Sonny Side Up

Canadian Focus for Show Me Shorts 2017

We’re thrilled to announce that a selection of top short films from the Québec province of Canada will feature in our 2017 Festival, opening across the country at the end of October and throughout November. What’s even more exciting is that the High Commission of Canada and Show Me Shorts have partnered to bring a delegation of Canadian filmmakers, programmers and industry professionals to this year’s Festival.

The organisations will jointly present the Québec Focus section of the programme, featuring seven short films from the French-speaking province of Québec. The shorts in the Québec Focus collection explore the lives of Québécois living in modern Montreal: taking up native dance, experiencing an endless suburban summer, languishing in a sawmill town with a vast snowy backdrop and caught in imaginary dream-worlds.

The films are: La Peau Sauvage (Wild Skin) by Arianne Louis-Seize, No Wave by Stephane Lapointe, Mutants by Alexandre Dostie, Bleu Tonnerre (Blue Thunder) by Philippe David Gagné and Jean Marc E. Roy, Mon Dernier Été (My Last Summer) by Paul-Claude Demers, Sonny Side Up by Sonny Papatie, and Vaysha, L’Aveugle (Blind Vaysha) by Théodore Ushev.

Filmmakers Arianne Louis-Seize and Alexandre Dostie will take part in our Short Film Talks and other events in Auckland and Wellington. The delegation also includes programmers Vanessa-Tatjana Beerli and Noémie Bouchard, cinematographer Shawn Pavlin, marketing strategist Max-Antoine Guérin and writer/director Stéphane E. Roy, who will present a masterclass.

The High Commissioner for Canada Mario Bot says:

“Québec filmmaking has a unique place in Canadian cinematography and filmmakers hailing from this province have long been known for their bold and thought-provoking work. We see this as a valuable opportunity to deepen the cultural collaboration between our two countries and to learn more about our shared stories.”

The Québec Focus section of the programme will screen eight times in New Zealand:

  1. 1 Nov – 7:30pm at The Vic, Devonport, Auckland (Filmmaker Q&A to follow)
  2. 2 Nov – 6:30pm at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, Auckland
  3. 5 Nov – 3:30pm at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, Auckland
  4. 10 Nov – 8:30pm at The Embassy, Wellington (Filmmaker Q&A to follow)
  5. 14 Nov – 6:30pm at The Embassy, Wellington
  6. 18 Nov – 4:30pm at The Embassy, Wellington
  7. 19 Nov – 6:30pm at Alice Cinematheque, Christchurch
  8. 10 Jan – 7:30pm at Bunkhouse Theatre, Stewart Island

Tickets to Auckland Opening Night and Awards Ceremony, Wellington Opening Night events and Québec Focus screenings are on sale now. The full programme for Show Me Shorts will be announced on 9 October when tickets for all other screenings will go on sale.

With more than 25 cinema locations across the country, from Kaitaia to Stewart Island, there are ample opportunities to get friends and family together and enjoy the range of films and events on offer. Full dates and locations are available here.