Congratulations to the 2015 Award Winners!

The team behind “The Tide Keeper” came away with Lightbox Best Film, Panavision Best Cinematographer, and DEGNZ Best Director.


Show Me Shorts Film Festival announced the winners in ten award categories at the 10th anniversary Opening Night and Awards Ceremony at the glamourous Civic Theatre in Auckland.

The Oscar®-accredited Lightbox Best Film Award went to Alyx Duncan for The Tide Keeper. Duncan also took home the DEGNZ Best Director Award, while her cinematographers Chris Pryor and Ben Montgomery were jointly awarded the Panavision Best Cinematographer Award. In their statement, the judges, Peter Elliot, Siobhan Marshall, Cushla Dillon and Matthew Saville, said:

“The Tide Keeper is concise, intelligent, beautiful and moving. This film created another world within a world, incorporating an intriguing sense of choreographic movement and the best elements of story-telling and cinema. It is totally original.”

Screenwriters Ryan Heron and Guy Montgomery won the Final Draft Best Screenplay Award for their coming-of-age comedy set in rural New Zealand, Return, which filled The Civic with raucous laughter.

Ryan Heron & Guy Montgomery won the Final Draft Best Screenplay for "Return"

Ryan Heron & Guy Montgomery won the Final Draft Best Screenplay for “Return”

US filmmaker Jonathan Stein received the Best International Film Award for Out of the Village, which made its world premiere screening on the night. The judges said, “This film delivered without artifice or slant. Stunning. The performances are amazing.”

James Cunningham received the DEGNZ Best Editor Award for Accidents, Blunders and Calamities. This animated comedy features a father possum reading a cautionary bedtime story to his children about the most dangerous animal… humans! Accidents, Blunders and Calamities also made its world premiere debut on the night, along with Best Student Film Award winner The Grind.

Speaking about Tina Cleary’s StarNow Best Actor Award winning performance in Cub, the judges commented:

“Cleary’s performance was amazing – it had distinctive depth and humanity. It was an extraordinary role that she rose to.”

The Best Music Video Award category was fiercely competitive, with the prize going again to last year’s winners, the directing duo Thunderlips, for The Eversons – Emily. The judges also acknowledged the work of Mhairead Connor, who produced UFO, with the NZFC Special Jury Prize – calling it

“Exceptionally bold and brave. Cinematic. Art department, the lighting and the make-up are all really well done. Fantastic.”

James Cunningham accepting the DEGNZ Best Editor award for "Accidents, Blunders and Calamities"

James Cunningham accepting the DEGNZ Best Editor award for “Accidents, Blunders and Calamities”

As the winner of the coveted Lightbox Best Film Award Alyx Duncan is now eligible to enter The Tide Keeper into the 2017 Oscars®. She also receives $2,000 cash, $5,000 worth of gear rental from Rubber Monkey, a membership to StarNow, a copy of Final Draft screenwriting software, a bottle of Opawa pinot noir and flowers from Enchanted Rose. For more info on the other prizes offered, please see our prizes page.

Show Me Shorts is now playing 40 short films and six music videos in 22 cinemas across Aotearoa, from Dargaville to Stewart Island. Tickets are on sale now from cinema venues- check out our programme for more info.

Audience members can be part of the awards process by voting for their favourite film to win the People’s Choice Award during the festival.

Tina Cleary took StarNow Best Actor for her performance in "Cub"

Tina Cleary took StarNow Best Actor for her performance in “Cub”

Award Winners 2015

Category Person or Team Film
Lightbox Best Film Alyx Duncan The Tide Keeper
Final Draft Best Screenplay Ryan Heron & Guy Montgomery Return
DEGNZ Best Editor James Cunningham Accidents, Blunders and Calamities
StarNow Best Actor Tina Cleary Cub
Best International Film Jonathan Stein Out of the Village
DEGNZ Best Director Alyx Duncan The Tide Keeper
Panavision Best Cinematographer Chris Pryor & Ben Montgomery The Tide Keeper
NZFC Special Jury Prize Mhairead Connor UFO
Best Music Video THUNDERLIPS Emily by The Eversons
Best Student Film Kyan Krumdieck & Annabelle Dick The Grind
People’s Choice Award To be announced in December Vote here!