Screening Room


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.

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.

Breaking out the stubbies

Rugby is filled with drama and tension and it seems the changing rooms and playing fields of our national game are ripe for good story telling. If you’re looking for something to find the gap before the next big match, try one of these compelling rugby shorts.

Loading Docs 2015

Writer, broadcaster, and producer Tim Lambourne discusses three of this year’s crop of kiwi micro-documentaries from Loading Docs. These immersive shorts take us through diverse forms of art and connect us with the subcultures and people that give them life.

Performance-driven shorts selected by Miranda Harcourt

In this Screening Room, renowned kiwi actor, acting coach and director Miranda Harcourt shares three of her favourite kiwi shorts. With an eye for detail and the art of storytelling, these NZ classics show how actors can reveal a complete narrative through careful performance rather than exposition.

Australia’s Funniest Shorts

In this Screening Room, Australian comedian Sean Conway shares three of his favourite films from the Australia’s Funniest Shorts collection, taking an amusing look at modern romance, beauty, and television standards.

Comedy Gold

Dying is easy, comedy is hard. Is this oft-quoted Hollywood maxim why intense dramas seem to collect all the statues during award season? Clayton Barnett opens up the Show Me Shorts vault to find three comedies that have won our top award over the years.

Small but perfectly formed

Special guest, screenwriter, and SMS ambassador Nick Ward shares 3 short shorts that have cut all the excess, leaving their central message unhindered. These shorts show how a film can still manage to intrigue, unsettle, and thrill in under 5 minutes.