Nominees for the 2013 Show Me Shorts awards announced!

Competing for the coveted Rush Munro’s Best Film Award are: Nic Gorman and Paul Glubb, Here Be Monsters; Thomas Gleeson, Home; Tanya Haitoua-Cathro, Morepork; and Matt Heath, Anna Geddes, Cass Donaldson and Joe Lonie, Honk If You’re Horny.

The winners will be announced at the Rialto Channel Opening Night & Awards Ceremony in Auckland on Wednesday 6 November. This popular event is already sold out, but tickets remain for most of the following two weeks of screenings in Auckland, plus most sessions in other nationwide locations. Booking is recommended.

Zombie thriller Here be Monsters and Honk If You’re Horny by Joe Lonie are the clear front-runners, both finalists for six awards. House-moving doco Home follows closely behind as finalist in four award categories.

Aidee Walker’s Friday Tigers gets a nod for SDGNZ Best Editor . Chelsie Preston Crayford is also acknowledged as a finalist in the StarNow Best Actor category for her slice-of-life urban drama Here Now. She is in fine company with Andy Anderson as an over-sexed taxi driver in Honk If You’re Horny, and Jessica Robinson exuding a worn-down, fragile yet staunch survivor of the zombie war in Here Be Monsters.

There are four finalist films in the Best International Film category: Hatch (Austria, USA), Numbers (Czech Republic, Korea), Abgestempelt (Punched) (Austria) and Perfect Drug (Belgium).

The judges for the Show Me Shorts awards are: writer and screen director Kirstin Marcon; award-winning journalist and film reviewer Frances Morton, and last year’s joint winner of the Best Film Award, producer Matt Noonan. Experienced motion-picture colourist Pete Williams also stepped in as a guest judge to decide the new RPM Pictures Best Colourist Award.

During the festival, don’t forget to vote for your favourite film to win the People’s Choice award. Fill out the survey in cinemas or on our website.

Full list of award nominees:

Rush Munro’s Best Film Award

  • Thomas Gleeson, Home
  • Nic Gorman and Paul Glubb, Here Be Monsters
  • Tanya Haitoua-Cathro, Morepork
  • Matt Heath, Anna Geddes, Cass Donaldson and Joe Lonie, Honk If You’re Horny

Best International Film Award

  • Christoph Kuschnig, Hatch
  • Robert Hloz, Numbers
  • Michael Rittmannsberger and Simon Baumgartner, Abgestempelt (Punched)
  • Toon Aerts, Perfect Drug

SDGNZ Best Director Award

  • Joe Lonie, Honk If You’re Horny
  • Nic Gorman and Paul Glubb, Here Be Monsters
  • Thomas Gleeson, Home

StarNow Best Actor Award

  • Chelsie Preston Crayford, Here Now
  • Andy Anderson, Honk If You’re Horny
  • Jessica Robinson, Here Be Monsters

Script to Screen & NZ Writers Guild Best Screenplay Award

  • Nic Gorman, Here Be Monsters
  • Joe Lonie, Honk If You’re Horny
  • Sara Wiseman, Morepork

Panavision Best Cinematographer Award

  • John Chrisstoffels, Here Be Monsters
  • Max Bellamy, Home
  • Duncan Cole, Honk If You’re Horny

SDGNZ Best Editor Award

  • Lisa Hough and Dan Jarman, Friday Tigers
  • Nathan Pickles and Bryan Shaw, Honk If You’re Horny
  • Thomas Gleeson, Home

RPM Pictures Best Colourist Award

  • Andrew Brown, Airmail
  • Jon Newell, Chris Rudkin and Erin Woolhouse, Here Be Monsters
  • Clare Burlinson, The Present

Mexicali Fresh Best Student Film Award

  • Troy Blackman, Coloured
  • Walter Lawry, Blind Mice
  • Beyond Wen, The Education of Ming Ming

NZFC Special Jury Prize

  • Winner to be announced on the night.

People’s Choice Award

  • Announced in December when audience votes are counted.