Showing Our Shorts in Europe!
New Zealand’s major short film festival, Show Me Shorts, will attend the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) and the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand this February.
Festival Director Gina Dellabarca will attend the Berlinale as a guest of the German Foreign Office, who have sponsored her travel and accommodation. They have also devised an extensive programme of events, tours, meetings and screenings throughout the festival. This A-list festival is one of the highlights of the international film festival calendar, where many high profile feature and short films make their world premiere.
While in Europe, Dellabarca will also attend the Clermont-Ferrand Festival in France, the largest short film festival in the world. Dellabarca will happily tell filmmakers attending the market how to submit their shorts for New Zealand’s only Academy Awards® qualifying festival.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to meet filmmakers from all over the world and network with other film festival organisers,” says Dellabarca, who is delighted to be able to represent Show Me Shorts in Europe. “Being granted Oscar® accreditation status proved we’re up there with some of the top festivals in the world. But there’s always room to improve and being able to experience some of the largest and most iconic festivals in the world, will offer valuable ideas and insights. This exposure should also increase the number of international
entries Show Me Shorts gets this year, making our selection of short films for Kiwi audiences back home in November this year truly world class.”
Promoting and supporting vibrant international cultural exchange is the main goal of the Goethe-Institut, which is why they, along with the German Embassy, have supported Show Me Shorts to travel to Berlin. Goethe-Institut Director Bettina Senff says: “The Goethe- Institut is delighted to announce the selection of the Festival Director of the New Zealand Show Me Shorts Film Festival, Gina Dellabarca, to attend the Berlinale 2013. A small number of film experts are selected each year to attend this film festival as part of a visitors programme funded by the German Foreign Office. This is a further boost for New Zealand-German cultural relations.”
In December 2012, Show Me Shorts announced the festival had been granted Oscar® accreditation. The first short film to qualify for entry to the Academy Awards® is 2012 Best Film winner ‘Night Shift’ by Zia Mandviwalla, which will be submitted in 2014.
The 8th annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival takes place in New Zealand cinemas nationwide during November 2013. Entries for Show Me Shorts 2013 open in March.