5. Moments of Truth

Short films invoke delicious moments of intensity. They have a lot to say within a small time frame. The stories in this collection are about characters who are at a crossroads in life. They have to make a tough decision about where to go from here. We stand with them on the precipice, facing our future and taking a bold step forward into unknown territory.

Total length: 92 minutes
Rating: M Suicide, offensive language & content that may disturb.


Drama, 15 mins, Canada

Dir/Writ: Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Prod: Geneviève Gosselin-G.
Special message from the filmmaker(s)

To Alex, a naive six-year-old boy, the mysterious patrols led by his father’s right-wing militia are nothing but opportunities to play hide-and-seek out in the woods. Until he ventures too far.

The Affected

Drama, 13 mins, Norway

Dir/Writ: Rikke Gregersen
Writ: Trond Arntzen
Prod: Stine Blichfeldt

Minutes before take-off, an airplane is prevented from leaving when a passenger refuses to sit down in order to stop the deportation of a man inside the plane. The pilot suddenly finds himself having to take a political stand that he has no interest in taking.

Hot Chocolate

New Zealand Premiere

Drama, 17 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ/Prod: David Hay
Prod: Tess Whelan

Maddie and her eight-year-old sister Nina stop by her student flat on their way to the family home. When Maddie discovers the body of one of her flatmates who has committed suicide, she tries to hold herself together and deal with the situation without alerting Nina to the situation.

Being There

World Premiere

Drama, 9 mins, Norway

Dir/Writ: Helen Komini Knudsen
Prod: Bente Maalen

A tragic scene takes place between a mother and daughter outside an animal clinic. Many observe the scene and pass by, but only one dares to really be there. This movie honors that one.

The Test

Comedy, 8 mins, Australia

Dir/Writ/Prod: Jessica Smith
Prod: January Jones
Special message from the filmmaker(s)

Two women anxiously await the results of a test that could allow them to take the next step in their relationship — or put an end to their plans, and perhaps even their relationship.

Fire Me If You Can

Comedy, 13 mins, France

Dir/Writ: Camille Delamarre
Writ/Prod: Stéphane Landowski
Prod: Boris Mendza, Gaël Cabouat, David Atrakchi

When a company starts its redundancy plan, the cold-hearted Michel (aka The Sniper) is ready to fire. However, Pierrot is the company’s go-to guy and is loved by everyone. Nobody has ever been able to resist his charm before.


Drama, 20 mins, Israel

Dir/Writ: Tomer Shushan
Prod: Shira Hochman, Kobi Mizrahi
Special message from the filmmaker(s)

A man finds his stolen bicycle, but it now belongs to a stranger. In his attempts to retrieve the bicycle, he struggles to remain human.


Auckland Central – Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Sun 4 Oct

3:00 PM
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*World premiere screening with filmmaker intro

Fri 9 Oct

2:00 PM
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Mon 12 Oct

6:00 PM
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Christchurch – Alice

Sat 17 Oct

8:30 PM
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Wellington – Light House Cuba

Mon 12 Oct

4:30 PM
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Fri 16 Oct

8:30 PM
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Mon 19 Oct

6:30 PM
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Stewart Island – Bunkhouse Theatre

Sat 16 Jan

7:30 PM