1. The Sampler

Sit back and enjoy some of the best and most vibrant short films from New Zealand and around the world. This collection provides a great way to sample what Show Me Shorts is all about. The films feature a stroll through the streets of Naples, comedian Will Ferrell as a psychologist, paragliders in Nepal, a living statue, a couple of young hustlers, a rugby-mad little girl, and a boy who loves to dance.

Total length: 89 minutes
Rating: M Offensive language & suicide references.

Ashmina


Drama, 15 mins, Nepal/United Kingdom

Dir/Writ/Prod: Dekel Berenson
Prod: Merlin Merton, Dominic Davey

Ashmina is a 13-year-old girl living in Pokhara, Nepal, the paragliding capital of the world. The remote town is a busy tourist destination where the locals are profoundly affected by the swarms of tourists. Ashmina helps her family make ends meet by working at the landing field, packing parachutes in return for small change.


Money Honey

Drama, 10 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ: Isaac Knights-Washbourn
Prod: Lissandra Leite, Robby Peters
Special message from the filmmaker(s)

Stuck in the middle of Auckland’s housing crisis, two young hustlers discover some money and try to double it in the hope of buying an epic sandwich.


Working Class

World Premiere

Comedy, 10 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Prod: Kyan Krumdieck
Writ: Gregory Cooper
Prod: Sophia Seaton
Special message from the filmmaker(s)

Gabby is a failed actor working as a living statue in Cathedral Square, Christchurch, and cleaning wealthy and entitled people’s homes. One day she tries on the owner’s clothes while cleaning, but when a fellow tradesperson arrives at the house she’s forced to continue the act for this audience of one.


David


Comedy, 12 mins, United States

Dir/Writ/Prod: Zach Woods
Writ: Brandon Gardner
Prod: Andrew Porter, Kevin Chinoy & Francesca Silvestri

A severely depressed man reaches out for an emergency therapy session. He’s not the only one who needs help.


Super Comfort


Drama, 15 mins, Finland

Dir/Writ: Kirsikka Saari
Prod: Sanna Kultanen

Taina is a middle-aged woman preparing for a much-anticipated weekend visit from her adult son and his girlfriend. But the more Taina tries to make everything perfect, the less comfortable they all feel.


Mezze Stagioni
(Transitional Seasons)


Drama, 10 mins, Italy

Dir/Writ/Prod: Riccardo Menicatti, Bruno Ugioli
Prod: Stefano D’Antuono
Special message from the filmmaker(s)

Pietro and Emilia are a couple chatting while getting ready for a ceremony. As they pass through each room of their house, time travels, revealing important moments of their life together.


Frankie Jean and the Morning Star

World Premiere

Drama, 17 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ: Hannah Marshall
Prod: Tara Riddell, Gareth Williams

Frankie Jean is a little girl obsessed with rugby. Her dad is teaching her kicking skills and about not giving up. Early one morning she meets a depressed teenager while kicking a ball around, and passes on a vital lesson that might just save his life.


Screenings

Auckland Central – Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Tue 6 Oct

2:00 PM
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Sun 11 Oct

3:30 PM
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Wed 14 Oct

6:00 PM
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Devonport – The Vic Devonport

Fri 16 Oct

8:00 PM
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Great Barrier Island – Barrier Social Club

Mon 19 Oct

7:15 PM

Matakana – Matakana Cinemas

Sun 18 Oct

6:45 PM
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Waiheke Island – Waiheke Island Community Cinema

Sun 4 Oct

7:30 PM
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Ōrākei – Silky Otter Cinemas

Sun 18 Oct

5:30 PM
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Takapuna – Monterey

Sun 18 Oct

5:30 PM
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Christchurch – Alice

Thu 15 Oct

6:30 PM
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Sun 18 Oct

4:30 PM
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Colville – Colville Hall, Colville Rd

Fri 6 Nov

7:30 PM
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Picton – Endeavour Park

Sat 24 Oct

7:00 PM

Wellington – Light House Cuba

Sun 11 Oct

6:30 PM
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Thu 15 Oct

4:30 PM
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Sun 18 Oct

4:30 PM
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Wed 21 Oct

6:30 PM
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Arrowtown – Dorothy Browns

Sun 18 Oct

5:00 PM
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Dunedin – Rialto Cinemas

Sun 18 Oct

6:30 PM
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*This screening will include all the films from The Sampler session, plus local film Hot Chocolate.

Gisborne – Dome Cinema, Poverty Bay Club

Sat 10 Oct

7:00 PM
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*This screening will include all the films from The Sampler session, plus local film Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro).

Sat 17 Oct

7:00 PM
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*This screening will include all the films from The Sampler session, plus local film Hāngī Pants.

Hamilton – The Lido

Wed 28 Oct

7:30 PM
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Napier – MTG Century Theatre

Sat 10 Oct

6:00 PM
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Nelson – Suter Theatre, Suter Art Gallery

Sat 10 Oct

7:30 PM
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Sun 11 Oct

7:30 PM
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New Plymouth – 4th Wall Theatre

Thu 8 Oct

7:30 PM
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Russell – Cinema Kororareka

Sun 18 Oct

7:00 PM

Tauranga – Rialto Cinemas

Sun 18 Oct

3:30 PM
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*This screening will include all the films from The Sampler session, plus local film Hāngī Pants.

Thames – Embassy Cinemas

Tue 27 Oct

7:30 PM

Waikaia – The Lodge 223

Wed 14 Oct

7:30 PM
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Wānaka – Rubys Cinemas

Sun 18 Oct

5:30 PM
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Whangārei – Whangārei Film Society

Thu 15 Oct

6:00 PM
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Thu 15 Oct

8:00 PM
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Katikati – The Junction Theatre

Sun 4 Oct

6:30 PM
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Sun 11 Oct

6:30 PM
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Ōpōtiki – Ōpōtiki De Luxe Theatre

Sat 10 Oct

7:30 PM
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*This screening will include all the films from The Sampler session, plus local film Hāngī Pants.

Mon 26 Oct

6:00 PM
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*This screening will include all the films from The Sampler session, plus local film Hāngī Pants.

Tākaka – The Village Theatre

Sat 10 Oct

7:30 PM

Sa 17 Oct

5:00 PM

Stewart Island – Bunkhouse Theatre

Sat 2 Jan

7:30 PM