Short Film Talks

Interested in learning more about short film making? Join us for the Short Film Talks, presented by ACG Yoobee School of Design and Show Me Shorts, in Auckland and Wellington during the festival.

The panel at the Wellington Short FIlm Talk

Panel discussion on ‘The Silk’ at the Wellington Short Film Talk 2013

These FREE two-hour sessions bring top short film makers together to each screen one of their works and discuss the joys and challenges of making that short film.

The Short Film Talks feature screenings of some excellent short films, and a facilitated Q&A session with the filmmakers. A range of topics are covered, such as: finding collaborators; funding and budgeting; script development; challenges for directors; post production; and other tips for aspiring filmmakers. Each event includes networking drinks and nibbles – and better still, they’re free to attend!

Everyone is welcome, whether you’ve already made heaps of films or are just curious to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes.

Auckland Short Film Talk 2016

6.00–8.00pm, Tuesday 11 October 2016 at ACG Yoobee School of Design – Level 4, 3 City Road, Auckland CBD

Speakers are:

  • Writer/director Guy Pigden and producer Harley Neville, whose scary short film No Caller ID was made to be a film within a film. The short is something watched by the characters in the duo’s feature film Older, which is currently in post-production.
    Ha the Unclear 'Secret Lives of Furniture' music video plays in the Homeland section of the programme

    Ha the Unclear ‘Secret Lives of Furniture’ music video plays in the Homeland and Highlights sections of the programme

  • Award-winning writer/director Joe Lonie, is a previous Best Film winner at Show Me Shorts, for Honk If You’re Horny. He will be telling tales about his new short film Shout at the Ground, along with producer Leela Menon. Apparently this vom-com heist flick is loosely based on real-life stories from Lonie’s days touring with rock-band Supergroove.
  • Music video director Simon Oliver will be joined by lead singer Michael Cathro from the band Ha The Unclear to discuss how they made the inventive and quirky video for ‘Secret Lives of Furniture’.

Wellington Short Film Talk 2016

6.00–8.00pm, Tuesday 18 October 2016 at ACG Yoobee School of Design – Level 2, 20 Kent Terrace, Wellington

Speakers are:

  • Director Christian Rivers is better known for his visual effects work on King Kong and Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit – on which he was a second unit director. His short film Feeder was one of the last to be funded at the $90k level by the NZFC.
    'Spring Jam' plays in the My Generation and Highlights sections of the programme

    ‘Spring Jam’ plays in the My Generation and Highlights sections of the programme

  • Writer/director Georgina Bloomfield completed a Master of Creative Writing at AUT in February this year. She is particularly interesting in writing screenplays about women, and currently has several short and feature film scripts in development.
  • Director Ned Wenlock won this year’s DEGNZ Best Director Award at Show Me Shorts, as well as taking home the Lightbox Best Film Award, which means his animated film Spring Jam is now qualified for the Oscars.

“Show Me Shorts has been a way for me to experience upcoming NZ cinema at its youthful energetic start. Experiencing stories that have inspired me to continue my own NZ cinematic pursuits. The Short Film Talks are a large part of this inspiration.” – Leigh Elford, audience member 2015