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Iconic NZ music videos

Chris Scott of the Sweet Mix Kids helps us ring in NZ Music Month with three modern classics. With cinematic allusions, an animated thrill-ride, and sax notes to strum your heartstrings, these music videos highlight some of the unique kiwi audio and visual artists from the past two decades.


Celebrating the life and work of Paul Swadel

Revisit, or discover, some of the great work by New Zealand filmmaker Paul Swadel whose untimely passing is being mourned throughout the kiwi film industry. Mark Prebble, Show Me Shorts Festival Coordinator and a friend of Paul’s, shares three vibrant short films that offer a brief glimpse into Paul’s immense and diverse talent.


Kiwis do sci-fi

Good science fiction can extrapolate themes and trends and make us consider future possibilities in places we’ve never been before. Chris Philpott, manager of SKY TV’s sci-fi channel THE ZONE, shares three kiwi sci-fi shorts that more than make up for smaller budgets with intriguing stories and fascinating settings.


A short shot of love

Valentine’s Day is looming, so Show Me Shorts team member Clayton Barnett has picked out three short takes on love – and we aren’t just talking about the romantic, mushy stuff, either.


All hail the Baddies

‘Tis the season to be surprised – Auckland-based artist and filmmaker Joseph Jowitt introduces us to the world of Sam Kristofski, with three hyped-up shorts that blend “arcade graphics and blockbuster anti-hero worship”. We’re intrigued.




Programme Picks from Francesca Rudkin

Film reviewer and presenter Francesca Rudkin discusses three films from this year’s festival. These beautifully crafted shorts tie in themes of familial love in the face of a wide range of adversity: from coming-to-terms with coming-of-age to inter-generational socio-economic issues to vertical discrimination.



Director’s Welcome

Festival Director Gina Dellabarca introduces the 10th annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival festival, featuring 46 fantastic short films from New Zealand and around the world.