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.

Political Hits

Aasta navigates dangerous territory by choosing political films for this edition of the Screening Room. But not to worry, these films blend outrageous comedy, sci-fi metaphor, and musical choreography into their treatment of events in political history and present.

Your Favourite Shorts

We’ve picked three of our favorite reader submissions as the features of our July Screening Room. We had some amazingly diverse entries as evidenced by our picks- from a bleak animated short of a world where everyone has a “use”, a film capturing the poignant insights of a six year old, and an inspiring documentary about a budding young entrepreneur.

Calling All Critics!

Film Critic Dominic Corry shares his favourite short film, Walkshort, a comedy filled with awkward bravado and bluster set along Auckland’s iconic K Road in 1987. We also invite the inner film critic in all of our readers to submit their favourite online short to win a DVD.

Girls on Film

Special Guest, award-winning writer of stage and screen, actor, and water ballerina Pip Hall takes a look at 3 films from Kiwi women filmmakers that inspire her. From artistic to suspenseful to heart-warming, these films show some of the range and skill of just a few of the many talented ladies working in short film today.

A Change of Season

As another New Zealand summer comes to an end, Show Me Shorts Film Festival volunteer Eleni takes a look at 6 shorts that highlight the external natural and internal emotional changes we experience with the seasons.

And the Oscar goes to…

With the 2013 Academy Awards now finished, Rebecca takes a look at a select few of the great short films that have either won or been nominated in the recent and more distant past.

European Flavour

As our Festival Director heads of to Europe to attend the Berinale and Clermont-Ferrand festivals, this month’s Screening Room will help us all feel a little bit like we are going to foreign places as well.

Tis the Season…

Kanna takes a look at 3 great Kiwi shorts that defy the classic tropes of Christmas films. From witty and sometimes dark animation to touching realistic drama, these are perfect for those already tired of hearing shopping mall holiday music.

Festival Preview

David discusses 6 trailers and clips from shorts that will be featuring as part of the programme in the 2012 Show Me Shorts Film Festival in locations throughout New Zealand.

Less is More

Festival volunteer Kanna takes a look at some short films that revolve as much around what is not shown as what is, allowing the audience space to ruminate and contemplate.