Welcome to Show Me Shorts 2017. My team and I are proud to present the 12th edition of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading international short film festival.
Here you will find descriptions of 55 top short films from here and around the world. This is our largest programme ever. It’s an indication of the challenging task we had in choosing from almost 2,000 submissions, and of the great selection of shorts on offer to you.
The countries that will be represented on screen are: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Ireland, Islamic Republic of Iran, Latvia, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea, UK and USA.
There are 35 short films making their New Zealand premiere, and five making their world premiere. These include Kiwi short film icon Grant Lahood’s comedy Sybil’s Psychic Hotline, roadside drama Motel by Lauren Porteous, and Miryam Jacobi’s quirky bus-stop romance Do You Like Me Like This?. The scripts for two world-premiere films — Baby? by Mark Prebble and Zinzan by Ben Walton — as well as Tree by Lauren Jackson were developed in the Aotearoa Short Film Lab we run jointly with Script to Screen. Submissions for the next Lab are now open.
We’re delighted to present a selection of seven Canadian short films in a special Québec Focus section of the programme. Two of these filmmakers, Arianne Louis-Seize and Alexandre Dostie, are attending the festival as our guests to take part in workshops and other events. The delegation of Canadians also includes programmer Vanessa-Tatjana Beerli, cinematographer Shawn Pavlin, marketing strategist Max-Antoine Guérin, and writer/director Stéphane E. Roy, who will present a Masterclass in Auckland on 29 October.
Make sure to book your tickets for the Auckland Opening Night and Awards Ceremony at the Civic Center on 28 October. Tickets for this event and the Wellington Opening Night on 9 November are now on sale from Ticketmaster and The Embassy website.
With more than 25 cinema locations across the country, from Kaitaia to Stewart Island, you have ample opportunities to get friends and family together and enjoy the range of films and events on offer. Remember to vote for your favourite short to win the WatchMe People’s Choice Award by completing the survey on our website once the festival is open.