Kia ora, and a big warm welcome to you.
It is my pleasure and privilege to invite you to the eleventh annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival.
My team and I have spent six months sifting through 1,500 submissions (a massive 50% increase onlast year) from more than 60 countries. After much robust debate and discussion, we present to you our collection of the very best shorts from here and around the world. I’m so excited about the films. So much talent, craft, time, passion – and some crazy ideas! – have gone into making them.
We’re thrilled to host 10 world premieres and 24 New Zealand premieres, giving Kiwis their first look at the newest and best shorts. There are gems from Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, New Zealand, Slovenia, Spain, USA and UK.
Award-winning animation director James Cunningham’s new film Kitten Witch makes its debut outing in the My Generation section for children and families. Other local world premieres include: Break in the Weather, starring Aidee Walker and Peter Elliot; dramatic thriller Long Time Coming by Tom Augustine; a dramatisation of a true story, Eight Years Later, by Andrew R. Blackman; the tense, shocking Fract by Georgina Bloomfield; and Unfaithful by Lucy Timmins.
International filmmakers choosing Show Me Shorts for their world premiere include Iranian director Adnan Zandi with Butterflies; and American director Tom Teller, whose ambitious sci-fi Icarus is set on Mars – somehow gloriously delivering an experience that looks and feels like a big-budget sci-fi feature film without the usual three-hour run time.
Due to the vast number of impressive international films submitted this year, the programming team and I have squeezed in a few extra films. We’re presenting 42 shorts (19 from here, 23 from overseas), plus five local music videos that we absolutely love. That’s 47 sweet cinematic treats for your viewing pleasure.
With 23 cinema locations across the country from Kaitaia to Stewart Island, we’re even more accessible to Kiwis than ever before. We’re even screening in Antarctica for the scientists and frozen folk down at Scott Base!
Bringing together the Kiwi community of short film makers and short film lovers is what we do, so check out our range of events, workshops and networking opportunities. Vote for your favourite short to win the People’s Choice Award by completing the survey on our website, and if you’re an aspiring screenwriter, be sure to apply for the Aotearoa Short Film Lab to develop your own short film idea. We can’t wait to see you at the festival