Daring to be Different

It takes a lot of courage to be your own weird self. This goes double if you’re facing extra challenges: like missing limbs, being deaf, or other people judging your sexual preferences. The characters we meet in this collection of short films are boldly taking on life, challenging us to question our tolerance and inspiring a generosity of spirit.

Estimated total run time: 102 minutes.
Rated R16 for sex scenes, sexual content, offensive language & deals with suicide.

Turtles — LarzRanda

Music video, 4 mins, New Zealand


Prod: Al Wad, Alix Whittaker

Transgender rapper LarzRanda lays his body bare in this simple but effective music video by THUNDERLIPS. A fitting accompaniment to the lyrics, which lay bare his soul and his story.


Coming of age, 9 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ: Jared Flitcroft, Jack O’Donnell

Writ: David Hansen

Prod: Ashleigh Flynn

During a fraught car trip, Tama, a deaf Maori boy, must rise up to confront his family. The story culminates in an electrifying silent performance of the haka.

The Promise of Piha

Drama, 16 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ: Hanelle Harris

Writ: Taofia Pelesasa

Prod: Jadin Leslie, Elspeth Grant

A young Samoan man has been chosen as the next leader of his community, but first he must confess his true desire.


Drama, 15 mins, Belgium

NZ Premiere

Dir/Writ/Prod: Anthony Nti

Writ: Chingiz Karibekov

Prod: RITCS (School of Arts)

Two young Bulgarian brothers have to work for their uncle, who collects scrap metal in Belgium. Over the course of one day, their relationship is tested.

Each To Their Own

Coming of age, 20 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ: Maria Ines Manchego

Prod: Lani-rain Feltham

A grieving teenage girl attempts to escape her suburban family by allowing herself to be drawn into a charismatic church.

Do You Like Me Like This?

Comedy, 7 mins, New Zealand

World Premiere

Dir/Writ: Miryam Jacobi

Prod: Jack Barry

A girl is waiting for her bus in suburbia when a boy comes along. An unconventional romance unfolds as the girl tries to get his attention.

Saatanan Kanit (Fucking Bunnies)

Comedy, 17 mins, Finland

NZ Premiere

Dir/Writ: Teemu Niukkanen

Writ: Antti Toivonen

Prod: Kaisla Viitala, Daniel Kuitunen, Tero Tamminen

Raimo’s comfy middle-class bubble is burst when a Satan-worshipping sex cult moves in next door. This pushes us all to examine how tolerant we really are.

Downside Up

Fantasy, 15 mins, Belgium

NZ Premiere

Dir/Writ: Peter Ghesquiere

Prod: Hendrik Verthé, Kobe Van Steenberghe, Frank Van Passel

Imagine a world where everybody has Down’s Syndrome. One day, a boy is born who is different — but ‘normal’ from our outside perspective. This is his story, a warm tale of love and diversity.


Auckland Central – Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Tue 31 Oct

6:30 pm
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*World premiere screening with filmmaker intro

Thu 2 Nov

2:30 pm
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Fri 3 Nov

8:30 pm
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Christchurch – Alice Cinematheque

Sat 18 Nov

8:30 pm
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Stewart Island – Bunkhouse Theatre

Sat 20 Jan

7:30 pm

Wellington CBD – Embassy Theatre

Fri 10 Nov

4:30 pm
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Tue 14 Nov

4:30 pm
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Fri 17 Nov

8:30 pm
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Mon 20 Nov

4:30 pm
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