Late Night Frights

Sometimes it’s fun to give yourself the creeps. Embrace the thrill of tension, giggles and scares. This collection of short films does just that. It’s a difficult skill to deliver a real thriller or a story with a twist in less than 20 minutes. These films will have you on the edge of your seat, wondering what you would do in that situation, or if you can sleep tonight.

Estimated total run time: 88 minutes.
R16 Domestic violence, graphic violence, cruelty, sexual material, offensive languge, horror & content that may disturb. Contact your cinema for details.

9 Pasos
(9 Steps)

Thriller, 7 mins, Spain

Dir/Writ/Prod: Marisa Crespo Abril, Moisés Romera Pérez

There are just nine steps for Saul to cross a long dark corridor to the bathroom at night. His dad says there is nothing to be afraid of.


NZ Premiere

Thriller, 7 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ: Jonathan Watt, Kieran Charnock

Prod: Lucy Edwards, Gabriel Page

A five-year-old boy is haunted by a silent masked monster as he tries to locate his missing father.


NZ Premiere

Drama, 17 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ: Alexander McKenna

Prod: Alex Clark

A young man begins to unravel from the stress of living next to a family stuck in a violent relationship.


World Premiere

Fantasy, 10 mins, China

Dir: 李思达 (Li Sids)

A stylish drama set in a basement car park about temptation and greed.

It’s Complicated

Comedy, 17 mins, South Africa

Dir: Grant De Sousa

Writ: Kelvin Wong

Prod: Justin Cohen, Tyrone Rubin, Alan Lawson

This South African dating comedy is about a pair of flatmates whose relationship gets bumpy when one starts dating a scary woman he meets online.


Drama, 15 mins, Sweden

Dir/Writ/Prod: Måns Berthas

Writ/Prod: Daniel Burman

A young metal-head boy and his family visit their recently departed grandfather at the hospital. Dark secrets come to light and he seeks revenge.

The Blue Door

Horror, 9 mins, United Kingdom

Dir: Paul Taylor

Writ/Prod: Ben Clark, Megan Pugh

Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones, The Crown) plays a nurse assigned to care for a dying patient, in this dark, dialogue-free horror.


Drama, 14 mins, Spain

Dir/Writ: Carlota Pereda

Prod: Luis Angel Ramírez, Mario Madueño

Sara is an overweight teen bullied by a clique of ‘cool girls’ at the local pool. When her clothes are stolen she is forced into a walk home that will change her life.


Auckland Central – Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Tue 9 Oct

6:30 pm
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**Festival Team will introduce this session.

Fri 12 Oct

8:30 pm
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Tue 16 Oct

2:30 pm
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Christchurch – Alice

Fri 19 Oct

8:30 pm
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Stewart Island – Bunkhouse Theatre

Sat 12 Jan

7:30 pm

Wellington CBD – Light House Cuba

Mon 15 Oct

4:30 pm
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Fri 19 Oct

8:30 pm
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