday 6 November at Auckland’s majestic picture palace, The Civic. Ten awards will be presented at this event. During the festival, audiences can also vote for their favourite film to win $1,000 cash in the Wendy’s People’s Choice award, by filling out the survey in cinemas.