The Screening Room is a monthly feature in which a team member or special guest discusses a selection of shorts freely available online. These typically follow a theme, with past examples including filmmakers who have transitioned to features, surrealist shorts, and holiday films. Check back in at the beginning of each month for new editions or subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter to receive updates.
Each year Show Me Shorts curates a selection of the best short films from Aotearoa and around the world, plus several of the top local music videos. We divide these into themed sections so you see about eight grouped together around a common theme. Click through to find all the information about the films, screening dates and locations.
As part of our mission to connect New Zealanders with the best short films, we often curate special selections of our shorts for other festivals and events, such as Splore, Auckland Lantern Festival, Big Day Out, Art in the Dark, Silo Cinema, Survive & Thrive and Auckland Film Society. We are also regularly invited to curate selections of New Zealand shorts for international festivals, such as Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia; Capalbio Cinema International Film Festival in Rome, Italy; Festival REGARD in Sanguenay, Canada; and Kaohsiung Film Festival in Taiwan. For updates on these screenings and events, sign up to our monthly e-newsletter.
Nothing beats film for a way to escape the real world, and what better way to dodge the family Christmas dramas than fresh and gorgeous fantasy and sci/fi? SMS team member Clayton breaks up your holiday break with striking fresh shorts that span around the world and into new ones.
Film and music reviewer and Show Me Shorts ambassador Francesca Rudkin discusses four of her favourite shorts from this years Show me Shorts Film Festival. Ranging from a nostalgic comedy that attempts to create an idealized past, unsuccessful flat-hunts, delightful animations and even to a story of motherhood and consolidating crying children. Francesca shares her top picks!
This year we are bringing 48 spectacular films to 23 cinemas across New Zealand that demonstrate the exceptional levels of talent, patience, passion and crazy ideas of the film making community. Here is a selection of 6 films that will compete in the 11th annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival, take a look.
While short films are a fantastic medium in their own right, they can also be a staging ground for exploration of ideas bound for a feature-length treatment. In this edition of the Screening Room, we explore two shorts that have made this transition and one headed in that direction.
There’s no question that Kiwi short film makers punch above their weight on the global stage. We’re plucky, resourceful and have a strong tradition of oral story telling that goes back generations. This month we asked acclaimed Canadian-New Zealand documentary filmmaker Leanne Pooley for her take on our short films, and to pick some of her favourites. Here they are for your enjoyment.
Some of the best short films focus on the plight of one truly great character. They don’t need to be saving the world or falling into the greatest love story of all time. They might just be going about their day of auditions or trying to record an answer phone message that encapsulates their personality. Done well, this can be mesmerizing. In our latest Screening Room post, Kiwi filmmaker Allan George demonstrates the importance of identity with three truly great shorts.