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Welcome message from the Festival Director

Kia ora tātou. It is my pleasure to welcome you, friends old and new, to the 14th annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival.

My team and I have scoured the world to find a selection of the best new short films for this year’s festival. The films you will find listed in these pages span a wide variety of genres, styles and topics.

A total of 22 countries will be represented on screen: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Japanese filmmakers are in the spotlight this year, thanks to the special Japanese Focus selection. We also bring you an entire section devoted to short documentaries, which has to be one of my favourite sessions!

We’re excited to be presenting the world premiere of eight Kiwi films: Kino Ratten by Peter McCully, Elderbird Song by Shuchi Kothari & Sarina Pearson, TIP by Jaya Beach-Robertson, #Collapsingempire by Cathy MacDonald, Number Two by Rachel Ross, One Hundred and Twenty Seconds by Connor Slattery, Te Whakairo – Ngā Kī o Te Tai Ao (The Carvings Carry the Stories of the World) by Vanessa Wells, and Love Bytes by Sam Prebble. There are a further 30+ New Zealand premieres of international films taking place, too.

We hope the stories we’ve brought together will inspire you, teach you something new, and make you feel all the feels! Lovers of tiny but mighty cinema are in for a treat.

Gina Dellabarca, MNZM