School Group Screenings

Short films are great for kids! Watching short films is a great way to connect young Kiwis with our own stories and culture. We are pleased to once again be offering special screenings of the My Generation section of our programme to teachers of school children and other community groups at most of our cinemas nationwide.

The 2019 films

This section of the programme offer a selection of high quality, fun and educational short films that can  be enjoyed by people of all ages. The films are most suitable for 7-16yr olds.

  1. Spice Frontier – Centuries after the destruction of Earth, Kent and his cyborg companion embark on a flavour-driven adventure across the dangerous intergalactic trade route known as the ‘Spice Road’.
  2. My Brother Luca – When an imaginative girl discovers that her older brother might have superpowers, she sets out on a quest to make sure everyone else sees him as she does.
  3. Kino Ratten – In Nazi Germany, a projectionist is forced to screen propaganda films before the main features. But the rats of the cinema have other ideas. They disrupt a screening to put on a show of their own.
  4. Tree #3 – After being cast as a background tree in his annual school play, an ambitious and imaginative immigrant boy leads a revolution on stage that his intolerant drama teacher will never forget.
  5. The Evolution of a Poorly Thrown Snowball – A supernatural animation about two kids playing and their reckless disregard for nature, which may come back to haunt them.
  6. Mice, A Small Story – In a dark subway tunnel, a group of mice find a gold ring-pull that seems to have a mysterious effect on one of them. Not so far from them, an owl and his enslaved rats are watching.
  7. The Kite – This simple story about the friendship between a boy and his grandfather deals with the issue of death in a metaphorical and symbolic way. The boy learns that all living creatures must die, but also that death doesn’t mean the end of our story.
  8. Tony the Tiny Pony – The musical tale of a tiny pony following his dream of joining the Pony Express. Featuring the original song `Tony the Tiny Pony’.

Join the Pony Express! Take a trip into outer space. Go on an epic adventure with a community of mice. Overcome oppression with the power of dance. Take life lessons from a flying kite and an angry snowman. Discover how difference can be a superpower. Learn how to shine in life, even if the part you’re given in the school play is as a background tree!

Here’s the full list of short films playing in 2019, with more details and some trailers.

The screening will be rated G or PG and runs for approximately 79 minutes.

What teachers are saying

Studying short films can enhance students’ literacy and skills, especially in English, drama, and media studies.

“Overall, the short film unit has been really enjoyable and the ‘My Generation’ session was the perfect programme for our class.” – Christchurch teacher

Book your School Group Screening now

Participating cinemas are now available for bookings. Teachers can contact us to arrange a time that suits them and their students. If you would like more details about this programme or to book your screening now, please contact us.

Participating cinemas 2019

Auckland (6 – 19 October):

  • The Vic
  • Matakana Cinemas
  • Waiheke Island Community Cinema

New Zealand (12 – 23 October):

  • Dorothy Browns (Arrowtown)
  • Alice Cinematheque (Christchurch)
  • Colville Town Hall (Colville)
  • Dome Cinema (Gisborne)
  • MTG Century Theatre (Hawke’s Bay)
  • 4th Wall Theatre (New Plymouth)
  • Rialto Cinema (Tauranga)
  • Embassy Cinemas (Thames)
  • Ruby’s Cinema (Wanaka)
  • Light House Cuba (Wellington)
  • Endeavour Park (Picton)